Stephen and I have been in Belgium for ONE YEAR! Can you believe it? In some ways I think it has flown by, and in others it seems like an eternity. I think it's natural to feel that way. In celebration of our anniversary here, I thought I would list a few things we have learned since moving to Europe.

  • Personal space is an American thing.
  • Deodorant is optional.
  • You get over being homesick, but not over missing those you love!
  • Dreaming of Ranch on fries is not normal.
  • The things I miss the most about the US aren't things, but people.
  • Driving a standard car in traffic is so annoying.
  • Driving a car that you don't pay for is amazing.
  • Cabin Fever is very real.
  • Cold showers before bed make nights without A/C bearable.
  • Public transport is awkward.
  • Being in walking distance to the city center is awesome.
  • I'm not as independent as I thought I was.
  • I'm not as strong as I thought I was.
  • I can ask for help, even in French :)
  • Sitting on terraces in nice weather is something to take advantage of.
  • Short days in the Winter are depressing.
  • Long days in the Summer are incredible.
  • Having Gracie over here has enriched our lives more than we admit.
  • Having each other is such a blessing.
  • Europe has so much to offer, and the festivals are pretty cool, too.
  • You can have too many frites.
  • Going to a doctor that speaks "pretty good" English is a bad idea...get references.
  • As a couple, we can do anything!!!
Thank you for keeping up with us and our past year of adventures...we are so thankful for this opportunity and thank you for your prayers and encouragement along the way!


LeClair Family said...

YEAH for One Year!!! Time is going to fly by!!!

Kampen Family said...

Wow! Has it really been a year already? I can still remember your going away party like it was just a couple of months ago. It's been incredible to watch you and Stephen grow closer to each other while also depending your relationship with Christ through this experience. Although we all miss you guys like crazy and are ready for y'all to be back, I'm proud of you for sticking it out and making the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Veronique Poncet said...

Bravo et Felicitations!!!! Un an deja!!!

I'm so happy to read your blog and to see how well the two of you are doing. I am still giving my lessons and have some charming students. I get to meet the most fabulous people doing this, and I will always remember the two of you as my first and my most special students. You actually made a life change and live somewhere you can USE your French.

Congratulations on one year and on being such a fabulous couple.


Tippa Glover said...

Congratulations on 1 year!!!! Yeah!

Ava said...

So a year has gone by and you guys have acheived so much more then you realize.

Well done