Monday, March 24, 2014

They say a picture says a thousand words

                                                         Kindergarden graduation... so cute!
                                                        Father Joe with the graduates
                                   Bishop of Malaybalay, Father Joe, and my awesome team!
                                              In Malaybalay for the Benediction mission trip
                                                                 Desert day waterfall
                                                                   Just hangin out!
                                                                         Team pic
                                                              On the boat again
                                                               A more pleasant one
                                                    Our BFF fixing our ceiling for us
                                       Preaching the Gospel.. just kidding, playing Simon Says
                                             A spot down the street from our house!
                  So this was taken after a long day, but this goes to show how short I am on this island
                                                               Community dinner
                                                                 Cooking squid!
                       "The cross before me, the world behind me" giving a teaching earlier that day
                                              Hanging out with the neighborhood kids
                                                   Being me at the Jail in Malaybalay

Friday, March 21, 2014

The little things

Growing up my mom made me and my sisters go with her to the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent. I can remember (and I’m sure my mother can testify) that I never wanted to go, but she made us go anyway. Years later I never would have thought I would be attending the same Stations of the Cross on the other side of the world in a different language and at 4:30AM. When my alarm went off at 4:00 this morning I was not very excited about getting out of bed and in my head I pitched a fit, just like I did when I was a child. It sounds ridiculous but just to make myself get out of bed I had to offer up my “sacrifice” to a loved one in need of a conversion (that would be really sweet Jesus if You would just go ahead and convert her now!). After asking for grace and having an attitude of gratitude I, along with the rest of my team, walked in the dark and the rain to the church. Even though it was said in Visayan, all the motions were the same and I felt like I was back at home with my family. Thank you Jesus for giving me such a holy mother and calling me to the other side of the world to realize it and appreciate her more. Love you Mom!!
P.S.- If you’re reading this please take a few seconds to pray for the conversion of my loved one.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pictures from the last month!

I know, it's been a while. Sorry Mom! Here are some pictures of the last month on mission!


                                                  Fake driving the motorcycle..

                                                 Selfie with the best driver out there!
                                                              Jumping for joy!

                                                     Swimming with the teens
                                                        Giving a talk at the retreat
                                                              Senior retreat.
Decided to put on a skirt for the Juniors 

                                                              Junior retreat!
                                                 I always find the cutest babies :)
                                                     Children at a nearby chapel.
                                                       Selfie with Father Joe!
                                                                In the ocean!
these kids showed up on our porch while we were eating dinner to dance for us, they were awesome!
                                                                   Group pic
                                                        At the beach again!
                                      Playing on the street with the neighborhood kids.
                                                        Washing E.V.s hair
                                                    Visiting the Malaybalay jail
                                     this is Roxanne- I will tell you more about her later!