Thursday, January 26, 2012

Australia Day

After 20 years, I am sad to say that I do not have a solid, beautiful, or strong memory of celebrating Australia Day. And I don’t think I am alone, because for many of us, we don’t know what it means, other than a holiday in the middle of the first week of school. After living in a different culture I have come to realize what it really means to come together to celebrate, and share moments with those who you dearly love. For example, my New Years, have been rather uneventful throughout my life, in fact, until last year, I had actually come to believe that New Years, was a waste of money, time and energy and most years, I would retire to my bed by 10PM, disillusioned with the festivities. However, the last two New Years I have spent with my beloved fiancĂ©e and I have come to learn that it is a very special time. This year, Massiel and I made a very special dinner, cooked on our home made wood fire barbeque, accompanied by a special Australian dessert. We ate as close as we could to midnight, as part of Chilean custom and then as the hour approached, we counted down and as the clock struck twelve, we held each other close, not with a joyful and fun, meaningless hug, but with an embrace that would say, ‘Welcome to this year, I love you and I will stay with you whatever this year will bring.’ We prayed over each other and we gave each other our best wishes. With tears in our eyes, we stood in that embrace, until the time came to dance. And we did.

So with this new chapter of our lives that we are venturing into together, it has become important to me, that we treasure these special days, like Australia Day. Although we may not be in Australia, I can proudly say, that this has been the best Australia Day of my life. Why? Because of the missing ingredient... Love.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Outrageously loved

I didn't get fired technically, I just can't go back and teach those children anymore because of a financial crisis that the family is going through. I like honesty.
When I walked out of that place, I thanked God deeply, it's been nothing like holidays these past couple of months, not that Ryan and I are completely in that mood, but because of work and my thesis, we didn't have that much freedom to get up at anytime during the day or go to bed after 11. We couldn't continue to do any more work outside and have been postponing different little projects.
And now, we're free to stand up and be embraced by the Beautiful One. I can get lost in His presence and not worry about responsibilities, we can go on short day trips and worship freeeeeely!
I took a deep breath and thanked God because when the world tries to convince us that we have to DO, He says "Hey! It's DONE".
My only job is to be outrageously loved.
I rest on that. We trust Him.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

3, THE number.

Have you heard about the Trinity? No, not your acquaintance or the girl in Matrix, but THE Trinity: God Father, God Son and God Holy Spirit. Well, they're a trinity because they're three, but truly they're just one and they make the bestest superhero, all their powers combined... aw, man! whoever dares to be His enemy is already defeated!
So here are some stories:
  • When Ryan came over in winter 2011, he knelt and pulled a little purple box out of his pocket, then he said "Massiel, I'm not here for holidays, I came here to see you and my mission is to ask you...(pause, deep breath) 16 months ago I said I wanted to grow with you and now I want to ask you to grow old with me". In this lil' box was a ring and three sparkling diamonds which symbolize us and God in the middle.
  • In this pre-marriage season we're surrounding ourselves with loving, caring and amazing people.
We've chosen 3 wonderful men whose mission is to take good care of us, and 3 beautiful women whose mission is to go through the whole preparation process with us.
Yesterday, we met with one of them to give her the invitation and with tears in her eyes, her only words were "yes, I wouldn't miss this for the world", I understand that our happiness is a big part of their happiness as well.
And then I wondered, why 3?
Because 3 is THE number.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A wedding

Yesterday, the youngest of my three brothers (who's 9 years older than me) celebrated his wedding!!
They've been together for over 12 years and have three beautiful children.
We love them because they're so pure in heart and giving and loving, they never pretend to be or have what they don't.
The ceremony was short, beautiful and very different from what we are used to.
Then, the bride and groom left, by the time they were back, after the toast, a big surprise: Mariachis!!!
We shared a lovely lunch and then danced, Ryan and I shared with my beloved cousins that I hadn't seen for a few years.
My niece and one of her friends performed a great show imitating latinamerican artists, it was so much fun!!!
Then they opened presents and thanked everyone for the incredible gifts, there were some speeches and finally much love, hugs and laughter.
It was a Chilean wedding!!! We helped setting up things when we arrived and then cleaning an organizing stuff before we left.
We felt so close to the family, working as a big team, sharing and being part of each other's happiness.
Happy and beautiful day! Joyful hearts!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

We vented shopping

So I know that the word "vented" doesn't exist and I feel compelled to tell that story before I tell you more about our awesome day together.
I am an EFL teacher and in one of my methodology classes my professor taught us that you can't spend your entire class correcting your students, especially if they're beginners, so if someone said after you've been teaching past tenses, "I vented to the movies", just ignore the errors and try to teach the correct way without making your student feel stupid for making a mistake.
With all this I try to make myself a bit humble because I'm not perfect, I write pretty well but I ask for mercy when correcting my errors.

So our Saturday morning started very lazy, we watched cartoons and had a massive breakfast, first cereal and fresh berries and peaches, then a cuppa and avocado and bread.
We needed to recover ourselves from the long week with little sleep and so after breakfast we went back to bed. When we woke up for the second time, we decided it was time to have secret talks in our tent that is set up in Ryan's room. It was a good day to camp there.
I often wondered if you'd get bored talking or sharing all the time with the same person, and then after these past six weeks I know the answer is NO!
Some people take a long time in realizing that the person you've chosen to spend the rest of your life with HAS to be your best friend, it's not fair to become best friends a number of years later.
The feeling of "we can talk about anything" and "we can enjoy each other without having to say a word" are good indicators of that friendship.
We went shopping this afternoon, I love spoiling Ryan, he deserved the best time ever because he's been so patient and loving these past couple of weeks when I needed him to be.
He's been there, willing to help with everything, he deserved spending time with me, so I just forgot about the laptop and all the work for the thesis and held his hand.
We walked a lot, went to different places, he tried on many things and scored two shirts from which he has chosen one to wear to the wedding tomorrow. We learned about sizes and collars, shapes and colors, it was such a fun experience.
Life in Chile is good, we finished our date having coffee and churros...yum!!!