This blog is the unofficial sequel to my previous blog. I want it to be a gently reminder just how faithful God has been in my life lately! Oh my, what a beautiful learning curve.
Paraguay is a beautiful place to visit right now because the Orchids are in full bloom!! You can find them in Yellow with brown speckles, green, purple, pink, white, coral and more that I have not yet spotted!!! Today is only the second day of September, but I am already starting to really relax and enjoy my surroundings! The first month of being on the job is over. Pheww. Now, I just have to keep up with work and keep up the momentum and forget about August because SEPTEMBER HAS ARRIVED!!!! So September is my official Vacation Month! YE HAW!
So please let me break down for a moment:
I just want to be real with everybody, that exactly two weeks ago, my students and if they translate this blog and read it I hope they do not get too upset, but as we all know Monday is her very own beast, and that day in August was particularly the biggest beast of them all. Nothing was going right. I mean nothing I said, did or thought resulted in something positive. The seniors that are the “captains” or leaders just cannot see my vision for the garden. They are rooted, embedded in their old ways and love to boss around the freshman and sophomores. The younger ones work, while the seniors stand and stare. I just don’t think that it is right and feel like voicing my thoughts but when I begin to state my opinions everybody just beings to gang up on me. So, they did gang up on me and I cried. IN FRONT OF THEM LIKE A BIG BABY!!!! HAHHAHHAHA I can now laugh about it.
After that Monday, the week did not write out that smooth but a dear friend came up to help me judge my science fair and so much more. She is such a beautiful gift to me and is well, just a sweet heart in general. She did half of my garden data entry, cleaned up my pig sty =), kept me company when I felt so consumed by work, helped me sow carrot and watermelon seeds and countless tasks more. Then, that evening, my Haitian student Minociene’s father suddenly passed away due to a motorcycle accident in her hometown in Haiti. She was distraught. I had no idea how to console her. I held her like my own baby girl and just sat with her in silence while she wept. It was a moment in Paraguay when I felt the most helpless. She is just so young, miles and miles away from he arms of her mother and close family and friends. Hannah made a homemade meal and we ate in my intimate living corridors serving the food onto my frisbee and other random flat surface areas that would cup food in a “humane eating fashion.” It was a beautiful night as we sang songs acapello. We found ways to unite each other by singing in our mother tongue; Creole and French and English. We sang in spanish and just took in the moment. It was an unforgettable night for all of us.
The next two weeks I continued to have the last of the two science fairs and two agriculture and environmental conservation conferences.
I then made a special visit to a small town in which I skip over one time to many to meet up with a new friend! His name is Jeremy and was recently placed 2 towns over from Cerrito! What does that mean? A companion!!! He is super guapo and has a very sweet disposition about him that will be so nice to have as I close out my service! We met up for dinner at a local food stand and had a great get to know you dinner. A nice change up from the usual garden dialogue or Justin Bieber is so hott, take me with you to America so I can meet him type conversation (like Justin Bieber is my next door neighbor or something). We had a mix up as to what the festival we were going to was called and the location, but it called for a search and a series of memorable events!
The garden is coming together very nicely and I am so impressed as always with my students at how hard-working they are. It has been a true joy working alongside such amazing kids!
Also, on another positive note, back in May when I knew that sometime around August I would need a big pick me up (like harvesting my own fresh sunflower bouquets for my living corridors =) I asked Leah to help me sow a 2 pound bag of sunflower seeds. This little patch of sunflowers I have named the HOPE Patch. I knew that August was going to be tough b/c I lost my two best friends in the Agriculture school, but I have gained so much at the same time. Now that Leah and John are not physically here, I am soo excited to announce that the first of my buckets of sunshine sunflowers has bloomed and is blooming so beautifully! I cannot wait to harvest my first bouquet to gift to my Agriculture bosses as a little token of appreciation for all they have done to serve me over the past 2 years. Then, the rest are ALL for me to share with my Paraguayan loved ones! ***If you would like, I would love to virtually send fresh bouquet free of cost through facebook/email if you would like to dedicate them to somebody, send someone a Just b/c bouquet… etc…. =) Nothing better than a bouquet of flowers to brighten someones day! ***
Well, September is going to be a beautiful month of Spring for me and I hope that everyone in the states are preparing for the beautiful crisp fall that is to come by enjoying all of natures little details!
Love to all!