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And now we have language…

My first week of language lessons is complete, and boy am I ready for a break. It’s been far too long since my brain had to work this hard! I can feel the synapses struggling to fire…to reignite after too many years of idleness :). 

Ok, so it’s not that bad. In fact it is actually going pretty well. I can already introduce myself, speak about my family, say numbers, tell time, give directions and conjugate a few simple verbs. And I am learning how to properly draw the letters.

I have been purposefully going out to buy one or two things each day so that I can use my new language skills. And it has been a blast. I love learning new things…and to be able to use it right away? Even better! This weekend I have a lot of homework…some writing, some memorization. But if it means I can one day break thru my communication limitations, it is totally worth it. 

And I have taken some time to have some fun, too. Yesterday was National Children’s Day, and I was able to attend the festivities, which just happened to be taking place right below my apartment balcony. And I have taken some time to finally unpack all of my luggage. I still need some more organizational tools…like cabinets 😀. But I am slowly getting there. One day at a time, right? 

Well, that’s all for now. Can’t wait to share what new adventures I will have next week!


Born and raised in a Christian home, I felt God calling me to work overseas with children when I was only 11 years old. I graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, MO, and fully intended on serving two to three years in my hometown of Phoenix, then head overseas. But God had other plans. Two years into it, both of my parents began having health problems that continued for over 8 years. Twelve years after my graduation, my parents' health was restored and my student debt was finally paid off. Now, with 14 years of ministry (12 dedicated to ministry to children) under my belt, I am now fulfilling that calling God wrote on my heart at the age of 11. In Telavi, the Republic of Georgia, I am truly living my dream. God is doing some great things here, and I am so thrilled to be apart of it.

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