Amazingly we've been in our new house for two weeks already! As a family we're getting used to our new surroundings and routines ... and just enjoying the space after a totally manic few months.
Now that we're beginning to settle into our rhythm and routines, we're noticing that a few things are missing. As yet, we have no car (it's a work in progress!) and our container is ... well, we're not quite sure where exactly in the world it is but we know it's not here!
We have had an amazing welcome here in Dodoma, our house has been kitted out with everything we need in the meantime and we are not without constant offers of transport, which is great and has been helping us build relationships.
But ... there is always a 'but' in there somewhere isn't there? As a family we don't feel like we can properly settle in until those final two pieces of the puzzle are here! It's like something is holding us back from that final feeling of 'we've made it, we're here'.
Mark hit the nail on the head the other day ... he absentmindedly said it felt like we were on holiday, living in someone else's house, with someone else's things, just like when we helped out MFI in Florida last April for a few weeks. Which isn't a bad thing, just different.
We're in a perfectly functioning house, but it just doesn't quite feel like 'home' yet. For the time being, we're in kind of a permanent holiday mode ... and I guess will complete the practical side of our transition once the rest of puzzle is in place!