As we near our one year anniversary of life in Mexico, it has made me think a little about how much life has changed...
1. Primary difference--speaking a new language! Well, not really new. Clay and I were both mostly fluent in Spanish when we got here. But now we use it every day, all day long. And it's absolutely awesome watching my children speak with the children around them in Spanish. Our next big challenge--learning our third language!
2. Washing dishes by hand, which equates to a LOT of dishes with 6 people in the family.
3. No indoor heat, which means when you get cold you put on a sweater instead of bumping up the thermostat.
4. Buying the majority of our fresh produce in the market and not the grocery store. And occasionally I even buy my chicken and beef in the market too...I admit, it took me awhile to get comfortable with that idea!
5. Homeschooling the two older kids.
6. We have TWO phones in our home, plus two cellphones. One is our Mexican landline, the other is our internet line for calls to the U.S.
7. Cooking on a gas stove...you really need to pay attention to make sure you don't run out of gas or you can't cook. (and without gas you won't have any hot water)
8. I cook a mostly from scratch now--bread, biscuits, pies, etc. And I enjoy it!
9. We have a maid who does dishes, washes clothes, scrubs the toilet, irons, mops...she will even watch all four kids so we can do ministry or have a coffee date.
10. We have a daytime and nighttime security guard!
11. I regularly have fresh cut flowers in my home! (Wouldn't you if you could get a dozen roses for less than $1.50?)
12. I've become a hoarder. If I find cranberry sauce at Sam's Club in February, I buy it. You might not find it in November for Thanksgiving Dinner. Or peanut butter M&Ms...Or a hair product for curly hair...
So much change...some of it difficult. Some of it just plain wonderful. And then there are the constants...my amazing husband, my beautiful children, and my Loving Lord. I am so thankful that God has brought us here.