Strange: Someone from Brazil recently mentioned to us that when she goes to Brazil the first two days she feels like she is having an out of body experiece. Both Noah and I said "that's it!" Those first days are so strange. Everything is so familiar (like the homes we grew up in) and yet we haven't set foot in them in 2 1/2 years. The silverware is still in the same drawers, the extra toliet paper is still in the cupboard in the bathroom, and yet, it all seems forgien somehow. Strange. Just strange.
Amazing: We were able to spend Christmas with both sides of the family, to just enjoy being together, to spend time talking and laughing and sleeping and eating. We haven't been able to do that in a very long time and it was amazing!
Confusing: Things have changed here in the US since the last time we were here. Biggest change we've noticed so far? EVERYONE has a smart phone now, and they do some amazing things. Like you can get coupons from a text! I was at Target and saw a sign next to the clearance section that said "text this code to this number for another 25% off clearnace." What? That wasn't a thing when we were here 2 1/3 yeas ago. We sorta feel like we are playing catch up in this area. And just with technology in general! That's why there aren't any photos with this post!
Uncertain: We're still trying to figure out what life will look like while we are here. It's strange having both big boys at school and Noah working from home each day. We're realizing our more busy times will be the weekends and nights, and that somewhat different from our life in Costa Rica. So we're trying to find what will work for us.
Sad: Not that we are sad to be in in Michigan, but more like we are sad to not be in Costa Rica. There has been a definate switch in how the boys talk about Costa Rica in the last week. When we first got to Michigan they said things like "we live in Michigan. We're from Michigan." Now they say that Costa Rica is where we live and that is home. Which is a good thing, but we've all been a bit emotional about being away from home.
So. It's a mixed bag. But we're thankful to be in a warm house close to family and friends and the library and school. And we're thankful for the fact that we will be heading back to Costa Rica and for our time here too. So yeah, there isn't just one word to sum this all up!