Today we started our Second Language Aquisition class.... sort of funny for me, since I've been working on Spanish for 12 years and teaching it for 3. I'm realizing that my habits of language learning are deeply ingrained and not necessarily helpful. I have a lot of work to do and there's no easy way around it. I know that bridging the gap between wherever I am (and have become fairly comfortable) and total fluency will be a huge challenge for me in Peru. At the same time, I am so thrilled at the prospect of finally arriving at fluency.
Over our long weekend, we went with two CIT couple friends to the beach (DeBordieu) for one last visit. I won't attempt to put into words the emotions around this goodbye. Let me just mention that this vacation home has been in my family my whole life and will very likely be sold while we are in Peru. I spent my childhood summers there, spent most Thanksgivings and Easters there for as long as I can remember, attended Christian discipleship training nearby for 3 summers, fell in love there, was married there. It is more of a home to me than any other house I am connected to.
Well anyway, we had a fabulous relaxing weekend full of knitting and tasty food, and I really enjoyed sharing the time with my new missionary-to-be friends. There is something very relieving and satisfying right now about conversation with people in this same crazy stage. All four of them are from California, so we took this photo to clarify the geography for them.