We were at lunch the other day with Ryan and Abby, the other married couple serving here (who also happen to be from Colorado). We sat down and were handed menus, and after looking at them in silence for a few minutes, I said to Mark, "whatcha thinking babe?" while at the exact same moment Abby said, "what do you think, Ry?". I think both of the guys eyes about popped out of their heads. Abby and I thought it was absolutely hilarious.
It is different to be serving in the Peace Corps as a married couple. In many ways, I think it is easier. But sometimes, it is very challenging. Our experience is very different because we are married. The way Tongans relate to us is different. The way we do (or more often, don't) fit into community here is different because we are married. It's just different. And while we are very thankful for everyone serving in Vava'u alongside us, we are especially thankful that another married couple is too. It's nice to know we are not alone in some of the unique challenges we are facing.