Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pictures of Jackson times

So I figured since Eleasha wanted some pictures up, I'd show you all some of my fun in Jackson.

So above are the people at the end of my time in Jackson. I love em a ton but it was really hard not being with those that I started out with. in the back left is Nong (Thai) and Ariel (here at BYUI with me) and Rung (other Thai). From is Rebecca (only knew her a week or so before i left), Maggie, and the guy next to me is Juan (from Ecuador). Fun people!

This above is Jose. Everyone else he knows calls him Rodo since his middleish name is Rodolfo and he hated the name Jose, but since I called him that, everyone at work did too. muahahaha! We dated for three weeks before he left to go back to Peru and are still doing the long (LONG) distance thing. He's an AMAZING guy. Super sweet and funny and fun to be around and talk to. I got him that shirt for his birthday,lol. We are both rather nerdy. and he got me the llama hat cause those hats came from Peru and so do... LLAMAS! I teased him all the time about riding llamas. lol. anyways, next...
Amanda was my roommate for most of the time in Jackson. She and I got along pretty much right away and decided we are kindred spirits! She's great fun and even if i'm tired, she can hold the conversation with little effort on my part which is good sometimes! lol. she's back in Brazil now but shes going to come visit i hope within the next year. she wont be back working in jackson though cause this part of med school she is in is a lot of work.

These are the AMAZING girls that I started with. Us four hung out all the time and got really close. I love them soooo much. Catalina in the front is from Colombia and she's so funny. She has a very spicy personality but is so sweet. lol. and Elisabete in the back in the green is soooooooooo sweet and genuine. one of the most genuinely kind and loveable person I know. She was my roommate after Amanda left and we had a lot of fun our last days together since she and i were the last to leave. she left a week before me. She lives in southern Brazil in a more rural part.

My time in Jackson was surprisingly one of the greatest in my life because I met 5 of the most amazing people ever that i just love so much. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I really love them and miss them so much. I learned so many things about myself and others by getting views from all over. all i can say is SOOOOOOO amazing!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Thank goodness for Prayer

So things have been really hard this week. I wont go into detail but its been one of the hardest times for me. I also realized that I just could not handle 19 credits this semester. There was one class that was just soooo hard. It was the sensation and perception one. Its all scientifical and such and I really am not quick at understanding science and so I felt like out of the 20 things each chapter we needed to know for our test that was this week, I knew maybe 5 out of each. I knew I wouldn't do well in the class since I had so many other classes I also had to focus on, so I dropped it. Now with 16 credits, school is a lot easier to get through. But life isn't so much. But overall I have gotten through it pretty well considering how I am feeling. All thanks to praying like there was no tomorrow. I think I am more grateful for the gospel right now than almost any other time because without it right now, I would feel about a million times worse, but with it, I can smile during the day and leave my burdens behind for a while so I can get through another school day. Its amazing to me what the Lord can do for you when you let him. I never understood the scripture more that says "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" Matt 11: 30. One minute I can feel like I just can't get through the day without crying and the next I feel hope and strength beyond what I could imagine. Its absolutely amazing. I just wanted to share that. And don't worry about me because though times are tough now for me, I have the greatest help I could imagine getting and I'll get through this no matter if it goes how I wish or not because I trust that whatever happens is the will of the one who knows whats best for all.