Day 85 – December 7th, 2017
Wednesday was a really good day at Pepe for me. Still wasn’t feeling well, but I’m glad I was there to love on my kids. I’m starting to grow deeper relationships with the kids at my new Pepe in Achada. One of my favorites is a little girl named Eliza. The first day I was there, I had to stop her from licking the electrical socket and she just turned and gave me the biggest, most innocent grin I may have ever seen. I knew we would get along after that. I also love a boy named Wilson. He sometimes gets into trouble because of his other little friends, but he loves me and I love him. There is also Fabricio. He has this big smile and one of his front teeth is missing and I think his toothless grin could make anyone smile back.
Wednesday night we went to a conference that highlighted all the different ministries in Cape Verde. Because Pepe was presented, all of us students and the teachers of all the different locations sang a song together. It’s called the “Pepe song.” We sang it in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. Then a preacher spoke.. for two hours. It’s not the time that was bad to me, it’s just the fact that I understood practically nothing that was said. The good part was that I got to see and sit with Edna, Ciara, Niara, and Miara. I love them so much.
It wasn’t until after the service that I realized I had lost my voice. I was feeling a bit better, but today I still went to the doctor. I don’t really like going to the doctors, but my voice being gone does have me a bit freaked out. The doctor gave me an antibiotic and I’m hoping that it will help me get over all this allergy mess.
Pepe started really really good. Then went kind of downhill. It was still great and I still enjoyed it. But not having a voice to tell the kids to sit down, be quiet, etc can make things a bit tricky… a lot tricky. I was extremely thankful though that the van that picks us up came like 30 minutes early today.
Tonight, at the Brazilian Culture Center, we had a Christmas dinner party. (That’s where I take my Portuguese class). I was late because I was at the doctor, but I still had a lot of fun. I got to see Nadia! Nadia was in my first Portuguese class, but now she’s not. She’s a diplomat from the Czech Republic. She’s extremely gorgeous and very smart. She has a one year old son and he’s precious, too. I was glad to see Nadia.
Good news: the van is working again! And Madison isn’t sick anymore!!
18 days until Christmas!! And 10 weeks until my parents board the plane to head to Cape Verde!