Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two blogs in one day...



WOW!  This has never happened!  Going public...hope this isn't a really bad idea!  Welcome anyone who finds their way here from Facebook and might actually KNOW me!  Going to try to keep this blog running while I'm in Guatemala...God Willing and I have something to actually say!  It was much easier when this was an anonymous blog and I have to admit I'm WICKED NERVOUS to lose my privacy...but I want to share this coming year and so I think it's time to MAKE THIS PUBLIC.  

Please pray for me as I prepare for these 12 months of service!  I'm scared and excited and freaking out and happy and hopeful and blessed.  God is so good...all the time!

And I will pray for you.

Babies


Ronan entered the world today.  It was a great day to be born!  Basically because waiting any more would have been extremely difficult to endure seeing as my sister went into labor almost 24 hours prior.  

He is so perfect and beautiful and a baby.  And perfect.  And beautiful.  And did I mention a baby?  Soft, new, precious...

On the flip side close friends of ours lost a baby...not in a typical way...but real and devastating just the same.  They had been chosen as the adoptive parents of a little girl and at the last moment (literally, mom gave birth that night) the birth mom called and reneged on the entire agreement.  A sad but beautiful explanation is here.  As my friend says so wisely, "The Lord hath giveth and the Lord hath taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord."

My goddaughter is standing beside me looking at this screen, holding her sippy cup and smiling.  God is so good to me.  

The birth was LONG...my sister went in yesterday morning at seven am and Ronan didn't make an appearance until 11:15 this morning!  Who knew the ninth child would make such a prolonged entrance?  Whoever said they come faster with each pregnancy did NOT know my sister.

I'm already in love with this little guy.  And I'm remembering the birth of the first, the second, the third...something from each one's entrance into the world.  It's amazing how special the birth of a child is...and so much more when he or she is wanted.  A co-worker made a joke about my sister having so many she should give this one away.  But you can't do that.  Not with kids.  Maybe with puppies...but as my sister said, she'd never have worked this hard to have a puppy.  

Loving life.  Loving God.  :o)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Running marathons....


I ran my second marathon this past weekend! In Acadia National Park....so amazingly beautiful!! And I was blessed to be with friends and have time before and after the race to just enjoy life. Nothing good in life is really free. Friends, family, love...all the really good stuff...comes with investment...of self, time, even money sometimes.



I'm saddened by my lack of ability to learn Spanish...it just doesn't seem like enough! My biggest hurdle so I will have to trust most fervently that God will get me through this!



Friends are adopting a new baby this coming month! It's so exciting...we have a fund raising party coming up. Spoke with a friend today about how maturity is such a blessing. As a teenager I saw myself living the rest of my life one, perfect way.  My life has turned out nothing like I supposed! And yet God is so good to me and fills my life with joy.  He knows what He is about.



Monday, October 12, 2015

Joie de vivre



Or however you spell it...:o)  Joy of living...that's what I'm experiencing right now!  I came home from Yosemite and the next morning ran 20 miles.  Then worked night shift.  Then worked again day shift and then I was off to cheer my sister on for her VERY FIRST MARATHON.  I woke up and arrived before sunrise.  Together we waited near the start line for her race to begin.  Then I climbed on my bike and headed over to mile 8 where I waited for her to come around the bend.  After collecting a group of people around me, some who came over just to see my signs ("I've heard so many people commenting about these signs, I had to come over to see what they say.") eventually my super amazing little sister came into sight!  

Quickly my signs flipped over and the funny sayings turned into cheers for this gal as she came down the street.  After she passed I headed back to my car and drove home, quick to shower and head into work for 11.  She finished with flying colors as a close friend of hers met her at the finish line.  I'm SO PROUD of my baby sister!!!  Running 26.2 miles is nothing to write off!  It's a pretty amazing accomplishment!  And ugh I'm supposed to run my marathon next weekend.  Hehe. Yikes!

Researched my European Christmas Markets trip today while patients trickled in. I'm not sure why but for whatever reason I am going to Austria, Germany, Prague and Budapest the week after Thanksgiving.  God knows exactly why.  I'm in the dark....




And that brings me to the title of my post.  Not sure how you spell it, but the JOY OF LIVING is a constant right now!  I love the color of the trees, the feeling of running, meeting and caring for patients, playing and laughing with my nieces and nephews and even studying Spanish.  I'm not sure if this is the result of doing God's Will or just a byplay of the excitement I have about this coming year but I love how every moment brings beauty and at this exact moment (yes, run-on sentence) I am appreciative and aware.  God is good.  All the time!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Freaking out and then not freaking out...





So I oscillate from AACKKKK I'm going to Guatemala to YAYAYAYAY I'm going to Guatemala!  So far yay seems to be winning but every once in a while ack wins.  Just back from Yosemite where I HIKED TO THE TOP OF HALF DOME (DING DING DING!!!!) and then Napa where I rode in a hot air balloon.  Because my life isn't awesome enough...God just keeps dropping more and more into my lap!  It's okay.  I know the suffering is coming.  It's been here before.  :o)


I started cultural sensitivity training yesterday.  I also ran twenty miles.  Marathon in, ummm, let's see...TEN DAYS!  I learned a lot from the modules (signed up by the mission group) and also the packet.  I also realized how much I need to focus on learning SPANISH.  Honestly the inability to speak the language well is my biggest fear.  That and my need to PRAY more.  Time to get back to basics.


The trip was beautiful.  Had an amazing time with a good friend, my aunt and another friend that I see on rare occasions but we have been BFFs since we were five.  God is good!


I got the low-down on making this blog official.  I can include pictures of the kids but not names.  I can talk about the mission but not in a negative light (duh!).  And I can continue to blog my experiences while in Guatemala.  Not ready to send this out to my friends and family but I will...soon...promise.  Guess I'll even put my picture in the profile spot.  Maybe.  :o)