About one week after our family returned to the United States after spending the last four and a half years living and working in Bangkok, Thailand, I wrote a blog about "20 Things I Have Noticed Upon Returning to America." Those were my initial observations. But now that our family is more than two months into our stay in the U.S, I have noticed a bunch of other things that I didn't run into during my first week here.
Reverse culture shock is the gift that keeps on giving, and while I don't walk around every day feeling stressed, there are still a lot of things that make me think, "Well, they don't do it like THAT back in Thailand!" Sometimes, that is a good thing. Sometimes that is a bad thing. But sometimes it is just neutral. Not good - not bad - just different.
So, without further ado, here are...
Last year, when our family was planning for our 2017 home assignment in the U.S., one of our kids' top requests was snow. They wanted to see snow and play in it. So we planned accordingly and now we are here in New Hampshire enjoying the snow. God providentially sent a big snowstorm the day after we arrived and we have taken the kids sledding a couple of times. In fact, I took them to the very same hill that I loved to sled on when I was growing up.
Below is a video of the kids (and occasionally Mom and Dad) sledding at Mack's Hill in Londonderry, NH. As you can see, the kids have realized that there is a bit of learning curve when it comes to sledding. If you scroll down, there are also some regular photos of our kids and family in the snow.
Click here to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ6pv1e3AcU