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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
September 2, 2011 4:13 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

We are in North Carolina!  We promised posts once we arrived, and as expected, there are things to talk about.  We arrived at JAARS in Waxhaw, NC late Monday evening.  This week has been busy settling in.  We were blessed by being assigned to a house (we had been told back in March we would be in an apartment).  Having a house to settle into is helping this place feel more like “home”.  We drove the 45minutes into Charlotte Wednesday to go to the closest Costco and Babies R Us.  The item on the Babies R US list was a high chair as Crescena is beginning to eat solid food.  See photo of Crescena eating her first meal at the table, some mashed fresh ginger gold apple… yum!

Crescena's first "meal" at the table

We have a great location at JAARS- we can see the aviation hanger from our bedroom window and the community pool is just up the road from us.

Most of the week was spent away from the house stocking up on food and household items (like TP & napkins).  Today (Friday) we went to the pool (it was 95 AND humid here today).  The pool was well populated and we had what we consider to be our first major interaction with others who live here (some long-term and some for a time, like us). It was very clear in our interactions that we were surrounded by missionaries… it’s a different culture. Note that almost everyone at JAARS has either been overseas or is preparing to go overseas.  I met two women whose families lived in Nairobi, Kenya where we are headed.  One lived there for 11 years and the other for 6.  I plan to try to connect with these women more to learn as much as I can.

It was fun to meet some people.  I am excited to join women here for women’s water aerobics at the pool Saturday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  I did water aerobics at the “Y” in Spokane, and am pleased to have the opportunity to join women here.  Apparently, it is recommended to have a noodle, and after overhearing me tell Tom I needed to get a noodle for the morning, our neighbors whom we met at the pool, brought by a noodle for me to use in the morning- so nice.

Tom starts his flight training on Tuesday after Labor day, and that will be the beginning of days at home with Crescena in this new place.  I miss having friends near by and am hoping I meet some other women here who I can really connect with.

In summary, we are still in the US, but we have entered a different culture both living in the “south” and living at a missions hub.

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