As you might have guessed from the silence the past week and beyond, we still don't have internet :( AOL has repeatedly told us (and we believe they aren't lying!) they sent us our wireless router 10 days ago. I guess we've actually had access but just no router to use that access yet. Anyways, wouldn't you know that the router is either lost in the mail or swiped by someone else in the building (?) (unsecure mail -- everyone's mail in the building is dumped in one place). Mark finally convinced them on Friday they need to send us a new one. We are praying that will go more smoothly and is going to his address here at the school for security reasons, just in case. That could arrive any day. We pray it is sooner rather than later, but at this point are trying not to get our hopes up.
Between that (partly because of that) and other things going on there have been multiple disappointments at least in my week last week. I am grateful for the Lord's patience and lovingkindness (and Mark!) during my "losing it" emotionally several times last week. It was a good day in the Lord yesterday and I think my upward perspective has been restored. Please pray with us that we can continue to adjust to our new surroundings. We continue to feel more and more at home here, but there are still those various things that drive you crazy and make you miss home more when things don't go as you think they should and in the time frame you think they should. It's hard to feel like you just want something done properly and all you get when you try to accomplish them is the feeling of banging your head on the wall repeatedly!
A couple weeks ago it hit me that I would have to work Thanksgiving Day! That was a weird thought. At least it is only in the morning and we are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving in part Thursday night with a missionary couple that just moved here right before we did (and incidentally have family at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, right down the road from where we lived in our house!). They also attend our church and we have been trying to find a time to get together. Thanksgiving night seemed appropriate! They will come for pumpkin pie if I can manage to make pumpkin pie out of pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin doesn't exist in Aberdeen). Well, whether or not I make pumpkin pie, I think they will come! We are also very much looking forward to celebrating all day on Sat. with some other couples who have just arrived this year. Sure you will hear more about all that later!
We hope you all have great Thanksgivings no matter what you do!