Half-way point of year 1!
Week twenty-six is the halfway point of year one and what a year it has been so far. A rollercoaster analogy belongs around here somewhere. But anyways, the last six months have had many memories that will last with our family for a long time. We thought this would be a good place to remember our favorite moments so far. So, as a family we took a vote and decided what our top 3 moments of the last six months were. Here they are in no particular order:
#1- The poo on the hand story. If you missed last weeks blog this won’t make much sense, so make sure you read the week twenty-five blog. Yuck!
#2- Ilir driving us to the hospital when Eve was sick. It happened before we left for France. Eve was feeling real sick and was in quite a bit of pain. We went to see the doctor and with how acute the pain was, he recommended we get to the hospital to see a surgeon right away. We didn’t have a car yet so we called Ilir (our favorite taxi driver) to take us across town. It was midday so there was plenty of traffic. We didn’t even tell him what was going on but he knew Eve needed to get there fast so he started driving crazy. He drove on the wrong side of the road most of the way. He weaved in and through cars. He went through tiny side streets driving way too fast. It was hilarious and scary and endearing all at once. Eve thought she might die from the car ride without even getting a chance to go to the hospital.
The story climaxed as Ilir ran what seemed like his 100th red light. This time he ran a red light right in front of a police officer. The police officer (on foot) waved for Ilir to pull over. Ilir started yelling at the police officer out of his window. The police officer yelled back. We aren’t sure what they said, but there were a few intense moments and then Ilir through his license and paperwork at the officer and then drove away. We sat there stunned. Was the cop going to chase us down? Would Ilir get his paperwork back? What was going on? Well, it all worked out, but it was an experience we will never forget.
#3- Mattress shopping. Right after we had gotten over our jet lag, it was time to look for a place to live and a mattress. We weren’t going to buy many things (many places here are furnished), but we definitely were going to buy our own mattress. Our brother Avni offered to take us to the mattress store. He had just bought a new mattress and was really happy with it. He offered to take us to the shop and show us which one he had purchased. That sounded good to us so we went with him to the mattress shop.
When we got there we were a bit confused. The store was a tiny little shop that was no more than 10 feet wide (if that). It looked like one of those “As seen on TV” shops with an eclectic assortment of different items for sale. There was a steam mop, some shoes, and some other items. When we got to the back of the shop, Avni stopped us in front of two items that looked exactly like rugs. They were rolled up just like rugs. They were standing up just like at a rug store. They looked to be the same thickness as rugs. And just as we got up to see them, Avni received a phone call, excused himself and walked outside. So there we were, looking at these impostor rug mattresses and wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. Scott asked if there was an upstairs or a downstairs or something we were missing. Nothing. Just two rolled up mattresses. We now know that the mattress expands when you pull it out of the plastic and lay it out. But still, we were expecting to go to a mattress store where you could lay on an assortment of mattresses, feel how hard they are, etc. Instead we are standing in front of two rug things with nobody to help us.
It was pretty funny actually. We spent much of the time laughing. When Avni returned he asked us what we thought. We can’t remember what we said exactly but it amounted to, “Um, where are the mattresses?” Avni ended up taking us to another store where we bought the same rolled up mattress we saw at the first place, but only after we saw it layed out and got to sit on it.
Anyways, it was a silly moment of culture shock that we won’t soon forget. And yes, our mattress did roll out and expand to the right size!
So there are our favorite three moments over the last six months. Our friends here mean more to us, our ministry far more important, but these three events will last with us forever.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11, NASB)