Saturday, October 25, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I went home for Christmas!!!!!!!
(To a very wintery Indiana)
And I spent it with my family and another very special person :)
And I am so excited to share with the world the highlight of this visit...
On January 4, 2014, Nick and I went on a walk to this spot under a bridge near my parent's house, and while we were standing there on the frozen creek he got down on one knee and asked if I'd marry him!
(And I said YES with a very joyful heart!)
I am happy to say that we will be getting married at the end of July- exactly 6 months from now!
I thank God every day for bringing our lives together. Nick's love for God is so evident in the way he lives and serves others, and I love him with my whole heart. Meeting each other on the ship and falling for each other in this community has been such a fun adventure- and it is my privilege to marry him in July!
We are apart for this season while I am serving here on the ship, and Nick is heading to Guinea to teach and train others in clubfoot treatment at a hospital up country. Right now I am back on the ship, getting started in a new nursing position which I love already, on the plastics dressings team. We will meet up again in June in the states- you can follow Nick's journey here.
2014 is going to be an excellent year, friends!
Monday, December 9, 2013
one of my South African friends told me "at home we have a saying: the best way to eat a mango is in the bathtub."
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Here's the first one, drawn by one of the most silly teenage boys I've taken care of. You can call him by his real name, but he'll quickly correct you. He prefers to be called Michael Jackson. Anyway, here's "Michael's" version of me:
Number two is from Mbouanzi, around 8 years old:
Now, I'm not sure how this next one happened, but somehow Ravette thinks I am a princess. I promise I wasn't wearing a ball gown at work that day. Ravette is always ready with a smile, even when she's not sleeping well on night shift- she's still beaming at everyone at 2 in the morning. She has a joy that is contagious.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
We have an amazing communications team here on the ship- but it turns out they are not able to be everywhere at once, and there is lots happening around here! So, in order to help out capturing the moments that happen in the hospital, two nurses have permission to use their cameras at work- and I get to be one of them! So cool!
Anyway, I wanted to share some of my recent photos of nurses and patients. I love photography, and I'm so glad that it is part of my work here as well.
This is Melinda with one of our plastics patients. Melinda is the Orthopaedics ward nurse team leader as well- she's basically a rock star and I love working with her. :-)