Sunday, February 28, 2016

Feb. 22- Happy Birthday to Me!

Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for all of the Birthday Wishes and love!! I love you all so much, I am so blessed:) It has been a wonderful day!

To start the week off I would like to introduce you to this little feller here, his name is spiney;) Haha, this is just a huge grub-caterpiller thing Hermana Rodriguez accidentally grabbed this week when she tried to regain her balance by grabbing a pillar, and put her hand right on top of this vicious guy. We found out that hes not poisonous, though, just painful:) Shes okay now:) 
So, I ate IGUANA for the first time!!! WHAT!:) Now I am truly mexican;) It is pretty much like chicken, it is a white meat. They made like a soup, so it was normal eating it except for the fact that iguana has a BUNCH of little bones or 'huesitos' that I had to keep picking out of my teeth and stuff. 

Hermana Rodriguez was less than thrilled to be eating Iguana. It was her first time too, and for a Mexican, shes a little bit of a city girl;) 
This little girl is named Cecilia, she will be getting baptized this Friday:) She is awesome and is progressing super well:) Her Mom should be following her soon!:) The little guy is Jose Antonio, her little brother, he is super nice and always willing to help me put away the dishes:) 
We bought this super cool pineapple two nights ago, it was delicious:) If you havent tried it yet, you should invest in some chile powder and sprinkle it on you fruit (minus apples and bananas) and it is DELISH. 
I decided to splurge and buy one of these Mexican dresses with the money my Grandma sent me for Christmas- thanks Grandma Swallow!!:) 
Annnnd, my birthday so far today has been AMAZING:) My amazing neighbors bought me a cake and these frozen candy toys, and my zone leaders had my package from home hidden in the house to give to me the day of my birthday:) I am so amazingly blessed and grateful on this day of my birthday, I love you all so much and am so amazingly grateful!

Have an amazing week and keep being strong and staying positive! keep praying and looking for missionary opportunities, they are everywhere:) I love you all!

Hermana Swallow -- the 20 year old:) 

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