Sunday, March 1, 2009

.who woulda thunk.

I can't believe its already March 1st. Time is flying by! Who woulda thunk I'd be here, living in Ensenada, making it a real home. This time last year I was planning for another team from Wellington Square Church (there church where I was the youth pastor before moving to Mexico),. It was one of my favorite weeks down here and enjoyed it with some of my favorite youth! But a year has now passed, and now look...who woulda thunk.
It's a BEAUTIFUL day here in Ensenada, about 29degrees out today, a quiet Sunday afternoon, and my heart is full. I just returned from a women's retreat up at an incredible ranch, in the mountains, about an hour from Ensenada. I know, some of you may be thinking... Rhonda, a women's retreat... i know. i know. i sometimes dread these sorts of things - specially knowing Id be one of the only single gals there as well. But God usually surpsises me and tells me to get over myself. My friend Ana was attending, and I was ready to get away from the camp for awhile, and thought I'd give it a shot.
Im back home and my heart is refreshed. Not necessarily from the teaching times or retreat (although some great moments and nuggets to chew on came out as well!) But more from the community times and getting to know some incredible women. The retreat had a mix of about 30 women from mexico and california - different ages, spaces, places - a mishmash of sorts. I found myself pulled toward my fellow 'ensenadians' and realized again how I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be here. to meet these women. to laugh. to test wine and go for ice cream. to sip on sangrias and talk about life. to enjoy incredible mexican comida. to find like-minded sisters. to learn from women who are far wiser than me. to not have to lead the program. to receive. to not always understand everything they are saying but to simply savor the joy of life with these women i look forward to getting to know.
it was one of those weekends that made me realize again, this is where I'm supposed to be right now.
it feels a bit more like home today here in ensenada.
my heart is full.