Well it's been quite a ride.
We've been living in Luoyang for over 3 months now.
It's funny because it's easy at times to forget that I'm living in China but then all I have to do is visit and meat market and I'm quickly reminded of the fact that I'm living on foreign soil.
You might find this barbaric *it is* but this week I was so proud of myself because I picked up raw chicken breasts directly out of the misc meat section of the supermarket. It's a challenge to find ANY kinds of meat pre-packaged or pre-frozen here. Most, if not all markets have carcases lying around where you touch and exam the carcass and then proceed to tell the butcher which piece of the meat you would like. Or they just have tons of meat cut up sitting open on dry ice (or sometimes not on ice)
So I finally braved the meat section of the market and dug into the meat section with both hands, like a real woman.
And rest assured that moments after my triumph in the meat section the Germ-Ex was out and applied.
These past 3 months have been VERY eventful in every aspects of our lives. We came to work with the CHF and orphanage here in Luoyang.
But situations have arose and doors have been closed.
These children are beautiful, this city has become home, and these people have become family.
When we originally unpacked our luggage we intended on not packing it all back up again until we had remained in Luoyang for 1 year.
But we will be packing it up again tomorrow.
Doors and opportunities have been closed for me to remain in Luoyang and serve at the capacity that I feel like I'm called too.
So after prayer, prayer and more prayer.
I am moving to Xi'an to work alongside the Starfish Foster Home.
This decision comes with loads of mixed emotions.
But I can honestly say Hope, Excitement, Joy and Anticipation are my top 4.
I'm grateful to have met the people and the children here in Luoyang and to have been a part of the CHF team.
So I'm leaving Luoyang with a thankful heart and an eagerness to see what adventures lie in my path. And a grateful heart, that no matter what may lie in my path, I'll never face it alone.
Oh and did I mention their are the most BEAUTIFUL children at Starfish.?.
I must make haste to Xi'an
because they are waiting for Auntie Chrissy to come and change their adorable stinky diapers.