I'm not so sure how to start this post... so I'll just start as if we are already chatting....
So as I told you before, our internet isn't the best; at least not here where we are. So we knew/know that we need to try to do something about that. Our lease at our current place is to be up soon (another month and a half). We had a few things on our mind. But who doesn't?
Fast forward a coupe of weeks.... to Sunday, July 30. I did not have any classes that morning, so it was nice for me to 'sleep in' alittle before service. But I got up and turned on my computer anyway because I had a few things I needed to do anyway. This time, I didn't see the little light flash, that tells me the computer is turning on. I look again, kinda' squeeze my eyes (maybe I had something in them) and press the button again.
Not a light.
No little buzzing sound.
Then the feel of panic came over me.
I paused myself. Decided to take out the battery... blow into the little cracks and crevices.... and try again. But, low and behold... It's a goner. I definitely felt the nervous feels. Got more and more nervous as I went to tell Jon. I don't even remember what he said. Cause now I have a million things going through my head... "What am I going to do for work? I have that other computer... but the program for teaching English doesn't work there. It's an old computer, it won't do. What if I can't work anymore? Maybe we can have my brother whip something up for us. How do we get it here? What's it going to cost? Why is this happening? How are we going to do this? Calm down, Veronica. We got this." Neither of us knew what to do, so we just went out in service. Jon started a study. We got to walk around; get fresh air; get the blood pumping; sweat. All good things.... Came home, I prayed.... I know that Jehovah will take care of us; however he feels is best to take over the situation. So we know to just wait on him.
About an hour later, I was looking through my Facebook feed and I saw that a friend of mine had passed away. She is the cousin of one of my dearest and closest friends. We weren't close friends, but we were friends and shared, on different occasions, accomplishments, achievements and some misfortunes and sadness. So to hear that this wonderful family has been struck again with these devastating news, was so heartbreaking. I messaged her sister and my friend. Let them know we were praying for them and cared for them. Thankfully Jehovah has a wonderful promise for all those sleeping in death. It may not be such a comfort right at that moment when you lose someone... you want that person alive, with you... but knowing this promise, makes those hard times a little easier to handle. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holdren and Jimenez families...
Ilaine, we can't wait to see you again!
So after hearing those news, I felt guilty for feeling so upset about my computer. It's a computer.
We went to a brothers house in the afternoon; Mason Sabin. He was having a picnic/pool party. It was nice to be with the friends. We mentioned to a few people that we might possibly be looking for a new place - a place that will have the ability to get some good internet; and a place that was the right price. We got some suggestions and ideas from some of the friends. I came home to one of the best "feely" text messages from my dear friend. I probably cried, more than I probably should have... but it felt good. Went to bed... Said a good, hard prayer and fell asleep.
The next day Jon went to one of the local Kingdom Halls to help with a roofing project. I stayed home with the girls to work on a Family Worship Night project (that'll be a separate post for another day). Then we went back to Mason's house for an afternoon of relaxing. We met another family that have us some great info about an apartment available in the building where they lived. So we set up a time to meet the landlords. They were a very kind couple. After about 15 minutes of meeting and see the apartment, they offered it to us for a price that we were sure we would never get! This apartment is great! I definitely feel the 'I'm at home' feels here. Will be posting pictures soon - once we clean up and completely move in. I'm so appreciative of the two families that told us about the apartment.
With all these little-big things that keep happening, I am reminded of the Original Song "Faith Can Make Things Happen". Specifically this part:
Seeing sad days, bad days brings stormy weather
Praying over and over
Staying close to Jehovah
He said If you put your trust in me
I'll give you strength and then you'll see
The trials that came to me
We faced them together
It's a long road we're going down
But this I've not forgotten
When there's no way through and no way 'round
Faith can make things happen
Now I'm so sure, I have no doubt
Faith can make things happen
Having faith doesn't make everything go right, it helps the things that aren't going so great easier to handle knowing that Jehovah is the one giving us strength.
We're still not sure what we're going to do about a few things... but I know that Jehovah will help us through it.
UPDATED to add:
A sister from the near by ASL congregation is letting me use her sons school computer until we figure out what we will do about the computer. So, at least for the time being, we still have what we need :)
We're the Mazarelli Family
Just a family of four trying to do our best. Our adventure to become Need-Greaters in the Dominican Republic is starting... and we want to share it with you.