Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Little Personal

I've not maintained this blog as a personal blog very well. I mean, I let you know about my day to day life... which can actually be quite boring, but it's rare that I go into depth about much.

I was just thinking today about how I don't think I ever announced the fact that my parents are returning to Ecuador in October.

 I haven't talked much about how I need to find a summer job.

I don't think many people know how much I hate spiders.

No one knows what's going on with my major change.

I guess there are lots of things that I don't really take the time to tell. Although I don't see it as that important to actually blog these things, especially because I feel like this is all more for my benefit than anyone else's. Although I do prefer blogging more than journaling, and it's probably because it covers a few things. It lets my friends and family know about things that I don't usually call them for, and I am also able to go back and see how things have changed, or how things used to be. I also am encouraged by many lovely comments that I get from my wonderful readers (AKA my family ;) ) to continue this.

Blogging is a wonderful thing. Especially when you are living very far from your family. I love reading my sister's blogs... especially when they are about thier personal life! Sometimes I feel it is the only way that we communicate. I love seeing pictures of my rapidly growing nephew on my oldest sister's blog, and I love hearing about life in Ecuador on my both of my younger sister's blog.

My Family is Returning to Ecuador
Although my family obviously knows this, I don't know if I have said much to anyone else about it. A few months ago my parents were asked by the head of the mission if they wanted to return to Ecuador. A couple days before that, the people who bought our old house asked my parents if they would want to rent the upstairs of the house. My parents, who were very surprised, told them that they were still planning on returning to Colorado in May. Once they found out that they had a choice to stay in Ecuador or not, they had a big decision to make... or at least they thought they did. Obviously, they have a hard time leaving 3 of thier children, AND thier grandson in the U.S., but as I saw it, they were all doing much better in Ecuador. They were happier. They were healthier. They were having an adventure of a life time. Furthermore, for those of you who might see this all as crazy, we still see Ecuador as home. We are so comfortable there, and although there is not much of a country there (economically and politically), it is so beautiful to us. We love the people. We love the geography, the weather, and the experiences. So, after much conversation, they decided to return to Ecuador. They will still be coming back to Colorado on May 24th, but they will be returning to Ecuador sometime in October for at least three years. The crazy thing is that they will be living in our old house... which is the one that my mom designed and had built during our life there and we ended up living there 10 years (I believe) before we moved to Colorado.

What will I be doing?
You may be wondering what I will do once they leave again, but it's going to be very similar to this year. As of a couple days ago we found out that there is a family who is moving to Colorado to work at HCJB (the same mission where my dad works)(at least I think they are with HCJB)in June. When they arrive in June, they will live in the basement (where I currently live), and my entire family will live upstairs. Around the time that my parents leave, we will do a swap and I will move to the basement, and said family will move upstairs. This family has two little kids, 2 and under. So, it may be a little different having two kids above me, but I'm sure that they are very nice... and maybe they will use me as a babysitter :)

As of right now, I don't really have a roommate. I just haven't felt peace about anyone. I've also not had anyone say that they REALLY want to commit to being my roommate, but I have until October or November to find someone :)

Three years seems almost less overwhelming than nine months did. Although this time I have an advantage: I know what it will be like. I know I will be lonely, and I know that there are days when I will be very sad. I know I will go through hardship. I will have those bad days, but I know I will have wonderful days. I just hope I can keep moving on. I hope I can keep growing closer to God. I hope I can stay busy. I know I will learn a lot about myself and about the world. I will continue to use this time to mature. I will go on many adventures on my own, and I hope I can see it all in that light. I want to be happy about this. I want to be excited. I want to see the upside of all this.

Hey, maybe I will actually become capable of fixing things.... but I doubt it ;)

Over this year I have learned that I do best when I am busy. I do best when I don't actually have the time to think about my family being gone. The first semester that they were gone was a hard one in so many different ways. A big part of it was that my best friend and I were growing apart. Something that I have found out that I need is having someone I KNOW I can confide in. I need someone that is always there. I didn't have that my first semester, and that was hard. I was also learning how to adjust to life without my family around.
I'm a people person, so I do BEST when I am surrounded by people. Even if that just means sitting down and doing homework in silence together. So, here's to hoping that the next few years are better, or as good as this past semester has been :)

My Summer Job
I don't know how much I have said about this, so I'm sorry if I repeat myself. The lady I nanny for doesn't need me more than a couple hours a week over the summer, so I'm repeating last year and looking for a job (although, this time it's just for the summer:)). I've posted several ads on Craigslist, and I've gotten a few responses, but not really any with potential. I also have a director of a Montessori Preschool who may need me, but she needs to find out how many children are going to be attending over the summer. So once again I am doing a lot of waiting. It's okay though, because God has a plan. We'll just see what happens :)

Spiders make me cringe. I just don't like them. I'm not really afraid of them, I just think they're gross... especially when they are crawling around my house.

My Major Change
I still have yet to decide. Nutrition seems interesting, but do I really want to take all of those Science classes? The nice thing about it is that when I went and talked to an advisor about it, I found out that almost all of my credits would transfer to help out somewhere in that degree. That's about the furthest I have gotten. aha.

I believe that is all that I really have to say, but if you have questions, just let me know :)

I hope you enjoyed this little update... one without a picture. Gasp! ;)


Sarah said...

I did enjoy this post, Christina! I'm glad you did a "personal" one. Helps me get to know you better. :)

Karin said...

Ditto to Sarah. Thanks for sharing all of this about yourself and your family. I will pray especially for you as you look for a job for the summer, and as you decide on a major:)

Aaron K. said...

As you know, because I've told you a bunch of times, I do a lot of blog reading, and yours is amongst those that I follow pretty religiously (along with about 8 or so other friends, and all of Google's product blogs). You've said before, "but you never comment!" Well, here I am commenting, because, I felt that this post in particular merited a comment especially.

This was a very encouraging blog post, and I am glad to hear of your growth in the Lord. Keep on blogging!

Aaron K. said...

As you well know (because I've told you several times), yours is one of the blogs that I follow pretty religiously. You've noted before, "but you never comment!"

well, here I am, commenting. I feel that this post in particular merited one, so I even actually visited your blog (rather than reading it from my Google reader) to do so.

I am very encouraged to hear how you are growing in the Lord, Christina.

Blog on!

Aaron K. said...

oops, I thought it deleted the first comment... oh well, you get two, nearly, but not quite, identical comments, and a third one apologizing for that.

Rach said...

I love your pictures but I like a good personal post too. I'm proud of you!