Sunday, June 27, 2010

India trip [day 18.]

Hello, all.
Honestly, nothing blog-worthy has happened since my last post on Tuesday.
Wednesday, I taught another day of school, this one MUCH more successful than the last, considering Angel accompanied me to every class. They're a little scared of her.
Thursday, I woke up early to go to the school, and instead they told me that I'm going to an art gallery. Okay..? Whatever. So I jumped in an auto-rickshaw [picture below.] and was towed around to everywhere BUT an art gallery. I had woken up feeling a little sick, and this little trek was NOT helping. Each new place we went, I immediately scoped out a place to throw up if need be. Yeah, nice. Finally, as we were sitting in waiting chairs for one of Angel's appointments, I got a tiny bit feverish and had a long conversation with Nick in our own language. Yes, Nick is still in the US. And no, we do not have our own language. At this realization I realized I needed to go home. A good decision, based on the fact that I ran upstairs and threw up right when we arrived. I love how I got sick the day after I rejoiced to everyone that I hadn't gotten sick yet. The irony is awful.
Friday, I was still pretty sick. So I didn't have to teach, thankfully. By evening, though, I felt MUCH better. No more crazy hallucination Nick.
Saturday, I woke up early to go to school, [yes, there's school on Saturdays] feeling fine. Nothing. Not even an art gallery. Just. Didn't do anything. I Facebooked all day. I don't get why.
So Saturday was a little...nerve-grinding. I got five days to teach my photography class. I went to two. Yes, I get to  extend my class. But STILL. This is not the first time things like this has happened. "Definitely" is not a word here. Plans do not exist. They say we're doing something tomorrow, eh, we'll get around to it next week. I don't understand it! It's so frustrating. It's really hard to explain...just. Pray for me. It's getting really discouraging that I leave everything for three months to come help here, and they say "Well, since you're here for three months, we can wait." [No. They have not literally said that. It's just a summation.]
It's not that I regret coming. I really don't. It's just...ugh! I wish I could explain what I'm trying to say. I could just as easily been checking Facebook in a country where they use toilet paper. 
But I'm waiting on God. He's got his reasonings. I'm trying not to give up just yet.

There's a few things that have been curing my boredom, though. :]

1] Etsy shopping! Er..browsing. I love love love Etsy jewelry.
3D Paparazzi Camera ring - antique matte silver
Enchanted Owl Scent  Locket
Sterling Silver Origami Crane Necklace
[second image - get it? Like. Key to your heart. I found it clever...]

2] Wistful decor shopping.
[love love this. been planning on painting this one on of my walls for like. A year.]

SALE Owl bookend
[soo cute.]

set of two Big Rock Bookends (original drawings on solid wood)
Stubborn Foot Bookend (original drawing on solid wood)
Fish Bowl Bookend Set of 2
[ohhhh, i love bookends. yes those are fish.]

bunny pirates on uncharted seas - open edition print
Pirate Bed
[yes. i am five years old. yes. i want to be a pirate when i grow up.]

Dino Pal- 2 Towel Set on GREEN
Dino Rawr - LG
[dinosaurs have kinda been my thing since i was like. five. don't make fun.]

3] Clothes shopping!
Dinosaur on a Bicycle - T-Shirt - American Apparel Ladies - FREE SHIPPING - Available in S, M, L, and XL
Sci Fi Heroine Dress
NEW Underwater Kate Boatneck T Dress - size Large
Black V-neck Dress-Red Umbrellas-size Large

4] This boy. :]
[mhmm. i love him. ha.]

5] Ben 10.

[it's the only english show on tv. shut up. it's good.]

7] Blog posts about random crap.
[auto rickshaw! meet india's taxicab.]

That's all.
Comment! Share! Especially you, Gatlin people.

Side notes:
Almost all of these photos/cute objects can be attributed to various sellers on Etsy. I was introduced to Etsy by Michelle, I think, and it's definitely worth visiting.

Question: Is it "London Bridges falling down" or "London Bridge IS falling down"?! I've always sang it as bridges, but if it's not...I'm crestfallen, to say the least. It's like this is life's way of getting back at me for never believing in Santa Claus.


  1. Dear Johannah--

    Wow--what a tough week! I am so sorry that you got sick and things are not really well planned out for you.

    From an outsider looking in, just wanted to share: keep your eyes open to opportunities to share God's love maybe in ways you hadn't planned. God will use you as He sees fit. Many times, though, it is where and when and how we least expect it. I know you were excited to go and teach about your photography, but maybe He has something else in mind.

    Just stay in His Word, keep it ever before you. As I was reading last night, II peter 1:2 "Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord..."----the better you know Jesus, his unchanging character and love for you, the more grace and peace you will have.

    Look to Jesus---keep a journal of what He teaches you. If you are obedient to Him, nothing is wasted-- this time will not be in vain, eternally speaking.

    Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India, prayed for blue eyes when she was a little girl. When she grew up and obeyed God's call to go to India, she knew why God gave her brown eyes. She rescued little children from being temple prostitutes. But then she got sick and had to spend the rest of her life pretty much in the bed. She spent it writing. Although, I am sure she could not see the purposes God had, God has greatly used her in my life. Her life didn't turn out as she had planned, but is still impacting so many through her books about what God taught her.

    Johannah, God is painting a portrait of His glory through your life. He is the artist and you are the canvas. Let Him paint. Don't give up. We are praying for you. Remind your heart to rest in His watchcare and control. "Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good..." ; Psalms 37:7 "Rest in the Lord."

    None of this unorganized mess has taken God by surprise---keep looking to Him, we are praying for you sweet sister. Psalms 37:23 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord".

    Today, "may the Lord bless you and keep you Johannah: The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

    You are precious. Thank you for obeying Him. Your obedience encourages us so.


  2. Oh, re: your sidenote. Sorry to rock your world, but it is "London Bridge is falling down".

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  4. Hey, Jo.

    Sorry I'm just now getting around to commenting. With Jeff being gone I dont really have much time. Oddly. LOL.

    I love reading your updates. and hey, what else do you have to do?

    I also love when people post their etsy finds. and yes, i introduced you to etsy. and bought you something too. Where are the links to these items? I always like to look at the etsy shops.

    About to leave for the 4th of July at Aunt Annes and it's truly sad that neither you nor Jeff will be there. I hope someone will you buy you a soda.