Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 2012

Howdy Everyone!

Sorry it's been a few weeks since my last update! Things have been a little crazy busy for me. Just got great news today from SIM that my tickets for Africa have been booked!! Seems crazy how everything fell into place at the end, God knew all along. Thank you so much for your support and prayers during this year. And I am proud to announce I am fully funded for my trip, THANK YOU! I can't believe that 2012 is almost over and 2013 will be here so soon. A lot can change in a year. I am very grateful to the new friends that have come into my life in 2012 and I am looking forward to all that next year has in store for me.

I have quit my job at Santa Rosa Children's hospital or as it is now known- Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Sad to say goodbye to some dear friends but I know that we'll keep in touch and at least in Africa I don't have to worry about JACHO (accreditation committee) stopping by for a visit. Now that I have stopped working I would have thought I have more free time but that has not been the case. I have been spending time with family, friends, and last minute shopping needs for my trip. 

Attached are 2 pictures of the baby that was delivered along the path in South Sudan, his name is Paul. The first photo is the new baby and his mom the day of his birth. The second photo is from this past weekend.  (Here's the incredible story if you missed it)

Life in South Sudan is like a box of chocolates. . . today I left G around 8am after packing up my house, and walked back to D. Then I entered the compound and greeted friends and dogs here... and chatted with my pregnant friend Katta for a little while and explained what she was supposed to cook for the Ethiopian Team that just arrived (tuna casserole is a foreign concept for her)... then a little while later, she came out of the kitchen and declared that she was going home. "Are you coming back?" I asked, knowing the food wasn't finished cooking yet... "No, the baby hurts a lot..." at which point she doubles over... "Is it wanting to come NOW?" "Yes... I'm going home" ... "We'll go together". So, after we were about 1/3 of the way down the path to her house she says, with pained face, "Katta, I can't walk further, the baby is coming..." And then she squats by the path. I hardly had time to ask her anything else (like "should I go get someone?") before the baby gushed out onto the South Sudan earth... Katta let out her breath, I'm pretty sure I was still holding mine, and then together we both picked him up off the ground and started to clean him with the cloth she had around her... I tell you... in this melted box of Chocolates... you just never know what you're gonna get - but you're guaranteed to be surprised and delighted :)

The 3rd photo that is attached is from the Children's Hunger Fund- Toy Wrap that took place here in San Antonio. We had over 500 volunteers wrapping toys for 3 hours! It was a blast and I am sure going to miss my CHF family. Last weekend my mom and I traveled to Dallas to say goodbye to family and friends. And we also took time to go to the first CHF toy wrap in Dallas too. That day there was nearly 300 volunteers. 

May God bless you and your family during this holiday season of our Savior's birth.     Merry Christmas!!!