Framily Love

September 27th has always been like a national holiday for me. I always find some type of way to celebrate my day of birth. And moving abroad was not about to stop the party. Sure I couldn’t indulge in all of the sweet treats and freebies from home that I typically enjoyed, but I wasn’t about to let my day pass without some type of celebration. I sent the word out to my village here in the UAE, and boy did they show up! Many of the people who made the journey with me to the UAE, those who had been living here for some time, and even my new work family came out to enjoy dinner with me on my special day. We literally took up an entire section at the restaurant. My heart was overjoyed, and my belly was full. As I looked around the table, I thanked God that He had blessed me with another year, and that He had given me friends (who had now become family), and that same framily chose to shower me with love. First birthday abroad was a success!

60 Days In

img_5906It’s hard to believe that I have been an expat for 60 days. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. School started last week, and I have struggled to get back in the groove of things. I’ve literally been off since May, so my body has been on vacation mode for quite some time. But, I shall be fine in due time.

Over the last 60 days, I’ve accomplished quite a bit including:

1. Officially becoming a resident of the UAE,

2. Moving into my apartment,

3. Venturing out and exploring my new home,

4. Creating some amazing bonds with other expats and locals,

5. Developing a new normal.

I’m so glad that I took this leap. Although everyday hasn’t always been full of glitter and roses, every hurdle that I’ve had to overcome has strengthened me in more ways than one. And for that, I am grateful.

To say that God has been faithful would be an understatement. There have been situations to arise where I not only felt His hand, but also literally saw His hand work things out in my favor. And for that, I am grateful.