Things I learned this week:
never, ever, ever assume anything about transfers EVER
my bag is water resistant, NOT waterproof!
Taking a bucket shower is not nearly as bad as Ive thought my whole life
I have the best mom in the whole world (already knew that, but got some more evidence this week)
So yeah, Tuesday rolls around. Hermana Adams and I are coming from a couple visits to lunch, when the phone rings. Who is it? The assistants. In case you don't know, its never a good thing to get a call from the assistants. They ask me if I have anything to write on, and proceed to tell me that Hermana Adams is being emergency changed to Turubamba to be an Hermana Lider and I am receiving Hermana Jimenez as my new companion. WHAT?!?! We cried and cried. I totally feel jipped out of my last three weeks with Hermana Adams. Nobody will ever be able to top her diligence and obedience. But I love my new companion! Hermana Jimenez is from Colombia. She is 20, has 9 months in the mission, and we get along just fine! My spanish has definitely gotten back up to speed fast!
Hermana Adams gone means I am leading the sector. I am in charge of planning all the citas and getting us where we need to be. And that is not easy. I feel a ton of pressure to help our investigators who have a baptismal date keep that date. We will see how it goes. My life went from being blissfully stress-free to um, okay, bring it on! But I love it, because I feel like this will give me the opportunities I need to progress more than I have been.
We loaded Hermana Jimenez's luggage in a taxi and headed for our house. She asked how much he would charge us, and he said 5 bucks. Um no, sorry, the taximetro (The thing that counts the distance, I don't know what its called in english) charged us 1.60 to get from our house to the terminal. I was not about to let the mean taxi driver charge me 5 bucks. He said fine, 10 dollars. Okay, leave us here then, we will find another taxi. Fine, 3 dollars. No. 2 dollars or leave us here. .... needless to say, stubborn Baylee surfaced and it was not very pretty. I need to learn to not get angry, but I have to admit that I did. Also a bus driver ripped me off pretty good too. That was only 50cents so I let that one go. Sigh. It's not easy to be a gringa sometimes!
On Thursday at our meetings, the zone leaders said, "so half of the pouch today is for Hermana Hasleton..." Truth! Got my valentines package and three letters! THANK YOU MOMMY! Seriously, anyone reading who thinks they have a better mom than mine, it's actually not true, sorry! ;)
On Friday, we had TORRENTIAL RAIN. I have never seen so much rain in my life. The streets were actually rivers. The buses stopped running. After the 2-minute walk to the bus stop, i was wringing out my skirt and dumping water out of my rainboots. It literally didn't stop raining for over 12 hours.
Andd.... with the rain came another adventure! The next day we woke up to no hot water. Because the rain ruined our water heater. Hopefully someone will come fix it tomorrow, but hey just boil some water and grab a bucket and youre fine! I'm tellin ya, my expectations of life are just so much lower than I used to imagine possible. As long as I can be asleep by 10pm and have some sort of hot shower, I'm good. Oh, I appreciate it if someone, recent convert or menos activo or investigator or SOMEONE we have been working with comes to church. Those are my expectations in life.
Well folks, that is all for today. Sorry to all those I didn't get to respond to! Next week for sure!
Love you! Have a fantastic week!
my new companion Hermana Jimenez!