You know when you have a dream that is so good, then you wake up and are a little dissapointed that it wasn't real? Right now, I am feeling like I will be waking up any second from the best dream of my life.
Ever since I have arrived in Brasil, God has never ceased to fill each day with countless blessings and moments that I will never forget. Most recently, moments like waking up at 5:30 in the morning to watch the sunrise with Lorencia and Abigail. Or having an entire conversation with my host brother via Google translate. We felt pretty ridiculous doing that, but it worked; and I learned more about him than what I knew before!
On Friday, Helio, Lorencia, Lakshmi, and I went to Mercado Central. It's a market, very much similar to Pike Place in Seattle; but about 10 times bigger, and they sell animals. Guess who is going back to America with a new puppy? Just kidding. But they were very adorable and quite tempting. As we made our way through only a portion of the market, there was a faint scent of anise and incense in the air that added to the experience. It was a great way to start my weekend.
Then, Saturday was my other host mother, Teresa's birthday, so we went to a party at her sisters. And quite the party it was! I couldn't tell if I was in a movie or not. The apartment was on the top floor which displayed a beautiful view of the city. Yet, again, I felt so incredibly welcomed and was so happy to be there! After, Lorencia and I spent the night at Abigail's house; and like mentioned before, woke up around 5:30 the following morning to watch the sunrise. Soon after seeing the breathtaking sight, we quickly walked back to Abbey's house and went back to bed. Lorencia and I then went and had lunch with a woman named Fatchima, who knows Lorencia and Abigail through their Rotary clubs. With us were here daughters and another American who lives in a small town called Caritinga. We ate at deliciously good pizza place; it was so good in fact that I was kicking myself for not packing tums afterwards.
Yesterday, I was able to watch the sunrise, but for a much different reason. I had to go to the Federal Police to get an identification card for my stay in Brasil. Bless my host dad's heart; he was up by 4:30 a.m. and woke me up at about ten to 5:00 and we left both a little groggy. Once arriving there, we found out that it doesn't open until 8:00...However, it was very smart that we got there when we did. We left around 9:45, but had we gotten there later, we easily could have sat the whole day away and not even been helped. Later that day, I experienced my first BH Shopping trip. BH Shopping is a huge mall here that puts many malls in America to shame. It was a very successful day of shopping to say the least! :)
Of course I have had my few moments of homesickness, but they soon dissappear as I 1). Remember that I am in Brasil on the trip of a lifetime! and 2). I think about how this is exactly where God wants me to be. This is all apart of his great plan that he has for me and He will lead me to where I need to go.
Life is good :)
Sending all my love from Brasil,