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::sighs:: I’ve been looking forward to writing another rambling post! I’ve just had a lot I wanted to say, but didn’t want to make them into little blog posts here and there.
So you’re just gonna have to deal with this nice, long one ;) Full of juicy, random news from the life of Miss Raquel. Not to mention some super exciting stuff too!!
I have no idea where to start with all of my news…but, I know that one of the most exciting things is:
I am now officially learning Japanese!!!
I am so excited :) Seriously.
One of my bucket list wishes is to learn 5 languages before I die. I already know Spanish (being half-Peruvian has its assets;)…I really, really want to learn Russian – not just because I think it’s a beautiful language, but because it would make my grandparents proud (my Mama’s parents are from Russia/Ukraine)…Italian is going to be super, super easy because #1 – it’s soo much like Spanish and #2 – I can already understand it quite a bit. For example, I was watching a movie with some friends and there was an Italian speaking character in it. The movie wasn’t translating her lines, though, and my friends were exclaiming how they didn’t know what she was saying. But I did!! Haha I was so happy! :D I think I started laughing as I translated for them. :) It was a pretty neat experience…and really encouraged me to learn it. Oh and plus, they speak a lot of Italian in Letters to Juliet…and when I visit Italy, it’ll be nice being able to speak back to people. :) French is another language that I find beautiful and I think would be super fun to learn! It has some Spanish roots in it, but…for the most part, I’ll be learning it on my own. :/ Japanese wasn’t originally on my list of languages to learn, but…a friend at church mentioned to me that she’d really like to learn Spanish. In exchange (for teaching her Spanish), she offered to teach me Japanese. Ellen isn’t Japanese, but she married a half-Japanese dude (and he was born and lived in Japan till he was 18)…and she’s visited Japan and Korea. And seriously, she and her hubby (Jey) speak Japanese to each other, like most people speak English. And it’s SO much fun to hear them talking to each other!! :) I could just sit and listen to them for hours. Not to mention that they speak to their son in Japanese. (Yeah, they have a little 7-month-old adorable little tyke!!) I spent the night (and the better parts of two days) with Ellen and her family last week. We had so much fun together. :) Not just learning Spanish/Japanese, but…she’s also an amazing photographer!! And we did a little photoshoot together. (Keep an eye out for new pics!) And we talked…and talked…watched Letters to Juliet (she’d never seen it before!)…ran errands…talked about match-making people at our church…played with her baby boy. :) It was a highlight of my week!
And, I am most likely going back sometime this week…hopefully. Not quite sure yet. But, she gave me some Japanese homework and my family has had to suffer with me saying small phrases in another language and them having to guess what I’m saying. ;) haha A couple of the things the LORD has blessed me with – which makes it easier to learn other languages – is #1 – good pronunciation (I’ve had several people tell me this) and #2 – a good memory. ;)
So anyway…I’m super excited to be learning another language. My Daddy came up to me the other day and said, ‘You’re really excited to be learning Japanese, aren’t you?’ I was like ‘yeah! How can you tell?’ :D
Be prepared for this next bit of exciting news…because seriously, this will probably be more exciting than me learning Japanese.
Why? Because it involves YOU! ;) It’s something you can do…
If you like this blog…if God’s Daughter has blessed and encouraged you…or if you just feel like a super loyal, amazing follower of this blog, you can now let the whole world know how much you love it by…
Buying a t-shirt
Yeah. Cool, right?
So there’s a really awesome story behind all of this. Something only God could’ve written. :D
The person behind all the cool t-shirts and God’s Daughter accessories is…Miwaza Jemimah. I had heard a lot about her from friends…and she’s an amazing photographer too, and I’d seen a lot of her work.
Then boom!! One day, I see an e-mail in my inbox. It was from a ‘Miwaza Jemimah’. A name I was super familiar with, but…why was she e-mailing ME?!
I hurriedly clicked on the e-mail…quickly read through it…and thus began a friendship. All the way across the world from each other, a little country gal from Oregon and a Japanese-speaking, Tokyo resident started e-mailing back and forth. Basically we’re new best friends already. ;) haha AND how cool is it that I JUST recently decided to learn Japanese?! I mean, c’mon!! This could ONLY have happened because we have the one and only awesome God who looks down at us from above and who also happens to have an amazing sense of humor…and who loves to see us happy. And who blesses us with friends.
So after a few email exchanges, and checking out her websites (Team Miwaza, on Vimeo, on Facebook) I had the idea that it would be SO much fun to get shirts and stuff made for my blog. I shared the idea with another friend of mine and he was totally for it too!! (Check out his blog HERE and his blog ‘store’ HERE) So I broached the idea to Miwaza and (because she’s just too cool for words), she was willing to get a couple little shops going for us. ;) Oh AND!! She’s offered to redesign my blog a little. ;) I thought it was time for a new look…
::lets out long breath:: If I was saying all this in person ^, my words would be running at about 100 miles an hour. Haha THAT is how excited I am about all of this! :)
We have snow here, today. It started snowing two days ago…and hasn’t really stopped. We have about 2 or 3 inches on the ground already. And the snowy substance just continues to…fall on us. (I almost said ‘rain down on us’ but then…decided not to…::clears throat::)
Any snow where you are?
Oh! Do you remember my cousin, Hannah, who I mentioned in THIS Rambling? Well, she left for Uganda on Tuesday. That same day, I received a card from her that really touched me. I started crying. I think, mostly, from the intensity of knowing that she’s so far away and that I won’t see her for so long. I guess it just sorta sunk in. :/ We are, of course, going to keep in touch. Just because she’s 10,000 miles away doesn’t mean…anything, really. Haha She’s been to Uganda twice before and, like she said, ‘we always pick up right where we left off’. That’s what true friends are like.
'Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance: they make the latitudes and longitudes.'
Please keep Hannah in your prayers. And I will keep you updated about her journey. She mentioned possibly starting a blog about this trip, so…I will see if I can get the link from her and let you all read for yourself. :)
So I’m going to broach a subject now that I think a lot of people have been hearing of later. Some of you may be sick of hearing it talked of so often. Others may just start screaming with excitement. You’ll have to let me know your reaction.
The Hunger Games.
Have you read the books? Did you like them? Anyone excited about the movie coming out on March 23rd?
I’ve been thinking a lot about them lately. I think, mostly, because I’ve been hearing about it every which way I turn. :P People are really going…big about it.
I’ve thought of writing my thoughts on it and sharing it here on my blog…but I’m not sure if anyone would be necessarily interested in reading what I have to say about it. :D I can assure you, it’s not all bad…or good.
So if you wouldn’t mind me asking…What did YOU think of The Hunger Games?
Oh and has anyone heard of The Ranger’s Apprentice series?? Very random question (especially after talking about Hunger Games :) but I’m just curious to know if anyone has or has read them.
And just so you all know, I am very sorry for my bit of slacking off in posts this week. :/ It’s not that I really want to or anything, but…my blog is experiencing some reconstruction (as of Tuesday morning) and I’m just trying to sort out posts and schedule them, etc. Bear with me! :)
Question for Readers:
Are you bilingual? Do you know any other languages?
Oh and just for kicks! I got a huge laugh out of this...