Well, 1 year later, with God's help, I am moving closer to making all these goals a reality! I am now 77% supported for my initial 2 year committment for Peru! I am also currently looking into creative solutions for my condo. I'm certain that God's timing is perfect for when these will come to be. I know that I sound really patient about this, but I promise you, this "waiting time" is something that I struggle with a lot. It is ONLY because I have had some of the events that have played out in my life over the past year that affirms that His timing is perfect (more about that in the next paragraph). In regards to learning Spanish, I would not say that I am fluent by any stretch of the imagination, BUT I am learning and retaining what I am learning! I am understanding a lot more than ever before.
Other things that have occurred over the last year that were not on my list include: learning how to use Publisher to do my newsletters, learning to use Excel for my budget ( I know, some of you might be thinking why doesn't she know this, but the reality is, when I was in college I was learning DOS in class! So I never learned Excel). I spoke in front of 3 churches and a few other smaller groups about Peru. I participated in a bible study to learn more about spiritual warfare. I took and completing the 32 hour (more like 60 hours) certificate class from Joni and Friends on Disability and Suffering.
I've been able to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends through my support rasing and/or who have a heart for missions, Peru, and/or disability. Two of these people are people who I admire greatly for what they have done for disability here in the US but also overseas: Don Schoendorfer, founder and president of Free Wheelchair Mission, and Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and president of Joni and Friends.
One of the best things that has happened over this year has been the time I've had to spend with my family to build stronger bonds than I've ever had before with them. I think the realization of my upcoming departure to Peru has helped us all appreciate how each moment and interaction should be enjoyed and cherished. Typically I find that this type of realization occurs when someone in the family is diagnosed with a significant illness. Thankfully, this is not the case for our family and for that I am extremely grateful! So, on this goal planning month for the upcoming year, my prayer for all of you is to not wait until something dramatic happens to truly appreciate and cherish your family. Enjoy every moment with them, I know for a fact that the memories and bonds you create will stay with you for a lifetime.