Well fortunately here in the Philippines, people just say "Happy Birthday" in English instead of Tagalog. This week we've been recovering from the typhoon by completing service projects for members and settling back into our apartment here in Sta. Cruz after spending a couple days with the sisters in Masinloc. The perseverance and stamina of the people here amazes me. Some people had their entire homes flooded and giant mud pits covering their floors and belongings. Yet, they simply cleaned it up and continued living their lives.
My birthday went very nicely! It was cute to have all the old nanays in Relief Society sing to me. The other sisters in our apartment gave me some Oreos and chocolate cereal, which is perfect because I looooove chocolate anything. We still had work but it was nice to reflect how I'll spend my entire 20th year here in the Philippines. I'm so grateful to have this time to serve God and share His restored gospel. I know that my time here is short but the blessings received by everyone are eternal.
|My "birthday cake" (a 30 sec brownie) and my candle|
Word of the Week: Kaarawan - birthday!