February 25, 2010

Haiti pictures

There’s not much to say on the matter. 014 rubble
013 a tent city
027 damage in the patient waiting area
030 the OR when the team arrived
035 the OR after the team cleaned up and moved the storage boxes
041 sleepy
042 cute little girl
043 doesn’t this just break your heart?
044 that tear is precious
059 Columbian Red Cross on the same campus
083 mounds of rubble
087 gathering water – this is the run-off of a man washing his mo-ped
090 another tent city
092 check out the building to the left
093 097 i suppose most everyone has seen the palace by now
106 the OR at Sacred Heart (the second placed they worked)
114 the triage and “patient rooms” outside the hospital
116 resting
117118 119 121 123 more tent city – sharing and bathing in the river with the animals
126 another tent city
134 waiting for mama at the doctor174 joy and excitement

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' " Matt25:40

February 23, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

It has been a  while since I have done a Wonderful Wednesday post. I am not quite sure why I ever stopped.

All of the old ones are over there to the right >>> in that jumble of words.

Trust in the Lord and do good
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  
Psalm 37:3-4

It is difficult to respond to this scripture. It calls me to just sit and think about what God has given and how He has displayed His faithfulness to all of the world. It calls me to read and feast on the word of God. I am hungry for more. To be filled. And to be fulfilled by the one true and living God. 

February 21, 2010

going for the gold

have you been watching the olympics? we have, sort of.  we’ve caught a bit of snowboarding cross and curling. we saw sean white’s winning run.

i’m not a fan of the redesigned medals. not that anyone is asking me though. but really, why wouldn’t they ask me?

i mean, I DO have a few medals accumulated in my own personal olympic sport – target clearance shopping.

three bronze, two golds. and i have a silver somewhere.

back to the real olympics….does anyone actually know the rules for curling?

February 17, 2010

a good weekend

valentine’s weekend started with good vibes.

my class party was that friday and all things were hectic but fun. it is always nice to let loose a little with the kiddos. plus, it helped the day move faster towards jacob’s arrival time.

019                                                                        she certainly is a little diva
friday night was fabulous. we just spent our time together catching up and enjoying each other’s company.  (oh yeah, and waiting on the cops for the hit-and-run we were in)

saturday was special too. my best friend came to town with her entourage and we had our very own version of “say yes to the dress” from TLC. there were lots of dresses and of course her sassy shoes. she bought a dress almost as beautiful as she is. 

then, jacob and i celebrated valentine’s with fondue and chocolate covered strawberries at home. we went to see avatar after that. both the meal and the movie were amazing.

all in all, i would say it was a good weekend full of love – all sorts of love.  

p.s. florescent light is horrible. just compare the first two pictures to that last one. gag! any suggestions for getting good color in that light?

February 11, 2010

you might be a……


you use cinder blocks and old cut up doors found in the attic to hold up your box springs and mattress.

of course, you can always hide your redneck tendencies with a $4.98 (clearance) bed skirt from Target and a King (on a queen bed) quilt. 

in other news. jacob’s flight gets in around 5pm friday (tomorrow).

we are both so excited.

February 10, 2010

just a few things

i almost cried today. i didn’t.

they called to say 4:30 is the time on friday.

seven-fifteen a.m. – i left the house
seven-fifteen p.m. – i returned home

i’m working my way through a little caesar’s cheese pizza.

i’ve lost four pounds since jacob has been gone.

yep, can’t really remember praying today. sad.

it really cracks me up when darby watches t.v.
the laundry detergent just flew off the washer/dryer combo and slid across the hallway.


February 7, 2010

wicket awesome

jacob and i are both nerds. there is no doubt about that.

we are star wards nerds too. i asked for the new release trilogy for my 17th birthday in 1998. his college nickname was wookiee. nerds, yeah. we even have a star wars room in our house.

the great debate  is if episode 5 or 6 is better. his favorite is empire strikes back and mine has always, always been return of the jedi.

it’s my favorite because of the ewoks. they are funny and furry and cute – and they save the day! i had a pink ewoks nightgown when i was a little girl. 

now i have an ewoks apron! isn’t it awesome? that’s wicket, the leader of the ewoks, there to the right.

a girl i went to college with sells them in her etsy shop, razorBloom. she has all kinds of great blasts from the past kind of aprons. go check her out here.

if you buy something from her, maybe she will send a cute note to you too!

now, i’m off to bake with luke, leia, and han on my hip!

p.s. do you like my $4.98 converse? I heart target!

jacob returns this friday.

photos are being gangked from the corporate blog (does that count as crediting the source?)

i can’t get enough of this man.

******edited: i would like to show you pictures of more than just jacob, but i do not want to overstep my bounds of “gangking”. maybe when he gets back we can show the patients. ***********

February 6, 2010

he’s amazing


he had a long day
the longest day since they have been in Haiti
but he stayed up late
to talk to me
we talked for an hour tonight
i cried a lot
and laughed a lot.

he kept telling me about the times in the day he wished i was there to see what he was seeing.

he’s amazing. he really is.

February 2, 2010

the witch

all of this winter weather we have experienced over the last week has been beautiful in its own respect.
icy weather is not my friend though.

it’s so pretty but it has me turning into a witch.

the_chronicles_of_narnia_the_lion_the_witch_and_the_wardrobe_9 icy. cold. mean. and ready to devour children.

they have been CRAZY this week. and i am ready to shove them back into a giant wardrobe and let them escape to another world. maybe haiti. then they would appreciate what they do have and would make the most of school. plus, it would be warmer there.

shoot, maybe i’ll just crawl in the wardrobe and disappear.

you get my point. i’m grumpy and have spring fever.

February 1, 2010

one potato, two potato, three potato, four

*******update from Haiti below*******

So, I tried to make sweet potato fries because we love them. We always get the frozen ones but I had a hankerin’ to make some fresh ones.

It was somewhat of a fail. Luckily, my brother popped in just in to time to deem them “sweet potato hashbrowns.” It works for me.

Easy-peasy but don’t expect the fried, crispier version.

125 rinse, peel, cut

130put in a gallon bag with 1T of olive oil, some sea salt, and Mrs. Dash and toss a bit

arrange on a baking sheet and cook at 400
get annoyed that they are so mooshy
take from over and brown in a skillet

enjoy with flank steak and brussel sprouts

update received from Haiti correspondent today

Le Bonheur's team began treating patients this morning at the clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets. As word spread that a group of pediatric experts was ready and waiting to see patients, a steady stream of people began arriving at the clinic. By 9 a.m. this morning CST, more than 100 patients were waiting at the clinic to see our specialists. Our physicians had already treated one child with a wounded arm as soon as the clinic doors were open, and the team has recruited about five local students to help check patients in and keep things running smoothly. Our doctors anticipate treating many children today and will update us early this afternoon with a full report. Stay tuned!

Good stuff, huh? I was able to talk to jacob tonight and he gave me this information in more detail. There was a lady who was cooking with hot grease when the earthquake struck. She had severe grease burns and they had not been treated yet. bad stuff, but she will be good now.