Saturday, March 26, 2011

Some stories and pics!

Some cuties from the preschool. :)
Ocean view
The Cathedral
Issac being cute on the front porch
This is the basketball court we have in our back yard.
View from the court
(I'm not sure where this is.)
This past week has been busy! Our missionary friend James left us, to the sorrow of all. My little sisters even suggested that he ''give up going to Big Woods for lent." :) I can't remember if I told y'all yet, but one of the many things that happens over here is two young boys come over and we help them with school. At ages 15 and 14 they are a mixture of fun and trouble. The little kids like having two more older siblings, and Peter is enjoying more boys.

Another thing that we do here is give away food. The parish priest has been very generous and has helped us out with food. Giving us huge bags of rice, boxes of beans and such stuff. Seeing so much food, and so much need around us we came to the conclusion that God must want us to share! Right now we are preparing a couple for marriage, and the woman is about 8 1/2 months pregnant with a old year old. (Stuff like this happens a lot) She often stands all day in line at a government program to get some extra food, and often returns home empty handed. We have been overjoyed to help her out.

On Mondays, Wendsay and Fridays we go to the Parish Office to offer counseling, from 9:00 to 12:00. A lot of the times no one comes until the last hour. It is sometimes frustrating, to have people come within the last hour and not being able to spend more time with them. But God is calling us to be faithful not always successful. Something that has been on the hearts of my parents is to help start a Crisis Pregnancy Center. So many young women are left with little children with no help at all! It really is sad.

We are so blessed to have a chaple right on premise. One of the things we prayed for durring out Intake was for a chaple or church to be near by. God has blessed us SO much, and we get to have mass every morning. Life could not be better here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crusades and Youth Group

Last night we were invited to the first night of a crusade. For those of you who don't know what that is, its basically were you get together with a group of people and preach, this crusade is going on for 4 weeks. As some of the other family members had already committed to other stuff, in the end only James (a missionary friend who had come down to check things out for a mission school we want to host) and I went. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a great night. It started out with some singing, after that they had two speakers say a prayer and welcome everyone. Then they had the main speaker talk on what it means to be Catholic. It was really inspiring, the speaker was on fire, and I could really feel the Holy Spirit there with us. They ended with a little Adoration time, and I think that was what blessed me the most. I could feel God giving me peace and love, and my mother can tell you I was all smiles when I got home. James was very excited about it, and I'm pretty sure our mission team will do one of our own when his group comes down.
On Sunday the Youth Group at the parish we attend was having a movie night, we watched The Passion. The last time I was that movie I remember thinking it was a really gory movie that I never wanted to watch again. This time it was really powerful. Most of you know that I attended a summer camp that changed my life. I knew this time that all of Jesus' suffering was really and truly for me. I cried most of the movie.
Its hard to believe that I've only been in San Lucia for for two months come the 19th!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


There's a song with words that go something like this:
"When all you wanted is to be wanted."
Today I was thinking about this and how true it is. Every girl has that desire, to be wanted. Sure we have our families, and wonderful friends and some of us even have a boyfriend, but that desire is still there. Sometimes this desire gets so strong it makes us search in all the wrong places. I'm certainly not an exception to this desire, I think about it a lot. And every time I do I always come to the same conclusion. There is only one person who can fully meet this need. Actually he really isn't a somebody, he's God. How awesome is that?
I can be lazy and not pray every day, I can be mean and yell at my siblings for nothing, I can do everything all wrong. And yet God is still there, he waiting for me at every corner begging me to pay attention to him again. To come and talk to him. To just spend time with him. To say I'm sorry and try again. Writing this makes me think of another song, its called A little Longer. I love the part when God says,
"You don't have to do a thing for me, just simply be with me, and let those things go. Just wait another minute wait this moment is too sweet please stay here here with me. And love on me a little longer, Cause I’m in love with you. "
God is ten times better than every single person who loves us, because he will always give us another chance, he will always be there for us, he will always forgive us.