I asked one of our teammates, Aaron Billberg, if I could re-post a recent Facebook post on our blog. He said OK.
Here it is…
I recently got back from Shell, Ecuador where we worked at Casa de Fe. Absolutely amazing is the only way to describe it. Saying that it was life changing does not do the trip justice. It was a trip where I grew in my faith, made some great friendships, and learned my immune system is freakin' great! Hehe. I am blessed to have been surrounded by such inspiring, caring, and just down right swag-filled individuals during my spring break.
But coming back from spring break is always a bit tough. For the past two years, it has been hard to come back to reality that is the United States when my life and worldview has been flipped upside-down. But also, I come back to the anniversary of my mother's death. Today marks four years that she has been partying with the Big Man upstairs. It is always a tough day where both good and horrible memories flood back. But you see, when your mama passes away, you gain the best guardian angel there is! And it has only brought Papa G, Sis and I closer together.
My life has been filled with many ups and downs. It is sort of ironic how I just came back from a country that is very mountainous and where there are tons of physical ups and downs. When in Ecuador, you see all the high mountains and low valleys. I guess you could say it is a microcosm of our lives. Even our team experienced these ups and downs on our short ten day adventure (bodily functions and whatnot). But the view from the top of the mountain isn't quite as beautiful without the deep, deep valleys. You don't realize how amazing some things in life are until you see the other side of the spectrum.
I guess what I am trying to say in all of this metaphorical language is that I am truly blessed to live the life I do. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such great people. I am truly blessed to have had my mama in my life for the 17 years I did. Although some days are tougher than others, I am constantly reminded in the times of my weakness how blessed I am. I think I speak on behalf of the Billberg family by saying thank you to everyone for being so amazing and giving us the friendships you do! You have no idea how grateful we are for it! Hug the people you love today for me!
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." ~ Albert Schweitzer