Thursday:Another quiet, but productive morning finishing the last blog update, my awards, reading, and listening to music. Joined Margot and Nathan for a quick lunch, then the three of us retreated to Margot’s room to send an email to Margot’s contact for Awa, and I stole music from Nathan (that boy has so much stinkin’ music!!!) ^^ At 3:30, we regrouped under the stairs to take pictures with those lovely ladies. Nancy wasn’t there, but we snapped a few with Bernice and little Ama J Margot and I then spent the next hour singing and doing laundry. Wonderful. ^^
Snowy Mountain curry at Roland’s with that delicious Chinese salad, as well as carrot cake and pumpkin pie for dessert. Yum! J Twas our last group dinner… L But we spent the whole time sharing highlights from Free Week, so it was tons of fun. Nathan, Margot, and I stayed after to ask Roland about more options for Awa, and he gave them some good sources. Praying they pan out. The three of us plus Awa crashed in my room for a bit while they figured some more things out. I mostly packed while they spoke French, but was just nice to be there. J
Also received four of our six grades tonight. Happiness. ^^
Friday:Internet worked wonderfully for uploading pictures to my blog (so go check those out :P). Hung out under the stairs with Nathan and then later Margot before we grabbed our bags and piled onto the bus for our final trip to Akropong. We stopped by the woodcarver’s market where I finished my shopping and my money. ^^” There was a fun mix up with rooms and the girls nearly had to room in a guest house way down the road from Akrofi (we had even moved in), but we all ended up in the Akrofi dorms, for which I am glad. J
Spent the afternoon reflecting on what we’ve learned this semester and doing charades about how our lives will change when we return home. Most fun. ^^ Dinner conversation was nearly-falling-off-your-chair hilarious.
In the evening, we had group affirmation. Oh, I don’t know where to start. I was so touched by everything everyone said. I won’t go on about it here, but suffice it to say that if I ever need a pick-me-up, I just need to flip to this page of my journal. ^^
The Ghana awards went wonderfully and people loved them, with the slight hitch that I misplaced Kristi and Nick’s. I felt horrid, but they were both cool and loved just know what it was.
ALSO, I received an e-mail this morning that Grand Rapids Public Museum wants me to interview for the internship!!! :D
Saturday:Oh, rough morning. My stomach was trying to reject something, so I missed most of the Akrofi graduation. Took an hour-and-a-half nap instead and felt worlds better.
The afternoon was spent speculating on our reception once we return home and evaluating the semester (verbal and written evals!). Dinner hosted hilarious conversation once again (and there were fries! :D). Afterwards, Nathan, Anna, and I facilitated a final bible study/worship session where we wrote down (and then burned) a burden we had been carrying in Ghana that we wanted to leave behind. We broke into groups of three to discuss and pray over them, and then sang songs. We then gave Roland the Gye Nyame we all signed and watched videos from Free Week. So fun!
Gave my testimony to the whole group tonight. It went quite well and good questions were asked. J Before bed, Margot and I had a huge heart-to-heart about boys; it was wonderful, but I wish I could give her advice from experience.
Sunday:Said out goodbyes to Akropong and Akrofi this morning. I loved the circle of returning at the end of the semester and was sad to leave it; the atmosphere is just so peaceful (and the air so cool! ^^”).
Took a nap upon our return and fooled around until lunch. I had originally intended to walk to the Night Market, but the moment I walk out the door, it began pouring, so I headed under the stairs for some bread. Nathan and Margot joined not long after and we spent about an hour bagging bread for Awa and Nancy. We didn’t really talk, but it was just so peaceful and comfortable. I never wanted it to end.
I stuck around to walk Nancy, Bernice, and Awa to the final dinner for all our NGOs, professors, and friends. It was a delightful evening. Good food, fun dances, so many friends, and much picture-taking. In one, Bernice and I were sitting and Nancy threw herself down on me to be in the picture, too. It was adorable, and I was hit by just how much I loved these ladies. Also, the audience cheered for Nathan and I in Bema (one of the dances). Nathan said it was because of your sass. :P
Oh! I also drove Roland’s car because Awa wasn’t feeling well and thus didn’t want to walk the long way back. I can now say I’ve driven in Ghana! :D Given, it was on campus, but the cars are still fast and the roads still pretty bad. I was on such a high afterwards. ^^”
Spent the rest of the night in Nathan’s room with Margot and Awa. They had intended to set up an email and Skype for Awa, but it turned into a nap-fest. ^^” With Twizzlers. :P Good, lazy, reflective conversation, me squatting there for a bit longer than intended because my roommate was AWOL with the room key, then bed about 1. Good night. J
Quote of the Few Days:Well, not so much a quote, but just all the lovely things little Ama says. Whether they are explanations or cute small child talk. I love her to pieces! ^^
Ways to Pray:
Not that I don’t love all you at home, and I’m sure I will be so excited once my plane touches down, but I am loath to leave Ghana. With each passing hour, I grow more anxious, because I know many of my adventures and conversations are my last. I have experienced such selfless and unhindered love from both the ladies here in Ghana and friends within the Calvin group. I don’t want this atmosphere to end. So… just prayer for smooth good-byes. It will be hard, but I want to do them well.
Alright, the next time I post will be in the States!!! With pictures. J