The kids tonight where playing together so nice. I have learned if the TV is off they get along better.
The angle of this you can't really tell who is older!! Do you find yourself in a better mood if you don't have the TV on?
Day 3: Stop #5
THIS is Puerto Rico... We met a small a group of families today who have been without electricity or water for twelve years. A young woman gave us a tour of their land, guiding us down the side of the mountain where they live, and walking barefoot the entire way. She informed us that they drink water out of a makeshift well, the second of which they’ve engineered recently. The water from the original pipe they’d installed further up the mountain began to smell bad, and they figured it was no longer safe to drink from. They use the same pipe for all of their water needs, including washing clothes, and flushing the toilet. She wasn’t sure where their septic water led to, however, and the one latrine they had was blown away by Maria.
She also advised that candles are used to light their small houses, which she jokingly followed up with the fact that they were prepared for the storm even before the rest of the island knew it was coming.
The small studio you see in the picture is her brother’s house, which collapsed during the storm and they managed to rebuild in the following weeks; it has 3 walls, and is incredibly organized.
All of that being said, I think what impacted me the most was the smile on her face. Despite conditions that most of us would consider unlivable, this group was able to survive. Their resilience inspires me. It reminds me to never take life for granted. This is a loud reminder that many of the privileges we enjoy on a regular basis are not earned, but are merely undeserved blessings in disguise.
As I’m sure many of you know all too well the feeling of Struggling. It’s not an amazing feeling, not one bit. However one may need to struggle to better themselves and their situation. Even genuinely appreciate all that you do/don’t have. Although I don’t get the opportunities I’ve dreamed of for so long, doesn’t mean they’ll never come, Just not my time yet. I may not be materialistically well off, but I’m making ends meet. I’m so Thankful that, although don’t have extravagant meals or live in the most sought after apartment complex, I’m able to eat before going to bed and have somewhere safe to rest at night. I’m even Extremely blessed to have the opportunity to return to school once again. #Life#Journey#CountYourBlessings#Thankful#Appreciated#Blessed#OnlyWayButUp#Struggle#Humble
Count your blessings, not your problems.
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#grateful ...I lost my monthly NJTransit pass and company ID together last Wednesday. I remember I showed my pass to the train conductor on my way home on Wed and I must have dropped it there. On Thursday morning I couldn't find my pass and the office ID.
1. The conductor in my morning train remembers me and didn't ask me to pay for a train ticket. Thank you.
2. I was losing hope but just in case I stopped by at the lost and found office in the Hoboken terminal tonight, and the guy there was like "you are lucky." Either the train conductor or cleaning crew found my pass and ID..! Instead of buying train tickets for the rest of half-month, I only paid for a few train rides, and I got my pass and office ID back.
So so thankful and grateful. It's been crazy but the world and the people are not that bad yet. Staying hopeful. #thankyou#countyourblessings#itsthelittlethings#合掌
A favorite tradition is our Tuesday night praise service. These are people who've given their lives to serve. The richness of melody, genuine faces and hearts spoke to me as our spirits resonated with the goodness of God!
"God's been good, in my life.
I feel so blessed beyond my wildest dreams when I go to sleep each night; and though I've had my share of hard times, by my side you've always stood.
Through it all, God's been good!"
So what are you thankful for?!.....I have so many things I'm thankful for! But I'll start with family! They bless me and stretch me at the same time and in both ways I can be thankful!! Now it's your turn, share one thing that you're thankful for....#thankful#family#countyourblessings#blessedtobless#stretchme 💕🦋🌿
#CountYourBlessings day 21. I am so #thankful to be the child of a God whose love, guidance, strength, and protection shine through onto His children every day. A God who is there when doors slam shut, and who then opens a window into something even better. A #God who hands over challenges to His children that seem almost too much sometimes and yet while He teaches us in the hard times He is never not cradling us close in His arms. #blessed#GodsGlory#HisChild#opportunity#believe#sunrise