“It’s not like Bolivia is a blanket that we were using and now we are throwing it to one side. Bolivia is woven into me and it’s threads are a part of who we are forever,” I said with tears blurring my vision as I spoke with my oldest Bolivian friend sitting in front of me in the coffee shop today.
She gave me a butterfly ring as a going away gift, to match my first tattoo. “These are wings as you go on the next part of the journey God has for you.” I settled in and listened, as I have learned to do when I know the time has come to listen, to her speak out from her heart blessings, encouragement, sweet memories, and kind wishes. Bolivians know how to make heartfelt speeches. I was touched.
Bolivia has given me many ‘firsts’. I came as a 25 year old mother of three small children, practically a blank canvas just getting started with life. Remember those lists I was talking about in the previous post? Here’s a fun one I did.
Firsts in Bolivia
1. Kiss on the cheek greeting
4. Climbed a mountain to the summit
5. Got a massage
6. Went to a spa
7. Changed my mind about drinking
8. Learned I prefer white wine over red
9. Officiated a wedding
10. Served as a pastor
11. Ate Indian food
12. Stayed at a 5 star hotel
13. Got a tattoo
14. Got on social media
15. Used the sci-fi predicted miracle that is Skype
17. Wrote a book
18. Bore a Bolivian child
19. Adopted a Bolivian child
20. Had major surgery
21. Learned Spanish
22. Held a baby abandoned on a the doorstep
23. Held the hand of a friend as she was losing her baby at 19 weeks of pregnancy
24. Fell in love with cactus plants
25. Got jumped at knife point
26. Owned a cell phone
27. Owned a good camera
28. Became the mother of teenagers
29. Co-founded an orphanage
30. Co-founded a school
31. Co-founded an international collective blog
32. Traveled internationally by myself
33. Traveled internationally with only my nursing baby as company
34. Traveled internationally with only my five children as company
35. Built a snowman with my kids
36. Won an award for my photography
37. Visited children who live in a prison with their criminal parents
38. Ate Bolivian food
Since I am now 38 years old I’ll stop there.
We are looking at a season of some new firsts for our family. Some will be fun, some terrifying, some silly, and some very serious.
Please pray with us about a huge first for our youngest, Kaitlynn. She will soon, by the grace of God, become for the first time in her life a citizen of the United States of America. There is paperwork, appointments, and other rigamarole to get through for this to happen. Not impossible, just needs to get done along with all the other stuff that is happening right now. Thanks so much for praying with us.