Monday, August 9, 2010

Guate Day 20!

Woke up and went back to the gringo house. I didn't take a shower and just ate breakfast. The gringos had fixed pancakes and eggs. It was so nice of them. I went outside to find work but there really wasn't much for me to do. Chris said that we were going to build the cabinet after the boys went to school so I went into the gringo house to call my awesome 'rents. I called momma at work and talked to her for a while and then Dad Skyped me and we talked for a while as well. I was happy to be able to talk to them for a while!! While I was talking to Dad, Elias and Pepas came to find me so I went off with them.
We effectively sat and walked around. They messed with me and bit me which seems to be the new norm. Instead of saying something witty, they punch or bite me. It's really painful. I have lots of bruises. At 11:30, they went to lunch and I went to take a shower. I got clean and then ate lunch with the gringos. They are really cool. There's a mom and daughter here and the daughter is a Chi O and the mom is a Tri Delta like Megan!! How odd!! I told them that I've seen more Chi O's than anything else. It's been pretty sweet.
I waited until I knew the girls were done with lunch and walked over. Julisa was finished and in her room so I said hello to Adriana, Chica, Celeste, Vera, and Bety. I sat down with them and then came to Julisa's room. She was doing homework and a few other girls were watching TV. We hung out and then sometime around 2:45, I fell asleep. The TV shows were boring me, mostly because I had to think. Lol. Julisa went to sewing at 3 and then came in and woke me up at 4:20. We walked outside and she went in to wash dishes. I sat with Adriana and Vera for a while. They were mostly paying attention to Chica and Chris. I went to eat dinner at the gringo house and then I came back over. I saw the older boys on the way and took a nice beating. They were all talking to me and messing with me and I left because I was tired of getting beat up. When Pepas punched me in the stomach, I kind of felt like I was going to throw up. I appreciate that they count me in as one of the guys but they've got to realize that I'm a little more breakable that they are. lol...
Now I'm at Esperanza hanging out with the girls. I'm sure that they will talk to whoever tonight. Right now, some are doing homework and some are watching TV. I'm excited to be here.
I love them MUCHO!
Well I hope that you all are doing well. I'm SUPER happy. Kercy told me today that I look happier since Pepas is talking to me again. That's kind of true. There is no one that I know of that is mad at me. Being at peace with your brothers and sisters in Christ is so important. Jesus says in Matthew 5, "So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go first be reconciled with your brother and then come and offer your gift." In 1 John it says, "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him."
All the time in the Bible, God speaks about loving one another in the body. Recently, two people in the body were angry with me. I begged for reconciliation but they refused. It tortured me everyday to know that they were angry with me not only because I love them and wanted to be with them, but because the Bible so clearly states that it is wrong. I prayed at least once a day that we would be reconciled. God has been extremely faithful to work through me and them to restore us to friends. So when Kercy told me today that I looked happier, I knew it was true. Totally true!!
Well I hope that you are doing extremely well. I'm doing GREAT :) Better than usual plus a few bruises! I'm praying for all of you and I hope that you are awesome!!
-courtney leigh

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