Monday, December 6, 2010


December 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm
Wow. In 15 days I will see my daddy!!!! I’m pretty stoked about that one. But, I have this bittersweet feeling inside me because my mom, sister, and Mitchell will all be at home and I REALLY want to be there too. If only it was possible to be in 2 places at once. I wish.
This week was ok… I am thankful for the weekend, but in all honesty I really miss Friday and Sabbath at home. Here it’s not nearly as restful as it is at home and I really miss that true Sabbath rest. On the other hand, I did come to serve the people here and that means Sabbath too.
It was a pretty slow week at the clinic this week. On Thursday we only saw 3 patients! It was raining and when it rains Peruvians hide away in their homes so it was a slow work day. We did some studying, which consisted of Lauren labeling my internal organs on my stomach with a sharpie (pictures on facebook ); and Cecilia teaching Stephanie how to listen for bowel sounds and how to do percussion and listen for the correct sounds in the different parts of the abdomen. Cecilia also taught Steph how to feel for the edges of the liver and where to listen to heart sounds. We also painted our nails- I’d call it a very productive work day.
Oh, on my day off which was Wednesday, I attempted to make pumpkin bread. My mom sent me some big cans of pumpkin and the recipe for her delicious pumpkin bread. I was so excited to make a little something to remind me of home. I found all the ingredients for it except nutmeg, but I figured it would still taste ok. I mixed everything up and was able to make 1 loaf and 12 muffins. I baked them in our lovely oven and the muffins turned out great, but I burnt the bread… it still tasted pretty good tho. :) I still had a little pumpkin left so I decided to make one more loaf. Well, I had to half the recipe and I did really great doing it all in my head but when I got to the last ingredient, water, I forgot to half it!! I realized what I had done just as I put the bread in the oven. I was so mad because everything else was great! So, when it was done it was just very, very moist… haha Thankfully, my mom sent me 2 cans of pumpkin so I can try again on my next day off. Maybe I’ll get it right this time. Haha :)
Now, back to the present time- clinic went well today. Nothing of great importance to report I don’t think… After clinic some girls wanted us to go to their school for an art expedition deal so we agreed. We ended up being there for a long time and as usual everyone stared and took pictures of us. I’m starting to get tired of all the attention… I wish I was brown. Haha but, then again me being white has come in handy sometimes like when I want to bargain with people. :)
I wish I could have perfect faith and always understand and trust God’s plan completely. Wouldn’t that be nice? I’ve just been having a hard time lately… this time of year is hard, and a lot has happened in the past few months and I think I’m struggling as a result of everything combined. Some days I feel fine, but then others I’m really sad. And I find myself being very short- tempered and that’s not like me. It’s really frustrating to me because I don’t really know exactly what’s wrong or how to fix it… And I really miss home… Everyone always told me the holidays were hard and this was the hardest time of the year and now I really believe them. This year is definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Ever. Yesterday I was having a sad day and I read my devotion and it was one of those that happened to be on the perfect day when you really need it- it was titled “God is for You.” The verse that went with it was found in Zephaniah 3:17 and it said “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” I love verses like that that just remind me again of the INCREDIBLE love of God and how much he adores each one of us. I’m so glad to know that I have a God that loves me so much, it’s such a comforting fact.

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