Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week Thirty-Nine!!! 8-28-17

Hello, friends and family!!!

I am so proud of my anak, she had her first baptism this week, we have another one this next week, and another one coming up within the next few weeks. I love sister capa shes my freaking favorite, everyone already says she is like a mini me. im lucky that she really really likes american food because i always just make her french toast for breakfast every morning haha. me and her have a lot of fun and we work really really well together. I have not gotten the package yet family, anaks training is going really well shes a great great missionary who understands her purpose so its not hard to teach her. We are currently having some problems getting along with our kabahay. but we just ignore them and only hang out with eachother. ill send you a video we made talking about the situation once it downloads but overall we had a really good week! I love you friends!!!

Week Thirty-Eight!!! 8-21-17

HELLO FAMILY!!!

 I love my new companion, she's my best friend. I miss Jordyn, and Chloe, and all the little Sunbeams in your class. Tell them I said hi!!! Anyway, my new companion is super excited to work, super funny, and she makes me so happy to be her trainer! Her name is Sister Capa, and she's from Zambales, Philippines (I'm the only foreigner in my sector again, hahahah). She said she is going to tell her family to build me a nipa hut on their land for me to stay when I come back, because she really likes me, haha! It's starting to cool down, which makes me VERY happy. I still haven't got your package yet, but I am really looking forward to it. I took my companion to get a pedicure, so that was what we did today for fun, haha. My scars are healing up okay, so don't worry about me! 

I love you, friends!!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week Thirty-Seven!!! 8-14-17

GUESS WHAT FAMILY, I WAS CALLED THIS MORNING TO BE A TRAINER THIS CYCLE. I am going to be a nanay (mom) and iIm going to have an anak (daughter) this week! I'm SO excited!!! I get to go to Cauayan on Tuesday, spend the night there, and then I will meet my anak Wednesday morning. Then we will get to come back to Enrile together. SO IN OTHER NEWS Sister Hiatt heard from someone that my stitches would dissolve BUT it had been a long time, and they WERE DEFINITELY NOT DISSOLVING. In fact, they were HURTING ME ALOT. So this week, I got to play doctor and I took out my stitches myself. So now I am feeling a lot better. From what she was told, Sister Hiatt told me NOT to go back to the doctor, because the stitches were gonna dissolve. But the skin on top of the cut was completely healed, so the stitches were just keeping it from healing. And then on the bottom of the cut, the doctor overlapped the skin so much that it wouldn't heal while the stitches were in. There was just no way. So I took them out myself very carefully. So anyway, there is like specific food that everyone cooks at EVERY FIESTA, and that is THE ONLY food that people have. It's like 4 different dishes, and I'm not sure what any of them are called, haha. Sister Langi really, really likes to cook fried chicken or adobo in our house, so we eat that a lot, hahahaha. I'm really going to miss being companions with Sister Langi so much. She's so dang funny! I really love all the Tongan sisters in the mission. I've been teaching her to speak with an American accent (because she speaks like a Tongan. Her English isn't as good as Sister Fookz's English), so it's super funny to teach her. I miss good American food so much. I miss good bread and butter, and steak, and I REALLY just want a funnel cake. Is that too much to ask from a small American sister missionary in the middle of the Philippines??? BUT, the good news is that I can walk without crutches!!! But I still walk with a limp. Sadface. I still can't bend my knee really or move it too much. Actually, we got the transfer list texted to us this morning, and it said Sister Langi will be transferred. I was a little upset, because its so, so, SO hard to work here in Enrile, because it's literally just so much walking, and so that's been a little bit tough for me. Also everyone, and I mean EVERYONE thought that I was gonna get transferred to the city (most likely Cauayan), so when I saw the transfer list, I told Sister Langi that I was gonna wait until 10AM, and then I was gonna call President to request to be transferred. It's just too hard for me here in my condition. And then at 9:30, the AP's called to tell me that President Hiatt has called me as a trainer! SO, I get to stay here, HAHAHA. But it's okay, because I know that the Lord will help me fulfill this calling, and I know that it's the Lord's sign to me that he really wants me to stay here for some reason even if it's hard for me.

Week Thirty-Six!!! 8-7-17

Hello friends!!!
We just had interviews with President and Sister Hiatt on Friday, President Hiatt just realized that I've had 3 foreigner companions in a row, AND I probably won't be leaving this area, hahahahaha. Sisters usually stay in this area for a LONG time. They have had like 5 sisters in the last year who have stayed here for 9 months. Me and President Hiatt where telling some other missionaries a story about this one time in Bambang where I told him to just send me back there ahhahaah. I miss seafood other than just fish... It's not really easy to find around here. I can kinda walk okay, I still have a limp though, so little kids make fun of me now when I walk. The doctor said somehow the stitches are supposed to dissolve(???) so I don't have any follow up appointments or anything. Still freaking hurts to walk and I cant bend my knee all the way. Fiesta in the Burrangay where we live is over, but there is another one coming up soon, which is also in one of our areas so we'll see how things go. There were supposed to be 2 baptisms this week, but, because of fiesta in the town this week they didn't get their interviews done so they have to wait until the 19th now which is kind of a bummer.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week Thirty-Five!!! 7-31-17

Hello family! I'm very blessed this week. Last week I couldn't get out of bed, but today, I can walk around (with a weird limp) without my crutches. What a blessing. This last week we had the opportunity on Tuesday to be able to travel to Ilagan (about 2 hours away from Tugue) for zone conference. It was really a blessing that I was feeling well enough to be able to attend. It was a really good zone conference, super spiritually uplifting and I'm excited to apply all the things that I have learned into my work. The whole time we were at the hospitals last week, I had doctors and nurses telling me about how "lucky" I was with everything that happened. They might think I'm lucky, but I know it's because I was blessed and watched over by the Lord. If just a couple things happened slightly differently than they did I would be having a really rough recovery right now. In such small ways the Lord put His hand into my life and truly protected me. if I had been sitting differently on that tricycle, my arm definitely would have been broken. If we were hit just half an inch to the right, my leg would have been broken. And if I had been wearing a shorter or thinner skirt, my leg would have gotten infected very quickly. The Lord really did protect me in every way so that I was not seriously hurt. How truly blessed and favored of the Lord I am. Being a missionary is hard. sobrang mahirap talaga. but I know that I'm blessed to be here, and I'm blessed to be the person that the Lord is helping me become.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week Thirty-Four!!! Recovering slowly, but surely

Hello, family! I'm very blessed this week. Last week, I couldn't get out of bed. But today I can walk around (with a weird limp) without even using my crutches. What a blessing. This last week, we had the opportunity on Tuesday to be able to travel to Ilagan (about 2 hours away from Tugue) for our Zone Conference. It was really a blessing that I was feeling well enough to be able to attend. It was a really good Zone Conference; very spiritually uplifting, and I'm excited to apply all the things that I have learned into my work. The whole time we were at the hospitals last week, I had doctors and nurses telling me about how "lucky" I was with everything that happened. They might think I'm lucky, but I know it's because I was blessed and watched over by the Lord. If just a couple things happened slightly differently than they did, I would be having a really rough recovery right now. In such small ways the Lord put his hand into my life, and truly protected me. If I had been sitting differently on that tricycle, my arm definitely would have been broken. If we were hit just half an inch more to the right, my leg would have been broken. And if I had been wearing a shorter or thinner skirt, my leg would have gotten infected far more quickly. The Lord really did protect me in every way that day, so that I was not seriously hurt. How truly blessed and favored of the Lord I am. Being a missionary is hard. Sobrang mahirap talaga. But I know that I'm blessed to be here, and I'm blessed to be the person that the Lord is helping me become.





Week Thirty-Three!!! I got into an accident... BUT I'M OKAY!!!

Mom. I'm late to e-mail, because I can't walk. We are staying with our STL's and had to wait for them to bring me a laptop. We had a tricycle accident yesterday, and I had to go to the Emergency Room. I don't have a lot of time to talk right now, but I am okay. I'm recovering. Tomorrow we have a Zone Conference I am going to, so that I will see President and Sister Hiatt. We will try to go e-mail on Wednesday when we go back to our area, and I will tell you more. Try to add and talk to sister Heidi Ramos on Facebook. She is from the ward, and her family stayed with us in the hospital. They then took me to a better hospital when the first hospital wouldn't help me, and then they took us home. The Ramos family is our favorite family in the ward, so try and see if you can add sister Heidi, and she will try to tell you what happened. I'll try to write a longer e-mail after I send this one, and tell you everything. But this laptop is very slow. I love you very much, family. I am very blessed to be okay. Please pray for a fast recovery for me. I am having a hard time talaga