Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Iron Caleb

Did anyone notice this in the newest Caleb video?
Props to Whitney Larson for pointing this out! ;)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's been a busy month!

The past month....well....month and a half has been very busy! I've been putting off sitting down and writing this post because so much has been happening. I could chronicle it all here in one, extremely long and tedious post, but instead I'll just leave you with little nuggets of my recent Nica adventures, escapades, merriments and revelations. So, be ready for several more posts in the coming weeks!

Today, I just want to talk about Pioneer School.
Ohhhh, Pioneer School! I was told that it would be amazing.I was told that I would hear some amazing experiences. And, I was told that there would be a lot of reading.... ALL OF THOSE were understatements!

First of all, it's not a lot of reading. It is so much reading that even if you drank coffee 24 hours straight with an IV of Redbull you still wouldn't be able to get through and retain all the information. The information is incredible. It really is an amazing privilege to go to the School and go through the Pioneer book. If I could give one piece of advice, read what you reasonably can each night, but set as a priority always getting a good night's rest. The reading you can catch up on. The comments and experiences at the school, you will only hear once!

The Pioneer Class down here was amazing. Since we are all living in a Need-Great territory, all but one person attending the school was a Need Greater. Our school instructors were both Gilead Graduates. One is serving as a missionary, the other as a Circuit Overseer. We had fifteen students attending for the second time, three students for the third time and one for the fourth! As a friend from the school said, "The wealth of experience from the class was phenomenal." Altogether, the students collectively had 277 years of full-time service. That's just incredible! For me, it was only my first time attending Pioneer School - I felt spiritually spoiled being there - I learned so much! There were moments that left us all laughing and moments that left us all in tears. It truly is a blessing to be encouraged as you hear how others overcame various trials in life and in their service to Jehovah and how they have since been strengthened to persevere.

Additionally, something I really came to appreciate about the school was how it brought to light and really made clearer Bible concepts I already thought I had clear understanding on. Since there is so much information to cover, you quickly learn to adjust your study habits. At first, it was a bit difficult to change my study routine, but by the end of the school, I was breezing through the material and was able to focus on key concepts and ideas. As I mentioned, there was A LOT of information. I plan on using the book as my resource for personal study for the next year! I can't wait to go over it again and really dig into the additional resource material.

One of the greatest things that came from the school was the warm association and new friendships that were made. There were friends from the States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Haiti and Nicaragua! I'm so happy that I got to meet them all!

If it hasn't crossed your mind already....::hint, hint:: ::nudge, nudge::  - maybe consider putting in your application for pioneering! The first year of pioneering definitely comes with its challenges - but the blessings, experiences and many life lessons are well worth it!

Here is the picture of the 1st English Pioneer School of Nicaragua!
It was so nice meeting all of you! :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

I'll be back in the States in 2 weeks!!

Words cannot describe how excited and yet, also how confused I am about going back to the States for a 3 month visit. I will certainly miss Nicaragua, my wonderful Bible students, and the new friends I've made down here in Nicaragua - but I also cannot wait to get back to the States and catch up on all I've been missing. Hence, my mixed emotions/confused feelings.

Literally, I'm on a day and hour countdown right now! From this very moment, the countdown is at 14 days and 15 hours until I return to the States!

As you may remember, I will be doing a tour of the States!
Here is a list of some of the things I am looking forward to:\
  • Get off the plane at Miami International - first stop - STARBUCKS!
  • First restaurant - Olive Garden
  • While in Florida - I can't wait to just sit back and spend some time at the beach!
  • In New Orleans - help my friend Jessica prepare for her wedding and try my first Beignet!
  • In Arizona - I HOPE to be able to visit the Grand Canyon...I don't know a soul over there...
  • In Cali - visit LA and my cousins, Kate and Liam!
  • In San Francisco - Pixar Studios!!
  • In Minnesota - see my Uncle, one of my oldest friends - Nicole and her cousins and Aunt Dorshann
  • In Wisconsin - visit my Aunt & cousins
  • In Chicago - this isn't on the itinerary yet - but it'd be fun if I could fit it in!
  • Arrive to NY - by the time I get back to NY it will have been exactly 1 year since I set foot in NYC - let's just let that sink in first!
  •  First stop in NYC - Bagels at Hot & Crusty, Lunch - Pizza, dinner- Thai!
  • See all my NYC friends - miss you all!
  • Visit my old hall in Manhattan and maybe make a stop at Bethel to see the archives and maybe lunch? :)
  • Visit Long Island - visit my parents, see my cat!!
  • Back to NYC - Go Ice Skating at Wollman Rink!
Anyone else have some amazing suggestions I should add to the list? Let me know!!
 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Free Starbucks Refresher Drink!

Hey friends!

I'm not in the States at the moment, but I received a buy-one-get-one Starbucks Refresher Drink offer through Amazon.com and I wanted to share this with my lovely readers stateside!

Free Starbucks Drink Offer
Photo Cred: Amazon.com
These drinks are delicious - I highly recommend the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher!

Hurry! This offer ends soon! :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just Being Honest...

It's come to my attention recently that I have some improvements to make in my personality and with what I'm doing and where I'm going in life.

Hi. I'm Jessica Turchan. I'm 28 and I'm still a work in progress.