We (and all 13 of our bags) arrived safely in Nigeria last Friday. Both Judah and Jovelle, despite a 5 hour delay in Amsterdam because of a mechanical issue on the plane (2 of those 5 hours were spent sitting on the tarmac, where I silently pleaded for the airline to hurry up because we were using all our tricks to keep Judah entertained before take off!), travelled pretty well and even slept some on the plane and almost the entire 4 hour car ride from Abuja, the capital, to Jos (And truth be told, that’s probably the best part to sleep through because that is NOT a fun drive!). We arrived to our new, virtually unfurnished house on Saturday. Judah was so excited when we pulled into the compound that he literally squealed.
We are still getting settled in (and tonight is the first time I’ve even had internet access, so forgive the delays in responding to e-mails), but we are so grateful to be back. We miss our family and friends (and high speed internet) terribly, of course, and are already plotting how we can coerce people to visit us, but we have been welcomed with open arms everywhere we’ve been. Even the customs officers greeted us with, “You are highly welcome.”
And we definitely feel welcomed. Even in spite of several conversations in which our, a-hem, weight gain has been noted. Both Chris and I have been told on numerous occasions how much fatter we look. When one of our friends saw me, she exclaimed, “WOW! You have changed!” as she made arm motions indicating a ballooning body. She continued a few minutes later with, “I know you really enjoyed your time at your home and the food there” as she again pointed at my expanded mid-section. I smiled and commented that I did just have a baby, after all, but yes, I need to exercise, and maybe then I would skrink some, to which she replied, “No, I know you will love the food in Nigeria as much as you do at home and will not skrink.”
And she’s probably right. But at least I can take some solace in the fact that when Nigerians point out our “fatness,” it’s considered a compliment and a sign of health. 😉
We will hopefully get some pictures of our new house and cute kids up soon, but until then, we are grateful for your prayers and support.