Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We're here!

We arrived safely August 21st, with just an hour or so sleep on the night flight.
We flew into Manchester and visited our soon-to-be terrace house and our British Friends that we met on the internet. They have two girls Laura Ann and Katie's age.
Following behind their car, we drove around many a round abouts to Sheffield and spent two nights there. We slept 17 hours the first day! There were so many changes for the girls that the first two days we ate at Burger King and Pizza Hut for some signs of "home". Then we came to the countryside of the Peaks District, where rolling hills and valleys are filled with stone fences to keep the sheep and cows enclosed. We spent over a week in the delightful town of Eyam at the Rowan Cottage. It was a narrow five level terrace with BEAUTIFUL flower gardens! We were there for their Well Dressing Ceremony; to bless the water of the village and pay honor to two lovely mosaics made with flower petals, leaves, moss, etc. created by the locals. The following week the parade went by our cottage. It was FUN! It lasted for hours with a carnival that followed. During the past week we bought a vehicle, Suzuki Ignis and set up housekeeping. We've been working hard. We've painted four out of the five rooms in the house and yesterday they recarpeted the living room and dining room. Last night was our first night at our home. Today we received internet service and phone service! With this progress we feel almost human again and can enjoy the spectacular views out our windows. We've watched hot air balloning, sky diving, hang gliding and aerobatical flying this week! David has met with his supervising professor and is very excited about working with him on a big project, mission as well as his studies. The girls meet their teachers this Friday and begin school on Sept. 8th. My endeavor is to gain courage to drive... it is much more intimidating than I thought it would be. I can handle driving on the left, but the stick shift is on the left and the hills are steep and the roads SO narrow! I've put an application in at Lady Manners School as an Art Assistant, which is part time. God has blessed us during the past two weeks. Laura Ann had a sinus infection that just finished up and we are settling in. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!!!!
They really do say it here,
"Cheers", Tammy


Stephen said...

So good to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed your trip and are now getting settled in! Keep us posted! Rebekah

Andrea said...

So happy to hear that you made it safely! And yay! Internet service again! Would love to see some pictures. Cheers, to you all, too.