ready for home

ready for home

we moved out of our apartment in arizona back in june.  since then we’ve been staying with friends, family, people we’d never met…  although it was great to spend so much time with our families, three months without having our own ‘home’ is really starting to get to me.

please pray that we find a place to move into soon!

posted by: nicolette

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a new blog!

a new blog!

i love blogs.

i like to write them, but i love reading them even more.  i have a list of friends’ blogs that i check regularly (some are listed on the sidebar below, if you are interested), and sometimes i go to the wordpress homepage and find an interesting tag… usually something like autism or adoption… and then read all the blogs that have been written on the topic over the past couple of days.

but i have to admit (and no offense to any of my blogger friends! :)), that the addition of this blog to the blogosphere was most exciting for me!

many of you know that my little sister has been living in los angeles for the past two years.  she’s been studying political science at usc and working as an extra on tv and movie sets (for more on her fun job, check out my previous post here).  as i’ve mentioned before, my youngest brother evan is headed out to hollywood to go to the musician’s institute, and our other brother adam has decided to join the other two out west.  the boys just arrived and all three of them are getting moved into their new apartment.  my parents are in the process of picking up a bunch of caleb’s and my furniture from arizona and are driving it out to california as i type.  i’ve been kind of sad – missing out on such a fun family adventure, so i was so excited when my brother set up a blog to chronicle their adventures!

for those of you who know the king clan (or even if you don’t) and want to check up them… you can find their blog here.

yay!!!

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trying my hand at hummous in our hopefully for-now lil place

trying my hand at hummous in our hopefully for-now lil place

last night i tried to make dinner lebanese style.  wasn’t the best meal i’ve ever made, but it certainly wasn’t the worst either (& i remember very clearly the worst meal i’ve ever made – first time caleb’s dad came over for dinner… great timing, huh?)

other than a less than yummy meal and some lingering stomach issues (though not from THAT meal! :)), things are going well.  right now we are living on the tenth floor of the church building.  it’s a nice set-up.  our language school is in the building, and we anticipate most of our ministry, to start at least, will revolve around this building.  plus, the perks of the apartment are nice: it’s furnished, has wireless internet, and a generator to use during the three hours a day that the electricity is turned off here in beirut.

really, the only downside is that we don’t really have lebanese neighbors… which is a high value we have, both for learning arabic and for fostering relationships in the community.  so we’ve been looking for another apartment.  the hard part is it is all about connections.  you don’t just look online, or walk into a rental office.  you ask people you know if they know of any places available, and they ask people they know, and so on… often you can get a better deal on a place based on your relationship with the landlord… because of our limited social circle (after only a week and a half in the country! :)), it’s been a slow process!

sooo, we’d really appreciate your prayers…

… that we’d find a place within walking distance from the church…

… that is reasonably priced…

… with neighbors we can connect with…

… and while either furnished or unfurnished would be fine, it would be awesome to find an apartment building that has a generator, and an apartment with major appliances (many don’t come with oven, fridge, etc)

shokran! (thanks!)  we’ll keep you updated on how the search is going…

posted by: nicolette

today’s the day!

today’s the day!

it’s hard to believe that today is finally here… we are actually moving to beirut!  we leave from raleigh at 2ish, have a six hour layover in chicago, fly overnight to london, and then it’s on to lebanon!

thanks SOOOO much for all your prayers!  we feel so covered – it’s amazing.  a couple of specific things to pray for:

– calmed nerves, lack of anxiousness, and a peace that passes understanding (for me, especially)

– safe, uneventful travels

– no problems with our visas getting in

– that we’d make good connections in the first couple of days – both with new friends and contacts that can help us get settled and set up.

– that our actions and words would be a testimony to God’s grace in our lives

– comfort for our family and friends and us as we go so far away

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

next time… from beirut!

posted by: nicolette

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