Saturday, March 08, 2014
That was one of Coach Nicole's quotes in my Spark email. I've been "spinning my tires" at this weight, bouncing around it for a good month...I WANT to lose more weight. It's a STRUGGLE. But even if it is slow going, I am glad that I am more active - I do more exercise than ever I did when I was younger. And I eat more healthily. There is some weight I will never lose because I am older and my skin has lost some of its elasticity - and I'm not rich enough to afford cosmetic surgery to remove the excess.
But that's okay. I may not be perfect...but I have a healthier lifestyle. Thanks, Spark! And thanks to all my Spark Buddies for their encouragement!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I was Sparking the other day, and went to the Daily Spark to get some more points (which, by the way, I'm going to have to "spend" soon!) There was a video about a girl who had learned to twitter or some such, and by the messages she left, one could get a glimpse of her life - and then her illness and death from a brain tumor. It poignantly illustrated how brief and fragile life can be - and how important to live it well and purposefully, not just drifting along, existing. It is a topic I think about from time to time, usually when someone I know has passed on, or someone I know has lost someone. I go back to the video I made from different mission trips.
Of course I'm going to have to make some changes to these videos, mainly my church covering (although I suppose if my former church were to receive an offering for my up and coming mission they'd get it to me - we're still in touch!) But the purpose, the deliberation, with which I live remains the same: for me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain! (Phil. 1:21)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
During first block at school, my assignment is in the library - an adult to hold the fort if either of the librarians has to step out (i think it's really just a holding place for me!) So, I do a lot of Sparking during this time.
Well, one day while on Spark, a student sat next to me, and we were talking about health and weight, and she said how she needed to lose weight, so I told her about Spark. She signed up (I got 10 points!), and commented how she likes all the resources it features. Well, today she sat next to me again, and was a little discouraged because she HAD lost but then regained 3 pounds. I was able to encourage her that it was normal to fluctuate. When she said she decided to eat a fruit for breakfast instead of a pop-tart, i commended her, but also suggested something substantial, like peanut butter toast. When she expressed feeling overwhelmed, i encouraged her to focus on one good habit at a time. She said we're about the same weight (she saw my Nutrisum entry) and when I told her how much I weighed before i started Spark, she was impressed. As for ME, *I* am encouraged that she said wewere about the same weight, because even though she said her friends and family were telling her she was fat, I look at her and think she weighs LESS than me.
Anyway, who knows but the Lord may have put me in the library at this time to b here for her?
Monday, March 03, 2014
When I got home from church yesterday afternoon, I found a message my daughter had written - Levi had called. Thank God Abi has a fairly passing handle on the Spanish language! She told him I'd be back around 4. So when he called, I was just SO glad to hear from him. He explained how lousy the telephone company's service was, and their phone was just no good. He was calling from his brohter's phone, using a prepaid card - 5 soles, the equivalent of about 2 dollars, which would give him 40 minutes. Well...not as cheap as the Glabal penny-a-minute plan *I* have, but if he was willing, I certainly wasn't going to argue! I did, however, get his brother's number for if I need to reach him.
Anyway, he said the person whom he had trusted to pick up the finalized divorce papers in Iquitos "dropped the ball" - is now in Brazil, and Levi doesn't know if we may have to start all over again. I don't know how Peru does things, but it seems their bureacracy is worse than ours. Still, I told him not to give up hope - God can work even in the midst of such circumstances, and meanwhile we can take advantage of this season to learn and grow in patience. Meanwhile, I was glad at least to hear from him.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I think it is well that Levi and I had that missionary experience together back in 2007 - when I got to know him better.
(Levi is on the far left)
From two previous missionary jaunts with other Peruvian friends, my associates and I had named ourselves "Soldados de Barro" (Mud Soldiers or Soldiers of Mud) based on certain experiences...
and then "Soldados de Roca" (Rock Soldiers/Soldiers of Rock) likewise...
So when we were going to set out on this particular excursion, and were casting about for a name, we based it on the fact that we faced multiple delays throughout: "Soldados de Espera", Soldiers of Waiting.
And it is to this that Levi and I often refer as we face the bureaucratic delays to getting paperwork necessary to free him up to remarry, and to come here, not necessarily in that order.
I also face the occasional challenge of Third World telephone service - which can be a bit spotty, and affected by things like heavy rains such as one experiences in Pucallpa. I tried calling Friday night - heard the ring on my end, but no answer. Tried a couple of times Saturday - still no answer. Today...still nothing.
I am thankful that, although Levi isn't one for the internet, certain family members - notably his niece Tutty
ARE, and since her father - Levi's brother, Victor (on left)
takes his mother (my mother-in-law) to the hospital for her treatments a couple of times a week, and stops by occasionally for "Mama's Home-cooking", Tutty can get any news on her grandparents' health and doings in the household to relay to me.
So, as I chatted a bit with her on Facebook and told her my frustration and sadness at not being able to talk to my "Honey", she was able to reassure me that it was likely a matter of technical difficulties, and nothing more serious.
So...I'm waiting to be able to talk to him...
And as "Soldiers" in the army of God, well, sometimes we have to deal with separation from loved ones...
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