Friday, August 22, 2014

What I {already} love about this place

Jason started work nearly a week later than anticipated which meant we had four extra days together after moving to Moscow to explore and relax which was great. After seven weeks of travel and visiting, we were pretty pooped and needed time together with just our family before launching into this new phase. I'm so thankful for the unexpected extra time we had together and for what we have found in our new home town!

I LOVE that there is a Main Street - a wonderful, tree-lined street with interesting shops/cafes in abundance.

Main Street hosts a Farmer's Market every Saturday morning - hurrah for fresh produce (although at 10 times the cost we're used to paying in Guatemala), live music and tasty international foods.

There are TONS of parks for Luke to play at -- a new thing for him since there were none in Panajachel.

Gotta be in-love with Mini-donuts (buy the dozen)

So happy to have such a pretty campus to roam on --

LOVE LOVE LOVE the New Hope Thriftstore -- they are serious about moving their inventory and it's priced with that in mind. Every week a new tag color is 50% off and the previous week's sale items are all 47 cents!!!  Woo-hoo!  After being in Guatemala where household goods were super expensive, I have felt like a kid-in-a-candy-shop here. We're moving into a fully furnished place but it has been so hard to not buy things just because there are nice things at incredibly cheap prices.

Stoked on the Moscow Food Co-op where they sell all kinds of local food and even raw milk!! Haven't seen that since Vermont and it makes me happy :) Plus, another bonus (to balance out the higher priced food at the Co-op) is the local Winco! Woo-hoo to cheap bulk foods ... and just cheaper food in general :)

I still miss Guatemala ... when pictures from our life there pop up on our computer's screensaver the heaviness I feel for missing that place overwhelms me. Sundays are the worst ... we are trying to find a new church home here in Moscow and it is just so hard. I sit in these new churches on Sunday and try to keep from crying with how much I miss our Sunday fellowship at Porch de Salomon. It wasn't even close to perfect and perhaps that is why I miss it so much - it was REAL.

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