Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Mom and Sally at the house after dinner.
Mom made a fruit pie like one we had in Alaska in 2005.............
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Carolyn was already at her house when we pulled in the driveway. We would have arrived earlier but I could not read my own directions. The five of us enjoyed a wonderful meal of chicken and rice soup, biscuits-------hmmmmmm........ let me tell you about those biscuits, shaved country ham and fresh strawberry jam.
OK, about those biscuits......as you know from previous blogs, I do not cook or bake........so anything from scratch is a real treat for me. I watched her kneed, roll, flour, cut........then bake. Being a woman of many talents, she can transition from the kitchen into cutting tile for the house she is remodeling. She is a great hostess and we really enjoyed the evening.
I think that Carolyn, Mary, mom and I had a great time. Thank you, Bea!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Mom and I decided to do some more shopping in the spaceship. We went to a grocery store that has ONLY 16 aisles and a salad bar.........so we had lunch there. For entertainment after lunch, we cruised the vegetable, fruit and bakery departments..........we were strong and did not buy any of those cakes, muffins, brownies, pies or fudge.....but I may return :)
Friday, December 26, 2008
I went shopping this morning and borrowed my mom's car. When I got to the store and turned the car off the lights and radio would not turn off. Great........the battery will die while I am shopping. So, I decide to call and sound blond but it's ok. Mom tells me that when the door opens, the radio and lights will go off. I try to open the door and then realize I have locked myself in when trying to turn off the windshield wipers. What happened to simple cars instead of spaceships?
Now, I am in the store shopping...........why are there 10 brands of toothpaste?? I have my cart and I am looking for a few gifts to take back to Guatemala. This lady walks over and asks me how much I think the candy is........I tell her what I think and she thanks me. I return to where I parked my cart and I realize she has taken my things out of the cart, placed them on the shelf and walked away with the cart!
When I left the store I drove to the bank. A lady drove ahead of me fast so she would be able to use the window. This was fine with me because I do not mind using the tube system. While I am waiting, the lady pulls up to the window and turns off her car......she yells to the teller, "Honey, would you give me a deposit slip?" while she begins to look through her purse for a pen...........at a drive-through window??
After the bank, I drove the spaceship home to get mom so we could do some more shopping :)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This is a reindeer that I got for my grandmother last Christmas. He joined us for dinner and I shared my DDP, carrots and glasses with him......he had a hard time seeing after being in the box for a year.
Angie was finding out what was in her stocking as Mike was wearing his.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Mom and dad before the concert...............
Sally and I messing around in the lobby.......
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The lobby of The Carolina Inn is always very festive during the holidays.
We knew the night would be an exciting game with the possibility of Tyler Hansbrough beating Phil Ford's record. It is kind of neat because Sally was present at the game when Phil reached his record.
Our tickets before the game.......
As you can see from the photo, Mary received the apron from Guatemala. Jim said, "I have seen that apron on your blog!" My dad found an article on aprons so I also gave her a copy of that.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
My Mom and dad met me at the airport on Saturday night, with my DDP, diet Doctor Pepper! I first drank my DDP, then said hello and hugged my mom and dad..........just kidding!! We had an uneventful drive home to Morganton.
Mom tried my new apron..........but it is not for her :)
We took dad out for dinner tonight. There was a special restaurant that he wanted to go to but when we walked in, the power went off. They did not know how long it would be before it was restored so we went to another restaurant. We all had BBQ Ribs :)
Tomorrow I will go to Winston to see friends and visit with the South Fork Church of Christ, my sponsoring congregation.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Today has been a great day. It has been awhile since I have had a day at my house to chill and get some things done. I went to Lemoa to wash laundry this morning and then packed for the trip home!
I am packed and ready to leave at 0600 in the morning. Lisa and Kemmel are going to take me to the airport in the morning.
This is the Catholic Church in park of Santa Cruz. It is a happening place these days!
This tree is lit in the evening................
When I return after the holidays, the plan is for me to move to Chichi. Some neighbors of Kemmel and Lisa are returning The States for several months so I will rent their house while they are away. Kemmel and Lisa have NO idea what kind of neighbor I am......"Hey, can I borrow some sugar??? How about some eggs with that sugar???" Just kidding.........they know I DO NOT cook!
Friday, December 12, 2008
All of us have struggles and it is interesting how people handle their daily problems. Lisa spent a lot of time talking to a man that has a problem with drinking. This young man is a Christian......and yes, Christians have problems. Lisa talked to him about prayer, his relationship with God, the strength that the Holy Spirit can provide and the responsibility that he has to his family. My prayer is that he went home and thought about what was said.
This sister, Elena, is sewing these beautiful aprons and selling them. Lisa bought a couple and I bought one too. It is not for me but will be a gift for a special friend. I can not say who because I want it to be a surprise........she might be reading the blog :)
So, when we return to Choacaman, it will be 2009! I hope that in 2009 our clinics will continue to grow, God will continue to bless the work here in Guatemala and more people will accept Christ and His teaching...........this is what it is all about!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
A few months ago, Josefina and I made a house visit to a gentleman that was basically staying in bed because he had lost his sight due to cataracts. His name is Tomas. His family has been coming to the clinic pretty regular because his granddaughter had been burnt severely. We visited Tomas and he was very discouraged but wanted to try surgery in Montellano.
Tomas went to to Montellano for the eye clinic which was a great success for him! Today when I went to talk to him, I asked him if he remembered me. He told me no because he could not see me before. He then took off his glasses, started smiling and laughing while patting my head and said, "But now I can see you and your hair!"
This is Tomas and his daughter.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
One lady that touched our hearts has a husband who is very sick and has stopped eating. His problems started with his eyes, he then he lost his sight and now is unable to walk. Gaspar talked with her for quite a while and she seemed receptive to what he said. We are praying that she will visit The Church in Xepocol and they will be able to offer spiritual support to her and her family. His name is Sebastian.
Today our clinic was in Chuguexa with 20 patients. Today was not a pregnancy clinic but seemed to be a diabetic clinic. We had 6 diabetic patients with all but one doing well. This one gentleman comes back when he has not had medicine for several weeks so there is no way of knowing what his sugars are running when he is talking his medicine. I have had this discussion with him several times and education is such a large factor.
I saw this patient in September when she was pregnant with her baby. Today she came for a visit and brought her 20-day-old-baby with her.
The baby is precious.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I helped unload the trucks and then headed to Kemmel and Lisa's to talk about plans for the week. I will got to Xepocol tomorrow for the clinic with Lisa.
I then went back to Lemoa to do some laundry and help Josefina see patients. I was able to do 2 pap smears for her and see 5 more patients. That helped her finish at a good time.
Now, I am in the house, by the fireplace and ready to settle in for the night.
Please pray that the clinics go well this week before we start our vacation for the holiday.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is Tomas and his family. A friend of mine, Teresa, sponsors Everaldo.
This is Sandra and her family from Mactzul V. Jeanie from the Morganton Church of Christ sponsors Sandra.
This is Florencia and her dad from La Hacienda. Hettie, from the Morganton Church of Christ sponsors Florencia.
When we arrived Baldimare, the minister in Montellano, was talking to the crowd. I counted 19 buses plus many, many vans and trucks.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday was my last day of worship with The Church here in Antigua. I spoke a few minutes to one of the ministers and told him that I thought the congregation has grown a lot in the last year. He agreed and then asked that we pray for The Church here. He told me that the Catholicism is very strong here in Antigua and that is evident. So, I have placed his request on the right side of the blog. I have also placed there a prayer request from one of the teachers in the school, Teresa.
Many people ask what they can do for the work here and there is always a need for prayer. Writers in the New Testament frequently encouraged each other with prayer and often reminded reminded each other of this. We should do the same. We always need prayer for the work, the promoters, our safe travel and that the patients have interest not only in physical needs but spiritual needs as well. Please see that there is also an area for thanksgiving. As we see our prayers answered, we should give thanks. I try and update these areas as needs arise.
Tomorrow will be my last day in class and on Saturday we will go to Montellano for the ABC Celebration. Lisa and Kemmel will drive through Antigua on Saturday morning for me. They are great chauffeurs!
I will only have one week in Santa Cruz and then head to The States for the holidays. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, visiting South Fork Church of Christ, visiting with many people, and going to a UNC Basketball game........Go Heels!
This photo was taken from my hotel yesterday as the sun was going down.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
My information on the history the Mayan Culture on may not be perfect but I have been told that if a man was interested in a lady, he would grab a small blanket that she wore on her shoulder. The side that she wore it on would designate if she was single or married. He then would take the blanket home and his parents would then talk to the parents of the lady and the marriage would then be arranged.
The ladies on their knees were washing their clothing when the group of "men" began flirting with them. At first the ladies resisted.............
.......then the lady in the middle began to have some interest.
These ladies danced to "The Little Drummer Boy." Their costumes were very colorful and you could tell they were enjoying themselves.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
There are more baptisms planned in Gaspar's community in December. I am hoping that we can be part of that celebration.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The following video is of the team activity that we did at Clinica Ezell. The object was to continue the movement of the marble in the tubing without it falling out, stopping or rolling backwards. As the marble passed out of your tube, you needed to move down the line to pass your tube to another team member...............and then position yourself at the end to be ready for your next opportunity!
The second day, everyone participated and we were able to circle around the entire driveway of Clinica Ezell! It took many trials, much patience, the maintaining of a good attitude, good listening skills, confidence in other team members, no finger-pointing and MUCH determination............doesn't this sound like many things we need to be successful in life??????
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One activity that we participated in was one that the leaders had done in an earlier meeting. The object is to pass a marble through tubes without allowing the marble to fall. The marble can not stop moving, it must continue to move forward and it can not roll backwards. If one of the rules are broken, the process must start again. As the marble passes to the next person, you need to take your tube to the next person in line who does not have a tube.......... and then you move to the end of the line to wait your next turn.....................sound complicated????? Believe me, it is not easy but it can be accomplished.
Aury and Maudy are practicing before they started.........technique is very important because if you do not have control of the marble as it passes through your tube then the next person will have a difficult time.. If you try to move too fast, it can knock the marble out of the next person's tube. If people get congested and too close, it is difficult to maintain composure of your tube.
The team receiving more instructions. Listening skills are very important.
As the marble passes through your tube, you run to the end of the line to give your tube to the next person. If you move to fast, the ball can be jarred out of the tube........if you go too slow, the ball will reach the end of the line before you do and that last person will not have a chance.