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Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It was in the 80's two days ago! Today is SNOW!!! That's in Midland, of course...not Houston.

These are my cousins, Brady, Kaitlyn, and Lauren. We had a blast playing in the snow at Gran's house today!

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving. Know that I am so very thankful for all the wonderful friends and family I have been blessed with! May each of you experience the fulness of God's blessings in your life during this amazing season.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Flight Confirmed!

It's real! I'm really going to Kenya!

I'm trying a different itenerary this time. I've done both of the other iteneraries that are generally the options from Houston. Going British Airways, the Houston-Nairobi options are usually:
(a) a 8+ hour layover at London Heathrow (which was fine with a group, but no so fine trying to stay awake and alert in an airport alone for that long), or
(b) a 3 hour layover INCLUDING airport transfer from London Gatwick to London Heathrow (which is possible, but may be pushing it to get through customs and onto a transfer bus alone with a carryon, a big suitcase and three shipping containers...all of which will be packed to the max weight limit!

So, I am opting for trying a connection in Chicago. The time spend doing that will get me to London later, and I will not have to wait at the airport for so long. I would much rather be moving and trying to make an extra connection in Chicago than just sitting in London! And, this connection will not be in another country, so I won't have to go through customs. Yea!

I leave on Janurary 28th.

Swahili Time

The best friend in the whole world got me the best Christmas present...early! Kris bought me the Rosetta Stone Swahili program and it came in the mail. I've already installed it and started practicing! It is a very cool program. I feel like my PPCD and speech students when I use it! It teaches exactly the way we teach our children with communication delays.

The little Swahili that I did learn while in Kenya were basic communication phrases. Learning language through this program is very different. It uses pictures and vocabulary to build communication, rather than direct translation for specific phrases. It's very fun! There's even a voice recorder. It records your voice, then shows the sound wave-lengths for you recording and the native speaker's recording to see how closely they match. Very cool stuff.

So, what am I doing while I am home in Midland? Learning Swahili! Oh, I will so much more to learn, but this will be a great head-start. My friend, Shem, will help me get the language tutor when I get to Kenya. Exciting times!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Goodbye First Steps!

Today was my last day teaching 4 yr olds at First Steps in Katy. Although I'm not leaving for another two months, I need to be using this time working hard to raise support, and the drive back and forth from Midland is getting old. I've heard people talk about how hard it is, and I'm beginning to understand! I still have so far to go!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It has been so fun to just teach....no mounds of paperwork, no benchmark testing, no formal assessments, no leveled inventories....just teaching! And guess what...I still knew my kids! I knew where they were, what they knew, their strengths, their weaknesses, and how to guide teaching to best meet their needs! What an amazing concept! Just teach. Of course, the highlight was getting to know and love these kids. It was a pleasure to spend time with them. They have some awesome parents, too!

So, Miss Trena's Class (now Mrs. Lisa's Class)....I will miss you! I'll be back to visit and speak in chapel on December 11th!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What a great way to start the day!

I went to the Georlich's house for the first time as part of the Quad Squad this morning. I was on the 6am team! What a great start to the day...holding the tiny babies! They are two months old now. Noah came home from the hospital on Friday. So, their family is now complete at home, and the Quad Squad is staffed for feeding rotations. This morning, I had Cohen...the big guy, coming in at a whopping 10lbs! He is significantly bigger than all the rest. Before I left, I did get a little time with the other boys. I went from there to Wal-Mart to get my oil changed and tires rotated, and I could still smell baby on me! :-) What a sweet start to the day!!
Check out their blog at http://www.texasquadruplets.blogspot.com/


Kris and I met my parents in Kerrville last weekend. We went "camping." Is it really camping when you have a fifth-wheel with a shower, microwave, full kitchen, and larger TVs and more sitting space than I had in my first apartment? But, Kris, in all her Kris-ness insisted on staying in a tent! She and Dad put it up in the dark. And, Dad did do all the cooking over the fire in his dutch ovens! It was GOOD! Kenan and Carrot even came to meet us on Sunday! Fun times!

The dogs went, too! They did GREAT! They didn't bark or disturb neighbors. They even got used to deer walking around! Yes, I'm a proud dog parent. :-)

Friday, November 2, 2007


I was blessed tremendously by the incredible response of wonderful friends who came to support me and my family in a time of sharing and prayer in Midland last week. I also had the privilage of sharing my God-story with several classes at First Baptist Church of Midland. There are so many wonderful people there who are amazing prayer warriors! I love getting to meet people and put faces with those my parents talk about! Not only do they support me in prayer, but they are a HUGE support for my parents!

I was also blessed to have the opportunity to return to First Baptist Church of Jal, NM. What a welcoming place! I was able to update them on some the great works the Lord has been doing in my life, how He blessed my time in Kenya this summer, and my plans for the future. This group has also been a great support to me in the past few months, as well...prayers, contribution, and a bake sale!! Thank you, First Baptist of Jal!
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