Rijeka is the best. I am just loving it here!!!
We got to work ALL WEEK! It was so so so great! We didn't have too many random interruptions or meetings and we got to be out talking to people! It was so exciting! We talked to so many fun, interesting people and were able to share the gospel all week. Of course, I am very happy.
Right before English class this week, I noticed we were totally out of ink in our erasable markers, so I called my district leader and he told me to go get some new markers. Sister M. and I went into center and found some markers. We got 10 in all sorts of colors. We hurried back to the church and I wrote some things up on the board to prepare for class and decided I didn't like my hand writing on one of the things (the Balkan people can't read my handwriting unless I slant it, so I always have to) so I went to go erase it... It didn't come off. I looked down at the pen I had been using, and turns out we got all permanent markers. Ugh. Lost in translation of my 2nd foreign language. STRESS. But on the bright side, I now know how to say "erasable" and "permanent" and "my mistake" in Croatian.
In church yesterday, we ended up sharing some of our struggles and how we are able to keep the Spirit with us. Rough translation on that one. I shared what it is like to be at the end of my mission, but the beginning of a language and the responsibility of having a new missionary by my side... and a few random things, and then I shared some of my Spirit secrets haha. The women cried. Our senior couple sister afterward told me that she didn't realize I was such an experienced and spiritually strong missionary. It made me tear up walking home... I realized that at this point of a mission, most people are looking up to the older missionaries as examples of how to teach and learn the language and everything, but with me moving countries, I have not had that experience. It was humbling for me to realize that will not be part of my mission. It was also really cool for me to hear someone recognize that I have some experience.
So So SOO many times during a week, I am reminded that it is always your choice to be happy. ALWAYS.
It is such a pleasure to serve. There is no use in wasting time being frustrated or sad or in a bad mood. I hope to use this time how God wants me to. And I know He wants me to be happy.
This is the best.