kitchen- soon to be replaced
bathroom- like my security system?
yes. that is a window covered by a door! laundry room
well, no one could really tell me what exactly started it, but thankfully it looks "normal" now.
This site is dedicated to keeping in touch with family and friends while seeking God's will for my life.
This past weekend I traveled to DC to visit my father who has been living there the past few years. I flew up Friday late and back Sunday- quick trip but we managed to pack in quite a few things like walking around the entire city, shopping at H&M, touring his office, National Cathedral, Holocaust Exhibit Museum, Georgetown, Dining at Paolo's, Starbucks of course, Monuments- White House- Capital, and of course the BBQ festival that blocked off practically every street we tried to go through. oh, well. It was nice to see and witness what he does in another place- his routine, apartment, neighborhood. Sorry i don't have any pictures but my camera has been acting weird and then i left it at home. oh, well. just picture it!
Well, I did it. i bought another house. SOOO, i guess that means that i going to be here for a while. I bought Jason's old house and can't wait to get going on some oh-so-needed changes. The guy who i thought was doing the remodeling has disappeared, and i can't decided what i what done. stress much?Oh the possibilities! What's more important- kitchen or bath or laundry room? I haven't a clue about budget of things- including grad school this fall. oh, well. any thoughts?
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Nancy and I at McDonald's in the outdoor play area- with fountains and everything- oh, that's the Volcano Agua in the background.
i have been told 3 times in a week that i should update. well, here i am, updating. i really don't have a lot to say or report on what i have done. Transitioning back to a life in such routine has been well, boring. It's been difficult to go from constantly going to being inside Children's all the time. I don't seem to have the same since of pride and accomplishment as i did before while in Honduras. It was instant gratification knowning how and what i did mattered, here it a much longer process. hard to explain. it's difficult to have such a clear vision of one's purpose and then it changes. I am adjusting, though. I have been looking for another house. i think i found one - more to come on that when it actually happens. i am ready to start another chapter. well, i better get back to work. hope all is well in cyber-land.
haa-haa-haa. well, i made it back from costa rica in september just fine- in fact, i even made it back from honduras just fine, too. what elsed has happened? not a lot. i am back to life in nashville- working at vandy and applying to graduate schools. that's it. how 'bout y'all?
i am going to Costa Rica tomorrow for a visa renewal trip. this past weekend was the international youth rally. it went very well. the main problems were that it rained allday from friday to yesterday. we couldn't do a lot of the planned activities. The other "situation" was that there were about 65 people who got sick.... well, i was the medical personel. not so much fun- i saw 60 patients by myself on sat. i didn't get to attend the classes all weekend. it was a moving experience. it's awesome to witness 500 young people together and really worshiping. i will try to post some pictures next week when i return. i have to make a report of medicines used now and what went on. SO, take care and please pray for my trip.
not a lot to report. i've been not feeling well, so i have not done much this week. i have been writing/ translating more than anything. tomorrow starts the encuentro de jovenes/ youth rally at Baxter. it's like a homecoming- youth group come from all over central america for a long weekend. tomorrow i am taking yadira to buy new things for her house that was destroyed during the last storm after hurricane felix. take care. God bless.
praying for the children
destroyed. the last storm that came through was after Hurrican Felix when the tail of the storm would go from coast to coast , we got dumped on. yadira's roof was ripped off along with the parts of her walls. everything was lost- most washed away in the flash flooding. if you would like to help, please send me an email. there are 18 people who live in her house and she is the main provider. she's 29 years old and a mother of 3 and there are 14 other family members who are there. i will try to post some pictures soon. evidently 10 is the limit!
going well. amber and barrie jo have started women's class on tuesdays and thursdays. we also celebrated children's day on sunday.
i have had 2 accidents in 4 days. completely not my fault. i was even parked at the clinic for one! the other a motorcycle tried to pass me on the left hand side when i was turning left. oh, well. it's still running- sometimes!
well, i have to go!
love to all!
Dios les bendiga!
well, i can't believe it's been a month since i left nashville to come back home to honduras. sorry for not updating this often. supposedly we will be getting internet at the clinic last week so soon we should have it where i can write from my lap top and not have to come to the mall (and pay each time) :)! anyway, i will put labels again for easier reading:
I am on the cover of the Christian Woman magazine for the July/ August issue. I wrote an article back in January and now it is here. Weird. I just hope it draws attention to the work at the clinic and for new sponsors for the nutritional program. I leave in the morning for about 5 1/2 months in honduras. i am ready to see what doors God has planned for me to enter this time. I heard an awesome saying today, 'it's not to see the path before me, it's to see the one i make.' God bless.
well, i have been tagged by elizabeth byerly so here goes:
i am out of the brace- as of yesterday- at least for short distances! it's wonderful. those braces are hot- esp in the 90 degree weather we've had here. i am now going to therapy three times a week and am planning on returning around July 16ish to honduras. i am so ready and hope my leg will be by then, too. nothing to report really. have a nice day.
the big Jesus statue over looks the city. it was built after hurricane Mitch for Jesus to watch over the city and a symbol of hope to its people.
well, surgery was on may 9. exactly one month ago today, and i can still remember every adventure i have had past the walls of my mother's house since then. driving is difficult simply because it is hard getting into a car with your leg straight. i have 2 more weeks in the brace which i can't wait for. i am so ready to get back to living and going back to honduras.
well, i have scheduled my left knee surgery for May 9- in 2 days. Surgery #3 for the good old knees. pobrecitas mis rodillas! (my poor knees) .
well, it's been over 10 years with out knee issues. i thought it was over. Well, i was wrong. i have torn my MCL in my left knee on April 7. I really don't know how. Amber (my roommate in honduras) and i had taken one of the boy who lives with us bowling (his first time) for a special treat during holy week since he did not go to his grandparents' house like the other two boys who live at the house. I stood up and pop! oh, well. I had an MRI done at Honduras Medical Center- the nicest hospital in the country and the only ones who will put your results on a CD (which you have to bring your own- i found out the hard way!). it was a different experience. This past few months have been so busy with groups, holy week, VCOM students, belize trip for visa renewal,etc... I will put headings to make it easier.
hello to all. may God be blessing you all...
Hello! I'm alive! It's been a hectic time since i posted last. last week, the first group of the year came from VCOM- 48 in total. it was a great group! very interesting group. in a nutshell we had about 750 patients in four mobile medical brigades, fed 1500 people, 200 dental patients, and cut about 250 heads of hair- a very busy week. the group consisted of 5 physicians, 28 medical students, 1 preacher, and the rest spouses of the first year med students. it was their first time seeing patients. i will write more when i have more energy. they left last night after being extremely complicated since Dulles (DC) airport was closed. the group ended up flying to miami and rented a bus to drive them to blacksburg, virginia. i felt aweful for them! bless their hearts. i am planning to go to el salvador tomorrow to meet up with the second year medical students from the same school. please pray for my safety. love to all. God bless.
Another week has past, as hard as it is to believe. I stay really busy, ever realizing that the days just fly by. If am beginning to realize that if you really do love what you’re doing, time doesn’t matter. It’ll fly by. I so wonder what God has planned for me. This life we are given is just so short. Do we really know? How could we? This whole “serving” thing is a way of life. I still find it hard to believe that I am a “missionary.” Missionary? Why that’s supposed to be old couples in the middle of Africa! It’s not. At all. It’s not. It’s amber, laura, nancy, Jennifer, chad, shelley, JB, alley, etc. me? Anyway, I was filling out a form and had to write my position here in Honduras, I wrote medical missionary. It hit me. I need to be a better example here and in the states. I have felt in the past, like I was always in transition. Coming here. Going home. I know I am home here. This is where I need to be. I feel it. I love being at peace.
hola, everyone! hope this blog find you well. sorry i haven't been very good about keeping the blog up. internet is very unreliable here and it takes forever to publish a post. since so much has been going on, i am going to put headings:
hello to all. i am back here in tegucigalpa, honduras. i came last friday (1/19) and have been on the go ever since. returning to the clinic and baxter was nice to see everyone again but a little fustrating at the same time. dec and jan is the off months for most (like our summer months) so not a like was done seeing that most were gone. it was fustrating seeing my totaled car and having to be mean about it. i don't like being mean BUT NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE! at all! the car has been sitting under a tarp since the wreck- the excuse was that they were waiting until i got back. that whole ordeal has not been done. rumors and gossip are like wild fires here- spread across the whole country with a blink of the eye. there were 2 medial students here from virginia tech when i arrived that left yesterday and 2 new ones arrived. on the positive side, i got the see all my friends at the airport! :) one left at 10, one at 1:30 and the others came at 5. it is really nice to only live 10 min from the airport! the clinic has been really busy seeing around 40/ day. there is a new doctor that i really like and is really easy to work with. he has a lot of patience with the students and is very intelligent and funny. it has been an easy transition. living arrangements are the same with some additions. i am living with amber foster (same as last year) and 2 boys (Darwin and Ariel) from the area of town where she works called El Mogote. The boys have had a lot of loss in their lives and being with amber is like having a parent that they never really had. last night, we had an additional 8 kids spend the night. it was a little hectic. there are actually 12 in this family and the younger 8 came with us. They had called amber on friday crying because their drunken father was beating them all. amber got them and they spent the weekend basically crawling on her. it was quite a scene of all 15 of us at Burger King yesterday! amber is such a symbol of stability for them and that whole community. it's amazing. well, i am sitting outside the computer lab at baxter using the wireless and am about to run out of battery. love to you all. God bless.
well, the time has almost come. i am heading back to honduras in around 30 hours and am very excited and ready. i am ready to be active and working again. it has been nice being here in nashville for the past two months but am ready to be used in God's kingdom as a stronger force. i have been able to travel lately- Ft. Morgan, Alabama (mom and daughter beach trip); henderson, tn (does that count? family- christmas) washington DC (Certification Exam- i now have a CCRP title); Keystone, Colorado (family ski trip for new year's) ; Dallas, Texas (medical missions conference); and Atlanta, GA to visit Leanne and Shannon (both who are pregnant.) It's been a busy past few weeks, especially. I was asked by Christian Woman magazine to write an article for the May/ June Issue coming up and later asked to be on the cover. Yes, I now consider myself a super-model! who wouldn't? i know, ha-ha-ha. It was a fun day with the shoot; then i saw a picture- and all the fat! i am huge! oh, well. hopefully that image in my head will motivate me to change it! anyway, yesterday, my friend ashley and i drove down to see Leanne J. Bender. I wanted to see her before i left and especailly before the baby comes. Shannon showed up a little later and said that she was pregnant and due in August. All i can say is, bless her heart. i can just imagine how difficult it will be with 2 kids under the age of 2! On the way home this morning, Ash, as awesome as she is, let me go visit a dear friend from nursing school, Amber, and her 4 month old baby Andrew. Amber moved to Chattanooga and had a baby in Sept that i had not seen. Amber is an true friend, dare i say the closest friend i had in nursing school. we were always together- even beyond our projects. Nursing school was difficult because it's hard to be social outside school- there was so much that had to be done. BUT, it also gave me great friends out of it. i only had 13 girls in my class. Out of those 13, i still keep in contact with some, 2 more than others, but hear about the all. It's a small world. Isn't it amazing how God plants people in our lives and we don't realize it until reflecting back. Nursing school without a constant friend to the end in Amber would have been aweful. Life now without the Mechelle sound-board/ advice-giver would be aweful. Thank you God for planting those women in my life from a challenging time going through school.
well, i haven't written in a month, so i thought i would fill in what i have been doing. since the funeral, i have had a lot of time to think, be with friends, travel (Alabama, Washington, DC and going soon: Henderson, Colorado, Dallas, Honduras), and be a personal assistant to my mother (lots of honey-to-do-list).
well, i have a request. i have decided that i am going to live the full year 2007 in honduras. i miss it and feel a little lost here at home. i don't know how, but i do know that if God wants it to be, it will be. I feel like when i am there, i am exactually where and when God needs me to be. I do have a fund set up at both Hillsboro (Del Boyce Honduras Medical Mission Fund- thank you Granddaddy) and my original account at Brentwood Hills. If anyone is looking for an end of the year contribution, please remember Baxter and the clinic. It is an amazing work- literally spreading the Word of GOD throughout the world. It would be interesting in seeing just how many people have become Christians due to the work of this great institution and its grads. please keep all in prayer. thanks. erin
Well, it's hard to believe it's been a week since Granddaddy past, and i have been at home. It's been extremely difficult accepting that he isn't here- in the backyard- literally. i hate looking out the window and seeing his house right there. it's a symbol of what's been and uncertainty of the future. God, i know i will go through all the "stages" and not sure where i am right now- am i mad? depressed? . i have faith in you that it was Granddaddy's time to come home. i have been joking with mother that i've diagnosed our family as short-term bipolarism- all we've done since Granddaddy's homecoming is laugh and cry. his service was sweet. i only hope that when i go home to God's hands, some many people would come to my funeral. Granddaddy had been pretty much house-bond for the past five years and still had 400-500 people filling the auditorium at hillsboro. my realized the day after the service that we forgot to mention his job as an auditor for the Fed. Milk Market. BUT, it's wasn't his priority. he loved God, his family, and his family at hillsboro. he did a lot in life, helped a lot of people. i will miss him. please pray for our family.
the visitation is thursday nov 2 from 4-7 and funeral service is 11am on friday, nov. 3. Both will be held at hillsboro church of christ.