So as most of you guys know, we've got our house, pictures soon to come. What an amazing feeling to finally be settled in knowing that there is no intention of packing up anytime soon, but then again do we ever know what God has up his sleeve? God, please don't have another move for us anywhere up that sleeve for a good little while.
One of my favorite parts of getting our more permanent settings is how we are becoming part of a community; neighbors, almacenes (house/corner stores), grocery stores, the trash guys, the security guy at Jumbo who watches our bikes, the employees at Easy (our Lowes/Home Depot), even the dogs that I like/hate at times (depending on whether or not they chase me when I cruise by on my bike).
They're all beginning to recognize our faces, our accents, our demeanor, our daily comings and goings, the smells coming from our house which are usually good unless I've had too many vegetables or black beans :) etc. This leads to intriguing/comical/interesting questions, statements and conversations.
"My friend from el país más grande del mundo (Brazil)..." "I'm not actually Brazilian although I'm the mix of Raw Umber and Tan (Crayola) and have a Brazilian accent when I speak Spanish." "Why did you guys move all the way down here to Chile?" "How come you've come to Easy 4 times today?" "When are we having the cookout to welcome you guys to the neighborhood?" Watch out don't hit your head on the... I hit my head on the low running cross beam in the Almacen. "Whatcha cooking with these tomatoes and cilantro?" "Oh you guys go to the church behind the meat store, we should visit with you all sometime."
We're different and I love how it sparks so many conversations and opportunities to get to know our community. I truly feel that God has placed us here for a reason and a crucial part of that is reaching out, serving, loving and sharing life with this community.