Last Year as a Teen

“Today is your birthday, happy happy birthday. Today is your birthday, happy birthday…HEY!”

(If you read that and in Wooten’s voice, you’re amazing!)

Exactly a week ago (March 27th) was my birthday, and also the beginning of my last year as a teen. Where has all the time gone? 🤷🏼‍♀️ When I was younger, I figured that I’d never survive to be this old.

God has been incredibly good to me this year, and I’m in awe when I start to think about what He’s done.  There have been ups and downs, and lots of trial through fire, but He’s right beside me through it all.  There is a verse that has been in my head a lot recently, and so I’ll share it with y’all!

Job 23:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

God really does know the way we take, as I have come realize even more in these last few days. He is still faithful, no matter what we go through. When I’m done going through these trials I am facing, I will come through like gold. That is such a sweet promise to be able to hold onto during difficult times. It still amazes me how the Bible really is alive, and it can speak to us still today, even though it was written so many years ago. Every time I sit down to read it, something else jumps out at me, and catches me by surprise. It is always relevant to my present situation. Can I get an amen? Haha…sorry I’m not trying to get sidetracked from the blog post, but this is something that has been on my heart a lot recently.

Getting back to my birthday…achem…I had an amazing day.  I was woken up at 6:30 a.m. when Francis called me to tell me happy birthday (Bless her heart…) 😀 After that I started to read all the messages I had received until that point. Thanks to everybody who texted or called me…y’all made my day super special. I was finally able to go back to bed and get some sleep and they woke me up again at 9:00 a.m. This time, they woke me up with some crazy birthday music, including rock, and “Happy Birthday, Princess”…I was cracking up about all the music! 😀

I went downstairs and ate a breakfast consisting of cinnamon rolls, turkey bacon, and (of course) Dr. Pepper. Dr. Pepper is something everybody asks for their birthday, because they only sell it in cans here in Honduras, and it can never be found at restaurants. After breakfast, I opened up my presents. After opening presents, we went into town to pick up our new eye glasses (even Fabricio uses galsses now, although he’s still getting used to them), and do some shopping. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of the day, but I can say that we had lots of fun.

We arrived back home and the kids wanted to swim. I committed to get in with them and swim for a little while. Once it strated sprinkling and I was freezing, I got out (I only lasted about 5 minutes) and went up to get a warm shower. Shortly after that, I enjoyed a conversation with my fellow boo. 😉 Maddi FaceTimed me and we enjoyed a great conversation, involving lots of planning for her trip down here. (I am LITERALLY thrilled, by the way. #odysseyreference)

I enjoyed supper and talking to different people during the day. Everybody made me feel so special during a crazy year, and I’m thankful for that. That night I was able to get in bed early, until Sis. Maria called me at ten thirty, remembering that it was my birthday! (Haha…gotta love her 😉 )

On Sunday, I got to celebrate an extended version of my birthday. Our family (plus Cristel, Francis, Fabricio, Ana, and Nicolas) went to eat fried chicken, and it was delicious. I will definitely plan on going back there, asap. Haha We then went to the grocery store where we had even more fun then at the restaurant (because we’re weird like that, Lol.) I’m so thankful for my friends and family who joined me on my special day.

Over all, it was an amazing day, and I enjoyed it immensely. I still can’t believe that it is my last year as a teen…it doesn’t seem quite possible. I got a super sweet message on the morning of my birthday from my dear sister, Allana. She texted me, wishing me a happy birthday, and that I would hopefully actually graduate this year. Thanks for that encouraging note, sis! Haha. 😀

As a side note, yesterday we had an awesome service in La Esperanza, and we went to Bonito Oriental (a little town about ten minutes away from La Esperanza) to meet some new contacts. We are excited about what God’s doing there. Keep La Esperanza and Bonito Oriental in your prayers.

I know I haven’t blogged in quite a while about what’s going on down here, and I’m sorry for that. We have truly been so bust lately, and there have been lots of things going on.

First of all, in January, Moses moved in with us, and is currently living here while he goes to college in La Ceiba. Also, we had an amazing camp meeting, and Pastor Garrett came down, which was so special for all of us. We also had an awesome time during Bible School, where Bro. Wade Townley and Bro. Kelly Patrick came down to preach. I wasn’t sure I could forgive Bro. Townley for not bringing Tavia with him, but the Lord has helped me get over my bittereness. Haha, I’m just kidding; I did miss seeing my friend, though. I’m sorry, but I doubt that I’ll blog on these events, because time has caught up on me.

Also, I must mention that Cara Wilkins came down during camp, and we had a blast. I believe the majority of you know Cara, so you probably understand what I mean by saying we had a blast. I mean, it was literally an explosion. It was something we’d all wanted to happen for a long time, and we were glad she finally made it. She managed to steal somebody’s suitcase within the first 10 minutes of being in Honduras, which is something not many people can do! She had fun practicing her Spanish, and we had fun coaching her through it. Me and her had the opportunity to perform a hilarious skit during Children’s Church at camp, and it will certainly go down in history! 😀

Allana flew to the US the day Cara flew back, and since then has been in Oklahoma with my grandparents helping take care of my great-grandma who had a stroke last year. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers!

Nathaniel also flew out in March, and has been in Arizona, at Pastor Garrett’s church. I have felt both Allana and Nathaniel’s absences greatly, and please continue to pray for them both; that God would use them where they’re at.

Thank you for being patient with me, even when I don’t post anything. I love blogging, but my life has truly been super busy these days. We appreciate any extra prayers sent our way!

I’ve had some blogging inspiration, and I’ll try to get on more these days, but I won’t make any promises. Thanks for reading, and God bless!

Sarah Schreckhise

 

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