My New Family
Going to the pool
Last week I moved in with my second family of the summer, the Ottos. Though I will have much less time with them I am already really enjoying their kids and getting to know Joy-the mom. Philip, the father, was born and raised in Detroit but he has German family lines and they have now been living here more than 10 years together. Joy is German and it is a huge blessing that the kids are bilingual, at least in understanding. It is really funny because Fee, the oldest, once had a "click" moment in the USA while on vacation where she just all of the sudden started speaking English all the time, and she still does now. But Isaiah the middle child only speak German normally, and baby Eve is only saying "Nein" all the time, which means no :)
I am so glad that I can still speak and hear German all the time, but also use English to catch myself when I can`t find a word or to round up the kids when they won`t listen to me. And it is also a blessing to be able to talk with Joy about what is going on in my life and really share my heart with someone, finally. It has been a long summer of really having no friends except my mom and talking with Leah through Skype dates. Although nearly at the end of my time here, I am thankful for this gift of hospitality and friendship. Joy often has wise words about marriage and being a mom, and I am thankful for her encouragement and open-heartedness.
|Playing Candyland for hours|
"Even the sparrow finds a home, the swallow a nest for her young.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you. Blessed is the one who trusts in you."-Psalm 84