So upon arrival home life got a little busy. But I made it home in one piece, physically. I definitely felt like I left a piece of my heart over in Slovakia. LIKE ONE GIANT PIECE.
I have determined that the word "adjusting" is not my favorite word, nor is my favorite question "so, how are you adjusting?" I have changed the word from "adjusting" to "adapting"
this is why.
if you are adjusting, the word refers coming back to something. Yes, I came back to America, but NO, I cannot go back to the life I was living previously. its impossible. I am not that person anymore,
but with adapting, I can take who I was on my mission combined with the life I had before and create a NEW ADAPTED life that I want to lead out. and so far its working.
of course it is hard to come home, because I have never felt so lost in my own hometown or in my own skin. I remember the first days home feeling completely lost with no purpose. I have never cried so hard, trying to figure out your purpose, when your purpose for the last year and a half was, "invite others to come unto Christ" was/is difficult. how could I know what my purpose was when I wasn't wearing a name tag?
Yes, my purpose is still to invite others to come unto Christ, but not the way I have done it for the past year and a half. I had to adapt (theres that word again) my techniques. change up what I was doing and discover how I could invite people to come unto Christ while trying to figure out a new job, get prepared for school and adapt to this strange world I have come back to..
its still a work in process, I am trying to figure out my study schedule and my work schedule and my free time and my workout schedule and my meal schedule and life seems to be this giant mess and to add to all that stress I am still not unpacked, so my room is a LITERAL MESS.
did I mention that this whole adapting home thing is messy?
But I have learned that I need patience. and a lot of it!
We had a mission reunion that has blessed my life a ton since, but my mission president spoke to us about a few verses in Mark Chapter 5
" And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
I am in debt to them. I don't know how I could ever pay them back, but the memories I have of them, make this adapting a whole lot easier.
my life is forever changed because of Slovakia.
and I am so grateful for that.
Hung out with friends at the capital after they both smashed me in bowling.
Went to the zoo. it was a blast
Went to San Diego
Visited the Mormon Battalion. SO GOOD
VISITED THE SAN DIEGO TEMPLE
FOUND MY STORE in SD
Went indoor skydiving. (recommend. SO FUN)
Got some dental work done. the gas made me super loopy
Went to Joes Crab Shack, Was informed by my mother that I should never go on a date to Joes Crab Shack... I wonder why..
Sestra Madison Ratcliffe