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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Stages of Culture Shock

We have now been in South Africa for almost two months. During this time, we have experienced a wide variety of emotions. Before we left, we received many requests to post as many photos as possible. Maybe it will help to show culture shock through the eyes of a two year old:

"Hey, isn't this exciting? We're going to have so much fun."

"Hmmm, I'm not totally sure this is how it was supposed to be."

"Mom, did you see that?".

"See how much fun we are having? Why didn't we move to Africa sooner?"

"See that? I want one."

"Fine, then I'll just pout over here."

"OK, I give up."

"I'm back. See, we're having fun again."

"Wow, no one told me to expect that..."

"Really? Are you sure you know what you're talking about?"

"I don't believe you. It can't be like that."

...(fading quickly)...

...(and I'm out)...

Now you have an idea of the roller-coaster ride of moving to a new country/culture. While Meredith was the model in all these pictures, these were emotions all three of us experienced (and are experiencing) on an almost daily basis. God has definitely used this experience to teach us flexibility, and we trust we will come out of it more like Him. All things considered, we have enjoyed the whole process, and couldn't ask for things to be better. God has truly provided. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Louis & Amber O'Tool
The Pines Christian Care Centre for Children
(027) 079-289-9446