Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

Hello! What a month already!! Holy cow! So my brother Josh who is serving in El Salvador has been there about five months now, about the same time as we've been out, is in the hospital with dengue for the second time! He didn't tell us he had it the first time or anyone but now he and his companion both have it for a second time and were taken to the capital, San Salvador, for better care. He is doing alright but his platelet levels are low. It would be much appreciated if you would pray for him and his companion :) I know they can feel all the prayers. Josh has been such an example to me even being hundreds of miles away. He never writes a negative letter, he is always positive and looking for the good, he always tried to see the good in others. We got the opportunity to talk to him on the phone for an about an hour on Monday and one of the things he told me was "Sarah, be so grateful. You don't know how good you have it." I mean, how true. So often we just get used to having it good we dont know any other way. I am so grateful for him. On a positive note, our family is coming to visit in a little more than a month!! I am so excited! I miss my family so much! All the screaming little kids and family conversations and fun funny things we do together. I love my family and am so grateful for them and soooo excited they are coming! We've had so many cockroaches this week it is not even funny! Actually two weeks in a row, these really huge ones will come out from under the sink and the dish washer. There have been so many times when one of us have been in there and the rest of us hear a scream from the other end of the house. We automatically think cockroach. haha not that great. I went to the zoo a couple weeks ago (I'll post pictures later) and it was sooo cool!! The fences didn't seem very strong though and some of them were kind of low, but i was walking by the ostriches and this one was starting at me! Death glare! He started putting his head over the fence a little like he was going to wack me... yeah i didn't like that animal so much. The meerkats were so cute and all bunched together in a group while one watched guard. I held a wild parakeet that we found and it liked me! So cool. Another thing, I joined the soccer team and that had been really fun!! I'm loving soccer down here. I learned the Mexican song Cielito Lindo and I sing it all the time like non stop! When I'm having a bad day I always say the Canta y no llores. My dad thought it was funny I came to Ecuador and learned that Mexican song but I love it! My parents are doing great, and they have been wonderful mission presidents, I could not be more proud. When I'm missing home which I have been alot I've been trying to look at the things I love here and think of the good and of course sing Cielito Lindo. But it has often crossed my mind how blessed we all are, even when hard things cross our path. Thinking of those things makes it a little easier. I guess it is true that if we look at all the lord has given us everything else is in a minimal, that as we count our blessings Heavenly Father will bring us new ones. I'll post pictures a little later, just thought I would update:) Have a great Saturday.

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