Honestly, this last week has been one of the most draining weeks I have had in a long, long time. Why you say?
- First week of school for our kids in a new school and country where very few, outside of a Finnish family speak English and my Spanish is pocito
- With the exception of yesterday, each day this week there were Cuthill ninos (especially Jacqueline) crying, panicked and holding on to us for dear life at drop off time…They did not want to go to school
- We signed up the kids for swim lessons at the school (remember no English and our very limited Spanish)
- Ordered uniforms for school (at one point I think I was ordering Jacqueline a high school cheerleading uniform)
- An on again-off again home rental negotiation that was like no other I have been involved in and that left us scarred, bruised and emotionally challenged, but taught us a valuable lesson about some differences between Mexico and Canada. We made our first offer on August 8th. As late as yesterday we were so frustrated with the process that we were looking at other house options. The biggest stress was the fact that we need to move out of our current rental home tomorrow (I did bring a camping tent). Contract signed last night at 10:30pm…Yeah!
- It is mucho Calores here between 10am and 5pm. It just zaps you of energy. We are all feeling that for sure.
- Waking up at 5:30am every morning, take the kids to school for 7:30am start and then back home late in the evening.
- Jacqueline has an ear infection and had to go to the hospital last night with Darcy and our real estate agent while I was dealing with the house rental. Good news….Got immediately in to see a Pediatrician who looked at Jacqueline, gave her some medication and only charged 500 Pesos Cash. She is going to be fine.
- Trying to get our cell phones set up on a plan, figuring out how to get internet for the Casa, sign up for a Gym membership, sign up for Spanish lessons for Darcy and I as well as after school tutoring for the kids, searching for a Garabanza to get the necessary school supplies for kids at a place that I don’t think a 25 year Meridian could find (it was in the back of an aluminum fabrication shop).
- Helping with homework (Did I mention that our Spanish is limited)…Thank God for Google Translate.
I list these stressors, not to seek your pity, but to be transparent about the pretty intense adjustments our whole family has been going through this week. I am a person who trives in a routine….This week was anything but. We have, and will continue for the next while to experience the “culture shock” we have been trained on. Through it all God was faithful and never put us through anything we couldn’t handle. We are also a little stronger family unit because of it.
The good news, is Darcy and I can see the light through the tunnel now. This upcoming week will also be busy getting settled (immigration, moving in to our new rental home, getting furniture, opening a bank account, getting those cell phones set up, and of course helping our kids with their adjustment and homework).
After that its smooooooth sailing 🙂