Here is our most recent newsletter!
To attempt to put into words our first four weeks in France is a daunting task. There have been so many great moments and so many debilitatingly overwhelming moments. I think the best way to convey our life here and our transition would be through pictures and high/low bullet points.
High: We arrived after an uneventful flight in Aug. to a 5-bedroom fully-furnished, wonderful 104-year-old house on the school campus.
Low: It can be hard to make a house your home when nothing in it is actually yours, it takes some settling and getting used to.
High: The kids have shocked us with how well they have adjusted to French public school. There have certainly been sad days and tears from them, but overall, Darrell and I are rejoicing in God’s provision of friends for them and joyful moments at school.
Low: With school comes illness. Since class started two weeks ago Darrell and I have actually only attended two full days of class due to sick children. We have come up with a good system where each of us stays home half a day, but missing half a day of class over and over again makes it very difficult to stay on top of things.
High: There is a precious single woman here (a student at the school) who has felt God’s prompting to help our family. This has been huge…HUGE! She has come once or twice a week to help with dishes (we have no dishwasher so hand washing is taking a large amount of time each day) and laundry. I don’t think I can even express to you how awesome this has been, such a gift from God!
High/Low: We had a sonogram of baby 7 last week with an OB in town. He spoke English (bonus!) and was very kind, but we did find out that I now have placenta previa (it was low lying before now) and a c-section is necessary. We are rejoicing that we are in a safe place for surgery and for the medical care leading up to it, but it was still disappointing and not our favorite news to hear.
High: I, Becky, attended my first sewing class ever….in French. Our school strongly encourages us to be involved in the community. As you can imagine, that is very difficult for us, but Darrell and I each wanted to at least attempt to be involved. My sewing group meets twice a month to do a small project together. It was exhausting because of how little French I know, but even in that one night I learned so much just trying to communicate!
High: We prayed for God to provide a vehicle for us seeing as our kids go to a school that is a 20 minute walk away. For two weeks Darrell has been biking with a trailer with two little girls and then three big kids trailing behind him….4 times a day, rain or shine. French school has a two-hour break at lunch so you drop them off, pick them up, drop them off, and then pick them up again….it’s kind of A LOT! But we have found that two hour lunch break to be a great time to connect with the kids and touch base on how they are feeling emotionally and physically. All that said, God finally showed up the perfect van to buy here in town. It was so cheap, so old, and works great (so far)! We are so thankful! (picture below) It will be such blessing to us to help us buy groceries and commuting children back and forth to school on rainy and snowy days.
I have to say, I am actually surprised the highs have outweighed the lows on this page. Even though living in France sounds so fancy (when they say, “Madame Baskin” at the hospital I feel like I should walk straighter and stand taller) and you imagine sitting at cafes sipping expresso, it’s just not like that, at all, with 6 kids and two parents in full time language school. Darrell and I study at least an hour and a half most nights after we put all the kids to bed and do the dishes. We feel exhausted and overwhelmed most days and when kids keep waking up with fevers, it can be very disheartening.
Please pray that we would be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. That we would spend time with Him daily to renew our strength and rest in His peace. Praise God with us that our kids are doing so well in school and please pray that they continue to enjoy it and to make friends. Please pray that the last 5 weeks of this pregnancy would be problem free and that God would remove our fears and we could walk peacefully into the c-section on Oct. 26th. And lastly, that our time here in France would be used by God to share the love of Christ with those who do not know Him. That somehow, with broken French, we could convey God’s love for the people of France.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and financial support. We could not be here without an army behind us!
The Baskin Brigade