This is my first post from Grenoble!! I arrived in France on Thursday morning, and the past few days have been a wonderful, busy, exciting blur. I am so grateful for the hospitality from the team here, I have been showered with love and grace.
Since moving, I have been staying with a host family, and I have started a search for an apartment. Please join me in praying that the Lord would make the choice simple and clear. In additional to finding an apartment, I have ordered a French phone number, gotten a tram pass, and set up a French bank account. I am starting to feel very official.
On Saturday, I was able to explore the city center. Grenoble is one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever traveled to. The city is surrounded by three different mountain ranges, and they can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. I constantly find myself in awe of their beauty (and counting down the days until ski season)!
When moving to a new country, I had prepared myself for some culture shock. Though so far I have not experienced much of it, I have struggled trying to figure out how to open and close doors. Yes, doors. I know this sounds incredibly stupid, opening a door is a basic life skill, yes? Apparently for me, no. In France there is some secret trick to closing and locking the door that I have yet to figure out. Yesterday I tried at least 20 times to lock the door of my house before someone had to help me. So I am praying, quite literally, that the Lord would open doors for me here in France.
Thank you all for showering me with love during my last few weeks in the states, and for all of the messages of encouragement I have recieved since moving. I know that the tranistion will be difficult, and I miss my family and friends back home very much, but I know that the Lord has an amazing plan for me here.