We have a new addition to our family!
This is our fish, BIV Cardell! Fuller doesn’t allow pets with fur (that is how it is stated in the lease), so we got one with fins. Many have asked “what does BIV stand for?”. First, I have to tell you a story. BIV is replacing a long time pet, my beta, Azul. “Azul” is spanish for blue. Azul was bought my freshman year of college, where I had several spanish-speaking suitemates. Thus we named him accordingly. Azul lived for 3 years and in 4 different homes. In keeping with the spirit of Azul, we decided on BIV. Now think back to first grade, there was an acronym for a rainbow, ROYGBIV. BIV, the fish, has the colors blue, indigo, and violet and so it seemed the perfect name. We are excited to have our new friend on our mantle!
We have most of the house completed. The house is the perfect size but it takes a lot of time to figure out how best to use the space we have. I took some pictures of the clean parts of the house for you to see. Also, I am looking for ideas for climbing vines for the front porch. Please let me know if you have any ideas that are easy to take care of and do well in a lot of sun.
Now that the house is getting under control, I am working on the changing of documents. Today we tackled the DMV. It was not too crowded but we had to go to several different desks and take a written test again. Thankfully I passed and my California license with my new name should be coming soon.
I have to admit, during this process of trying to figure out the laws here, the correct documents, and getting use the lifestyle changes, I have not always had the best of attitudes. I heard myself say things like, “I can’t believe we moved out here,” or thinking “it would have been easier if we stayed in Georgia.” Although, as I was thinking this on the way to the DMV, God reminded me of the Israelites. They were so unsatisfied with the process that they longed for Egypt, rather than pushing through and obeying God in order to get to the land of milk and honey. Now, I am not comparing Georgia to Egypt or the DMV to the desert, but I was reminded of God’s promises to us and that He is always faithful. We know why we are here and that this time is needed for the process to be complete. This move was divinely organized and as we prepare to go into missions our next move will be too!
Speaking of school, we started orientation week tonight with a live jazz band and dessert and coffee on campus. We are excited to meet more students and get ready for campus. Also, thank you if you gave us amazon gift cards because they were greatly appreciated when buying textbooks this week. We will update you on orientation week and starting classes soon.