I know it must seem strange that I am posting this after we have already been here 3 years, but even after more than 3 years there are times we still feel the strains and aches of living in a foreign country and I'm afraid we always will to some extent. We will always stick out everywhere we go, we will always (well everyone except Joe) sound like a foreigner when we speak and we will always have questions about cultural issues.....and some days that is just more than you want to deal with. Some days that is just irritating and/or overwhelming. But (and yes, this is a big but), that is part of being here and (apart from how it feels some days) that is a small part of our lives here. We pray that those things that Satan uses to overwhelm us fall into the background noise so that we hear God leading us- leading us to follow him and do what he has calls us to. So, yes, Life does begin at the end of our comfort zones, because within your comfort zone, you are the one doing things. It is only outside of your comfort zone that God is able to take over and lead us to the things that amaze, enlighten and make us more like Him.