**Editors note: The wifi has been incredibly spotty lately, so if this is the last post we put up, it’s been a spectacular trip and you should all be very proud of your daughters and the work they did. We’re still on track to return tomorrow evening. See everyone tomorrow**
Yesterday, surprisingly, we painted all day! We started off a little slow because we were extremely tired, but after a while we actually got a lot done. Throughout the past week and a half, I have gotten to know Diego’s brother, Leo, very well because we have been teaching each other English and Spanish. Well yesterday Leo decided it would be delightful to not tell me there was an alarm in one of the rooms I was painting in, so I stepped back to look at what else need to be done on the door and an alarm started blaring very loudly throughout the entire school. Needless to say, it was a little embarrassing when everyone started staring and laughing at me because I set off the alarm. During lunch, Coach B, Figue, the captain of the team, and Chaca, one of Diego’s friends who has been helping paint as well, all shared their testimonies and I think all their stories resonated in some way with each person in the room. It has been amazing to see how God has worked differently in each of our lives, whether we live in Costa Rica or California, we all have different stories, and different ways God has shown himself in our lives.
After dinner that night, we got the opportunity to play indoor cinco a cinco (five vs. five) against two of the better local teams. We won the first game 3 to 2 and lost 1 to 3 against the second team. It was really fun to play with them but it was difficult to get used to their style of play because they have such good footwork. Coach Whyte also played a game against the boys we have been working with all week. I’m pretty sure Coach’s team lost 4 to 9 but you can’t say they weren’t into it. He may, or may not have, shaved his head into a mohawk to match the guys from the local team for the game along with some of the other people in other sites with Students International. So even though they didn’t play all too well, they looked pretty fly. We got back to the hostel at around 10:15 so that’s why we’re blogging about two days today.
Today was Faith’s birthday so we were pretty excited about it and I was really excited we got to spend it with her, along with all the Costa Ricans we have been working with. In Costa Rica, there is a birthday tradition that you smash eggs on the head of the birthday girl. So Faith got 15 eggs smashed onto her head after lunch today. Today we switched off painting, cleaning, and playing soccer. We have all been working really hard to finish the school but its been a bit difficult to stay on task because we have been trying to paint bars on all the windows, which is very difficult and very time consuming. We came back to the hostel and after dinner we let Faith blow out her birthday candles and we talked about going back home and how we should adjust back to normal life.
The trip has been amazing so far and all of our friendships with each other and the boys on the team are beginning to become strong. The majority of the girls are upset that we have to leave the boys we have come to know and love so soon but we are all so thankful for the opportunity we have had to come here and play soccer and paint with such a wonderful group of people. Can’t wait to see you and miss you all!