Thursday, October 22, 2009

So, the house-hunting and waiting go on. We looked at one of the houses again yesterday (this one!) and it is really nice. We're about ready to start negotiations on it, maybe. We're just not quite sure what God is leading us to do. There is another possible option, but we haven't been able to see it yet. Maybe today?

We've been sick this week-- Kevin and I the worst, though all of us have had slow days. I think it's a flu, but it may be changing water every couple of weeks-- it can make you feel pretty awful!

Garry has been busy in the office and has accomplished a lot of things. In fact, his inbox is looking remarkably well. He's also been checking through the NTMA stuff and getting things a bit organized here.

I think we're feeling what we call cultural fatigue-- not shock, just fatigue. It's basically the desire for something, anything, to be "normal". It's being tired of not understanding the conversations around you (the language here is different than in Palawan), wearied of figuring out where to get what you need. So, what do I miss? Friends/family that are far away just now, a kitchen of my own, being able to find my way around (Ok, so that's never been one of my strong points!), double-roll toilet paper, a walk-around phone, routine, grocery sales-- silly things, all of them. On the other hand, there are a million things I'm thankful for-- guesthomes (which are a million times better than hotels!), new friends, decent grocery stores, badminton courts, airplanes (the boat could be miserable!), and so many more.


Amy said...

Oh Cynthia, I'm praying for you guys and the many, many adjustments and the housing decision and for healthy bodies once again! Way to be; you're always so positive and have a way of always looking on the bright side of things. Miss seeing your face, but greatly appreicate being able to keep in touch through e-mails, blogs, and other technologies. Love Amy

Garry and Cynthia Barkman said...

thanks, Amy. I miss you too. Wish we could sit down for a good chat and prayer time... sure appreciate your prayers!
God is good! Trust you have a great weekend!