Have you made your list of New Year’s resolutions yet? I thought about it and decided not to make a list for 2007, it’s just too intimidating.
Instead, I sat down this morning and wrote out my 2006 resolutions. It was a lot more fun. Plus, I have everything checked off already! And everyone knows that the fun of making lists is checking things off of them.
To Do in 2006:
Move a LONG way from home and family.
Fall in love with a city you have never heard of before.
Realize there is nothing wrong with asking how to flush the toilet. (Do this more than once)
Make all new friends with wonderful people.
Learn fun and useless Slovak words: “soldering pen,” “better than having wire in your eye” and “I am a confused blueberry”.
Find a great Slovak teacher and learn Slovak. (I’d learn more if I studied like I should.)
Thoroughly embarrass myself with the help of the language barrier multiple times.
Cry a fair deal.
Laugh a whole lot more.
Acquire a passable skill and tolerance for using public transportation.
Feel glaringly out of place.
Feel like I fit right in.
Hike up a few mountains and through a river.
Travel to Prague, Berlin, Budapest and all over Slovakia
Visit my first Castle. Don’t stop at just one.
Experience God’s faithfulness first hand over and over again.
Get engaged (Micah visited twice and the second time he brought a ring. I said yes)
Make a number of videos that I am proud of. (They have been shown to literally thousands of people and we just sent one to Slovak National Television!)
Become a Jane of all trades. (I have done everything from making video clips and nametags, to cutting out admission tickets. From setting up projectors, photographing and cutting video, to wrapping cable.)
Eat a TON of ice cream!! (2 scoops, 45 cents!)
Pray a lot (I knew I was prayed for even more.)
I worked and lived in a construction zone. (I learned and grew so much that I might as well have been a construction zone.)
Celebrate Easter, The 4th of July, Thanksgiving and my Birthday in a foreign country.
Get my hair cut in a foreign language.
Switch to speaking about Presov as “home” and YFC Slovakia as “we”.
Be a part of something big that God is doing in Slovakia
So, that’s my list AND I still have 3 and a half months left here in Slovakia!
This has been a big year for me. I have had more blessings and stretching opportunities that I could have ever imagined. I hope that your year has been as blessed as mine and that next year will be even more so.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,