Thursday, August 5, 2010

Guate Day 15!

Well today was a fun day!! I got up and came back to the gringo house and ate some breakfast. Finally at 8, I pushed the clothes to one side of my bed here and took a nap. The gringos were pretty loud and left the lights on in spite of my sleeping, so when they left at 9, I REALLY got to sleep! I slept until 10:45. I got up and came downstairs to find the three guys who are staying a few extra days from the TN team. They're pretty cool. We sat around until about noon when I put an extra coat of paint onto Chris' bed frame. I went to take a shower only to find that someone threw away ALL of my stuff!!! My bag with my toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, deodorant, bobby pins, etc., my Vera Bradley make up bag, my hair dryer, my straightener, my shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, and loofa! I don't know what inspired them to do that considering my stuff was neatly placed all together and they knew it was mine, but they did. I was a little angry considering it was at the bottom of the trash. There was no way someone from the other team had left all of that stuff but whatever. I appreciate their efforts to clean out the shower but considering my loofa had food on it, I don't have one anymore, which makes me a little angry. Enough whining about that. I had to rant lol.
I eventually took a shower and got ready but by this time, it was 1:30. I said hey to Adriana and Vera in the blue building then said goodbye to Julisa and Chica in Julisa's room. I then loaded the bus with the gringos and headed towards Antigua. When we got there, it was raining pretty solid. I thankfully had my rain jacket and my Chacos on. We went to a cafe and two of the three guys from TN, Aaron, Allie (who are also staying here long term) and I ate dessert and coffee. I had a fabulous brownie and ice cream with iced coffee. It was sooooo lovely!! We sat around for a while there and enjoyed eating together. Jordan and I left and went to the artisan's market where he needed to pick up a few things. I just wanted some earrings. He claimed that he was a great shopper and then picked out earrings that I loved! lol.. It was really funny. I picked out a few things for myself and some other people and then we headed back to the square. I actually found Dorito's for the girls and Dr. Pepper for me! I was incredibly surprised to find the Dr. Pepper. I bought 6 of them so that the boys could try one if they wanted. We headed back to the square and met up with all of the gringos and went to Don Rodrigo's. I ate a good dinner and talked to Mom, Dad, and Megan off of the wifi while waiting for our food. It was good.
We came back to Casa and got here around 8. I went to Esperanza and the girls talked to Jessie as usual. I talked to Roberto through Skype on my phone. I accidentally fell asleep on him, for which I felt very guilty. I was tired!!
Now I'm back at the gringo house, watching the gringos eat breakfast because I ate at 6:45. Today I'll probably paint and little and play a lot :)
I've been reading the book of Daniel which has been really good. I love hearing the stories of how God rescued in a mighty way. My favorite thing is how Gabriel addressed Daniel, "O man greatly loved." I love that!! It's repeated a few times throughout the book. I want to be like Daniel in several ways. In the first way, like Andy Stanley preached on, I want to be someone that when they try to dig up dirt on me, there is nothing.
"Then the presidents and satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, 'We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.'" -Daniel 6:4-5
Second, I want to be like him in this:
"Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, you words have been heard, and I have come because of your words." -Daniel 10:12
I want to set my heart to understand and humble myself before my God. Not so that my words will be heard for my own requests but so that my words will be heard for the greater good of others. Daniel was praying for his people, not for himself, when the vision came to him and said this. That is pretty cool. Really cool.
Well, I'm out for another exciting day.
I hope you all are doing well! I'm great!!
-courtney leigh

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