Thank you for all of your prayers, support, and encouragement! We have made it – to NYC that is! Here is a little photo journey of our trip:
Emerson goofing around before we left for the trip. Silly kid!
The first day, we stopped at a rest area to eat. The girls loved being able to run around and thought they were so big sitting on the “wall”. Then, we stayed the night in Maryland. We finished the trip the next day, including a stop in New Jersey to see a current ministry partner of ours who has been on our team for 7 years but we haven’t met yet!
When we got to the city, the girls were amazed at all the tall buildings and traffic everywhere. We got to our apartment, unloaded, and then went to get dinner and some groceries before bedtime. Talk about sticker shock over the price of groceries – how do people afford to live here full time??!??! One of the girls’ favorite parts of all of this was finding this horse to ride for only $.50 a ride (and it goes on FOREVER!). Good thing – they love it. Bad thing – it is only a block or so from us so they want to do it often.
The girls have settled into our apartment nicely. It has enough room for us and once we maneuvered a make-shift gate to put in front of the very steep stairway going down to the bottom floors, we have been in business. To bear telling all the details and to avoid complaining (since that totally isn’t my heart since I am SO thankful for a place to stay in a great location), there are some things that are hard about living in this apartment so please pray for contentment and perspective.
Ed and I have been both been scoping out the area during our runs – Ed chose to run all the way over the Brooklyn Bridge and back and I ran around the park (well, I ran 3/4 of the way and then I realized how dang big it was – seriously, not to self – check distance around the whole thing before you just start running). These are pictures of his view during his run and my view during mine.
While Ed had meetings on Monday, I ventured out to the park with the girls. After that, the other family that is living with us arrived and it was fun watching the kids hit it off! Then, last night, we met the rest of our staff team, had dinner at an amazing New York pizza place, and got to see the pier in Brooklyn with the beautiful views of the city. The girls also rode the subway for their first time. Thankfully, they loved it though Kinsley was a little concerned about it being so dark when we were underground.
All in all, we are adjusting well to life here and are excited to plan for the next few days for the students’ arrivals, greet the students, and then hit the ground running with ministry. Thank you again for your prayers, thoughts, support, and encouragement. We are excited to make a difference here and to see God change this city