Change

We said goodbye today to our 2 Korean exchange students that we had living with us for the past month... yup 2 of them!! so my house of 6 became a house of 8 and while I thought oh what's 2 more... well 2 more means an entire loaf of bread everyday for sandwich's... an extra jug of milk every other day, 2x the amount of cereal...lunch meat and school snacks! I felt like I worked for a cafeteria making all those lunches! but they were great... well cept for the 1 girls passion for dancing that translated more into jumping which when you are sitting underneath it sounds like bang bang bang bang bang bang... you get the point!! oh and they broke a screen window which is MOST needed when the national bird ... the mosquito hatches after the melt in April!! apparently they were keeping their banned kimchi out the bedroom window after our kitchen was getting stink bombed out from spicy cabbage something or other! They had fun playing with our girls and mauling our cats...tying ribbons on our poor dog and trying to stay warm in the average -20 weather we had the entire time they were here! 1 of them wants to return here to go to University and can't wait to live in Canada....

so it was a great experience! one that we are going to relive for the next 5 months as we welcome a "son" to our home. We have never had boys live with us so it shall be a change to have a 10 year old boy, never mind from a foreign country where in his culture boys are everything... uh hem is he in for a wake up call!! hehe.... that won't fly here in a house where there is 1 male to 5 females!!! It could be a challenge but we feel up to it and sure that he will experience the love we have in this home and get to live a typical... well close anyways... Canadian lifestyle! I am glad we have a 10 & 7 year old boys living next door... in case he is getting feminine overload he can always escape with them!

I had an interesting conversation with my 9 year old today as I was moving the girls around again to accommodate our new house guest, and she was quite upset with me. Change is sometimes not so easy and at times we have the urge to fight it, not knowing what the big picture is or how we are going to be affected can bring up a lot of issues... it certainly does with me anyways. She is the one getting displaced this time and is not real happy about it. We are going to try to make another bedroom for her but that takes time and $. Of course she wants it done right now and while she is at it...being upset that is... she brings up how we had talked about painting her room when we moved here and it should have been done by now... she said a lot of other things that while they were disrespectful were a way of getting her feelings out... something we girls need to learn to do in a respectful way! it doesn't always come naturally. It wasn't easy to hold back my own feelings when she was venting, but I let her wrong or right, and then I addressed her "feelings".... you know this hasn't been an easy year on any of us. Maybe getting a student that pays room and board isn't the easiest thing on the kids all the time. Maybe we did promise to paint her room. All the maybe's get put in to a priority list when you are facing what we have had to face. I told her I know this is all hard, it has been a hard year on all of us, but daddy is getting better now and we can just pray that he can find a job that his body can handle. We have to stand as a family and believe that the reasons why we were brought here will prevail.

I just got a wonderful interruption! just like right now... a call from Super-Mom... she is an angel! she just prayed for me and I feel totally downloaded and uplifted... like loads lighter! what a great change! Powerful prayer can really change things! perspectives and wow just amazing difference. I love that song by Casting Crowns, the voice of truth, it is so profound, there are so many voices speaking to us, but what does the Voice of Truth say??? Super mom reminded me of the prophetic words that were said over us our last Sunday at the church before we moved here, that we would be brought closer to the Lord.... totally happening... that our marriage would grow stronger.... totally happening... one of the other words over J was that young men would be drawn to him and he would speak into their life... an overflow of the river.... and that is what we need to stand on, that it will come to fruition.... thank you Lord for the doors to open, the path made clear, our souls to stop striving and our Spirits to hear. I feel a change coming on! it was not a mistake that I starting this post before super mom called and that I had already titled it change! thank you Lord for confirmation!!!

4 comments:

Nadine said...

How wonderful to have two students in your home and impart to them in such a positive way that one wants to return.

Shash said...

Our kids are way used to having someone else in the house and have moved around from room to room, we're taking a break right now. It's been 8 years of it... Our 7 year old and only daughter was displaced the most. We've promised all the kids we'd paint their rooms... we're still waiting on that one... things happen.

What about doing what we did. We hung airplane wire across the upper landing and hung drapes, they could move from side to side. We set up her "loft" style room and she loved it, she was in there for 2 months and did ok. It was better than being in a bedroom with 3 boys...

Elle*Bee said...

A 10-year old boy? You life will never be the same - this comes from a mom of a 10 year old boy (and a 12-yr old boy, and an almost 6-yr old boy). Of course his world will never be the same, either!

BTW, that's wonderful news about J's prognosis!

MugwumpMom said...

Wow, a 10 yr old boy! What country is he from...and I had no idea exchange students came that young!

Glad you got an uplift today. Awesome