The first few days.

We are here! It's been 3 full days and I think the jetlag is wearing off. We've been running around like crazy which has been a great thing- all the emotions swirling around in me make idleness dangerous. It's strange to leave family and friends, the people who love you the most, and then arrive in a new land where you don't really know anyone and you don't really seem to fit. This wasn't a surprise, thanks to our time in Belgium, but knowing that something is coming doesn't make it all that much easier when you hit the ground.

A few updates.

One, I found the next installment of our team challenge to capture eachother's names in graffiti.

It's not the correct spelling, but phonetics count in this game. Only 10 more to go :)

We house hunted on Friday and saw some options for our team. We saw some great stuff.

Yesterday we wanted some adventure! So we rented a Smart car and drove to Cesky Krumlov!

In the summer, this city is a huge tourist magnet for it's kayaking, camping, and brewery tours. In the winter, it is an ice village with fewer people but is just as beautiful. 

This is the same river that flows through Prague, the river Vltava. Can't wait to go back and kayak this summer!

This is a picture to give props to Clay for all the weird food he has to eat with me as I figure out how to eat gluten free in foreign countries. He is a champ.

We walked the city. It was so gorgeous.

We set out Friday and some of today to do some grocery shopping and have been really encouraged. This living a big international city is going to be pretty fun. I actually started singing "I think I'm gonna like it here" from Annie today in the grocery store :) So many options! 

Favorite finds so far? Dried beans at a Lebanese store (black beans that are currently in our pantry to be turned into soup tomorrow), a canned gluten free soup (Lentil Bacon, yum) which I went back and bought two more servings of, and a really great Indian gluten free frozen meal.


Clay also found a frozen pizza that was his favorite in Belgium- it made us so happy to see something familiar. We were happy campers at dinner tonight, me with my Indian food and he with his pizza :)

The whole gluten free thing has been really encouraging so far. There have been a few times when I felt like crying, but for the most part the options are pretty good. We went to our storage unit and picked up a few kitchen things that will make preparing our own food really convenient. And this is good considering we are starting an intensive language program next Monday and energy for the kitchen will be scarce.

Even eating out hasn't been so bad. Yesterday was one of those days that I was feeling overwhelmed with the huge task of figuring out what to eat. (Those of you with strict dietary needs know what I mean by overwhelmed. It's so all-encompassing sometimes!) We walked into a mall food court, and I was just so sure we wouldn't be able to find anything. I was prepared for defeat. 

Then we almost walked into this sign.


 Ya'll, I started crying. God is so good to us! We couldn't stop laughing. He was telling us that he is taking care of things and that he loves us. And we are so thankful. And I ate pasta :)

So. Things have been hard at times in the last few days. But we feel his presence and we trust him.

Tomorrow we head off to the immigration police to hopefully get registered to live here. 

Keep the adventure coming!

Love you guys!


We made it!

We made it to Prague! We arrived around 5pm, just in time for nightfall. We caught a pretty sunset on the plane, and also caught a glimpse of the winter that awaited us. Brrrrrr!

It feels so good to be here! We dropped our bags as soon as we arrived to our temporary home, and ran out the door for dinner. We grabbed some hot drinks on the way back to the apartment.

Our bags are unpacked (yay!), and we're about to turn in. Tomorrow we are doing a little apartment hunting! Oh yes, the fun begins again! I love house-hunting! And we get to do it x 3!

Goodnight friends! We love you all back home and miss you already.


Today is the day!

We move to Prague today! It feels weird to even be typing those words! We're excited, emotional, exhausted, and hopeful. This move feels right and good. I feel peaceful about it. God has given us such grace in these last few weeks as we've said our goodbyes and begun the transition from one home to another. The anticipation of leaving was sometimes harder than I could bear, but the actuality of it has been truly sweet. I am so thankful.

We're on our way! See you from the other side!