Thursday, November 19, 2009


Today is one of those days where all I want to do is come home. I know I have so many things to do and see in this last month, but three months is a long time to be in another country. Especially a country filled with frustrating things like: a terrible postal system, terrible internet, a president who does things like turning the power off for 4 hours at a time, men who stare and whistle and generally make you feel uncomfortable, cars that honk for no reason at all...I'm about ready to come home. I'm ready to pay for a $1 cup of coffee with a $20 bill and not have to argue about it. I'm ready to be able to drive again. I'm ready to have coursework in a language that I can fully understand. I'm ready to have normal CONVERSATIONS in a language that I can fully understand. I love Spanish, but sometimes, I just want to speak in English. I'm ready to be in a familiar place where I feel safe. Most of all, I'm ready to be with my family and my friends again. It's hard to be so far away, in a place where the people who know me and love me are nowhere nearby. I thrive on being with people I love- on deep conversations and coffee dates and watching movies and quality, face-to-face time. It kills me to have to rely on emails and facebook to keep up with people! When I get home, I want to fill my whole break with catching up with people and sharing stories. I know that I am learning so much through this experience- through the adventures I've had and the people I have met. My perspective on the world has changed and grown and that is a good thing. But I'm getting to the point where I'm really looking forward to being home.


  1. hey sweet lady!!! :) I just sat down and read your most recent posts! I am so proud of you! I don't know if live in a different country for three months. I know God will get me there eventually, but I think He still has a lot of work to do on me! :)

    I hope you have a great and blessed last month!! I know you will! :) And when you get home, i would love to sit down with you sometime over Christmas break! Maybe you and I and Addie can sit down and you can tell us lots of stories! Not only do we love you but we all three freakin love Ecuador!

    My mom is actually working on heading up a CCC trip to Shell next May to work in an orphanage I believe. I really hope God works it all out, and I can go.

    Gotta go, but stay strong lady! You are so precious and I love you so much!!!

    ps -jugo de pina is my favorite!!!!

  2. Bless your heart. I remember feeling this way when I spent a semester abroad. I addressed my longing for home by going to a MacDonald's and ordering a Big Mac, fries, and a Coke. It was a taste of the states that cost me $23. I decided I couldn't afford to be homesick anymore.
    I will fall asleep praying for you tonight and I will take up the prayers on your behalf upon awakening. May your heart, your mind, and your spirit be able to rest; may your last weeks fly by and hold unexpected delights; may the things you learn in these final days there be too good to have missed; and may you know in sweet and intimate ways that you are never, never alone. Love you sweet Rose!

  3. Hey Rose, This is Faith!!
    I miss you SOOO much!!! I can't believe its already been 3 months! I fell like you need to come home right now and give me a really big hug!!!!! In fact, ive had more than several dreams that you have come home, spent the day with me, and then gone back to Ecuador.
    Im at Aunt Susan and Uncle Tim's house right now for thanksgiving week. Did you forget that it was thanksgiving? you didn't say anything about it in your blog....
    I miss you SOOOOOOOOOO much!
    Lova ya!