I need to make this short, because it’s 10:30 and I still have some memorization to do but I thought it was only fair to update you since we’ve been in Texas for a week now.

It has been something.

The truth is, learning a new language is hard! People say that all the time and you kind of think, ya that would be hard. BUT, I’m telling you, IT IS HARD!!! I guess it’s easier for some then others, but easy learning was not handed to either of us as a gift… So here we are and we are going to do this!!!

Oh and a little side note, this is only ‘orientation’ week, I don’t know the spanish word for orientation but the definition must be different then in English.

One of our classes is Spanish grammar and in that class we have to do memorization. This is what I need to memorize for tomorrow:

De donde son? De los Estados Unidos (I am NOT from the US of A), El padre de Betty es el nuevo consul americano. Lastima, que yo no abla ingles. No necesitas saber ingles; ellas saben español perfectamente. Entonces, que esperamos? Vamos a hablar con ellas primero. Después estudiamos. (This part alone doesn’t really make sense but it’s part of a longer story)

So everyday, we have to memorize a script… Do you know how hard it is to memorize something in a Language you don’t understand? And on the first day of classes and every day after that?!?! Along with 40 degree plus heat and all the ‘other’ stuff that comes along with that. Well I can tell you, IT IS HARD.

Considering I have used the word HARD twice, I should probably give you my definition of HARD: “I don’t know what I’m suppose to say, I don’t understand this, what is the instructor talking about?! I don’t even know proper English grammar. it’s 11 o’clock and I need to get up at 6am and I still have to do this ect. ect.” You get the picture… So here we are a week in and that’s my definition of hard.

People that know me, know that I am a very honest person. In other words, I’m not going to write blog posts telling you that we are sitting in a class room singing cum bye ya (or how ever you spell that, my brain is in spanish mode), when that isn’t even close to what has been going on on this end.

But I can also tell you this, as long as we take the time to take care of our selves (which we are trying) and Alayna, and we take the time to ‘meditate’ on the definition of JESUS, we’ll be just fine.

What is my definition of Jesus? Well it sort of nullifies my definition of hard. Jesus is why we are here, HE defines EVERYTHING.

So when you read posts about my honesty, just remember that deep down my definition of Jesus is still there, I just need to get the definition of hard out on paper so I CAN FOCUS ON THE DEFINITION OF JESUS.

Until next time,



6 thoughts on “Definition

  1. Hi Gary and Eva. I just read your post with great understanding of what you’re saying. Years ago, in that same school, we had the same assignments. All I can say is, give it your best shot and trust the Lord to teach you more than you think you’re getting. You will succeed. Honest!
    Yours in Him, Ed Wallan, for my wife Diana, also.

  2. Hi Eva!
    Thanks for sharing honestly. I will be in your shoes fairly shortly and I don’t know about you, but frankly it is somewhat comforting to know that we’re not alone.
    I also wanted to tell you that I like your webpage layout and I’m going to update my blog with some of the same features — thanks for inspiring me!
    God bless you and Gary and Alayna!!
    Love, Darlene

  3. Thank you so much for your encouragement Ed & Darlene. Ed, we look forward to the day when we can comprehend all that is being taught now. Darelene, it is encouraging to know others are going through the same thing and that others have gone before us and survived:)

    Gary & Eva

  4. Hello Gary and Eva!

    I’m glad to hear that you’re good and overwhelmed. I think you’ll find that at some point you’ll be sitting there overwhelmed with homework when it suddenly hits you that somewhere along the way you ended up knowing a boatload of Spanish. 🙂 The brain is good at figuring out what to do with a fire hose worth of information. I also suspect Gary will get those rolled r’s down soon if he hasn’t already, haha.

    God bless you as you keep studying and I’ll be praying for you two and Alayna!

  5. Hi Keilan,

    Thanks for your note. We are so encouraged by what you said, coming from a linguist. You mentioned a fire hose worth of information, I have heard Gary say that so many times in the last 3 weeks…. Glad that is a normal definition:) Some days Gary has the rrr’s pat down and then other days it’s harder but he researched it and your technique is totally the way to do, so he continues to practice with his head hanging over the bed.. haha.

    Hope all is well on your end. We think of you and pray for continued direction re. your journey.

    Gary & Eva

  6. Gary Eva and Alayna, please know we miss you, will come to visit when we can afford it and are praying for you in detail! Keep running the race cause God wants you both to win! If there are mountains in your way, mentally, physicaly, emotionaly tell them to move!Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Even learning spanish! Or living in God’s will! Take one more step and don’t stop!
    Love the Motz

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