I was pretty sad yesterday afternoon when my family skyped and I saw all of them together (including my in-laws) and got to talk to my friend Amber for the first time since we left. It was an emotional phone call but I was also SO grateful to be able to see all their faces and hear their voices. Sofia was excited to see her girlfriends Emma and London and they acted silly together on the computer.
When we got off the phone Sofia looked at me teary-eyed and said "I don't like Peru, I want to go back to Abilene!" OUCH! It was the first time since we've been here that she said that and my heart broke. She continued on and on about wanting to go back. Lee and I decided it was time for a family walk and a picnic so we took off. As we were walking Sofia brought it up again and you could tell she desperately wanted to understand. She finally looked up at me and said "Mom, I guess there was just too many people in Abilene that know Jesus so God told us to come to Peru so Jesus could love them!" All I could do was smile. I was SO proud of her in that moment. Not that I believe what she said about Abilene but I DO believe that God "told" us to come here so that we could tell the Peruvians about God's love. I just LOVE the simplicity of a child.
At least for the moment she is satisfied and though she misses her friends and family terribly (as do we), she can move on knowing that "God told us to come here."
We ended our night at Wes & Stacy's with some spectacular homemade fireworks. I was SO impressed and SO excited to get to have a hamburger, be with close friends and see some fireworks. OH and we even got to share bluebell ice cream. Yeah that's right, a friend of mine got some from the embassy, it's the ambassadors favorite ice cream! Who knew?!?
I hope you all have a happy 4th of July and go see some fireworks for me.
P.S. Part B will be my next post
I don't think Liam was enjoying the whole wrestling thing