That would be me, Amy.
I’m 27 and have spent the last 4 of 5 years living in Chile, mostly thanks to this guy:
We met the very first time I came to Chile as a young, meek, innocent 21 year old exchange student in 2009, and long-distance-relationship-story-short, three years later, this happened:
And another year and a half after that, this little one came along:
Who now looks a little more like this:
We’ve pretty much followed ‘first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage’ to the T.
I started this page after I returned to Chile after Andrés and I got married in the USA, hence my incredibly creative title of “She’s Back In Chile”, which I think in 2015 a more accurate title would be “She’s In Chile”. However, this is a terrible title if you ask me. But I don’t think of changing it, principally because I don’t have enough energy, and She’s Back in Chile gives enough of a clue as to what this blog is about: a female that speaks english is returning to Chile. It speaks to a wide audience. Females, English speakers, Chile.
I work in the luxurious field of heavy machinery and mining, pretty much following what I studied in school – Spanish (spoken daily) and International Studies (gringa working for a German company in Chile…that’s pretty international if you ask me). If I answer right now what I enjoy doing, I would answer running, watching my son learn new things, going on dates with my husband, and getting into bed. Just being honest here. I know sleeping isn’t really considered a hobby for most, but it is for me.
Andrés is going on year 9(!) of working at El Oasis, a campus university ministry in Santiago founded 12 years ago by my USA compatriots at CMF International. Andrés originally attended as a student before he even knew Christ as his Savior, and now he runs the whole dang thing. That just goes to speak about his love for God, his talent for leadership and his overall awesomeness. El Oasis really is an oasis for a lot of Chilean college students. They like going because Bibles are never shoved down their throats (never a good idea), the love of Christ is present in the staff members (making them enjoyable to be around), there is free food weekly, legitimate fun activities take place frequently, and it’s just a really loving and happy place. It’s a win-win-win, as Michael Scott would say.
Joaquin Wesley was born at the very end of 2013, and our lives have been all about him in 2014. Justifiable, he can’t do anything for himself yet, and now our ministry is our family. Learning how to be a mom and care for another human for most hours of the day is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, even harder than Advanced Placement Biology senior year of high school, and that was pretty freaking hard.
But it’s true what all those veteran parents say, that it’s the hardest but the best thing they’ve ever done. I may not have said that 8 months ago, but I can say it now.
So thanks for coming to my slice of internet. Whether it be for Chile advice, being a fellow expat, marrying someone from a different country, having a baby abroad, living life in a foreign language or seeing how God works well though all things, I’m glad you’re here!