What a total shock, but also a delight! While out on break (which is refreshing and very much appreciated) we had a 20-week ultrasound. While the doctor is taking measurements he blurts out “Hang on; is there another one?” Sure enough, there was and we’re now very much looking forward to being the parents of twin girls.
We are delighted with the news. We know it’s not going to be easy, but we’re feeling 100% positive at the news. It’s like winning the lottery 🙂
With the added risk of twins, we’re moving our return date to the UK forwards. We want to have our first appointment with a midwife in the UK sooner than 30 weeks (which is what it would be, factoring in self-isolation). So suddenly we’re looking at being home in the UK in 4 weeks time!
We’re currently working on finding rental accommodation in Steve’s home town. The time difference is making it slow progress (Estate agent offices open at 8 pm PNG time), but there is progress. We just need to find the right landlord who won’t mind that we’re only planning to stay for 7 months. We’ve been turned down twice so far, but we’re trusting God will provide for us.
We’re also chuckling to ourselves that having a helicopter deliver your food shopping to you in the middle of the jungle is actually much cheaper than renting the cheapest 2 bedroom flats we can find in Bracknell (my home town, an hour’s train ride from London and thus a little pricey).
With our change in travel plans, we’re rethinking our remaining time in Kovol. We intended to push hard at language learning and then have a language check. Now however with only 2 weeks in the bush before heading back out to prepare for international travel we’ll be focussing on saying goodbye, reassuring people that we will be coming back (they’re still concerned that the Stous family will never return!) and packing up our house so the rats don’t demolish it while we’re away.
Be praying for us as we look for rental accommodation and pray for a smooth entry into the UK health care system. Brexit is happening around New Year, and while we should be fine we are concerned that we’ll run into problems now that the government is less friendly towards EU nationals like my dear wife.