I thought I’d write a blog post to kick off 2018! So Happy New Year from me to you!! :) I didn’t do too much to celebrate the New Year this year but I’ll still say it was a good start. I went down to be with the kids after the countdown and they were all dancing and having fun! My siblings and I stayed up until 3:30 am watching movies. Haha. Good start right? ;)
2017 was definitely a year for the books. Many memories were made with many great friends and then my family started our year trip around the world. All the countries we’ve been to have been absolutely AMAZING. (Side note: I’m still working on the blog posts for all the places I’ve been but I promise! I’ll get there! ;) I will never forget all the fun moments I’ve had in 2017!
I’m stoked for 2018! I think it’s cool that we can reset our goals and try over and over again. I made my New Years resolutions and I don’t think I’ve ever had so many goals! Haha. I have a lot of physical, and spiritual goals. Oh and I have a goal that I have to dance everyday. ;)
I want to share a story with you all! Recently we have welcomed a guy named Eric to GMAD. A few days ago I talked with him for a few hours and I got to know him.
When he was three, Eric was hit by a car by a drunk driver. He had multiple serious injuries and he had to stay in the hospital for 4 YEARS!! Today he is a paraplegic.
People started looking at him as if he were cursed because of the condition he now has. Eric was ostracized by his community and family members, even his own father.
After Eric left the hospital he went to school in a wheelchair. He was happy and doing well until sores were forming on his legs. They were left untreated and they were leaving a terrible odor. Eric’s father kicked him out of the house onto their porch with no food. His father told him that he wanted Eric to die. He went into shock because of the lack of food and water.
An LDS senior missionary couple found him suffering from malnutrition and living in a shed with animals and they helped him to where he is now. Eric was able to go live in Utah for 4 months and get the medical care he needed. He just returned to Ghana about a month and ½ ago and moved into the GMAD home.
As I was talking to him, he was telling me how much he hated Ghana and how things here are never good: education, his community growing up. He was kind of talking a little negative about his situation at that moment.
I told him “Look Eric. Life is tough but so are you! You’ve been through a lot! I understand it can be hard! But just know that everyone goes through trials. They stink sometimes but if you’re positive about your challenges, they are going to be a whole lot better!” I told him my story and he was amazed. Now I’m not saying mine is worse than his. Of course not! My point is I have a purpose for having what I have had to go through and he has a purpose for what he has had to go through. God didn’t give him his challenges just because. He gave them to him for good reasons. He can be an example to others. I wanted him to know that this trial is a gift from God! He just needs to find what that gift is. I told him he needs to find his talents. The things Eric said to me meant a lot to me and I hope he heard what I had to say. :)
Eric didn’t have the opportunity to attend school much while he was growing up, so here he is at 21 and just starting at the first grade level with easy reading and writing. He’s improved so much already and I’m amazed. Eric is so dedicated and positive and hard working and so fun to be around! I’m so grateful I have the opportunity to get to know this amazing person.
Anyway that’s the story about Eric! I hope you all have a good New Years Day!! Thanks for all being real MVP’s! ;) Have a good day! :)