It’s been such a nice week already, I just have to say!
It actually starts last Saturday! I had an awful, awful cold all last week that just knocked me out Friday night. But, I was feeling much better Saturday, so I begged Brian to please let me get my hair cut! We went to my normal salon and got my usual lady (phew!). She chopped it a little shorter than I’d wanted, but overall, it’s fine and I figure it’ll grow back out, so I’ll be okay. We took some friends’ advice and went to a new Taco restaurant and got actual Mexican food (a rarity in Peru!). It was absolutely wonderful!
Sunday was Father’s Day and we actually got to go to church (Brian was to do guard duty, but he found a replacement last minute) and then I spent a few hours after church, with my husband and a friend, making a nice meal which tasted suspiciously like Thanksgiving. 🙂 I had tried super hard to get all my weekend work done on Friday so I could be sure to have time Saturday and Sunday to do whatever. I’m so glad I made that a priority! We hung out with the two friends we invited over (one a teen from Ireland visiting Peru for two weeks, the other a girl from the States doing Bible school here), shared a yummy strawberry dessert, and played a game.
Monday was our 7th Anniversary. Wow, how time flies. Mondays are quieter for our students, so Elena’s babysitter was able to come earlier and watch her so we could do lunch and be out for the afternoon. We had a really nice lunch… so weird not having little hands in your food the whole time! We bought Cinnabons afterwards. Wow, it’s been YEARS since I’ve had one of those! So thankful for the little store that just opened in our mall! They were a-ma-zing!
I have to admit, though, it was so strange being out without Elena. I don’t have her most afternoons, but I’m nearby and it’s really just a few hours a day. This time, though, we were quite a ways away (about an hour’s drive) and we were gone most of the day. We have only been out without her three times she was born because we just don’t have babysitters here. I felt absolutely lost and wasn’t really sure what to do with my hands. My purse was substantially lighter, too, with no crackers, sippy, diapers, wipes, binky, toys, or books! The drive to the mall was rough, but by the time I got there, God had given me the peace of mind I needed to just enjoy my time with my husband and trust that she would be fine. Which, of course, she was. And it was wonderful being alone with Brian. Uninterrupted adult conversation has never been more of a gift!
Now, I’m in the middle of planning a bake sale for my students. They’ve never done anything like this before (and neither have I, to be honest!). Every Friday, we do a “special” class – music, baking, art, or geography. I thought one of the goals for baking should be to have a bake sale with the kids and put the money towards a nice field trip, like a museum. The kids have never been to a museum and there’s a bunch of really nice ones in downtown Lima. So, I’m collaborating with some friends to come up with a strategy and hopefully we’ll pull off a nice bake sale the end of July during our Bible school’s big annual open house! With any luck, the kids will earn enough to at least help them get to the big “Museo de la Nacion.” Fun fun!
Our “future plans” are coming together so well… it’s almost as if God has a big part in it. 😉 We got yet more news this week about some stuff and it was just – wow – so encouraging and so much better than we’d planned or hoped. We’d talked last week about our “ideals” for a few things and in the end, the news we got this week was so much better than the ideals we’d both come up with. Isn’t it funny how that works sometimes? I am scared as all get-out about this future possibility, and yet so excited I could spend most of my day jumping up and down like a little girl. This is so unexpected, so incredibly not what we would ever have planned, and yet so… right.
I must add one more item to my “good week” post. This is a tad selfish… I don’t care. I was told at the beginning of my pregnancy that the one thing I can really do to help prevent the need of another c-section is to keep my weight down. With having no existing thyroid (therefore no metabolism to speak of), this is super hard. But, I’ve been very careful! Last month, I gained weight. It was the first time I’d gained weight this pregnancy (5 months in), but the number on the scale was still higher than I cared to see it go! This month, I’ve been working out daily, watching what I eat, and weighing myself on the Wii once a week. Last week, I’d gained two pounds and I cried and cried because if that is the norm and I have 20 weeks left, that is NOT a good thing! This week, after all those wonderful meals and two days with dessert, I thought for sure I’d gained! But, I actually lost weight! So now, instead of thinking I’d gained a whole kilo (about 3lbs, give or take) this month, I’ve gained less than that, if I’ve really gained anything at all. I’m amazed! And so happy! All my literature says the baby is now a foot long and weighs over a pound, but obviously the rest of my body is not adding extra poundage! Phew! I’m almost six and a half months along now — just a little more to go! Hopefully I can keep this trend up!
So, there’s my reasons for my “good week” thus far. It’s not a Thankful list, but it’s the same idea! Hope you can find some joy in your week, too.