Happy Three Year Anniversary to us!
Happy Three Year Anniversary to us!
The Coffee Tour will kick off again this Monday, with a visit to a coffee roasting company in Duluth, Georgia.
And we’ll share a bit about what we did and what it was like being back after a few years away.
Hope you all had a great Christmas, and here’s to a fantastic 2016!
We arrived in Atlanta Friday afternoon. Just in time for midtown traffic. Yeah, welcome ‘home’!
We have done quite a lot in our first few days, in addition to fighting jet lag. Here are a few highlights, plus some observations.
Saturday we had an open house with about 60 people in attendance. Yeah, less than 24 hours after arriving here. Call us crazy. It was totally overwhelming, but also a lot of fun.
We visited our church on Sunday. After three years. Some familiar faces, but so many we’d never seen before. It was big. And slightly familiar. We are grateful to those who welcomed us so warmly.
We had Mexican food after church. At the restaurant we went to often when we lived here. And for the most part, it felt like old times. With friends. The kind of friends where you just pick up where you left off. That was nice.
We began homeschool on Monday. I am quickly reaching a new level of respect for all the homeschool parents out there. Wow.
We went to Target. Overload! The cereal aisle alone had our heads spinning.
There is nature trail just across the street from Zack’s brother’s house. We love that we can walk about 3 minutes and be in the woods!
Yesterday was my birthday, and I joined Zack in the 40 club. So far, 40 feels good. I’m in better shape than I was at 30 or even 20.
Zack and the boys took me for a manicure/pedicure. What a treat! I felt so pampered and spoiled.
We went to the mall. It was big. The music was loud. The people were friendly.
We had Indian food for dinner. It was spicy. And it was awesome.
Plus, a cake from American Cookie Company. So many calories. So yummy. I have zero willpower around those cakes.
More to come!
Those of you that have been hanging out with us for a likely remember that we’ve written a bit on the blog about culture, and adapting to life in a new country. Things we’ve learned and experienced as we journeyed across the ocean. Differences in Norwegian & American culture. Things that were strange or difficult for us. Things we love about this culture and country.
Yeah, three years of learning and being challenged, feeling frustrated at times, and at other times quite encouraged, struggling to understand differences, working to find substitutes for things that were once normal for us, finding balance in a new routine, and so much more.
We have grown to love life in Europe. It has become home. Then again, we’ve also learned that the idea of home has greatly changed. There is no longer that one place that is home for us. Instead, it’s a feeling, and it’s more about who than where.
But now it’s time for a bit of reverse culture shock… the Dove family is embarking on a visit to our other home! We’re headed to America soon (in 15 days, to be exact), where we’ll be spending the holidays with family and friends, doing a bit of work, and relaxing a bit as well.
Zack and I have each been back to the states once. But our boys have not been there in over three years. Needless to say, they are a bit excited!
We are excited as well – and maybe a bit apprehensive. Three years is a long time. And we’d be lying if we said this time and experience has not changed us.
Two months in America – this is going to be interesting!
So stay tuned to see just how much we’ve changed – and how much the world and life we left have gone off and changed on us!