After umpteen zillion years of training (okay, maybe not THAT long, but it feels like it!)... we're HERE!! At our first overseas post! In China!
Can you tell that we're excited?!
After some stopoffs between Florida and Chengdu (I'll totally have to write about those later), we landed almost exactly a week ago at our new post.
Pictures (I assure you, I have tons) will unfortunately have to wait, because we do not yet have any internet in our apartment and I'm sorta kinda stealing internet right now just for a minute or two and not on my own computer. Nor, actually, do we have much ability to call back to the US from our apartment right now, so HELLO, FRIENDS AND FAMILY! WE LOVE YOU ALL! WE'RE SAFE AND FINE AND HAPPY AND ALL IS WELL!
We may not have internet or phone, but we are reveling in a plethora of blessings.
For example, we LOVE our assigned housing. Our son Zachary (age 12) has so many friends around to play with now that he is, indeed, happier than a pig in mud. Going overseas actually shows me how very lonely it is to go domestically to a field office (like when we went to Houston). REALLY LONELY. But here? Built in playmates for my boys, for which I am insanely grateful. Seriously.
Furthermore, we have insanely awesome sponsors. Which, I'm starting to think, can totally make or break the experience of coming to a new post. Just in the first few days, they introduced us to various AMAZING restaurants (ohmygosh, you guys! The food here in Chengdu is to die for!), many places to shop, etc., etc., etc. Really helped us figure out which end was up and, of course, where to go for the staff of life, such as food/laundry detergent/ cleaning supplies... you get it. I've heard tons of sponsor horror stories, and so I know that we are very, very fortunate to have the experience we do.
I don't know when we'll have internet and, thus, phone, but since I had this chance to kidnap internet from another source, I had to jump on and say hello. Tune in later, when I can post pictures and really give y'all a good run-down of what life is like for us here. Suffice it will to say: Chengdu is BIG (sort of like living in downtown Chicago? But with spicy food everywhere? And the signs being in Chinese? And not so cold?), we're settling in nicely (with great sponsors, and we're making other friends along the way), and all is well.