My host mother's name is Ana Maria and she is lovely. I've been told mulltiple times that all I should be doing today is resting and drinking TONS of water so as not to be affected by the change in altitude. HOWEVER, although I did rest a bit, I of course was unable to resist the request of Ana Maria's neice's daughter Valeria to play with her (surprising to all of you, I'm sure :) ). Valeria is 6 years old and so far after watching her "accidently" throw the ball we were playing with over the garden wall into the street multiple times AND spit water on me more than once, I gather that she's a bit of trouble maker. Wouldn't have it any other way. Here's a picture of the two of us she took on my computer.
My room is large with many couches and chairs, a desk, and a bed with a gold metalic bedspread (holler!). I also have a great window with a pretty nice view! See pictures below.
Tomorrow I'll go to mass and lunch with the other lay missioners. I'm not exactly sure of what this week will hold for me, but am under the assumption that I'll spend a lot of my time visiting the other missioners' work sites. Language school doessn't officially start until the following week. I could not be any more excited about getting my Spanish back in gear. I kind of wish I was starting tomorrow. So far, my present tense comments/stories/questions have gone over perfectly. The same may or may not also be true for those *attempted* to be told in the past... *cough* At least I know, I can only get better from here. Much love to you all. All of the excitement of arriving has not completely dulled my sadness of leaving everyone in the states, but I am positive this is the start of something great :)