My friends, it is full fledged Christmas in the Philippines. Everyone has Christmas trees up, the houses are decorated, Christmas music is blasting, everyone is wishing each other a Merry Christmas, and some of the houses even have Christmas lights up on the house. I like this whole Christmas in October thing. Christmas in the Philippines is a wonderful thing already, I'm stoked for December.Wednesday: I finally got my birthday card from mom and it had my survival bracelet from Brayden in it! I love it. I wear it every day, because who knows what kind of wilderness survival needs I might have. I even sleep with it, just in case. It never comes off my wrist. Best birthday present ever! Last Wednesday was utter chaos. We ran through the grocery store, we sprinted into our house and changed in 38 seconds flat and got out the door. My hair was french braided, which apparently made me look even more like Elsa. Everyone was calling me Elsa all day long. Sister Bateman and I were walking that night, and I looked down to write something in my planner, and I glance up as I see TWENTY KIDS RUNNING TOWARDS ME SCREAMING. They were charging me so fast. I looked up and screamed in fear. I am not exgaggerating. This happened. I screamed in fear. And then they all swarmed me singing Let it Go. The madness.
Monday: The transfer calls. It was painful. They wrote up everyone who was transferring on the board, and then they write Sister B...and pause. RUDE. They finally write that Sister Bateman is transferring to Dumaguette, and that my new companion is Sister Villacorte. I stared at the name, and then just yelled "TAGA ASA SIYA" which means, "where is she from" They all just looked at me with grins and finally yelled FILIPINA! THE FILIPINA REVOLUTION IS UPON US! I finally get a Filipina companion. I am so excited I can barely stand it. And apparently this girls native language, is VISAYA. And I'm living in a house with three filipinas. AKA, my whole life is going to turn upside down, and i'm going to be a fluent little thing. I can just feel it. We went out to Guadalupe to see our family out there and had one last FHE. It was so much fun.
Sister Carlee Beyers