Hey everyone! It’s so great to hear from you all and to hear how you are all doing!
Ha-ha mom. Love the Spanish. Theya willa totallya understanda youa. Ha-ha kidding, I’ll teach you! 🙂 Ok Cristina and Vicente have traveled into the jungle and are now there for…one more week, they were going to stay there for two weeks. Their farm is in the jungle (how that works…. I don’t know) so we haven’t heard anything, but they are doing great! Ana and Percy are still coming to church every week, we are still trying to fix what happened with their paperwork, and we are still looking for some papers. But everything is well with them, they want us to come over and cook tacos or something. Hey fun fact! Did you know that tacos do not exist in Peru? And the word taco in Spanish is a high heel, like for a shoe. So that sometimes gets confusing when you say “Hey do you like tacos?” and it’s a man and he looks at you like “No…. I’m a man” and they you have to explain….. Yep awkward. Anyways! Royer is great, I think, we haven’t been able to find him lately, mainly because to teach him, his parents or his grandparents (Cristina and Vicente) have to be there. But we will find him this week! That’s the goal!
I’m glad that Ashleigh doesn’t have Strep! Do you feel better? I hope so!!!!! Ha-ha sorry Zach about school shopping, I know you hate it, but it’s out of the way and you got new running shoes! YAY! Ok…. just so you know, I was about crying from laughing so hard about Pioneer day! OH MY GOSH! I wish I could have seen that! Sounds like you guys you were in a Massacre!!!! You tried to set their house on fire ha-ha! What did they say to guys afterward? Is everything ok with that? Then Shawn has a huge burn on his arm! Is he ok? Did they have to put in stitches or something? Dad, you should have been a fireman! Ha-ha you guys kill me. And your “Friday Family Fun” ha-ha of course it would turn into a comedy show, I could see it all playing out in my head. Way to go you guys, you have thoroughly entertained me for the week. 🙂 What is Studio C? I have not heard of that. But that would have been cool! Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I don’t know the Jones in our ward, but they sound really nice! That was nice of you guys to visit Bill; I think he really appreciated it even if he was grumpy. Hope things get better for him. And I hope Zach likes EFY! I want to borrow that journal of quotes from Brother Childs….. I’ll talk to him about that one day, but that is a really cool idea! Sorry the spacebar is totally broken on this keyboard…. Anyways, sounds like all is well! Love you all so much!
So this week, if you couldn’t tell by the name of my email, was…. sketchy. Totally sketchy. Our penchinista has had a few rats living in the house and has tried to get rid of them in many different ways. Well this week started off with the results of countless times of trying to kill them: 6 dead rats. We were all happy and thinking “Yay! No more rats!”…. how wrong we were. So this week they were doing a deep cleaning of the house now that there were no rats, where they find one dead in the shoe of her daughter. That’s now 7. Well they find two more still living so in a day those are dead too. Total of 9. But there was still a really weird smell in the house. So they decided to clean the house even better this time around. And they opened a box to…. 6 dead rats. Together. That is now a total of 15. And there are still two more alive in the house. So at the end of this week, we shall have a total of 17. Makes me think of 17 Miracles, but the opposite…… But hey, that’s basically normal now. Rats and bugs and stray dogs all over the place. Welcome to Peru. I love it! Not really those things as much, but I still love Peru ha-ha.
And now to the needles. Now as many of you know, I have had a very bad fear of needles in the past, which I slightly overcame when I came on the mission, and after the cactus I had in my leg in Puno. Well….. My fear came back. Full. We had to go to the doctor this week to get some more tests done right? Well we go to this place in the Plaza de Armas that’s just this little store and we go in, and I’m sitting there all happy. When they start to tie up my arm. I literally thought “oh my gosh….. Where did she get this needle from…. And in front of the whole world to see???? I mean a dog could enter right now and bite me….. What the heck?” And they stuck a needle in me and took a blood sample. My penchinista was with me and she didn’t believe me when I told her I might cry, so when I started to tear up she came over and was like “Gringasha, calm down. It’s just a needle. I will pinch you if you don’t calm down” It was pretty funny ha-ha. But that is one needle down. We go back to the Doc and he tells me I need to have 6 INJECTIONS! WHAT?!? I was like “Nope I’m out. I think I would rather be sick for the rest of my life than to have this torture.” But I agreed. I still need 2 more (kill me) but at this place, I was really happy, they were really clean and they were nice and yeah it hurt so badly, but hey I knew it was clean. Until yesterday. When that place was closed and I had to go to some place called Virgin Maria, which is both a place to sell medicine and to sell stuff for your house, like vases and such…. it was weird (afterwards we found out they do abortions on the second floor…. sick. I will not express all my feeling on that right now), where they were taking the blood sample of a child on a chair that I think they were trying to sell. Then they took me back to this dirty filthy bathroom and stuck a needle in me that was not covered for 5minutes. So if what I have doesn’t kill me….. I think that will. I’m kidding, maybe it wasn’t that bad. But that is how it was from my point of view. This is pretty accurate. But hey you know, what else can I do? Well I’ll finish with a spiritual thought and then go and milk cows! And eat homemade Cheesecake….. ha-ha!
So this week went to go visit a less active sister that is pregnant with twins. And is suffering from severe depression during this time (I’m not going to go into details, but she really needs friends right now) and her name is Aymee (I May). The first time I saw her I just wanted to give her a big hug. She really is so cute. But right now she is just looking forward to giving birth to her twins and is counting the days. To which I shared with her a scripture. D&C 121:7-9. I love that scripture! Really these moments of trials and hardship are just a small moment. And if we endure it well, we will be exalted on high. We always have friends with us, we can do this! I just love that thought! The things that are the most hard to us, will only be there for a small moment. And every time I look back at my trials, I see a list of things I learned and I am so grateful for that time, because in that time I learned so much. LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Hope to hear from all of you next week!
Con MUCHO Cariño,