We have arrived in Texas and have settled into our new home at the Mercy Ships campus in East Texas. We will be here now for a total of five weeks, training and preparing to head to the ship at the beginning of August.
It has been a busy time and we are feeling that we are just starting to get over our jetlag!
Dave’s and my days are filled with classroom time from 8:00 each morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Annabelle and Charlotte spend that time in a kids’ programme covering similar training as us (just for kids!) except they have the additional bonus of a weekly field trip each Wednesday and more craft! They just had a great outing last week to the local zoo which looked like heaps of fun!
There are lots of other adjustments that we are making, too – the weather is much warmer here and we are getting used to having another summer so close to our Australian summer that we have just come out of. The kids are enjoying this, especially now that the pool has opened and they get to spend most afternoons in the water. The kids are also loving another summer holiday 🙂 and have until the beginning of August before they start their new school year.
Home at the moment is a large family dorm that is housing two other families with kids, one couple and a large group of singles from all over the world! We all get our own breakfast in our smallish communal kitchen (that’s fun each morning!) and eat lunch and dinner together in a large dining room. As I sit in the lounge room now typing this blog, a group of six have gathered for a game of Banana-grams around the coffee table and there is some other fun, world map related, activity happening around the dining table – never a dull moment!
We have had a few fun activities after our daily training, including a Wednesday night Wal-Mart run, a trip to Dairy Queen, a barbeque dinner out on a farm, and our family had a great night out in Tyler at a fabulous barbeque restaurant for dinner with Jan and her sister, Kim as they road-tripped home after daughter-Kim’s wedding.
Life at the moment is very busy, we are learning lots and we are having a great time!