- Now that we have had over a month to research and come to peace with our placement I have a better outlook on our next two years. We have talked with a lot of people who currently live there, who are going there and who have lived there before. All of them say how wonderful Yaounde is and what a great place it is for a small new family. We’ve been reading the Lonely Planet West African book and many other books about Africa history and travel. All of them agree that Cameroon has all of Africa inside it’s boarders. There are pristine uncomercialized beaches, grasslands, a rainforest and an amazing mountain. They also agree that the people are very nice and welcoming. All of this information and just the knowledge that we are being sent where the Lord wants us to go has eased most my concerns.
- My husband and I find ourselves defending Cameroon and our choice to join State a lot lately. I can’t tell you how many people say, “You’re going where?” “Why would anyone (yes, “anyone,” a passive aggressive way of saying why would YOU) do that to their children?” “See, doesn’t the State Department suck to put you in a place like that?” My response is always something along the lines of, “We chose this life, not the State Department didn’t choose it for us.” “Cameroon is actually a really great country and Yaounde is, from what we’ve heard and read, a great place for young families.” “Our daughter and future children will know and understand the world and it’s peoples in a way that no other American child (a passive aggressive way of saying, “than your child.”) ever will. They will gain and have cultivated in them a compassion, thankfulness and understanding of different cultures because of the life we are giving them.” There are so many more comments people inundate us with but these are probably the best ones yet. Why do people always feel the need to judge?
- I’m looking forward to the adventure that is Africa. We are going on this adventure in the safest and easiest way, through Patrick’s job at State. It’s going to be great!
- A word on visitors. We’d love them.