2 Month Update
Before we moved we had two days of intercultural training at Mike’s office. We learned about the cultural shock cycle. It has 4 stages: honeymoon, crisis, recovery and then adjustment, and then the cycle repeats when you return home. So my question is, where’s my stinkin’ honeymoon? I don’t know about you, but our real honeymoon had hot water, nice people and iced tea. So we were the lucky ones who got to skip that pesky honeymoon stage and go right to crisis. It was a really rough time for a while nothing horrible happened but it was incredibly lonely. I didn’t write a one month update because I was too busy trying to decide how mad Mike would be if I accidentally missed my flight back to London. I also try to keep this a pretty honest but still upbeat blog and I didn’t want to bum everyone out! In the last month though I feel that I can safely say that we are past crisis and into recovery.
This past month, we have felt so blessed. We have found wonderful restaurants that are inexpensive and yet taste a little like home. Mike is staying busy with work and says he is learning to love the city. I have found a job that I enjoy and friends that are in the same situation that I am. Our flat is really feeling like home and I think it is pretty cute. We are trying to go and do some tourist things on the weekends, and have plans to visit some places like Bath, Brighton and Canterbury fairly soon. It feels good to get out and enjoy the city. (London isn’t the enemy. London isn’t the enemy. Say it with me.) We are very excited about having guests this fall! Looking forward to that goes a long way in making me feel better when I get down.
We joke a lot about how much we miss Whataburger, fajitas and Ranch dip, but I would give them all up forever to beam us back to Nana and Honey’s table or into a big hug with Tyler, Reece and Blair. Sometimes I don’t answer emails or call very often because it is easier not to. But we miss you all so much and anxiously await our next hug! So please keep us in your prayers. We have high hopes of moving into the adjustment phase soon! We love all your comments on here, your emails and your skype calls. Never hesitate to contact either of us for anything ever.
So after two of the longest and hardest most emotionally challenging months of our lives, we just might make it over here after all.