When we first arrived in Jakarta, there were a lot of things I wanted to share with you. Everything was new! I knew that eventually life would settle down and we’d gain our new normal and routine. I remember during the first week how I longed for something to be familiar. The places, the people, the sounds, the smells, everything was different from the world we had just left and that was exhausting. Different doesn’t mean negative, though. Many of these new things were wonderful and some of them I could do without, but they were just not familiar.
After four months I have found that longing for familiarity has faded. Our apartment is familiar and comfortable, it is home. Our journey to school each weekday is a welcome part of our routine; the bajai drivers’ faces and the flower shops are familiar, and we can count our way as we pass by the buildings we know as landmarks. School is a second home to all of us as we spend just as much, if not more of our time there.
Familiarity is a welcome comfort.
Yet this means that life is not as full of new things and I struggle to think of what to blog about. We’re just a family doing our best to live out the life/days God has set before us. Each day comes with it’s own monotony. Each day comes with its own struggles, its highs, and its lows.
When I began this blogging journey I admitted that I am no writer and do not have words bursting from my mind waiting to tell you a story. As we’ve settled into regular life, I’ve struggled to think of things you might care to read about. But I committed to telling you about the journey of our family as expats in Jakarta and so I will do my best to dig deep and let you in on what’s going on. I can forget that you’re not here with me and what I’ve now taken for granted, you might find interesting. …Orrrr maybe you’ll find it just as boring. Either way, it’s our story and I’ll try to keep telling it. Thanks for being here.
What would you like to know about our life in Jakarta?
Below are some of the places and things that have become familiar.