Wednesday, January 30, 2008

To be a nurse

We've got shelves!!! Layne has been working so hard and made 3 sets of amazing shelves for the new nurses area! I get to be a real nurse now with medicine on the shelves and labels on my boxes and everything! It's exciting to be a part of all the changes and planning and growing that the school is doing right now. More pictures will be on their way as we get settled into the new space! Oh, and the spaces on the shelves are just big enough to nap in...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Beach days

The team finished with a few days on the beach to relax, enjoy the Dominican Republic water and sand and each other. It was really nice to see old friends and so special that they all came down here. We did about 160 school physicals and a moble medical clinic where we treated about 60-ish patients in the day. Really productive week!

Jarbacoa trip

We took the team to the mountains for the day to show them Jarabacoa...the Ark (our orphanage) and go hiking at Salto Jimenoa. It was a fun day and everyone thankfully made it out alive!

Thursday, January 24, 2008


We have LOTS of kids at school these days. Our new little ones are amazing, beyond words I can even describe. Huge smiles, chubby cheeks, and the newness of being at school, are all fun to be around. Our cafeteria is full at lunchtime as we try to accomodate all the new kids, but it is an exciting reason to be squished. Even though it is only one year old, plans are already being made to expand it! I can't wait to know each of these little guys more, to know their names and their stories and continue to enjoy their lives!

More friends!

So my other friends from university, Dan and Derek, sailed their way into port over the weekend as well. They are sailing around the world (see links to their blogs on the right) and are stopping by to help us for a few weeks. They have had no problem jumping right into work and mixing with the kids. Lots of visitors from good old Grand Canyon University...who's next??!!

Friends team

My friends from university, Rachel and Patty, are here for a week with a team they brought down. It's been a fun week and they have helped so much. We did a mobile medical clinic the first day and the rest of the days have worked at the school. They were able to do all the children's school physicals which I have been trying to do for months! It's also nice to see the girls again and get to work together as nurses!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Back to school

We started back to school today, hooray! I felt like years and years went by without seeing my kids. My favorite part of the day was walking through the village while the kids were on their way to school and getting hug after hug after hug. My day turned around immediately!
We welcomed in our new little ones today as well, there were about 15 of them that came. They're all 4 & 5 years old and in the preschool class. They come with amazing smiles and energetic little bodies...I can't wait to get to know them all.
What a great day it was today, nice to be back to school.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Up the mountain

We (Josue, Benjamin, Robin, and I) hiked the Puerto Plata mountain again yesterday! We went a new way behind the mountain which was fun too. It was such a nice day for it with lots of talking, a few breaks, and lots of water-drinking on the way up. By the time we made it up the clouds were covering everything and we could barely see, but it was still worth the 2 hour hike up. We ended the day with pizza on the beach, which to me makes pretty much any day a perfect day!


Sorry for the lack of posting. Due to many complaints and protests, I'm back to being a good poster! Anyhow, so it's been busy since getting back. Some of the best news is that we were able to get a fridge and stove and are now able to cook! Such a relief not having to buy food daily and cook only when there is electricity (which can be a problem!). And yes, the plastic bag is part of the rice-making process.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Back to the D.R.!!

I made it back! Alberto and his family picked me up from the airport (he's the director of the school). When I got to our apartment these guys were waiting to surprise me which was such a nice way to be welcomed back. We talked and talked and ate American licorice and talked more. It's nice to be back!

Last Oregon days

The last few days in Oregon were filled with more visits and more eating! I met up with high school friends Josh Kelson and Brandon Genty and it was, of course, so great to see them again. It's amazing how the years go by yet friendships can stay so normal! I returned cans with my Aunt Lindy which was AMAZING!!! Such a quick trip home, lots of visits with friends and time to talk with family which was the best part!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!

We had a fun night last night, welcoming 2008 with all (or most) of the family!!