Love Always


on May 12, 2015

So apparently the month of April is gone? That’s news to me! I have no idea where it went. That seems to be a reoccurring theme in my last couple of posts. Time seems to be flying by and I haven’t quite figured out how I feel about it. On one hand, I’m excited because that means I’ll be home with my family soon, but on the other hand it means that I’ll be leaving my newfound family soon. Talk about bittersweet.

The reality that I only have 2 months left really hit me this month. Before, I thought “oh I have plenty of time left” or “I have like 6 more months here,” but now it’s like “oh dang, I only have 2 months left.” Craaaa-zzzyy! So now, even more than before, I’m trying to absorb everything in and appreciate every day that I have with my kiddos, with the staff, and with my community. I’m also trying to travel as much as I can because I know once I go back to the “real world” going to the beach for a weekend won’t be as easy as it is here. So be prepared for some beach pictures!!

It’s so crazy to think how fast these past 10 months have gone by. And yet, I haven’t aged a day! Haha! It’s been such a beautiful experience getting to see my kiddos grow these past several months. The ones that I thought were so little are suddenly not so little anymore. The ones that didn’t know how to read in August are suddenly reading books to me. The ones that were once too timid to talk are suddenly the most talkative in the class. One thing has not changed though, and that is how incredibly loving they are. Oh! And they’re still pretty crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

As I continue with my mission here, I ask for your prayers. As much as I’ve loved it here, it has also been extremely tiring. Sometimes I feel all the exhaustion from the past several months is catching up with me (or it may just be that I’m getting older…but I refuse to believe that hah). I’m really needing some strength and energy right about now so if you could offer up a prayer for me, I’d greatly appreciate it.

The gospel reading from this past Sunday really spoke to me because it reminds me of why I came here. On the days that I’m extra tired or that I’m really missing home, I stop to remind myself of this wonderful opportunity I’ve been given. I am incredibly grateful to God that he has entrusted me to care and love His people. As I finish out my year of service, I remember the words that Jesus spoke and try to live them out as best as I can.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.

John 15: 12

Love always,

P.S. I would like to wish my nephew Aaron a very happy first birthday! I know he won’t remember it but it breaks my heart that I won’t be there to celebrate his first birthday with him. I guess we’ll just have to Photoshop me in the pics Monty!! Haha. Tell my gordo bello that I love him and miss him so much!!


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