Friday, December 29, 2006
Posted by Jessi at 8:16 PM
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I spent the last two nights at my brother's house in Salem and got to play with the kids which is always fantastic. This morning we went on a walk while Josh scootered (that's a verb, right?) and Emily rode her new bike with handlebar brakes and gears...they are getting so big! John even tried out the scooter and looked all grown-up too! Lots of cuddling and playing and shopping and some more cuddling! It was foggy and freezing most of the morning and apparently snow is on its way for the weekend...it is cold! Hard to believe I will be back in warm weather in 1.5 weeks, this time has gone so fast!
Posted by Jessi at 7:20 PM
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
We had a fun Christmas Day. It started with oatmeal pancakes, pepper bacon, cinnamon rolls, and hashbrowns...the best way to start any day! We followed that with a lovely run while it wasn't raining, then came back and played with toys and napped for awhile. Later in the afternoon we went to my grandparents for more fun and eating and present opening. We were entertained by always-tear-producing sword fighting, snowball decorating, a family game by Emily and me, and catching up with family.
Posted by Jessi at 1:07 PM
Sunday, December 24, 2006
We did Christmas at my parents house tonight and had a really nice time. My mom made a huge dinner with a whole chicken each, well, it really was a little hen but it was big enough to be a chicken! We opened lots of presents and the kids got to play and try out all the new things. Christmas is so fun with kids, to see their excitement and smiles. Basil also enjoyed Christmas and got some new kitty treats, but still prefers poundcake!
Posted by Jessi at 7:05 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Posted by Jessi at 8:44 AM
I got to have dinner with Brandon and Alison and their little baby Jack on Monday and it was so nice. It really is hard to believe we've all grown up so much, I mean really, Brandon...with a baby!!! They seem to be doing amazingly well though and it was so nice to chat and catch up and, of course, cuddle on their baby! Their blog is to the right to see even more pictures of their cute Jack.
Posted by Jessi at 8:38 AM
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Basil continues to kill all sorts of things...and bring them inside. Most recently was a cute little snow bird. The problem seems to be that he is too excited to bring the thing in and hasn't quite finished it off yet. So feathers of all sorts were flying around as Basil toyed with the little one. Finally my mom put the bird, now dead, outside along with all his feathers. He's a good cat, really, and he's great when he kills mice...but cute birds??!!
Posted by Jessi at 10:56 AM
So my mom volunteers on the disaster team for Red Cross and has been on call all week. It's been fun to see her work and how the whole program functions. She spent all day Saturday on the phone with people who didn't have electricity due to the storm and others worried about family members. I got to go to a fire call with her one night and see her in action. It was fun to see her work with the family and how efficient she is at getting everything together.
Posted by Jessi at 10:43 AM
Friday after getting back from Salem with the kids...it snowed!! It was very exciting to see all the snow, even if there wasn't that much. Along with the wind and cold weather, it's caused a few problems with electricity (and internet) for quite a few people. I feel like I've warped into another world...just a few weeks ago I was in tank tops and excited the weather was cooling in the DR, now I'm FREEZING and hoping it'll warm up soon! I put on my running shoes shortly after to take advantage of the change in climate...and who can turn down a run in the snow?
Posted by Jessi at 10:39 AM
We were treated on Friday to the Christmas ABC's and a few Christmas songs by Josh and his preschool class. They were all so cute, I haven't seen that many cameras in a long time as every kid had at least one, if not more, people taking pictues. It was fun to be around and get to be a part of it all!
Posted by Jessi at 10:35 AM
Thursday, December 14, 2006
My mom, aunts, and grandma took me out last night for such a fun night. We started for dinner at The Melting Pot, which was amazing. I cannot honestly remember when I have ever laughed so hard in all of my life. My stomach is hurting today from it, that's how good it was! And who ever thought you could make a whole dinner of fondue??!! Then we headed around the corner to the musical Menopause...I guess they were wanting to prepare me for the future, but it was another fun time with more laughing. We then ended up at The Melting Pot again for dessert fondue, which I wish we could have had for dinner, as it was SO good! I've just been reminded again what an incredible and loving family I have.
Posted by Jessi at 8:43 AM
Posted by Jessi at 6:00 AM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
So Basil was always an inside cat until he moved to Oregon, he stayed in a mostly climate-control environment all day, everyday. But now a whole new world of mice and birds has opened to him and he has grown himself a winter coat. I cannot believe how fluffy this cat is, I once thought he was fluffy, but that was only the beginning. I tried capturing it in a photo, but it just didn't work...he has like 10 inches of fluff all around his neck like a little lion's mane. He's a champ at catching things now too, and has brought home-in the house no less-all sorts of birds (bluejays seem to be his favorite) and numerous mice and shrews, nearly one each day. He's very proud of his kill, and I'm sure his new coat too!
Posted by Jessi at 8:55 AM
Posted by Jessi at 8:47 AM
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Well I've made it to Oregon. It is great to be back, although it is COLD! I thought the Dominican Republic was cooling down...and then I stepped off the plane in Oregon! It's nice to be here with my family and to catch up with old friends. I already got to play with my niece and nephew which is especially nice. My first morning back I went on a wet, cold, rainy Oregon run and it was great, but today I decided to opt for the treadmill! I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead, to continue seeing more family and my friends and prepare for the things that are ahead.
Posted by Jessi at 3:53 PM
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Reflection: A thought occurring in consideration or meditation.
As I reflect, consider, and meditate on my past three months in the Dominican Republic, growth is the word to most correctly sum up what has taken place. It has truly been a journey of ups and downs and daily renewal. I have learned that there is a strength and peace that is found in no other than God alone. I have grown in faith, in trust, in the person that I am.
I am so thankful for this life, this work that I get to be a part of. I feel honored at the privilege to serve these children, to come alongside such incredible people all striving for the same things. To see others who have opened their absolute hearts touches me so deeply. Relationships that can be formed instantly, bonds that will last more than a lifetime.
What a joy it is to follow after Jesus and serve the poor, the needy, the children, each other. What an example He left, what a support He is down this path. To use the gifts I have as a nurse to help others medically but also to love as He loved, to shower these kids with hugs, attention, kind words, support, prayers.
Yes, there is pain. Yes, there are trials-tribulations even, but who am I to focus on my problems when I have the promise of plans to give me a hope and a future? What are my struggles compared to the abused child, poverty beyond undestanding, and lost hope? I have hope. I have a future. I have a promise that wherever I go and whatever I do, I will be taken care of.
So with reflection, I can truly say that I have grown and am stronger each day, but only by the grace and love and strength of my God. The friends I have made, the family that I have, the friends that continue to encourage me in this path, I am so grateful for.
Posted by Jessi at 4:39 PM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I went to Caraballo for the day today and along the way we came across the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen. It was a full rainbow crossing over the road and then became a double rainbow...so, so pretty.
Posted by Jessi at 6:12 PM
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Posted by Jessi at 3:38 PM
Friday, December 01, 2006
I need soap! I keep meaning to post this, but I want everyone to raid their hall and bathroom closets for those little hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, toothbrushes, and lotions that you've had for years and send them to me! Most of the problems I see are related to hygiene and the inability to really get clean, which leads to numerous skin and scalp problems. I can treat a kid at school and send them home, but unless they're really washing and able to follow-up, my little treatments become redundant. So, get in touch with me if you want an address to send them too as I'll be at my parents for December and can easily bring them back here with me. It'd be so great though to treat a kid and send him home with a little bar of soap to clean with! Thanks so much.
Posted by Jessi at 4:23 PM
(Jessi girl and Jesse boy-dog; Luke, Jessi, and Chase reading; Luke and Jessi cooking dinner, Jessi and Leslie...all in blue somehow!)
It's been a good week in Jarabacoa. I was mainly working in the school this week, helping sort out some nursing things and get charts in order, helping with another lady as school nurses. I got to help with some Trautwein homeschool, but am learning just how much I have forgotten over the years, as Sam's algebra puts fear in me!
Posted by Jessi at 12:56 PM