My friends, I’m so sorry for the radio silence. Culture shock is a very real thing and reverse culture shock even more so. At the end of a long day at work and doing my best to be wife, mom, daughter, and friend, I usually have no more words left.
And although I can’t change anything about the last year, what I can OFFER is this quick update. Ready… Go. //
So, how’s Canada?
It’s become the most frequently heard question in my life.
It’s been 11 months since I last posted anything about SuperMom and the International Family. Eleven exciting and exhausting months. In that time, we sold a house, gave away our beloved dogs, sold as much as we could and packed up the rest, said goodbye to a life we loved in South Africa and moved across the planet.
How is Canada?
We became re-acquainted with our homeland, a land that looks similar but feels awfully strange. ‘Familiar strangeness’ is the only description that fits.
We made new friends and caught up with old ones. We survived the coldest February in 40 years of Alberta’s history, and we’re just starting to thaw in the warmth of the spring sun. Thank God.
How is Canada?
We undertook the enormous task of helping my precious parents downsize their lives. We bought a stunning house with them, one with a lovely walk-out basement suite, and we moved in together. God has given us the chance to make up for a lot of lost time. Family is a gift.
How is Canada?
We’ve done our level best to stay focused on the goodness of God and keep His promises front and center in our hearts and minds.
He promised that this would be our best season yet.
He promised that He would never leave nor forsake us.
He promised never to let us go.
He promised, and I am hanging onto those promises. //Hang onto God's promises... He'll NEVER let you go! Click To Tweet
So, what’s new with the Blaaks?
Here’s the Reader’s Digest version…
Erwin – is the Account Manager of Inside Sales at CTS Industries. It was an unexpected miracle that God opened up (especially in this economic climate), but it’s the perfect place for someone who is great with people AND technology. Yes, the Apple-nator is alive and well.
I am the Director of Communications at Adeara Recovery Centre, a residential recovery centre serving women struggling with addictions, trauma, and abuse. What makes us different is that we allow women to bring their children with them into recovery. I have the best job. Words, women, and Jesus… what could be better?
Our little chick is back home after three years in Australia. She’s going through her own stages of culture shock, but we are so glad to finally have her home! Before she’d even left Australia, God blessed her with a fantastic admin job at Aspire Physiotherapy. And of course, they LOVE her there!
Joshua is in his second year of MacEwan University in the Bachelor of Jazz & Contemporary Music Program, and he’s totally rocking it! This weekend, we’re even going to see him perform in the Winspear Centre, Edmonton’s finest performance theatre.
After doing all of his schooling in South Africa, David is in his final semester of Grade 12. Can you believe it?! It has been a particularly difficult adjustment to change cultures this late in the game, but he’s looking forward to graduating in a few weeks. And how cool is it that both he and Rachel are attending my old high school?
Rachel is in Grade 11 and a true go-getter. She jumped into high school life with both feet and even joined the school musical. Last month, they delivered a great rendition of the Broadway musical, “Newsies.” She even learned to tap dance for it. (click here to see the review.)
I thank my God every time I remember you (Philippians 1:3). ♥ Click To Tweet
Dear friends, please keep praying for us in this season. Change is hard. God continues to be close to us in the middle of it, offering comfort and strength for each day. We are thankful!
We love you all so much!
Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word was OFFER. (Ahhhh, I’ve missed you guys.)
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