Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Week #54 - An Egg-cellent Birthday!!!

Hey family/friends/acquaintances!!  

The best part of that greeting? The fact that I took a good minute to try and figure out how to do these slashes on the Argentine, keyboard, haha :) 

Okay, first off, y´all are da besht!! Thanks for all the birthday wishes!! It seriously made my day to open my email and see all the love from the States. Its been a good birthday :) Want to hear the run down of how my day has been so far? 

To start off, I have to include the fact that yesterday, Hna Ruiz, one of the Hnas from Emelia finished her mission and headed to the mission home to prepare to fly back to Colombia today. Her companion - Hna Palma, aka Jim Carey, Mexican female style - has been in a trio with Hna Conodori and me for the past few days (no really. Not kidding about the Jim Carey remark - I'm fairly sure he is the only other human on this planet with ´play dough genetics´ or better said, the ability to literally make faces that should be otherwise physically impossible. It's a talent. At times, a slightly scary talent; but a talent all the same. I´ll send a picture someday :)  

Since the hermanas de Emelia slept in our apartment last night, we had a squished night with a whole lot of elbowing and rolling over on each other since we were bunking 4 in 2 mattresses, haha :) The best part? One mattress is a whole lot lower than the other, so we all ended up falling over on the lower mattress since the bed sloped that way, haha :) It was an interesting night. I love being a missionary, sore necks and all :) 
So, with that little background, you´ll understand why we have been running on basically 8 hours of sleep for the last two days combined. This morning when I woke up and after exercising, I got to work and made some yummy french toast! I have made this a few times, and Hna Condoir loves, but LOVES French toast. It was more for that reason that I made it, but hey, seeing the happy face of someone who likes my cooking is enough of a birthday breakfast for me :) We then got ready for the day, and did personal/companionship studies.  I peacefully finished my language study, and knelt to pray before we could leave. As I finished my prayer and started to get up, I felt a huge blow on the back of my head. It hurt a little, but mostly startled me. I was trying to figure out what was going on when I felt something wet and cold dripping on my back. I looked down, and my name tag was covered in something suspiciously yellow and wet.  

Yep. My companion had smashed a raw egg on my head.  

Egg Head

An Egg-cellent Birthday!!!

She then proceeded to pour flour all over me while I restrained my immediate urge to kick her in the shins, haha :) I´ll admit - I was a little ticked :) However, I took a deep breath, and just silently handed her my camera to take a picture, reflecting upon the time that my Mom walked to her bathroom to find my cousins in her bathtub, playing in the bubbles made from her brand new, expensive shampoo that they had just dumped out into the water. She took a deep breath, smiled, and just said - Take a picture, it´ll be funny later :)  And what do you know ... she was right! I had her take a picture, and looking back, it´s a whole lot funnier now than it was at the moment, haha :) I then proceeded to shower and get all ready for the day - again. As I was in the shower, the zone leaders called to tell Hna Condori that I had been transferred.  


After 6 months here in San Nicolas Centro, I am being transferred to a new area in Rosario - I think its called Alberdi? I'm not entirely sure because I was washing raw egg out of my hair when they called, but I think that's right. And my new companion is Hna Perez - I have actually met her before. She is  tall - we have the same height - Spaniard who talks with a rocking accent. So.. I'm  pretty excited for that one. 

I´ll admit, today has been all sorts of weird feelings. I am really not looking forward to leaving San Nicolas. I have been here for so long, and worked so hard, that  I have grown to love this area in a way that only selfless service can accomplish. I feel like this place is my home. I love these members so much, and it will be tough to leave now and miss the baptisms of Jose Luis, Antonio and Walter, all of whom have baptism dates in the next month. Phooey. However, I am moving forward with faith, and trusting that the Lord has another lesson for me to learn elsewhere. I really feel like I am leaving my area better than how I found it and that is perhaps the greatest feeling for me possible. It is incredible to see the power of the Lord, and how the pure, infinite power of the Atonement has the ability to literally change an entire city. I love my mission, and I love the people and members of San Nicolas so much.  Ah... and don't even get me started on leaving Hna Condori. We have been together for 4 months now and I will miss her a ton.  

Okay. I think this may have won the award for the longest email yet! Sorry!  

Know that I love you all, and although that is the case, I love where I am :) I love where I am, and I love who I am as Hna Lake :) 

Love, Love, Love, Hna Lake :)

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