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Hello from the Campbells! We have no major updates this week... We’re waiting on approval from the Swiss embassy for our visas, we’re beginning to pack, and we’re enjoying time with friends and family! The kids and I wrapped up our homeschool year last week, and Jack is busy with his podcast and French language learning. Jack and I celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary over the weekend with a breakfast date! Overall, life feels really normal right now. But, I think that’s a really good thing.

As I think forward to what our blogs will look like while we’re overseas, I’m working on some fun ideas! What will we want to look back on and remember? I plan to include stories about our family, cultural blunders, translation project updates, and even recipes. I want to share ways that God is working in our hearts, as well as in the people around us. We get to be the ones watching it all happen, but you all are just as much a part of the Kingdom work already happening in Côte d’Ivoire!

One of the formats I plan to use regularly is a family interview, where I ask each member of our family the same question in order to take a snapshot of this moment in our lives.

So, without further ado, here is a family interview...

Titus....


What are you looking forward to about living in Switzerland?

  • Going to school, making new friends that I get to see every day, and having a good workout walking there!


What makes you nervous about living in Switzerland?

  • It might be hard to find new friends.


What do you want to make sure we do this summer before leaving?

  • See Will and Ben!


What is your favorite French word or phrase you’ve learned?

  • “Oui”





Lucy...


What are you looking forward to about living in Switzerland?

  • Seeing what school is like, making new friends, seeing around town and what our apartment looks like


What makes you nervous about living in Switzerland?

  • Not knowing my way around or where to go or what to do


What do you want to make sure we do this summer before leaving?

  • Go to camp and see our Michigan friends! I want to have a special day out with Mimi and Mommy. And, swim in a pool again!


What is your favorite French word or phrase you’ve learned?

  • “Bonjour, Maman”

  • “Bonjour, Papa”



Elias....

What are you looking forward to about living in Switzerland?

  • Going outside at nighttime and morning time.


What do you want to make sure we do this summer before leaving?

  • See Josiah and Tobias!


What is your favorite French word or phrase you’ve learned?

  • “Bonjour! Ça va?”



Jack....

What are you looking forward to about living in Switzerland?

  • Learning a new language, exploring a new area

What makes you nervous about living in Switzerland?

  • Getting connected in a church that speaks French - It’ll give us a real understanding of the importance of worship and Scripture in our heart language.

What do you want to make sure we do this summer before leaving?

  • One last camper trip and reach 100% of our budget!

What is your favorite French word or phrase you’ve learned?

  • “après-demain”

  • “avant-hier”




Lindsay....

What are you looking forward to about living in Switzerland?

  • Watching our family grow together towards the same goal - all learning French, studying the culture, exploring new areas, and making friends. We’re on the same team as our kids and I’m so excited to get them involved in what we’re doing.


What makes you nervous about living in Switzerland?

  • The logistics of moving overseas with kids and our belongings. Also, the enormous learning curve we’ll ride during the first few weeks of language learning - I’m anticipating the weight of being emotionally and mentally available for the kids while I’m also in transition.


What do you want to make sure we do this summer before leaving?

  • Spend as much time as possible with friends and family - make the most of our time, take lots of pictures. And, of course, one last camper trip!

What is your favorite French word or phrase you’ve learned?

  • “Aujourd’hui”




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