Saturday, February 27, 2010

Six months on...

Today marks the six-month mark since we left Australia for Hong Kong. I don't need to tell you all that we've been up to as it is basically all here for you to read on this blog. 

You might remember reading our first impressions when we had been here for a few days. I thought it might be good to ask everyone how they are feeling about living here now after six months.

Craig "While it's been great finding an English-speaking church here in Hong Kong, I still miss our home church and the ministries there. I also miss foods like Kellogs Coco Pops, as they taste different here. I'm looking forward to seeing my family in NSW in July, watching the sun set over flat plains without a single skyscraper in sight, and driving a car again. It's exciting to continually see God's hand preparing the way for bigger and better things. For example, just today I met the CEO of a non-profit organisation which seeks venture capital for local start-up companies in the field of education and health. I'm thankful to the Lord for Renee's job at ICS. I like not having to mow a lawn or weed or wash a car. Our pay TV sports channels were a very nice splurge, I have to admit. The humidity and mould problems in Hong Kong were unexpected, but the price of take-away food here has been a pleasant surprise. I am still struggling to find ways to connect and share God's love with the Chinese people."

Renee "I am still feeling resigned to being here in Hong Kong, rather than relishing all the adventures we are having. Once my class is up and running I think I will feel more fulfilled and happy about being here.  My  sister Lauren's surprise visit remains the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. This blog has  also been an unexpected pleasure for me to maintain; it's a fun hobby. Of course I greatly miss the op shops in Australia and my involvement with Deaf ministry at church. I was so thrilled to return to Perth for Alec's funeral and see some of my friends again. I am looking forward to my mum's visit, as I know she will be a huge encouragement and help to our family. I am daily thankful to the Lord for giving us such a wonderful apartment in which to live. We have sold both our cars in Perth, so that is a relief as well. The language barrier here in Hong Kong remains my biggest hurdle. It just seems so insurmountable; I can't even be bothered to start."

Jemilla "I like living in Hong Kong because at my school there is a sandbox, and I can find lots of interesting stones in it. I like being the best reader in my class. I always wanted to live in an upstairs downstairs house, and I thought I would have to wait until I was a grown-up, but now I live in an apartment with five levels! I like the food here, but the smells in the market give me a tummy ache. I think I am allergic to them. I miss the beaches in Australia like Hillary's (in Perth). I miss Mia and Jonathan and going to Katie's house to play. I still haven't been to Disneyland here yet. I am excited about Manou coming to visit soon, and I can't wait until July when we go back to Australia and I can go to Hungry Jacks again."

Keegan "I like living in Hong Kong because I have a lot of friends here. Every Sunday afternoon I go to cricket practice so I can get better at bowling, batting, and fielding. I love watching Ricky Ponting play cricket on our big TV in our apartment. I like playing in the club house. At school the thing that I like the most is that before Chinese New Year we didn't have to do any work, just fun stuff and playing. I like some of the food here, but not fish balls. I miss my bike and trampoline and yellow cricket pads from Australia. I wish I could see Owen again. Sometimes there is no cricket on TV, and I feel sort of disappointed, and that's all I have to say."

Tirzah "Mummy is writing this for me as I am still not speaking in full paragraphs yet. I am getting better at using the potty and talking and going for longer walks without the pram. I don't really like having to travel on so many buses and trains everywhere; it makes me grumpy. I certainly stand out here among all the Chinese people! I am happy to try all different foods here in Hong Kong. I LOVE the Wiggles and In the Night Garden and Playschool and am happy that we can watch all of them on our TV. I don't like sitting quietly in church for very long. I don't really prefer Hong Kong or Australia as long as I have my family and my dolly with me."

Thank you to those people who have left comments on this blog or emailed us in the last six months. Keep it up please! It is always encouraging to know there are people interested in our lives and praying for us.


  1. I'm sure it takes time to adjust. We moved 45 minutes and our children hated our house (of course we did buy a fixer upper), but I just recently asked them after living here a year and they think of it as home and love it. I am still adjusting, but that is b/c we are still "fixing". I'm sure it will take time for an adjustment considering the huge changes you have made. It looks to me like you are adjusting great! Making friends and creating special memories in Hong Kong will go far for you and your family.

  2. What a wonderful update! Thanks so much for sharing your lives with us via this blog.

    It's especially great to hear about HK from the kids' perspectives.

  3. Wow! Six months already.

    I think you are all coping so wonderfully with all the enormous changes in your lives.

    I'm so thankful for your blog - it enables me to keep up with your life and helps me feel not so far away from you.

    Can't wait to spend some time with you in July.