Well the new theme to our lives right now is…humility. Not vey exotic or exciting being that we are living in France and all, but there is nothing more humbling then opening your mouth and not having any words come out. Unless perhaps it is more humbling to have a child stare at you mouth agape when all you said was ‘Bonjour’ (I mean, I didn’t think my pronunciation was thatbad). Or maybe it’s more humbling when you open your mouth and words do come out….but based on the expression of the person you are talking to, you are pretty sure those words did not mean what you thought they meant. And just in case we did not learn our humility lesson for the day, our French tutor has started calling us “linguists” (we surely never told her to consider us linguists…not sure who did) and then pounds on the table because we cannot produce a sound that is so basic to her language. And after all of that, we study and study how to ask a specific question in French (i.e. where is the bathroom?) and then ask it correctly, but cannot understand the person’s response…bummer. So yes, this is our day-to-day life here in France. Humility. Lots of blushing. And lots of prayer that the Lord would help us learn this language.
|Kaden and Makyra’s Pre-school|
As far as what our daily lives look like, our goal is to be good parents and also to study French for 40 hours a week. So far both are going pretty well, we think. Kaden and Makyra are in preschool. Kaden is thriving and has accepted the changes of living in a different culture. However, when we ask Makyra what she did all day in school she says, “I just sat there and cried because I missed my Mommy and Daddy.” Quite sad, but we are praying she will come around. Elias and Zoey were officially REJECTED from the public school system here in France until the summer so one of us needs to be home with them at all times. We are disappointed because we wanted to go to school together, but are kind of taking it as a sign from God that they need to be home with their parents to get them through the terrible-twos. So, one of us is home with the little kids while the other goes out and studies and then we switch. Then at night we have tutors and language helpers come over to teach us French. So far this method is working fine, but we are pretty sure we are going to move to a different school. I am going to go visit the school we are considering this week and if we like it we will likely be moving in June (yay for more transition).