Gratitude

14 11 2011

A bunch of my friends on facebook are daily making their statuses something they are grateful for. For whatever reason, I did not join that bandwagon. Probably because I’m typically ungrateful. So here is my attempt at getting up to speed with them. A list of 14 things I’m thankful for and why (in no particular order):

1. I’m thankful that I get to experience life in Barranquilla. It has been challenging and difficult at times, but I know I am the better for it.

2. I’m thankful for my mom and Billy. Without them. I definitely would not have survived my transition into life as a grown-up. They have been there for me emotionally, spiritually, and financially. I owe them an unpayable debt.

3. I’m thankful for my awesome sisters. All four of you mean more to me than I can express. I love that we can laugh together and that we can celebrate each others’ successes and support each other through the “failures.” I love you all!

4. I’m thankful for my mutt Abelard. He has been my little shadow for three years. It’s been a difficult few months without him and I’m sure he’ll have some trouble transitioning back into my care. But I love that crazy dog even when he poops in the house and eats things he shouldn’t and gnaws on my dresser. He makes everyday a little more interesting.

5. I’m thankful for my nieces and nephews. These kids light up my life. I’ve watched some of them grow from adorable little babies who just wanted to curl up on my chest and go to sleep to amazing young adults. And for the younger ones, I’m enjoying watching you grow and learn. All of you make life worth living. I’m so blessed to be your aunt.

6. I’m thankful for my brothers. Ryan, I have some great memories of when we were kids. I hope that we can make more now that we are adults. Jason, I’m so thankful that we were finally able to meet! It’s been a great two years getting to know you and your family. I love you!!

7. I’m thankful for Monica and Alvaro, my Colombian parents. I’m constantly amazed by their generosity and hospitality – not just to me, but to everyone that they encounter. May I learn to be that gracious.

8. I’m thankful for Divine Life. I’ve been a member of this particular community since the summer of 2004. This community has been there to support me during some of the darkest moments of my life. They have also been there to celebrate with me through my successes. I’ve learned more about grace and forgiveness and hope and love from you all than you will ever know. I miss you all and cannot wait to be back amongst you. (fingers crossed that you are missing me, too!)

9. I’m thankful for my dad. He and I are a lot alike in that we are both very hardheaded and stubborn. It is this that makes us argue so much. But I’m grateful that I get to hear his stories a hundred times and that we have a good relationship. It has taken many years on my part to get to this point, but I’m thankful that I won’t have any regrets about our relationship when all is said and done.

10. I’m thankful for Colombian style hotdogs. Seriously, they are delicious. I’m going to learn how to make them before I come home.

11. I’m thankful that I can at least understand some Spanish, even if I can’t speak it yet. It definitely helps that I can figure some things out on my own.

12. I’m thankful for the way God has provided for me to get to Colombia and while I’ve been here. I still need a few hundred dollars to get me home, thanks to a passport issue, but I’m confident that God will handle that.

13. I’m thankful for good friends. I’m thankful that I can laugh until I cry with you. I’m thankful that you forgive my stupidity and let me be myself. I’m thankful that you stuck with me when I was difficult to tolerate. I miss you all!!!!!!!

14. I’m thankful for Skype. Without it, I would be very limited with my contact home. I’m so grateful that anytime I’m homesick, I can call my family or friends and speak in English really fast!

So there you have it, up to date gratitude 🙂





#RealTalk

15 08 2011

Today has been a crappy day. I woke up with a pounding headache that made the sun unbearable. Then my stomach started hurting. Then it started hurting when I would take too deep of a breath. Then I tried to drink some water thinking maybe I was dehydrated. It made the stomach ache worse. Then a friend really hurt my feelings. Which made the stomach ache worse. Then the internet connection isn’t that great so I’m having issues watching my guilty pleasure show The Vampire Diaries.

All this makes me homesick. I just want to curl up with my mutt and sleep.

Tomorrow will be a better day. I’m going to the beach!





Oh, so homesick

4 08 2011

I’m beginning to feel the pangs of homesickness. It’s not that I don’t want to be here, it’s just that I’d like to go home for the weekend and then come right back to it. Well, here is the list I made at church tonight of 23 things I miss. It is no particular order:

1. Knowing the language
2. Abelard
3. Driving
4. New English television (I’m getting caught back up on Friends though – oddly enough, I did the same thing in Kyiv…)
5. redbox
6. snacks in the pantry (mostly oreos)
7. Diet Dr. Pepper
8. Eating at normal times
9. my family
10. text messaging
11. Divine Life
12. baby Jack
13. Chick-fil-a
14. being 80% vegetarian
15. receiving a paycheck
16. my books
17. the Greens
18. Divine Life nursery
19. library dates with Lea Anne
20. the other 3/4 of my wardrobe – BTW – if anyone wants to contribute, I really did NOT bring enough clothing with me (I wear about 2 outfits a day because I’m sweating like a man). I could use some financial contributions. But, if not, I will just deal.
21. independence (aka not asking permission to do something…this is new and challenging)
22. Abelard
23. Abelard

There you have it. I miss home.

 

While I’m at it, I’ll give you the top 10 things I was thankful for this morning. I’m really into lists.

1. my ankles were a normal size when I woke up

2. I was cold last night

3. I don’t have to share a bathroom

4. fans.

5. wireless internet

6. cheese with my breakfast

7. despite my purse’s size, it holds everything I need it to.

8. water

9. the spanish website I found.

10. the very early stages of a tan.





you know how I love lists

1 08 2011

1. I think the reason I love lists so much is because it doesn’t require a ton of energy and thought to make one.

2. I realize my hair is short, but I’m kind of wanting to cut it shorter.  I think it is because it is so hot. ALL. THE. TIME.

3. Remember when I used to be able to fix my hair?  Yeah, I don’t.

4. I went to the ugliest most awesome beach ever.  I need to go back because I need to take pictures.  I have an idea for this here blog.

5. Mi español is malo.  I’m not even playin’

6. The cord for my computer crapped out.  I hope it can be fixed because I really don’t want to buy a new one.

7. The FIFA sub-20 world cup games are going on in Colombia right now.  Some games are here in Barranquilla.

8. It rained so hard the other night.  It made me realize that I never want to experience a hurricane.

9. I miss my dog.  I think I’m feeling the beginnings of homesickness.

10. I love Barranquilla. The people, the food, the kids at the school – I couldn’t ask for a better situation.

11. That being said, I need to learn Spanish.  I’m not picking it up as quickly as I did Russian. This is frustrating.

12. I love Guava juice. Who knew?

13. I learned to drive a standard – sort of.

14. Other than ten minutes, I haven’t driven since July 12.  I wonder if I will remember how in December.

15. Tengo mucho hambre.





More thoughts from Miami

10 07 2011

Last night when I went outside to catch the shuttle, I was smacked in the face with humidity. Literally, the humidity had a hand and it slapped me. I’ve never seen anything like it. I had a great night’s rest and now I’m back at Miami standing by for the next flight out to Bogota. I didn’t make the first flight. The next one is at 455pm. I’m praying I make that one. All in due time, I suppose. For now, I have plenty of time to relax and reflect. I’ve mostly just relaxed though. Here are some of my most recent reflections on life.

1. I tried redistributing my carry on items and putting some in my guitar case. I think I managed to make the guitar case heavier and the backpack heavier. Either that or my back is breaking down. Maybe both.

2. I’m going to eat Sushi Maki for lunch today. I looked at the prices and they are normal!! It’s not a $10 hamburger or $3 bottle of water. It’s a $7 sushi roll. I’m very excited.

3. Jerry should be joining me soon. Last I heard he made the flight out of Bogota. If he did, that flight has arrived and is going through immigration now. Once he clears security again, I just might get to see him.

4. I’m really glad I was not a judge in the Casey Anthony trial.

5. I never ever want jury duty. But, if I were to ever get called in for it, it will probably be while I’m overseas.

6. Sushi Maki smells so good!!!

7. I’m sitting in a corner of the airport, not by a loading gate, on the floor just so I can keep my laptop plugged in. My battery is shot. It lasts about 45 seconds without being plugged in.

8. I most definitely flirted with the hotel desk clerk last night to get a better rate on my room. It worked. I did not know I had those skills.

9. If you decide to move overseas, everyone will be interested in your facebook statuses and you will wake up to 14 overnight notifications. Not even kidding. Keep it up. I enjoy it.

10.I really dread immigration. Really. What if they take my medicines? Or worse, my hair goop.

11. I have set up a donation button on the side of my blog. If you look to your right up at the very top, you should see it. If you are wanting to contribute, you can do it there. It’s through PayPal and it’s linked to my checking account. Trust me, anything will help! All funds go toward my Colombian Adventure. Let me thank you in advance for helping me out. I couldn’t be doing this without you.

12. I miss my dog sooooooo much. Abelard, if you are reading this, I wish you were with me. Be good for Beccah and please learn to poop outside while I’m gone. I’ll bring you a new chew toy from Colombia.

13. Airport acquaintances are “single serving friends.” Name that movie and I will award you ten thousand cool points.

14. I think Addilynn is the greatest baby to have ever been born. I love her and I miss her little chubby legs.

15. This floor seat is not comfortable AT ALL. oy vey.

Thoughts? Comments? Donations??

Until next time!





I was wrong…

15 04 2011

Well, baby Jack did not arrive yesterday as I anticipated and confidently boasted for several months.  I have to admit that I was wrong.  While I’m at it, I figured I would admit to some other things I got wrong.

I once thought it was a good idea to grab a curling iron by the barrel to fake assault my step-dad.  I was wrong.  the curling iron was on.

I once thought I could pull off a successful garage sale.  One bad sunburn and $15 later, I had to admit, I was wrong.

I thought the movie Changing Lanes would be good.  I was wrong.

I used to think my nose was huge.  I was wrong.

One time I got a really bad sunburn.  I tried everything to bring the burn and the swelling down.  Someone told me to put banana peels on my legs.  So I did, thinking it would help.  I was wrong.

Last week I thought I could pull an all-nighter.  I was wrong.

I thought, “I’m the exception. Starbucks won’t suck the life out of me.”   I was wrong.

I thought that Tooth Fairy would be a shoe-in for best picture this year.  I was wrong.

I once thought Charlie Sheen was losing.  I was wrong.

There you have it: I was wrong. 

Today in History:

1967: Anti-war protests held in New York and San Francisco.

Massive parades to protest Vietnam policy are held in New York and San Francisco. In New York, police estimated that 100,000 to 125,000 people listened to speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Prior to the march, nearly 200 draft cards were burned by youths in Central Park. In San Francisco, black nationalists led a march, but most of the 20,000 marchers were white.  (all this info was pulled from here).

The 60s may be my favorite decade.

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter V for Viviana.  A special shout out just for you!





more lists. I really REALLY like lists.

12 04 2011

Duh! Whining!

I think I have the beginnings of a sinus infection again.  This would be the second one for the year.  Awesome.  NOT!  My nose burns, I have one tooth that has become overly sensitive to cold in the last three days, a cough that won’t stop, and a pounding headache caused by said cough.  I’m a tad bit miserable and I feel like whining.  So I will.  I really want to be resting, but I can’t.  I have to work and I have to write a paper. I think the stress of the paper is the instigator of all my health problems right now.  boo.

30 Day Push Goal Challenge:

On Sunday, I had to rewrite my 10 goals for the year.  I decided I would share with you.  I didn’t look back at last weeks so this is all fresh from my head:

1. pay off credit card
2. apply for PhD
3. successful VBS for Divine Life
4. $500 in savings/emergency fund
5. send out resume to schools so I can teach
6. buy a bed
7. visit my dad in Phoenix
8. improve my Mary Kay sales
9. lose the weight!
10. Save up $300 for Christmas

I love goals.  They make me happy, especially when I knock them off the list because they are complete!!

Top Ten Lists:

Because I love lists, I have two more to share with you:

Top 10 cities in US that I must visit:

1. NYC – check!  went in Dec 09
2. Boston – check! went in July 09
3. D.C.
4. Miami
5. Vegas – went once as a kid, would like to go as an adult
6. Orlando
7. San Diego
8. Los Angeles
9. Seattle
10. San Francisco

Top 10 Non-US places to visit:

1. Ireland
2. Russia
3. Greece
4. Egypt
5. Italy
6. New Zealand
7. Australia
8. France
9. Germany
10. Spain

I love to travel.  I need to travel!

Today in History:

1633: Galileo is convicted of heresy

Anyone want to guess his heresy?????  Heliocentrism.

Galileo believed the earth revolved around the sun. What a wingnut!  The church, under Pope Urban VIII, believed that it was scriptural fact that the earth was the center of the universe.  Galileo was condemned, his book of Dialogues was prohibited, and he spent the rest of his life under house arrest.  Around 300 years later, the church cleared his name – turns out, he was right!

click here for more details.

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter J – for baby Jack.  GET HERE ALREADY!!!