While rent here is much, much less than for a comparable place in most of the U.S., furniture and household goods can be a lot more, so we are truly overwhelmed by their generosity to us.
They also left us an incredible yard of gorgeous lush grass, and a lovely flower garden. My lack of a green thumb is a bit of a concern - I don't want to kill these beautiful plants! The good thing is, Jarabacoa is a place where most things seem to grow quickly and strong - and Carlos' brothers own a Vivero (garden nursery) so we'll be asking for their help, I'm sure!
|Our front patio. |
(Car port is to the right, our bedroom window is to the left.
There is a large yard of grass on both sides.)
Yesterday I baked biscuits in our new house's oven. It's been more than two years since I've had a working oven, so that was a huge treat! We now have a regular-sized stove and refrigerator, which is nice after managing the much smaller 'Dominican-sized' ones.
It's also wonderful to get up, and be able to turn on lights. In our studio apartment, we tried to be mindful when the other was still sleeping, so used a little battery lantern to move around.
|hanging out, enjoying the cool breeze |
and beautiful sunshine.
Our new couches are actually third generation "MC"s. The Laniers bought them from another missionary couple, so this is the third mission family they've been used by. (Get it? MCs - Missionary Couches!) '
|Like I said, the flowers are gorgeous!|
|another view of the garden|
|View from the patio. |
We live near the end of a little cul-de-sac
- the house across the street is currently empty.