with the craziness of the season and return to Bolivia the blog has been put way on the backburner. the holidays at home were amazing. even though i only missed one Christmas with my family it seemed like forever. i loved getting to see old friends, neighbors, and SO MUCH family. i even got to meet a beautiful new family member. i was too consumed with seeing everyone that i barely took any pictures. here are some that i did manage to capture from the break.
^^^ Christmas Eve consisted of cookie making and oyster harvesting ^^^
^^^ Christmas Day got a little hot with our onesies ^^^
^^^ this gorgeous girl got married #highlightofthebreak? ^^^
^^^ dad and i then hit the high seas for a little New Years cruise to the Bahamas ^^^
^^^ dream come true ^^^
^^^ four wheeling through the jungle and on the beach = a win ^^^
^^^ kayaking through rivers and mangrove forests = another win ^^^
^^^ raccoon friends were made ^^^
^^^ and some definite sunshine was had ^^^
all in all break was amazing. it was wonderful to see friends and family and to get a taste of what these next few years back in the states will hold (minus the cruising part). as i am now in full swing work mode back in Bolivia I have had a chance to reflect on it all just a little bit. my heart aches when i think about leaving this place that i have been calling home for two years now. it aches for the students i am leaving behind. it aches for the new friends i have made that i may not see for a good long while. but it is also overjoyed at the thought of being back in my hometown doing the things i love most with some of the people i live the most.
for those that are unaware i will be taking a few classes (physics; ironic right?!) at Trident Tech this fall. This is to get my final prerequisites that i need for physical therapy school. i may never know why God chose to lead me down this path of education (i can only assume is is for the amazing relationships with teachers and students i have gotten to form along the way), but i am sure glad He did. it is also nice to be confident in the fact that God is leading me back to something i have a big heart for. i am excited to start my journey towards physical therapy because i am fully confident that that is where God wants me.
please be in prayer for me over the next few months while i finish my time here in Bolivia. prayer for patience with students and with teachers. prayer that i am putting all my effort into what i am supposed to be doing here in Bolivia. pray that i love those around me how they need to be loved most. and ultimately pray for the spread of the Gospel here in Bolivia and among our students.