Where has December gone?

Merry Merry Christmas!

It has been so long since I have blogged.. (okay only two weeks) but it feels so much longer. December has been a CRAZY month! Since I am an extremely dramatic person let me repeat again- December has been unreal. The emotions I've felt this month have been intense.. so many amazing emotions and so many life lessons that I am starting to realize and uncover. I had such a precious moment a few nights ago where Shawnti and I just sat with our feet in the pool on a warm summer's night talking about our lives and how much we have changed. From our thoughts, to the way we feel about our situation, to how we interact with family and friends.. the list goes on. I'm cherishing this moment because it gave me another chance to reflect on these last 4 months.

I really want to emphasize how much I love it here. These 4 months have been the best 4 months in my short life and I am so blessed- beyond blessed to be here and to be able to learn. The kids that I live with have stolen my heart. I have put everything that I have emotionally into those relationships that it's been hard to make time to get connected with people my age because I feel emotionally drained most days. I am so excited to be working in an NGO. All the craziness of switching jobs has been one of the most rewarding parts of my experience so far. I feel content knowing that this is what I want to do with my life and it's amazing that I can get experience in the field I want to go into. I get to see/experience and feel the "in's and out's" of an NGO- the daily problems they face and the incredible miracles that keep continuing to happen on a daily basis. There is still talk about me going back to the school to teach PE classes in the New Year however I am not entirely sure that is what I want, or what God wants. I am still praying about this all.

So the kids are back at their "homes" for Christmas and I am at my host families house for Christmas. The NGO (Project Gateway) closed on the 15th and will re open on January 9th (i think?). I move back into the boarding house on the 16th of January. On December 16th Faye (one of my co-workers and dearest friends here) invited me to spend 5 days at a beach house with her family! It was unreal!!!! I ran on the beach most mornings, woke up at 430am to watch the sunrise over the Indian ocean and hung out with people my age! There was a hot-tub on the roof and we would sit in there for hours just chatting and enjoying our time. I haven't felt relaxed since being here and this weekend was just what I needed. On our way home from the beach we picked up Shawnti who will be spending Christmas with my host family! It is amazing to have her here and have someone understand my situation. Christmas is a time all about family and celebrating and when you're family isn't here its really hard to focus on Christmas being positive. Going through this hard time is SO much easier with her around!

Other super exciting news! MY SISTER IS ENGAGED! Liv and Jason are getting married! And you think I was obsessed with weddings before.... essshhh... I am SO excited for both of them and can't wait for them to get married. It makes me so upset and restless that I can't be experiencing the excitement at home but it's just another thing to deal with.

so that's the update on my life!


1 comment:

  1. Hey Maddie!!

    What a beautiful blog post =D so nice to see pictures of where you are and to read what you're up to!!! Looks like so much fun!! Hope you have a merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!! =D

    Love, Julia :)


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