Each day is a new adventure, literally. Each day we are figuring out how to simply live in this new place. How to create a gallery wall or hang a shelf when the walls are made of solid concrete, how to store food so that it doesn't rot in one day and then how to dispose of it so that we don't have an infestation of ants and other critters (one of the glamorous sides of living in the tropics), how to get medical attention when you wake up with an allergic reaction and a throat swollen shut, what to do when the radar shows a tropical storm that is bigger than the entire island headed your way. Daily errands that used to take an hour, take a whole day. Not having a Hobby Lobby, Target, or Chipotle IS NOT EASY. And then there are always the unavoidable encounters when you are unable to communicate, because you took French in school instead of Spanish and you live in a Spanish speaking place. As we figure out how to simply live in this new place, we are also figuring out each day how to love each other better. How to be patient with each other. How to put aside our own crap, and care more about the other's. How to forgive. How to show grace. How to encourage each other. How to rely on the Lord.
This year has been one of the hardest, but hands down the best. I wouldn't trade it for anything (although the idea of having central AC again does make it pretty tempting- kidding, kind of). This experience has forced us to wake up each morning, be pushed out of our comfort zones, rely on Jesus, and become closer to each other in the process. We are a team. And sometimes it feels like its the Jones' vs the world... But I am so thankful for our little team, and all that has shaped and sharpened us into it.
Here are a few of my favorite photos of the special day, and some of the decorations! Photos by the talented Haley Rynn Ringo.