Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The End

Well we have been back for just over two weeks and they have been a whirlwind.  Adjusting to life back in Canada, or 'home', has been a little overwhelming at times.  However, God has been faithful, as He always is. He is carrying us day by day.

So Ernie is driving truck and feeling the aches and pains of that.  I am back at NAPA Auto Parts, where I worked previously.  I have found a gym and am trying to find a routine to life.

My days are full, working my 8 hour shifts, and then trying to visit my mother in the hospital.  Praise the Lord she is recuperating well.  We continue to enjoy being with our children and families.

Basically we are creating a new 'normal', which is no easy task.

So, while I have enjoyed these past four and a half years of chatting with you... I am closing the blog down. Essentially, the reason for having it has ended. Now I will try to share my new world with my friends in Mexico.  You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram, where I continue to post random things about my life.

Thanks for following our lives and being a part of some wonderful years.


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Update

We are so thankful for God's faithfulness in our lives.  Last week I told you of the struggle to re-adapt to our own culture, to re-aculturate (reverse culture shock is always more difficult). Well, we have been enjoying our children, enjoying some hockey play offs, and enjoying our church family.

That said, we got a little surprise this week.  My mother fell and broke her hip.  She was transferred to Winnipeg and had surgery the next morning.  I was able to sit with my mother in the emergency room, while she got the news, and I was able to sit with my father while my mother underwent surgery.



Although I didn't necessarily enjoy that, I would rather do that than be miles away, waiting for news.

Her surgery was a success and now we walk the journey of therapy and recovery.  She is content and resting in the hospital.  We anticipate her being transferred to Steinbach this week.

So, that was a turn of events for the week.  But I am so thankful that she is okay and that I could/can be there for them.

We just finished Bible Study with our group from Guadalajara.  We are so very thankful for technology and how it makes things possible.  They had asked before we left if we would continue to lead the study for them through Skype.  They knew that Ernie had done that for our sons for the past two years.  So today was the first one.

They are wanting to finish the TEE course on the life of Jesus based on the book of Matthew.  We completed book one before we left.  They quickly purchased books 2 & 3 to show they were committed.

What a great evening of studying the Word together, and then being able to pray for them and their concerns.

So we continue to live between our worlds: Skype Bible studies, WhatsApp conversations, FaceTime calls with our friends abroad, and face to face reconnecting walks and coffees with friends and family here.

As they often said, and have repeated again and again after they heard about my mother, "God doesn't make mistakes."  No He doesn't.  We are here for a reason and He will walk us through our transition.

God is good all the time!  All the time God is Good!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Welcome Back? Home?

Well we made it! We travelled 4,000 kms, from Guadalajara, Mexico to Steinbach, Manitoba. It was quite the journey, from our announcement of our leaving, to our arrival in Canada. But it is done.

 While we had purged our possessions down to what we thought we 'had' to take, we still had more than our little Honda Accord could handle.

So we asked our dear friends Sergio and Claudia if they would be willing to go along, with their truck, to haul our stuff to the US border.  They were more than willing.

So, with two vehicles loaded down, we began our journey on Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.  Our trip was basically uneventful and we arrived in good time to deal with the border crossing.
Sergio and Claudia with their sleeping daughter Sarah

However, our friends helping us till the border only got us to the border.  Now what?  We had looked into renting a U-haul, or some other rend-a-truck.  But other plans transpired.

Our boys decided they needed a road trip and they just happen to own pick up trucks.  So they invited some friends to join the party and made an event out of it - a road trip.

It actually made things better in several ways.  Firstly, just getting to the USA and seeing our boys was priceless.  But if you know our boys at all... they made our last good byes to our dear friends less painful because they are so crazy.  I will leave that there, with a picture which is worth more than a 1000 words!
The WallMart boys: Right to left: Mike, Ian Isaac, myself, Chris and Cy Wiebe
We spent the night in Laredo and then headed to Corpus Christi, as they said being that close to the ocean warranted a visit.  It was a little disappointing, and cold, but we took a day off to just hang out.  Good relaxing day for us. 

Words can't express how grateful we are for these guys coming down to get us.  I only had to drive from Kleefeld to Steinbach, they did the rest!  They were also just a blast, their craziness helped me to not just over think everything and cry. 

Biggest highlight has been being with our sons.  We have actually moved in with Chris, our youngest.  Strange to live in "his' place, while being the parents.  His house, his rules, etc.  Some adapting, and setting boundaries for ourselves.  But so nice to be able to cook and do laundry for him. 

The worst part was cleaning at three places.  First, at our GDL home, which we turned over at the end of March.  Then a lighter cleaning of Reimer's house, where we lived for the month of April.  Then, arriving at Chris's condo... well, let's just say it needed some TLC (from a mother's point of view).  Not to mention that we had our 'junk' all over his space.  

Moving form a 3 bedroom, two story house with walk-in closets, to a small condo, has been a bit of a stretch.  But we are so thankful that he took us in and we don't need to make any huge decisions immediately.  

We have two weeks to recoup and look after logistics, following which we both have new jobs.  

We are going through reverse culture shock.  We are 'home' but we are not.  We are grieving.  We are hurting.  But we will adapt, and with time will fit back in.  We covet your prayers as we walk this new journey called adjustment.