Tomorrow will mark my 1 month anniversary of being in the Philippines. I still can't believe that I have been here a month. I am so thankful for how quickly it is going. I am thankful that I have been able to settle into this new life. I am thankful that I am able to be a part of a community. Even if it is kind of a weird community. Last night about 18 of us went out to celebrate someone's birthday. It was so much fun, and I did realize that there is something about just being out with people that makes me happy. I miss having a community. I miss just being able to laugh. But the thing is that I would trade it in for my family. To be able to hang out with them and watch football. I would totally trade my exotic life for that.
I am thankful for this opportunity. I am thankful that I get to be here for this time, but I am also looking forward. I am hopeful for what the future brings. I am hopeful that there is something great about to happen. Something that will change my life and other lives. I am thankful for time to just think and ponder. The fact that I can be surrounded by people, or completely alone.
In this month I have learned so much about the Korean culture and the Filipino culture. I am thankful that I can laugh and get to know both cultures. That my students can speak 3 different languages, and that they are able to learn.
My students all got over 100% on their spelling test this week. Do you know how excited I was. I was seriously so excited! I am so thankful that I have a group of kids that want to learn!
It makes me feel like I am really doing something!