Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ashamed....

Granpa is really looking granpash in this picture...

Ready to see the tiger...
Life is good on my granpa's lap...while driving the car....(we were going 2 mph as you can see the animals were all around us)
This is how close you can get to them...I was holding Thiago's hand because he was afraid they would bite him as they tried to get the food from his hand... (Thiago is my 10 yr old brother)
My turn....it was so fun!!!


Grandpa with the girls...I think he is especially in love with Bia...
us taking the train to go to a "gosh" forsaken place with my great aunt...
My parents and Czuba...a good friend and returned missionary from my parent's missiona- Portugal Lisbon
Isabelle at the Mercado Municipal- 25 de marco...
Bia having fun looking at the monkeys at Simba Safari
The living room of my parent's apartment...
Czuba and Bia...they look SOOOO good in this picture...
Our little family...without my chubby Bia...
ironing...and momma on the back



So today I got a good reality check of my own. I went to this lady's house from my ward. Let's call her Mary. She lived with her husband in the States for 10 years. Her hubby finished a bachelor's and a masters degree and they had to come back in a hurry because they found out the had leukemia, which when she was diagnosed the people at the hospital asked her" do you have 250,000 dollars?" She responded negatively and they said they wouldn't be able to treat her. She came back to survive really...they still haven't got their lives in place. I have been thinking a lot lately and the conclusion is really shame. I mean, really what kind of challenge would it be to come back to our country get a wonderful job and money to spare without any REAL hard work involved?what would be the lesson learned?how would we grow our trust and depency upon the Lord if we were just handed everything we thought we deserved?? I see so many people that still struggle despite their qualifications...why would we be any different?

So I guess today I come to the realization that things won't ever be easy or painless....(as much as we "knew" things wouldn't be easy you never really understand it until you are here) It's just how opposition in all things work. Perhaps it's not so much what I go through but what I learn from it and how I face it that will make all the difference in the end.

So cheers to gratefulness and to all the blessings that I have been giving....and cheers to everyone who has to work hard to make things work....because this is the ride that we accepted to take and we have to make it a joyful one....so I'm making mine a joyful ride...no matter what...

ok...gotta go...

:)

2 comments:

Aline Carson said...

Pois é col. É oq eu te disse lá no facebook, as vezes a gente acha que vai ser tudo lindo maravilhoso e por causa da nossa atitude a gente acaba se decepcionando. Mas nós mesmos podemos mudar isso e fazer não com que tudo seja lindo maravilhoso pq isso é meio unrealistic, mas com que as coisas sejam melhores para nós. E isso a gente só consegue com muita humildade e com certeza essa experiência que vc teve deve ter sido mto "eye opening" pra vc né. O Senhor as vezes nos mostra essas coisas pra nós contarmos nossas bênçãos e mudarmos nosso point of view. Eu não falo por experiência pq pra mim tb todo dia é um challenge mas eu acho que eu tenho aprendido muito com essa experiência, cresci mto e ainda estou crescendo, cada dia que passa aprendo uma coisa nova. Eu sou mto grata por essa oportunidade de poder servir na igreja como nunca e ver tão claramente que minha situação ainda é muito melhor do que a maioria dos brasileiros.
Continue otimista col, e vamos aproveitar muito!
Beijos xoxoxoxo

Katy-the-lady said...

I haven't peeked at your blog for a while and I'll have to come back when it's not so late to read your other posts I haven't seen yet. :) What fun pictures! I can't believe how much the girls have grown already! Oh how we miss you and your little family! Thank you for what you said at the end of your post. I have been struggling to keep my chin up lately too and have been remembering that it's not my circumstances, but my attitude and the way I choose to perceive my circumstances that will make me happy. I can find joy in the journey---even if it is a painful one! LOVE YOU!