Sunday, September 27, 2009

encantada...

¡¡HOLA!! first blog! My apologies for taking so long--I still don´t have internet in my piso, but i´m working on it! right now I´m in an internet cafe sitting next to a dear friend from Baylor, Rebecca Goldstein. She leaves me tomorrow for her place of work, the Spanish coastal city of Santander!

I don´t know if summing up this past week is even possible, but I will make an attempt. First off, I´m quickly losing all English competency due to the amount of spanish I´ve been using. Getting around Madrid the second go around has been much easier, and I´ve been much more confident than expected (praise God!).

I was lucky enough this time to be picked up at the airport by my Spanish friend Dani, who has helped me get settled in to my piso by speaking with my landlord on his cell phone when I didn´t have one. He also helped me buy my own cell phone, get computer adapters for my american plugs, and find out which internet would be best for me (still trying to figure out...). Basically, getting settled in has been a breeze, and all the while I´ve had a friend to chat in Spanish with, which makes my heart happy.

My piso rules (pics coming soon), and I live with 2 english girls who are still in Uni. I´m a metro ride away from anywhere I´d want to be in the city. I absolutely can´t believe I get to be back here in Madrid, and I´m so thankful!

Today, Rebecca and I went to church across town and we got presented and everything! I´m hoping to jump right in and make friends so that I can have a community (Satt--thanks for teaching me how impt. that is!) It was an amazing service, and it was completely refreshing to be with Spaniards who love Jesus!!

All in all, moving back here has been a long time coming, and I have complete assurance I´m exactly where God wants me. That in itself is an incredible feeling. I´m falling back in love with Madrid very quickly! I can´t wait, however, to be able to talk on skype and share this with the ones I love back home! I´m thinking of everyone all time!

un beso enorme de EspaƱa!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Madrid Eve!

I leave for Madrid tomorrow!!! I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve! I keep getting that exhilarating tingly feeling when I think about it...

Only a few more errands to do, last goodbyes to say, and american meals to eat before I'm off!

Next post, I'll be there! WOOHOOOOOO!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

ask, seek, knock.

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"--Jesus



I asked for a piso.

Monday, September 14, 2009

the face of departure.

Approximately two years ago, I was making this face:
I took this picture the day I left for Madrid in August 2007.

If I were to take a picture right now, I think my face would be different.

My face in the picture reflects my utter inexperience with Spain and my excitement to get to know it. I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into.

In fact, knowing what you're getting yourself into can often cause more anxiety.

I'm a week away from taking another departure picture and this time, I have no place to live. I have scattered friends, and a meager savings. This should be cause for stress, right?

Believe it or not, though, I'm not stressing. It's times like these I simply cannot lean on myself or my own strength. Often times in life, we feel like we can get along with the "I'll do it" mentality. Well, this one I really can't do.

I have to trust the One who called me over there. It would be silly of Him to not give me a place to rest my head. That's just nonsense.

So, what will my face look like on departure day?

Trusting. Whatever that looks like.