Back in the saddle
My share of bureaucratic chaos has ensued as I am in the fight to try to figure out how to get the construction that they were doing going again. It is a nightmare here as in the states going from one agency or govt body to another only to be told that you are in the wrong place. Essentially, no one wants to sign off on the go-ahead and be responsible. But keep on truckin.
School has started up so that means there´s more activity in the central area and to me, more life. I love it and the kids come by in the morning after I run and stare at me dripping with sweat and ask me if I have run yet. It is their way of small talk I have come to appreciate for what it is. Also after school, kids are always in my house and I just smile as they play cards, read books, color, or play with the little toys I have been blessed with by you all in the states. They love it! This week when I get back to my site tomorrow I will be starting english classes with the kids. It will be a challenge as they are 2 grade levels in one classroom. with for example, 1st and 4th grade together so you have to split your time up b`t the 2.
Currently, I am in Santiago for some meetings we have today. We always have our regional meeting every quarter when we have to turn in the reports of what we have been up to in our sites. It is also a great time to see the other volunteers in Veraguas, my province. I spent last night hanging out with one of my best friends here, Erin, who lives, technically very close to me, however, she lives on an island so there is no regular transportation to visit her. I´ll get over there eventually. She´s fabulous, but talking to her makes me realize how lucky I am to have my house as she is still struggling with her housing situation. I am sooo happy in my place and it is perfect for me. I love the size and where it is located, right in the heart of ¨downtown¨. The other day, my neighbor, Doris was watching me in the morning as i had come back from my run, collecting water in my tanks for the day (bc it is the dry season so the water is only running for 1hr in the morning), swept, and was now collecting the trash that had been blown into my yard. She said to me that I was now living like a campesina which basically to me is a huge compliment cause it means that i am living like they do a countrywoman. made my month!
Other exciting news that some of you know is that I´m going to have another set of visitors soon!!! I talked to Andy and Aubrie last night and they are coming in about a month to visit! booked the tickets and everything. Very, very exciting! I can´t wait and it will be a blast. They are in for a treat in panamá. man, I just can´t believe they are coming what a great surprise.
Coming up this next week is Semana Santa, which is the holy week, so I will be able to see what the celebrations are like for that. I don´t think they are doing anything big or special but it will be nice to ask about the traditions of those days.
I´ve got to run to a meeting, but I thank God daily for the friends and family that I have who support me and keep me headed towards Him in my walk. I pray that you all as you read this are looking to Him for your strength alone as I know I tend to lean on myself too much. I pray for your health and hope that today is a new day and with His grace, we are free.