I have quite a bit of updating to do since I have been absent from this blog for so long. Somehow the past 6 weeks have already come and gone. Ryan took his final exam for third term yesterday morning. Which means he starts fourth term on Tuesday. And then he'll start fifth term in January, and then we'll be flying home in May! But that's still a few months away. And to keep us occupied in the mean time, I have plenty to do with our new role as Resident Assistants.
Yesterday, I sat through a 4-hour orientation meeting while Ryan took his exam. We learned all kinds of exciting things - like the fact that students should not break the lock on their door with a hammer just because their key doesn't seem to work. Yes, that has happened in the past. After our meeting, they had sandwiches and cookies for us. Somehow, Ryan made it in time for that part.
When we arrived back at our room, we were greeted with 60 bales of toilet paper (48 rolls per bale) that had been delivered that morning and stacked in our kitchen. The previous RA's told us we should order about 60 bales at the beginning of each semester, but my friend in the housing office said that was quite a bit more than we will need. Usually there are a few empty rooms in our building that can be used for storage. However, this semester there are over 800 new students living on campus, and every room is filled. So for the present, this is what our room looks like:
I've had about 5 students check in this morning, had two or three students stop by with questions, answered many phone calls, tracked down a missing key, and arranged for us to switch storage duty with another RA so Ryan doesn't have to miss church tomorrow. It's already 11:30, and I haven't had a chance to shower yet! This must be what it's like to have kids.
Ryan is completing his last research paper this weekend. He's looking forward to just studying and not writing anymore. But it's been a good experience, and to have several papers published while in medical school will look great on his resume.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this semester!