Thursday, January 27, 2011

Congee Mission Accomplished!!

This is my "I DID IT!" Dance. I did it, I did it, I did it! Three days of eating nothing but congee.!

The first day wasn't too bad, but I have to admit that by supper time on day two, I was beginning to loose heart (Big Time!), especially when I saw my family come home with bags of groceries. Everything looked and smelled so delicious while my brothers put the groceries away and my mom made their supper. I told my mom that this was the hardest thing I had ever done. She asked if it was harder than cutting my hair, and I dramatically wailed "YESSS!!!!!". I cheered up quickly, though because just before my dad came home we had money flooding in, and we passed the $400 mark! My dad had to eat congee!!!! Poor Daddy didn't see it coming. At first he didn't seem impressed, maybe because supper smelled so good. Then, he pretended to be happy, since I was jumping for joy. We decided to eat on my bed, so we wouldn't have to see the rest of the family eating such a delicious meal. (I think he's smiling in the picture below because he knew it was going on the blog. :)

Thank you, thank you, Everybody who contributed money so that he would need to join me! I feel a little sad for him now, though, because I'm done, and he still has 4 more meals to go. Not only that, but he has to miss a yummy potluck lunch tomorrow afternoon at work! (Please send him a note of encouragement! I think he'll appreciate that:)

This morning, after my shower, I found a really yummy breakfast waiting for me on the table! (Thanks, Mommy!) It was really nice to celebrate with eggs and pan fried potatoes!

Please don't get me wrong, congee is pretty good.......but having it even for 1 day straight, (just three meals in all) it started getting pretty intense!!!! (Although, it was totally worth it for the orphanage donation !!!)

I have to admit that sometimes I am picky with food. Sometimes I do complain a little bit when my mom makes: squash, yams, asparagus, zucchini, tofu, quinoa, or couscous - and I can't even try lamb (who's with me?). I decided that I am never going to complain about food again (well, except the lamb!) since so many orphans all over the world don't get to choose what they eat - ever. They also don't have a family to support them through the rough times. I am very grateful that I don't live in an orphanage, and that I have a family who loves me.

Thank you again Everyone, for supporting me through these trying three days, and for all your heartfelt words of encouragement, and... (I can hear my cousin saying, "Stop being overly dramatic! :).

A sincere thank you, though, to my dad and Mr. Berzenji who kindly jumped in and sacrificed 9 meals. You really encouraged me!

Mr. Berzenji started eating his congee this morning. (You can send him a note of encouragement, too. I think he would appreciate it.) Click here to read the funny post he wrote about congee this afternoon.


  1. Love Love Love you Shay!!! YOU DID IT!!!


  2. You did it, Sharaya! Awesome determination. Here's a quote that is inspiring: "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led diffcult lives and led them well." --- Theodore Roosevelt

    Good job!

  3. Great Job Sharaya! We think you are doing such a great thing! To God be the Glory!

    The Millard's

  4. I am so enjoying your blog and have tried to post a comment in the past, but it didn't work. Hopefully this one will go through! I think you are a remarkable young lady and an excellent blog writer. I hope sharing your blog with my kids will encourage them to be more active and a voice for what they believe in too! Thank you for blessing the Berzenji family and the children you are fighting for!

  5. Sharaya!
    Thanks so much for sharing your mission heart so freely. While reading, I couldn't help but think that all of this is simply preparation for even greater plans that He has for you. Keep posting!

  6. Hey Sharaya,

    Great job! And I totally agree with u on the lamb