Hey! Just read your bucketlist THINGIE and saw you went to Africa! Nice! I've just come back 3 weeks ago. I went to Namibia, which I saw you hadn't been too, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Angola (for about five seconds) I've also been to South Africa and Zambia on a different trip but YEAH! Hope you can go to Namibia soon, it's amazing!
That’s awesome! I would love to go to Namibia someday. My cousin has been there too. I’ve heard it’s super rad. There’s definitely a good chance I will get to go because I am moving to Zambia next year!
So I guess bucket lists are a thing, and I guess I’ve always had one in my head, but this summer I realized (due to the probing of my friend Will, who thinks a lot about bucket lists) that most of it was either completed or outdated.
On Periods: Let’s put this shit to bed right now: Women don’t lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn’t lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during “that time of the month,” that doesn’t mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she’s bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence.
I’m going to start this off my admitting I need to find a self-help book called “How To Not Suck At Blogging.” I didn’t even realize I hadn’t updated this since mid-Zambia! Sorry!
My spider bite has healed just fine. There is a scar and it still hurts sometimes but there were no drastic side effects (besides a possibly related staph infection on my face that I just finally got rid of this past week). But my health is good and I am so appreciative of all of your prayers!
I am back home in New Mexico now and all healthy. AMT was an amazing experience and it changed my life. I feel that God has called me to work with Overland Missions full time! I will be here in NM for the rest of the year, building up my support team so I can go back to Zambia fully funded, full time!
My job will be to lead expeditions—short, 2 or 3 week ministry trips out in the bush. When I’m not leading expeditions, I’ll be working with the LIFE project doing teacher trainings and workshops, and helping in the recently opened village preschools. I also will help trail blaze for future expeditions in areas around the world where Overland is not yet working.
I am so excited to begin my journey in full-time missions! Thanks so all of you who have prayed for me and supported me financially. This is just the beginning for me and I am looking forward to see where God takes me in the months (and years) to come!
Next up in Rachel's life: Hell week[end] takes on a whole new meaning.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changesss tiiiiiime to face the straaaaiin Ch-ch-chaaangessss!
5/3 Graduate from college. 5/4 Pack and say goodbye to my life for the last 4 years (and my family.) 5/5 Fly to New Mexico, arrive home at 6 pm, pack for Africa. 5/6 Drive 2 hours back to the airport, catch my flight to London. 5/7 Spend a few hours in London [hopefully with my lovely friend Lauren] and then fly to Johannesburg. 5/8 Finally arrive in Livingstone Zambia. So basically, WHAT IS SLEEP.
I’m not the kind of person to plan my wedding or surrounding festivities before I’m even dating anybody, but I’m increasingly aware that I will be completely willing to have a backyard potluck of a wedding if it means I get to go on an Adriatic Sea cruise for my honeymoon.
Last night I lost my i.d. while walking to the Jeff Mangum/Neutral Milk Hotel concert and I cried and cried and cried because I thought I would miss my only chance ever to see him play. But then somehow I magically got into the show without it, and I’m pretty sure that saved my life because if I had had to stand outside knowing that my favorite musician ever was inside playing, I probably would have expired on the spot.
But anyway I got in but I was still crying, and then almost as soon as I got there he went on and started playing Oh Comely, and so I kept crying, and then for the rest of the concert too. And then afterward I realized I won’t have a driver’s license for two months because I don’t go back to New Mexico until March, so I just kept crying. And then I met Jeff and he signed my shoe, so I stopped crying for a little bit during that.
Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to one of the deadliest and most violent wars in human history. One of the main weapons used in this war is rape and violence against women. Rebel groups and armed militia take over villages by targeting women with sexual violence. The horrors these…
Quick somebody remind me that marriage is actually really miserable a lot of the time.
Because both Facebook and Twitter really enjoy convincing everyone that weddings are basically synonymous to having a gigantic expensive birthday party, except it’s with your best friend and you get to have a lot of sex afterwards. And then it’s over.
It’s not over after that.
After that you have to discuss every single major decision you make with that other person. And then you fight and argue about whose career matters more. And then you wake up next to them for the rest of your damn life and they get old and ugly and so do you.
Will people post pictures of those things on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram?
Hey guys this is my beautiful wife and she thinks she can tell me what to do, so I just yelled at her and slammed the bedroom door in her face and then she made me sleep on the couch for three nights in a row and we haven’t had any decent sex in 6 months now. #ilovemarriage #happilyeverafter
I’m not saying I hate marriage, I’m just saying that the Internet only shows the good things about it, and sometimes I forget that when I see 4 engagements and two weddings in one weekend.
So quick, somebody remind me that marriage is actually really miserable a lot of the time.