This week we will be, as we like to say on the internets, feeling all the feels, meaning it's bound to be quite the emotional week!
We are gearing up for our first level exam that will begin on March 30 and will be divided up into 4 days, each day being a varied length depending on which sections are given that day. Our teachers recently broke down the parts of the exam for us and I can possibly already pinpoint which parts I will do better or worse on, hah. I took my final evaluation (test) yesterday so all that is left is A1 exams. My teacher did also remind us that regardless of how we do on the exam, we have all made progress and we have learned a lot more than we think we have. I'm rather certain we covered 2-3 semesters worth of material in 3 months! The fact that I was able to chat online last night with a friend in french for quite some time before we lapsed in english was very encouraging.
Today we are attending a special church service that's being held at a local community building. There will be a baptism service, potluck lunch and an evangelistic outreach concert later in the afternoon. There will multiple churches from the area attending and hopefully some guests too! We plan on at least staying through lunch and taking advantage of the time and space to talk and get to know people before Ophelia lets us know it's time for her to take a nap.
On Tuesday, our Kontaktmission USA director, Rob Harris, along with a KMUSA board member will be coming to visit. It will be great to show them the school, catch them up on how things have been going and hear about the other missionaries they've been visiting during their travels. On Wednesday we will all be meeting up with Raphael Anzenberger while he is in the area to talk about what we'll be doing this fall in Loches and on into the future.
On Friday, we'll be going out to lunch with two of our friends one last time before they head back to Senegal. They were the first people we met when we arrived in France and it's been fun getting to know them and their daughter, who shares a birthday with ours. They make up 1/3 of our Friday lunch crew, so they will be dearly missed!
After that it will be a weekend of studying and perhaps a trip to a playground, weather permitting, for all of us to take a break and just enjoy life together. We try to keep a good balance between school, daily life and taking time to have fun, whether it's going for a walk on a day off, letting Ophelia run around the yard for a while, or squeezing in some Dr Who.