Flying in to San Jose I look down and see the lush green hillsides dotted with red rooftops. I am overcome with emotion to be back in this country - one of my favorite places in the world. The tears come easily.
A year ago, when I was first diagnosed with cancer, I wondered if I would ever have the chance to go back to Costa Rica. I wondered if I would ever see the friends I have come to love and the children I have watched grow up over the years. I am so grateful that God has given me this opportunity!
I am met at the airport by some of my sweet friends, Antonio, Lapiz, and Roberto. They shower me with flowers, cameras are flashing, I feel like a movie star!
Today I wake up to the sound of birds singing, the sound of dogs barking, the smell of coffee roasting, and the the sounds of the street. I immediately open the windows and doors and welcome the cool morning breezes. I spend the day watching soccer, riding buses, worshiping in Spanish, and eating with friends. After a full day, I drop in bed exhausted and fall asleep to the incredible sound of heavy rain on a tin roof.
Lord, I'm at a loss for words to thank you for this trip, for what it represents to me - I am alive. I am still alive. Thanks to you.
Antonio, Lapiz, Movie Star, Roberto