Culture Shock?

Culture Shock?

There are several stages of culture shock that we anticipate going through as we settle into life here in Lebanon.  From excitement over all the new sights, sounds, smells and tastes to questioning how in the world people can live like this, to acceptance, and eventually taking on and loving our new home and culture.  I think we are still in the first phase – it all feels like a big adventure right now, but that doesn’t stop me from missing some really random – and some not so random – things from home.

Thought I’d share some with you… to help you get a better picture of life here. :)

I miss…

…wearing clothes – jeans especially – that have been dried in a dryer

…not limiting my grocery shopping to what I can carry on the walk home

…Cheez-its (actually, I did see these at the store the other day, but at nearly $10 a box, couldn’t actually bring myself to buy them…. between C and I they would be gone in a day!)

…carpeted floors


…Taco Bell – which Caleb says isn’t real Mexican food, but nothing beats a Cheesy Gordita Crunch!

…worshiping in English

…LOST!  (okay, I realize that it doesn’t even come back on in the States until January… but I am anticipating missing it a lot!)

…and last but certainly not least, seeing my friends’ baby bumps, chatting on the phone with my mom about nothing, calling my sister to give her a hard time when USC loses… I miss my friends and family!!  So… when are you coming to visit??? :)

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a peak into our time in nc…

a peak into our time in nc…

we’ve been out here in north carolina for the past couple of weeks… it’s been fun hanging out with friends and family, taking a couple trips to south carolina and the mountains.  the time has flown by!  here’s some pics from the last few weeks:

caleb and evan working in the yard

a trip to the waterpark

27 years old!!!

at our lil bed ‘n breakfast in charleston

the shot that started the civil war

hiking chimney rock

my kind of hiking – there was an elevator you could ride to the top of the mountain!

on a tour of lake lure

saying goodbye…

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more goodbyes

more goodbyes

seven days left in arizona. it’s so hard to believe.

this past weekend our small group from church threw us a going away party. our first sunday in arizona all the small groups had tables in the church courtyard to sign up at, and we ended up joining the young couples group… it has been such a huge blessing for us over the past year and a half. we are going to miss them lots…and look forward to the promised visits they will make to lebanon (or at least somewhere in the mediterranean! :))

our wonderful group (minus a few :))

me and one of my favorite little small group members! :)

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the first of many

the first of many

though the last couple of weeks we’ve been saying goodbye to our apartment and lots of our stuff, last night was the beginning of the real goodbyes. it’s a weird feeling because beirut is still several months away, so it doesn’t really seem like we are actually saying goodbye, but we only have 12 days left in arizona, so it’s for real!

last night we had dinner with our dear friends the falks. rich and jen have officially been our small group leaders and partner development mentors, but they have been so much more than just that to us – great listeners, advice givers, a welcoming home, they’ve offered great ideas for our newsletters and helped us approach churches and friends for support… they are great friends who we will miss dearly!

rich, jen, us

caleb & brady showing off their muscles

Our next week and a half is filled with dinners and going-away-parties… lots more goodbyes. then we get to go to north carolina and do it all over again! it’s bittersweet. sad, because we will miss our friends and families, but exciting because we are taking one step closer to beirut!

posted by: nicolette