Saturday, 23 January 2016

Back to Ecuador...

Hello everyone....

I know it's been a while since we last wrote... but here it is....


First of all, our time back in Australia went really well, we accomplished everything we set out to do while we were there. We loved being able to see our family, some of which we hadn't seen in two years and reconnecting with old friends we had also missed a lot. However our main reason for going back to Australia for six weeks was to get rid of all our things we had in storage so it would allow us to stay in Ecuador as long as possible.... but we underestimated how difficult and emotional this was going to be...
 
After we arrived we quickly took photos of our bigger items, advertising them wherever we could so we would have enough time to sell them, everything else had to be pretty much given away. We were on the go the whole time while we were there... which I didn't mind, since it kept me busy from overthinking this whole process.... Confession Time: I tend to connect things to memories, which causes me to become emotionally attached to things....  I know, I know! The words "we don't get emotionally attached to things" (a comment made when the Org sold the NY buildings) has been playing over and over and over in my head.... throughout this process, I kept chanting this like it was my theme song! 

However from time to time I'd come across engagement gifts and wedding gifts that I dearly wished I could keep, I think those were the hardest things to let go of. It wasn't so much the item it was the memory! Yes I know, I was emotionally attached to things that I hadn't seen in over 3 years!! I think that's what made it worse... Having to deal with the way I was feeling and having to say goodbye to everyone again took a toll once we got back... We were so exhausted that it took us months just to feel like ourselves again... 

My gorgeous family

Lunch date with my mum having Salvadorian Popusas
 
Jeremy showing his grandparents photos of Ecuador



Dressing up for Jeremy's mum n dad Mark and Daniela



 

Jeremy and his brother Jay making Gnocci..

There's nothing we regret having done... We love our lives in Jehovah's service and we have a great life here in Ecuador. Jehovah has taken care of us so well and we lack for nothing... The trip helped us to see how difficult it is to pack a whole lifetime into a few suitcases and move... Looking back now after several months... I'm so happy we have taken these steps back home... When Jah's day comes all those things would have disappeared anyway, but I'm so happy we made the choice to get rid of them ourselves especially since I had become so attached to them. 
 
Once we got back, Jeremy had to have all his wisdom teeth pulled out... We found a great dentist in Guayaquil to do this and wow did he do a good job, Jeremy didn't bruise up at all even after it took hours to take them out and within a week Jeremy was back to running around the house looking for things to do... hehehe  
We've also had our Circuit Assembly and we got to participate with our Congregation's Rural Assignment on Saturdays... had our Circuit Pioneer meeting and also our annual pioneer meeting... 

At our Circuit Assembly
Pioneer Meeting

Rural Territory Witnessing Group


Local bamboo bridge... a few days later they got massive rain fall that swept the bridge away..


Form of transportation - had so much fun on it!

Video was planned to be shown for the village
 


 
tiny sweet little bananas
Until just a few days ago the house has been full of guests, coming and going... We are happy to have it this way and in a way have become used to having people around us... Sadly though our house mates visas ran out and they've had to go back home... We hope they're able to come back soon... We miss them very much... The Congregation organized a farewell party for them before they left and a lot of effort went into little dance numbers and a kids skit (that was my favorite) the little ones had prepared a shorten version of our new meetings... it was a meeting being held 20 years from now... so of course the little ones were now the ones looking after the congregation in places of responsibility... they had arranged comments and even witnessing demos, it was so nice to see the little ones take part in this, they did very well...






Dressed in traditional Ecuadorian costumes

The brothers made these dolls that looked like them from a photo they had taken when they first arrived

So that's what been happening on our side of the world... the rainy season has officially started... so far we've had a cricket plague and now the mosquito plague is about to start... no joke... overall it seems less hot but more humid... yet we are coping well and happy to be back...