Hi everyone! Wow already first week of school?! That is so crazy. I don't know how I feel about that. Part of me is excited to start sophomore year but I know when I get there, I'll be begging for summer haha. It should be a good year! Speaking of school I was talking to my friend Elizabeth, in Ghana. She is 17. We got in a conversation about school and what classes she takes. She is on break right now but she was telling me how much she missed school. She LOVES school! I was telling her that I did not want to go back to school and that most kids in America feel the same way. She seriously thought I was crazy! It made made me realize how kids in America really take school for granted but in Ghana it is a privilege to go to school! She's cool. About a week ago I just got back from my favorite place in the world, Ghana. 🇬🇭 I miss it very much. But I'll be back soon. This last trip I had many great experiences. First off, I met Esther! I mentioned her in my last post. It was such a good experience! She is beautiful! When we met, we connected right away. She has Treacher Collins and she hasn't had any surgery for it. It is such a blessing for me that I am able to get all these surgeries. I hope one day she will be able to have surgery. Like I said in my last post we have the same hearing aid! When I took mine off to show her, a smile came on her face. It was one of my favorite moments of this trip. I would tell her, "ho ye fe" which means beautiful. She doesn't know any English, which made it a little hard to communicate but I made it work. haha. One Sunday we were able to go to a village. They had never seen obrunis (white people). We passed out donations to them but the volunteers were in the middle and it was very crowded. I gave this boy a shirt and his mom was right there. After I gave him the shirt his mom asked him "what do you say?" He said "thank you." You never really hear that in Ghana so I thought it was really cool. Ghanaians are very grateful but they don't usually express it that way. I hadn't been to a village for awhile so it was a good reminder that we need to be grateful for what we have. It is so important. In America we are very, very lucky. Benjamin who was Coleson's mission companion in Sierra Leone, came to stay with our group. He is such a sweet guy! I love him. We had testimony meeting and he shared about gratitude. He said to us that we are so very lucky for what we have. He's right. And he said one thing he wanted all of us to take home was gratitude. I brought it home. Sometimes I think why am I so lucky to have so many luxuries in my life? What did I do to deserve all these blessings? God wanted me here because he wanted me to help them. He knew I could help them. We need to remember how much we have and who we have and be grateful even though it can be hard. Sometimes it's hard for me. We have our family and friends, teachers, and many other people that help us. Thank you Benjamin for that testimony. I will always remember that. On the day we left we said our goodbyes. I hugged those kids so tight. It was really hard. I love those kids more than anything! 💕
This is a boy in the village! He is adorable!! I took a whole bunch of pictures in the village and it was really fun. The kids had fun with it too.
This is Esther! I miss her very much! You have no idea! When we met for the first time, we connected really fast! I only got one day with her but at least I met her and that was probably my favorite day of the whole trip. I hope she will always know that no matter what she is always beautiful because God made her. I love her and will love her always. 💕
These are some of the pictures I took with my better camera! Up here is Sam Johnson with Mercy and Thomas! They had so much fun listening to him with the Ukulele.
In Ghana I wanted to practice my photography skills. I had so much fun taking different pictures! These are some village boys and I took a whole bunch of pictures of them and I got some cute ones!
This is Polina! She was originally at the GMAD home but she went back with her family in the village. We got to go to her village and visit her and some other kids that were at the GMAD home along with some other village kids! It was amazing.
I worked on my chaco tan out in Ghana!
This is Irene and Emily Olsen.
These are three of my favorite boys. I love them all so much. The two on the left, I have known since my first time in Ghana (I was 12 years old). Oteniel on the left, Jeremiah in the middle, and Sampson on the right. Jeremiah is Mercy's older brother. The first home GMAD worked at, Jeremiah, and Oteniel were at that home.
This is Mercy! Oh my gosh was it hard to leave her? Yes it was! I miss her very very much. Mercy and I were best friends this trip. We've always been best friends ever since we've met. I met her when she was two or three. I've known her since the beginning. She sure has grown up a lot. I have so much love for her and I miss her terribly. Before I left she said, "I love you," in her cute little voice. I love her too. 💕💕
She told me to take off my shoes and she would wash them. She should be hired for cleaning shoes because I had some pretty clean Chacos after she cleaned them. They were pretty dirty too. ;) I loved this picture because it shows how pretty she is. She is gorgeous.💕
We all got to go to Kakum National Park! This place is so cool! There are like six bridges and they look sketchy so its kinda scary. But it's safe! It is so worth it because the view is so pretty.
We all got to go to the temple in Accra. I love the temple here. Its so beautiful. Inside it's really nice. Your only chance in Ghana to get a really nice shower! ;) Really though it's such a cool experience. I loved it. Also just a little shout out to my brother Coleson. He is such an amazing brother and he was a great leader. I'm so glad I got to go with him on this trip. I love you Coleson! 💕
This is one of my favorite pictures of me and Mercy! I miss her laughs and her being wrapped on my back, even though she's a little big for that. haha. Love that girl. I can't wait to see her next time. 💕
"The eye never forgets what the heart has seen." ~Bantu Proverb