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While our first month was difficult in adjusting to life here being very different from home, and our second month brought some feelings of settling in and getting accustomed to these things, during our third month we began to experience a sense of really missing family, friends, and the familiarity of home. However, two weekends ago was really great for us in that it was a series of firsts:  Friday evening I (Tonya) went out for dinner with a friend. It was so fun! Saturday evening we had friends over for dinner for the first time (not counting our missionary friends, the Poor's.) And on Sunday a family from church invited us over for lunch. The following weekend we went to a basketball game. All of these events helped us feel more "normal," like we are making friends here, and can do some of the same activities here which we were used to at home.
Everybody started homeschooling a few weeks ago (the online school wasn't working out for Jolie for various reasons, including the fact that frequent power outages were making it difficult for her to connect for her classes at the prescribed times) and it has been good for all of us to get into a routine.
The younger three have all started attending a Judo class in the evenings. Because we are homeschooling this year, an extracurricular activity is not only fun, but necessary for making friends and learning Spanish. We are still exploring options for Jolie, so please be praying for this.
We are hosting another class for kids at our house this coming Saturday; please be in prayer for this.
Ben visited the university in hopes that he can begin teaching an English conversation class as a way to meet people and share the Gospel. He needs to turn in a resumé and curriculum and plans to do this soon.
We brought a couple neighbor kids to church with us and hope to do so on a regular basis.
The kids and I were out walking the dog and picking up trash and we met these neighbor boys who started helping without being asked. I told them about the class for kids we're having this Saturday, and one boy was so excited he wanted me to tell every other kid we met while we were out. So cute!
As always, we are so thankful for you, whether you support us financially, through prayer and encouragement, or care packages, as pictured above. We honestly could not do this without you. 

With love, Ben, Tonya, Jolie, Ivan, Samuel, and Melody
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