I wrote this in my journal one night this past week. I have wifi tonight but no more tomorrow! Ill try to post more ASAP. We leave for the beach on Wednesday!!!
WONDERFUL God blessed me today with a friend from New Jersey! She is the au’pair of the cousin of Sandra and she’s staying here til Thursday. We have a lot in common and it’s so much fun to talk to her. She’s 24 but we still get a long really well! She also is studying elementary education and Spanish at school, so cool! We found that we have a lot of the same feelings about our time here in Spain. Although she’s here for a lot longer than I am, we both were saying how homesick we were and how much we appreciated our families. Literally all the things we noticed we agreed on! Like family life, the rich families and their different lives. It is a BREATH of fresh air for me to have a friend to talk to! Also one who is similar to me. She’s also a Christian and we have talked about our walk with God and how it’s grown and changed since being away from home. It’s just honestly amazing that not only do I have a friend to talk to, but we have all these things in common. It really has given me like almost a revitalization and the exact little push and encouragement to keep going for my last two weeks! God is so very good. He has given me daily things to help me keep going and to know he is here. As we were arriving, he gave me the stunning sunset and beautiful whispy clouds to tell me he is here with me. Then he gave me funny Joey to make me laugh and talk in English to. Then he gave me Jaime and Sandra to talk to! And THEN he gives me Kelli who is only here for a few days, but she will be so wonderful and already has been, to talk to, to discuss things with, to complain, to be sad and to be happy and laugh with! Also right now the kids and I are watching toy story, one of my favorite movies ever! I am very cheered up and encouraged and I know it’s all gifts from God. Today I also got a text from my dad saying hello and he hopes all is well:) ALSO I saw a hummingbird. I’m sure it was a personalized little reminder from God that he loves me. There are so many blessings to count! Counting them daily helps me to stay positive and really see all the things God has given me and is giving me each and every day. Thank you dear Father! You truly are with me just as it says in Psalm 139- if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me and hold me fast. That’s what you are doing and I thank you:)
Into the Wilderness…. again
I haven’t written in FAR too long. That is not because I don’t have things to say, because I sure do! I just am often too tired at night to write all my thoughts. I usually skype right before bed and fall right asleep after that!
I’ll tell a couple little stories here:
One day, as Juan, Ines and I were walking to get bread, Ines found two little water balloons that were unused. The whole rest of the walk, Juan begged Ines to share with him. She would not oblige, even when I told her that the kind thing to do would be to share. I told her it was ultimately her decision, but if she wanted to be a nice and sharing person she should do it, even if Juan never did for her. Ironically enough, as we arrived at the store to buy bread, Juan found a 5 euro bill on the ground! He was so extremely happy that he forgot all about the water balloon. And it was Ines who had to keep her mouth shut. Just a funny little anecdote. :)
This week has been very fun for me, I went to Madrid like 3 days in a row! After having a wonderful weekend with my friends in San Lorenzo, which i believe I wrote about previously, I met up with them a couple times in Madrid. We explored a little section that was kind of a hidden gem and found a creperie, a little american bakery and I rediscovered my favorite english bookstore from when I was little!! It was a really fun day. The next day we went for some serious sale shopping. July is sale time and boy are there sales! Almost every store has at least 50% off, and they just keep marking lower and lower. Mainly because of the economy I am guessing, to get people to buy and get money out there. I got some really good deals, drank a Dunkin Donuts coffee, and had dinner at McDonalds hahaha. That was also such a fun day! The next day (yesterday) I met up with my friend from college, David and his group of missionary friends at a goodbye party for them all as they have already been here almost two months and are going home. It was actually PERFECT and like a little oasis for me. Talking english, normally, fluently and in an american accent to other americans was heavenly for me. They were all so very friendly and a couple couples even invited me over for dinner sometime! I had spaghetti and meatballs, sweet tea and southern accents, and i loved it. I had an adventure getting home though! I have to take the metro to my bus stop and then my bus home, but my last bus was at 11:30, and I JUST missed it. So I had to take a taxi! I was annoyed at spending 11 euros but it was ok because I got home safe and sound :)
Today I got some news that made me cry though. We are leaving for their grandparents (whom i love) house in Avila, about two hours away for the whole week. I had assumed there would be wifi and internet there, but they told me today that there would not be. I just got really upset! It’s not that I’m going to miss the internet and facebook and instagram, I am going to really miss my friends and family and talking to them everyday. Whenever I am feeling the least bit homesick or sad, talking to any one of them encourages me immensely and I am revitalized. But I have to do a whole new week alone! Technically I am not alone, I have God and he is always always with me but I am just learning to put my faith fully in Him. He is taking me away from all my comforts and leading me to him.. AGAIN! i already did this a couple weeks ago, but it’s happening again and probably for a reason. These last two weeks have been so fun and I have barely even gotten very homesick. After this week is over, the time is just going to FLY by because we come home on the 28th, leave on Aug 1, and I fly home the 16th! Just gotta get through this week and pray a lot. Who ever reads this, please keep me in your prayers! Pray that I would find all the positiveness I can and enjoy everyday as much as possible. I know I can do it!
It might actually be nice to have a little break from the normal routine. Apparently It is a very nice big house and its beautiful! I will try to take MANY pictures with my nice camera and my phone.
So applicable for me right now is Hosea 2:14- “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.”
This trip has been very wonderful and very hard for me, but I know God would not give me anything I cannot handle. I am looking forwards to seeing how this has changed me and made me stronger in my faith and in my speaking Spanish!
I will be gone until Sunday, and maybe I will post that night when I get home to let yall know how the trip went.