Honesty time : yesterday was a rough day. We excitedly bought a car last week and were able to pick it up yesterday (or so we thought). We left at 9am to make the 45 minute drive. We picked it up, paid the salesman, drove about a half mile to the gas station and filled the tank. The attendants (they pump gas for you in Guatemala, like the old days), informed us that our gas tank had a major leak. Bummer. The salesman accompanied us to a nearby repair garage and agreed to pay for the repairs (thankfully). We stayed in town because we were told the repairs would take a few hours. 10 hours later, the car was still not ready. Hot, tired and defeated, we went home. We witnessed a bad accident on the way home involving a motorcycle and a semi. We drove up right as it happened. An awful sight. Once we arrived home, I took a shower to have a good cry. Its one of the only places to find privacy. It can be easy to only document the highlights of life on a blog, to take pretty pictures of our smiling faces and the beautiful places we travel, but I want to be authentic. Life can be tough. Its difficult to move from one of the world's wealthiest countries to a poverty stricken third world country. Things are different. The heat is extreme. We don't have AC. I get frustrated easily. I'm not reacting well to the food and am nauseous almost constantly. I miss home.
BUT, there are still so many things to be thankful for, and I refuse to be completely defeated by the negatives. I slept in today and felt much, much better. The home we are living in, with Pastor Luis and his wife, is beautiful and clean. Pastor Luis and his wife Nancy, our 'bosses', are some of the nicest people I've ever met. We are looking for a small home for Ted and I and expect to have one soon. Many people have wondered if my nausea is because I'm pregnant. The answer is no, I am not pregnant and won't be while we are down here because of the Zika virus. However, we are on the waiting list for a pug puppy and I'm ecstatic. And this country is beautiful, despite its issues. Life is tough, but our God is stronger, and for that I am thankful.