There’s something special in the air today.
A cool, hoodie-wearing morning, my coffee tasting just a bit better than usual….and I know that it has nothing to do with this specific day, but rather the gratitude I woke up with. Knowing just how faithful and loving our Father is. Trusting that His dreams are so much wilder and more precious than my own.
And it’s February! A month of perseverance, and reflection; the early stages of a new year. Today I began reflecting on my Februaries, specifically the last four, and I thought I'd share some pictures!
Let’s begin in Feburary 2011. It was the first time I walked down that incredible treed path to meet the people who have changed my life. I had been working for O.O. in Monte Cristi for 2 ½ months when Jaibon was first mentioned. One of the other leaders had been asked to lead groups there for four weeks and she didn’t want to leave the place she was JUST now getting used to… So I said I’d go. After that month, I didn’t want to leave.
It’s the month I got called Mario for the first time, never thinking it would actually become a second name to me.
I didn't have a camera at the time, but the memories are etched in my mind :-)
|I love walking down this road!|
February 2012. I had been living in Jaibon for a straight 9 months, making memories that will forever make me smile. It was the beginning of the Banana Project – from readying the field and picking up the banana bulbs to digging holes and planting them. It was a month full of celebrations, relationships, and spontaneity.
|Preparing the Field for Bananas|
|Ramon and I (man, I miss that beard...)|
|The boys bringing the "sepas de guineo."|
|They stayed up SOOO late making pizza and cake.|
|Making new friends.|
|Mello has definitely grown...|
|Outreach360 Volunteers at the Jaibon school|
|Celebrating some Birthdays!|
February 2013. My 6 month mark in San Pedro de Macoris, living an unexpected dream come true! A month filled with visiting loved ones, and figuring out what it’s really like to live on my own with four teenage boys. It’s amazing how much happened over the space of a year…
|Friends visiting loved ones.|
|A year ago :-)|
|Jose and I trying to be bacanos (cool guys!)|
|Our first house in San Pedro.|
|The view from my old roof where I had so many realizations!|
|A "family" photo, missing Galan.|
February 2014. Now. It’s been month of perseverance, commitments, goals, and Jesus! I’m saying yes to things I should say yes to, and no to things I should say no to… I’m making and completing my goals! I don’t need to drink more water… I’m doing it! For years I’ve said that I needed to ‘start drinking more water’, and I’m doing it!! My heart longs for redemption in this country and I feel like God is doing some crazy things!
|Heather, Jose, and I at the Orphanage.|
|Friends in Jaibon :-)|