It is saturated with history, both beautiful and horrendous. In our short time of living here, we have seen only an inch of this wonderful city and culture. It is hard to believe that we have called this home for five months now.
Milo Benjamin Hoskins arrived early on January 9th. We made the drive to the hospital at four in the morning on icy roads! Our arms have literally been full ever since. While it is still early, we feel like we have adjusted well to the changes–both in where we live and having a new baby.
A couple of treats for us here — a beautiful, spacious home in which to live (with a lovely garden), inexpensive grocery delivery to our door, a local carpenter who fitted our old wooden beds to hold modern day mattresses, a landlord and landlady who have been quick to help us with house problems, a wide community of expats who have welcomed and cared for us greatly (we didn’t have to cook for the first three weeks of Milo’s life), visits from both Thad’s parents and Jana’s mom, and we could go on.
Of course, living in a new culture also means adjusting our expectations. We quickly learned to be grateful for having plenty of hot water, our neighborhood post office is not very reliable (only 5 out of 9 packages have made it to us), and Hungary has the highest sales tax rate in all of Europe. After a lot of paperwork and document gathering, waiting for a couple of hours in a stuffy and too warm government office with three young kids, we now have four out of five residence permits (Milo’s should come soon). Lastly though, the toughest challenge ahead of us will be learning the Hungarian language.
LOL Moment … Three men from our moving company came to our home for a second time to help put together furniture. While they were here, communication resorted to pointing, grunting, and gesturing. After about three hours of this, they had finished and were leaving when one of them said “Tschüss!” as a good-bye. Recognizing that from our time in Germany, Thad asked if he spoke German, and sure enough he did. Everyone had a good laugh together, as we thought back to the embarrassing ways we tried to talk to each other for the past few hours.
Even with all of the settling in, adjusting to a new culture, and having a baby, Thad has been able to begin work in the office. He maintains a sporadic and part time schedule, but he is enjoying having projects beginning. Flexibility is his mind set, as we never know when we need to drive to a government office, meet workmen at the house, or make doctor’s office runs.
It seems there is much more to share than what can fit in these few lines of writing. The feeling of surreality still remains as we allow our hearts and minds to adjust to getting settled here. So far, we have found joy in all of these adjustments and changes. We feel like we can be a family again, without having to plan for major changes. The Lord has been gracious and good to us in it all, and His peace has reigned over our days.