So time continues to fly by and somehow June has arrived???? Summer is upon us and I have a to-do list that starts with “Redo the Surgical and Barrio Manuals” “Learn more about the Amway program”, “Come up with a plan for the pharmacy”, and somehow also involves “Plant more bananas”, “Clean out drawers”, “Hang pictures on walls”, and “Find dirt and mesh for a garden”. Some highlights from the last month.
My girl is now 8 months old. I Can. Not. Believe. It. Best 8 months of my life! Magdalena is growing like a weed. She is full of life and likes to be right wherever Mommy and Daddy are, including apparently orthopedic consults.
Finished up an amazing Ortho/Plastic surgical team that I wrote about in the last blog. Awesome crew!
And here is my girl and I for Sunday church. We are big fans of Northcoast Church and have been enjoying working through Romans with our sippy cups and in our pajamas. I used to mock online church (“it’s just not for me”). WRONG. It is So for me. I miss the fellowship of church tremendously but I am absorbing these sermons like a voracious wolf.
And our last surgical team of the spring was gynecologist Dr. Skip Johnstone and his gang from NC. They teamed up with ONU for a busy busy week in surgery and the barrios. The organizing CONTINUES in this photo below. Thanks for all the help dear ones!
After the last surgical team until September, Cora, Nefthali, Carlos, Simon and I wanted to have a small shindig to thank the clinic staff for all of their late nights, sacrifices and assistance this year. So we had pico pollo in the Guesthouse and invited them over. Kudos to Carlos and his mom for handling the menu part- we FEASTED! Please note the small person at the end of the table below. She greatly enjoyed the party! 🙂
Annnnddd Ladies Night at my house. Cora, Kari, Christ Dotterer and Juana Francisca (my wonderful mother-in-law) joined Magdalena and I for dinner.
Kiddie pool for the win! Here is Owen and Magdalena living it up on our porch!
Monchy made a two week trip to the States to finish up some legal paperwork and Cora flew in to save us, I mean, help us. She and Magdalena are best buds and sang together “La Baca Lola” every morning. THANK YOU CORA!
Tio Elias also comes several times to week to help us out and Magdalena loves him dearly! It takes a village, my friends, and I am surrounded in two countries by the very very best!
And finally, joy is ours. My husband has finished the tenuous process of becoming a US citizen and we are relieved that we will never need to wait in another immigration line again. Prayers are needed as I continue to work on my legalization paperwork (MY immigration lines will continue!) on THIS side. It’s been a long and frustrating journey here (for the third time I’ve been denied!!!) but we rejoice with and for my husband on his accomplishment. It’s a crazy story but we know and can see God in ALL of it.
And onward time marches, although I still seem to whisper a lot “One day at a time, sweet Jesus”. There are so many crazy days trying to balance everything and I remember some words from long ago about sucking the juice out of the good times…..down to the very last drop. I think about it as I watch Magdalena tackle mangos, all the sweetness and messiness at once. We are treasuring this sweetness even in the midst of sometimes chaos knowing God has given us these days and remains at our side.
Thank you for sharing our lives! We appreciate your support and prayers and encouragement as always! I’ll sign off with some of the goodness of Romans that I’m soaking in on Sundays:
Romans 12:9- Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.