Thursday, November 8, 2012

Days 3 & 4

Um I've been planning to update the blog for a while now... but we were away and then I'm not sure if you heard but we kind of had a hurricane hit last week and we lost power and then I had to work and then I'm not if you heard again BUT we kind of had a nor'easter and kind of had some snow... so I've been a tad bit pre-occupied.. No worries I was SO ready for Sandy... after all, I did grow up in Florida!


My mom and dad were a little worried about me, and had been sending me like a million text messages, so I sent them this picture to reassure them that I would be fine! What more do you need then water and granola bars?!

Disclaimer: I'm not exactly feeling creative with the title of this post, and nothing seemed quite right to title the next couple of days that we spent in Lira... Oh yeah and please just know that this is a LONG post.. sorry - I have a lot of thoughts! Grab a cup of coffee or whatever your preference may be and know that there a lot of pictures for you non-readers out there... 

Day #2 in Lira we had morning devotions (which would become our norm) and then a little orientation to the country and about COTN and then we had lunch! It would only take a couple of days to realize that there is no schedule in Africa.. Unless it has to do with worshipping our Jesus! Our lunch consisted of rice and beans.. which would become our main staple for the next two weeks. They always offered avocados or pineapple or a peanut sauce... all of which were absolutely amazing! Oh the peanut sauce.. The avocados are out of this world - I might be slightly disappointed with any that I buy from here on out in the states. After lunch the Nationals took us to a small village that was previously an IDP camp during the war called Barlonyo. Which is now the site of a mass grave from the Nationals that were massacred during an attack by the LRA.

A little background for you about IDP camps in Uganda and Barlonyo - IDP stands for internally displaced person and camps were set up in Northern Uganda for refugees fleeing and/or forced from theirs homes and from the destruction of the LRA. If you don't know much about the LRA or you were living under a rock back in April when the KONY2012 video came out - you can take the time to watch this video and it will explain a little bit about what the people of Uganda lived through. It is an entirely different experience to see it and hear it from the people who lived through this. The LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) wreaked havoc on northern Uganda for well over 20 years. And their wounds are still raw. The LRA more recently resides in the Congo and South Sudan. I don't really need to explain the corruption that is rampant in this part of the world, I'm sure you can imagine. Anywho, Barlonyo, I'm nor sure any of us were really emotionally prepared for what we were about to see and hear. How can you be? In February of 2004 (which really wasn't that long ago y'all...) there were about 500 families living in Barlonyo which is probably close to 4000-5000 people. The LRA surrounded the camp and ambushed the people living there with the main goal of leaving no survivors, killing every living animal and person in the camp. Using guns, machetes and lighting huts on fire. There were a few survivors that were able to escape and run toward Lira. Some of these survivors are living at the COTN children's home. I don't share this to scare you from ever going to Uganda, or thinking that we were in unsafe conditions by any means, I tell you this story to open our eyes, I had never heard of the LRA or Joseph Kony, much less Barlonyo and the massacre there before I made the decision to go on this trip. It is hard to describe the heart break I felt listening to the nationals telling us this story. And to be completely honest, I am good at turning my mind off - thanks to my job. I can't process what I actually do on a daily basis or I wouldn't be able to do it, so whether this helped me or hurt me, I'm not sure. It is hard to process this story of destruction, that people lived through this, and that some of them survived and saw it all, and have to live with those images forever - so I didn't at that time. I couldn't help these people if I felt sorry for them the whole time, and I know they did not want that feeling from me, because if you ever get the chance to meet them, they do not feel sorry for themselves in the least! The beautiful part of this story is that the community is slowly coming back, and they are slowly rebuilding. I know they brought us to Barlonyo so we could grasp an understanding of what these people went through. I will share some pictures from our visit - these children are precious and just needed some love!






Dont worry, she has a home.. I asked, or I definitely would have put her on the bus with us!




They LOVE high fives.. like LOVE it.. and sometimes it hurts! They are strong!



These kids were dirty, some of them were sick, they kind of smelled.. who knew what they had, when the last time they changed clothes or even took a bath was.. but they were happy to see us. And that was all we needed. I think most of us could have stayed all day. I know that some of our group, that is used to the controlled environment of the US had a little trouble connecting and interacting with the kids and wanting to hold or touch them. We are a germophobic people y'all. I know we all had our hand sanitizer out. I think some us had an easier time not thinking about the germs.. I know for me personally - when working with babies I tend to think the best about them, and how could they ever be "dirty" because it's just a sweet little baby (trust me some them are dirty..) and I'll be the first to admit I don't always wear gloves because I find it cold to touch a baby with gloves when at that point in their lives they crave human touch - preferably their mamas but that's not always possible. Anywho, my point is that I wasn't afraid I was going to catch "something". I like to think I have a stellar immune system - me, who as I sit and write this am going through cough drops like its my job, drinking tea, lemon, and honey and choking on my own snot.. but I digress.. In my heart of hearts, I hope and pray that COTN will reach the point one day to mobilize their clinic and go set up and run a day clinic in these outlying communities that desperately need medical attention.. or just a bar of soap. And I kind of hope that I can be a part of it!

We headed over to the Children's village for dinner - it was sobering to think that we were looking at their smiling faces knowing some of them had survived the massacre that we were only just learning about. But it is so awesome to see what COTN is doing in the lives of these children, and providing a new life for them. It was amazing to see that God is working in them and showing them that He is the one true King and He is loving, and He is merciful and best of all He is sovereign. 



The next day, Wednesday, that we were in Lira, we had big plans to start the first day of clinic. We still had a lot of inventory-ing to do first. Our big plan after morning devotions was to go through all of our supplies, eat lunch and then be at the Children's village by 2pm. Oh how our heavenly Father laughs at our plans sometimes. Y'all we had so much stuff. 

 


I think we were so ready to get started with the assessments and see the all the kids that frustrations were on the rise... You must remember that there was also quite a bit of estrogen present and quite a few type A nurses all in one area.. But I think we did a great job getting everything together. I say "we" loosely because if you know me, I am not exactly the most organized person out there so I personally tried to just stay out of the way! I also think that we were all still very emotional from our experience at Barlonyo, which made organizing and counting very hard to concentrate on. In the end, we were so grateful that we had so many supplies that it took us all day to go through it all. What a blessing!


We also had a few distractions throughout the day...


Sweet Devotion, she was a COTN staff person's daughter. And was so cute, and very used to munos (white people). She was running around the house and we all had to stop and play with her!


Brittany also got so sick on Wednesday morning. Luckily we had Shelby, who is an adult ICU nurse and was able to get an IV in Brittany so we could get her some fluids. I have to be honest and say that my prayer life is mediocre at best. How I talk to God, what I ask from Him, what I expect out of prayer and the relationship that prayer forms.. I've learned so much and I'm still learning! Being in Uganda really showed me that, and made me be honest with myself about this, and this was just one instance in which I was shown just how powerful prayer is while in Uganda. Like I mentioned tensions were a little high and Brittany was so sick and things were just a smidge chaotic - so we stopped and we took a minute as a group to pray for Brittany and for our organizing. And what do you know, we finished praying, and Brittany immediately felt better. She did not throw up again or feel the need to run to the bathroom! It was truly so awesome! 


We also experienced our first Ugandan thunderstorm. They are even better than they are in the south! It rains so hard! And it brought a much needed breeze and a break in the heat and humidity!

Dinner was at the Children's Village again. Where we had an awesome dance party afterward. 



so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create the darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I the Lord, do all these things - Isaiah 45:6-7

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:17-18

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world - John 16:33

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm back from Uganda!!

I'm back y'all!! I've been back for almost two weeks now and I have been sleeping A LOT - I am having a very hard time getting back on the night shift schedule! I am still in the process of actually processing everything I saw and heard and did over the two weeks that we were in Uganda. I've needed all this time and perhaps I might need a little more time to put into words what I experienced. When asked how it was "It was fun" just doesn't quite do it justice... It was beautiful and amazing and heart breaking and traumatic and oh so life changing - I saw God move in a way that I've never been open enough to witness in my day to day American life... I want to share every moment of every day with you but that would take way to long and I am so not that dedicated and my journaling was so not that detailed... 

What I can tell you is that the people of Uganda are some of the warmest and most welcoming and gracious group of individuals I have ever come across - even more so than my beloved states across the Bible belt of the south. Hard to believe, I know. These people who have seen things and some of them even done things that you nor I could even begin to let our minds imagine and yet in the midst of it all they see Jesus and a heavenly Father who forgives and who loves them and an unwavering knowledge that He will overcome the evil of this world. Unwavering y'all. And the best part is, is that they want to share it with us. We may have brought over a thousand pounds of stuff and knowledge to share that they were beyond grateful for but they are the ones who taught us a thing or two about the power and love of our big amazing God. The verse that kept coming to mind as we would go to the Children's village and out into the community was Philippians 4:11-12

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want

While yes, the people of Uganda are physically in need and physically hungry - they are content in our Lord and their spiritual cup is full y'all, so full. I have so much to learn!

Instead of bombarding with you two weeks of pictures from 15 different people (which is probably close to 5000 pictures...) I'll hit highlights over the next few days of our days and different things that really stood out to me!

First lets talk travel... Um 18ish hours is a realllyyy long time! I was a little nervous to fly that long because this was my first flight overseas! So I took a Benadryl and slept the entire flight from JFK to Amsterdam over the Atlantic. That actually passed the time really quickly and made it a very easy transition because we landed at 6am and put me on the sleeping schedule I needed to be on. We met the rest of our team in Amsterdam - and I'd just like to say that God orchestrated the making of our team and by his divine design we were all on this trip and it was amazing - as we would learn over the next couple of weeks! Oh yeah and just a side note - Europe is expensive!! Like way expensive! I just might have lost all desire to visit... kind of.. almost.. but okay not really - but it really is so expensive!


Thanks to many, many prayers over all our bags - every. single. one. made it to Uganda! Praise be to God... and thanks Delta-KLM!


Finally in Uganda! My first stamp on my passport!! Yeeks I was so excited! (But I have so many more blank pages to fill!!)

We stayed at a hotel in Entebbe - where we landed - which was actually really nice! We had our own rooms and it was our last night of AC for two weeks! And there was hot water!


Not going to lie - I let my fear of the dark and being in a new place take over and I stayed up way to late - oh yeah and since I'm five, I slept with the bathroom light on! It was also our last chance at wi-fi for two weeks so I took advantage and was able to email the hubs and chat with him! 


Our sweet bus that we were going to be riding in for the 7 hour drive to Lira from Entebbe - if you look closely you can see all of our luggage!!


Michelle and I on the bus - which truth be told - actually wasn't that bad of a bus ride. I think because we were all getting to know each other so we never had a shortage of anything to talk about and the seven hours flew by!


We also were able to hear some unbelievable stories from some of the staff of the atrocities that occurred during the civil war that plagued Uganda for over 20 years. 


We finally made it to the children's village after a long three days of travel! It was so great to finally be there and meet the kids and see the work that COTN is doing in Lira.  


We're here!!!

Here is a little taste of our welcome -


It's kind of long but so worth it if you have a few more minutes to watch. It was so awesome to know that they practice songs and dances to perform for us during our Welcome Celebration. And we really enjoyed watching them! They all love to dance! The theme of the dance parties was that Africans don't have as many bones as us "shiny whities" which is why they were much better dancers than us! And our welcoming meal was Hamburgers and french fries - which I could not get enough of Mama Sarah's french fries over the next two weeks, but thats another story for a different day! 

This video exudes Psalm 30:11 
 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothe me with joy,

This is just our first couple of days... there is much, much more to share!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

Remember that one time that I blogged two days in a row?? Yeah me either... 
Um I am leaving for Uganda in less than 24 hours! I am excited and nervous and excited and a little anxious and I kind of feel like I might throw up and I'm just a little bit excited!!! 

But first - my dear friend Becky Daye who blogs over at Daye by Daye (she has slightly better content then I, and she blogs just a little more often...) has nominated me for the Liebster Award! And I will steal her explanation of Liebster: It is German for the sweetest, dearest, nicest, kindest, beloved, lovely, kind pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcoming... I don't know if I'd use those words to describe myself but I'll strive for at least two... I really wanted to blog about this and include some of you but I know myself better than most people and I know that it will take me a million years to complete this post because I'll want to take my time and make sure I sound smart and witty and try to bring a smirk to your face - but considering the only caffeine I've had today is the exedrin I took a couple hours ago I just don't think it's going to happen... SO please please wait two weeks until I am back in the country so that I may properly accept this blogger award from my sweet sweet friend!

I was going to take the time and blog about the award today - but my very good friend - my first friend in New York three years ago moved back to her home of Ohio today.. I've loved watching her sweet girls grow over the past year, and having a friend that I could show up to her house un-announced, and never had to worry what came out of my mouth, or worry about how I looked - which to me = true friendship! I will miss her oh so very much and her little family that I got to watch grow!

Me, Lauren, Beth = best friends forever

 we also had a Tucker family fun day with the hubs, puppy, and I since I will be away from all my boys for two whole weeks! Instead of our usual day in the city, I really wanted to include the puppy since he'll be alone and we usually spend all day every day together (sad face) so we tried something new and traveled over to Bear Mountain. Which is almost an hour from us but a beautiful place to hike, and the puppy could join us! Doogie isn't really into nature or the outdoors and I think he likes when we're all gone because no one is around to bother him... As long as we're home in time to feed him dinner... Anywho - we had a fun time, and could not have asked for better weather - BUT no one said there were lots and lots of stone stairs... hello bum workout! 

Tucker family fun day!!!

A thirsty puppy... who knows how to drink out of a water bottle like a real person...

We leave tomorrow from JFK at 430pm - now I don't usually stress about things... I'm very laid back and go with the flow.. but I'm also not exactly the most organized person in the world (you're surprised by this I know) so when I tell you I waited until the last minute to finalize my packing... I waited until the very last minute! We were approved to check three bags since we're doing a mission trip - and I thought oh perfect I'm going to have SO MUCH ROOM - but when I tell you that somehow 50 more lbs showed up out of no where.. it came from no where! So I have spent the past two days rearranging and re-packing trying to get all three bags to be 50#'s ... and it has been really hard for me! But I was finally able to do it! AND since I'm so organized my poor team leader does not have my finalized packing list... I blame the night shift... always. 

I'm ready!!

I am finally put together enough that I could sit down and tell y'all all about it! I was reading in 1 Samuel the other day and came across 1 Samuel 12:16 which I thought spoke so well of the opportunity I am about to embark on. It says:

Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes

I pray that I will not be distracted by things like - do I have enough skirts? what is the hubs going to be doing for two weeks - that I will be still and soak in what He has to show me and teach me. I know that Africa is obviously not all roses but I fully plan on seeing the great things that He will do in me and through me, in our group, in the staff, in the children... It's going to be so awesome, because we serve an awesome God!! Uganda here we come!

I am not going to have a whole lot of access to the inter-webs unless I plan on paying out the wazoo for it SO it may come as a surprise to you but I probably won't be blogging for the next two weeks..BUT I can't wait to share with you all when I get back!!

Also, should you like to be included in an email update list or be updated via facebook you can look to the right hand column and email me or follow me on facebook and the hubs will keep up!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Tangents

Today, the puppy and I were extremely lazy.. Like everything else - I blame the night shift schedule.. I slept until 4:30pm Monday.. talk about a labor day.. then I slept from 1am-5:30am and then napped from 1pm - 4pm... Maybe tonight I'll sleep a real good 8 hours! We'll keep our fingers crossed!

For today.. I'm borrowing from this girl because I thought I'd share some randoms with you! And I needed something semi-interesting to name my post...

Tangent: adj; almost irrelevant <-- like most posts around here... 
(definition found from the World English dictionary on dictionary.com)

So...

1. I joined a new gym... I am a gym slut.. I was a member at LA Fitness and I really did like it there and it helped that it was super cheap compared to all the other gyms in our area.. But you see I love classes - I love spinning, I love the total body fitness classes... I don't like step (I so cannot coordinate my arms and feet to do things at the same time) and I don't like zumba (white girl so doesn't have moves) BUT most other classes I really enjoy and feel like I get more out of it then if I try to do weights myself.. But the fun at LA Fitness didn't last... so I joined New York Sports Club which is pretty fancy.. and I joined for the classes! And it's not too terrible when you have the membership at one gym instead of access to all their gyms. Anywho, I'm only a few weeks in, but I am loving it! And it almost seems like more of a community - which is the type of gym that I was looking for! A majority of the people that you see, you see every week in the same class and I like that! Except today the air wasn't working... I did a total body class and spinning in humid rooms with no air.. not exactly my idea of a good time - but maybe I burned off the ice cream I had for dessert last night the cookies that I'm having tonight.. OR the Asiago bagel I had for breakfast.. Have I mentioned I LOVE food!?

2. I have bought a lot of stuff for my trip.. like a lot. Mainly because when I tell you that I live in scrubs and nike tempos/tshirts - it is no lie... People are always like oh did you just work out? And I'm like no... this is literally my wardrobe. The hubs clothes take up about 70% of our closet and then clothes I wear to church and the occasional dinner that I can't wear a t shirt to are what the rest of my wardrobe consists of... which isn't much.. and its so not culturally sensitive.. But my favorite thing so far is not the clothes that I've had to buy BUT a notebook that I ordered from Minted to journal in while I'm there! I don't necessarily consider myself a journaler/writer.. but I do keep this little blog thing on my little corner of the inter webs... so I guess I kind of think of this as a journal.


I was able to customize it with my name on the front and my favorite picture of the hubs and I at the moment with one of my favorite verses right now! I do wish that it could have been purple because that is my favorite color BUT I think it turned out really nice with the brown and blues and greens! The verse that I have on the inside cover is 1 Corinthians 13: 1-7 in The Message translation -

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's work with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. 

3. The puppy and I started puppy classes at PetSmart last week. We will go through six weeks of rigorous training... learning the basics... our biggest issues are leash walking (which is completely our fault) because we never ever put him on a leash for walks, we run around the back yard and go to the dog park.. never needing a leash. BUT I need a running buddy and he happens to be the most convenient partner for me... he's awake when I am and he sleeps when I sleep - its a win/win for everyone! we're also working on our fear of people.. yes that's right - if you've had the pleasure of meeting our ridiculous mutt then you know that he is not the big golden retriever type that is going to sit down and lick you and let you love on him... he's going to bark and bark and bark and oh yeah bark some more because for some reason people besides our family (that he rarely sees but they still don't phase him..) - people besides our family seems to make him very skiddish... our first night of puppy school was spent shaking with our ears back and tail between our legs refusing any treat offered to him... Ridiculous. We'll try try again this week!

4. In an effort to blog more often and because I really like the idea of sharing what I'm thankful for - I have big plans (don't the best laid plans always go awry..) to link with Mandie Joy.. I found her blog by perusing a bunch of other blogs.. then I spent most of yesterday and this morning reading through her archives because um hello talk about inspiring story - she moved to Uganda to be a nurse and train other Ugandan nurses in a new hospital which led to her living there for well over a year being a transition mommy to little babies waiting for their forever family. I laughed, I cried.. I wondered if I could pack my bags and the hubs could follow me over there... Amazing. Check it out yourself. But she has posts called Capture Gratitude - where she shares any myriad of things she is thankful for that week... In an effort to be more grateful for what I have in this life and not want for silly things (even though sometimes I am seriously ecstatic over a great cup of coffee..) I'd like to join her... and I would love for you all to join me!! Via a comment or your own blog post!
(I obviously have no original ideas.. but thanks to these other awesome blogs for allowing link ups and sharing their awesome ideas with my boring tired brain!)

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~Colossians 3:17

I do plan to share some more fun little things that I've gotten for my trip! Also any tips/tidbits you all may have about traveling overseas in general are so welcome! Seeing as how this will be my first time out of the country... I think that there will be a neon green sign above my head that is blinking TOURIST!!!! So anything you can tell me to make that sign a little smaller and maybe not so bright.. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

18 days!

Somehow I let the month of August just slip away... that always seems to happen to me... but thats okay. I've been working like a crazy person and sleeping just as much! BUT tonight I was able to have holiday time! Which on a holiday - is absolutely unheard of... so basically I'm getting paid to stay at home tonight! Wahoo!

Remember way back in January when I first signed up for my trip to Uganda!? Well, y'all - it is 18 days away!! I have been preparing.. collecting supplies and making sure I have what I need to bring with me... and we are now less than three weeks away from departure! 

My living room has looked like this..

That poor puppy doesn't even know what's about to happen to his life for two whole weeks!

I have lists after lists made...

supplies collected!

To do list! 

I think I'm almost ready! We have our last group meeting this week! eeks! My stress dreams have already started - dreams that I forget to pack shoes... dreams that I've left my passport at home... dreams that I forgot my stethoscope... Stupid things - things that I will now triple check to make sure that I remember them! I am a little nervous and fearful about small things and different situations but I know that our God is so much bigger than my nerves and my fears... and I know that my fears and concerns are not coming from Him they are coming from a dark place that Satan sits in and just tosses out and watches and waits for my reactions... I refuse to give him the satisfaction. 

Culturally I think I might just fit right in to their laid back - come what may life style... As a group we were asked to read the book Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier - which is a short book whose main purpose is to introduce us to hot vs. cold climates. And if you don't know the difference, can I just say that I really needed this book before I moved to New York the first time!? Talk about an eye opener. As I was reading I found myself shaking my head to most of the book - it was very fitting and described the way that a southern transplant might feel after a move to the northeast! The main difference is that hot climates are relationship driven while cold climates are task driven. It was a good book and description to different cultures and how we all respond differently to different situations. (how many times can one person use the word different in one sentence!?)

I am being drawn to pictures on Facebook that people I know (also people that I know by association...) have posted of trips they've taken in the past as well as recent trips to Africa and soaking up every detail and hoping that they will stick with me - and finding blog after blog of long term missions and short term missions and all the pictures they've taken, the stories that they have to share - the people they've met along the way. To say that Africa.. Uganda... is on my mind 90% of the time would be an understatement. I'm not sure I've said it yet... or at least a million times... but I am excited! I am excited about my own growth as much as I am to share my nursing knowledge with others... what little that I have... and I am kind of excited and interested to live and interact with a culture where we aren't glued to the television and our iphones and checking the Facebook every 10 min.. oh wait, that might just be me... But God is so good and he has provided every step of the way for this trip and I can't wait to meet the rest of our group in person in Amsterdam! And I hope that I am fully prepared to see and to learn that this is not at all about me.. its not all about what I will learn, or how I will grow in my faith, or what I can teach others (me, me, me...) it is about Him and spreading His glory to all the peoples of the earth and helping my brothers and sisters in Christ... 

For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight. ~ Psalm 72: 12-14

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

beautiful blogger

Y'all I got nominated for a blogger award! It's for being the most consistent blogger!! 

Just kidding... I'd never win an award for that! I even had six days off this week and didn't even have time to sit and blog because I was way to bust spending all our money and watching the olympics.. which is an entirely different post!



Anywho, I was nominated for a Beautiful Blogger award by The Blonde Runs! I've been blogging for two-ish years and this is my first award! Yippee! I love her blog, she's been an inspiration to me and gave me so much motivation while I was training for my marathon via comments and long emails! And truth be told, beside my mom and mother in law - she was probably my first "real" follower that consistently read and commented! To which I will be forever grateful, because while I'd write regardless for my own 'diary' it's nice to know that at least someone else thinks my writing and my writing about my mediocre running is just a bit interesting... I'm always in awe of her running and the fact that she can run like she does in the altitude of Colorado! And run back to back races over a weekend... a weekend!?! So thank you Rebekah!! 

The Rules:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger award logo and post it in your post
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link it  back to their blog
3. Tell us 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers and link their blog! 

About Me:

1. If you didn't already know - I'm going to Uganda in September - 43 days and counting!! I have a heart for missions and really hope this is only the beginning and I'd also love to live in another country
2. House Hunters is my favorite show ever!
3. One of my very best friends is leaving the northeast to go back to the midwest.. I'll never find another friend that won't be offended by my lack of hygiene.. or fault me for my laziness
4. my favorite guilty pleasure show is Pretty Little Liars on ABC family
5. If anyone knows where I lost my motivation to run and can perhaps pick it up and give it back to me. That would be great. Thanks.
6. These are more thoughts than actual facts about me...
7. I'm a southern girl at heart and would love nothing more than a good valid reason to head back home but considering how that went last time.. I'm thinking that we are right where we should be.. for now

I would like to nominate... any of you that have stuck around and have still come back even in my lack of postings!! Please participate and then leave me a comment or shoot me an email or even better a tweet on the twitter! I love reading so many blogs that I really just absolutely cannot choose!!

Hope you all have a blessed day! We have our second to last meeting for our trip to Africa (eeks!!) and then I'm heading into work for a midnight - 7am shift... we apparently have 57 babies in our equipped for 45 babies unit... Awesome!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

empire state of mind

Because that song isn't over used or anything when talking about the Big Apple... 

BUT y'all my sister was here this past weekend and not only was it her first time visiting BUT it was her first time flying too!! And she made it alive in one piece and didn't even miss her connection! We had so much fun! jam packed a lot of stuff in three days! Since it was SO jam packed and included TONS of walking... like 10 miles on Thursday and another 10 miles (including a 5k) on Saturday you're just going to have to enjoy the photographias.... because there are a lot of them!


A weekend full of firsts! First plane ride, first train ride to head into the city for the first time!


Sister's together.. first we headed over to the NBC store...


We visited St. Patricks Cathedral - we were going to light a candle for Avery but we weren't sure if that was sacrilegious since we're not catholic... But its the thought that counts right!?


we saw a man in a skirt while waiting in line to go to the top of the Rockefeller Center


we went to the Top of the Roc.. which I thought was just as cool as the Empire State building.. and you get better views of central park - it was SUPER cloudy though


We walked around Central Park in the rain... hellllooo pale New Yorker


we went to the Museum of Natural History - which I'm glad we didn't pay more than $5 to get in.. it was cool but so not as cool as it was in Night at the Museum... 

but we did see...


some dude that we think was in an 80's hair band cover... or he just likes big hair, tight jeans and eye liner...

Then I took the sister to Times Square for the "real" New York experience..


where we saw a dancing drag queen...

After all that we were starving - and don't worry I took the sister to John's - our favorite pizza place in the city. But I have no pictures of this because I ate it too fast...

On Friday we went to Woodbury Commons in high hopes of shopping til we dropped but it was pouring rain so we ran from one store til the next until we decided it so wasn't worth it!


rain rain go away...

Then we sat in three hours of traffic coming home from LaGuardia where we picked up one of the hub's friends who was also visiting...

And we got to celebrate some very special little people's very first birthday!


happy birthday Libby and Laney!!!

Saturday morning the sis and I woke up bright and early to drive into the city to run the Miles for Hope 5k in Riverside Park. It was an absolutely beautiful day! After the rainy weather the past 3 days we couldn't have asked for more sunshine


We finished right at 34 minutes - which for not running a consecutive 3 miles in over a month - I'd say we did pretty good! I think I just might be getting back into a love/love relationship with running after this long love/hate relationship we've had going on.. 

Ater the 5k we met up with one of the sister's very best friends that we used to live right down the street from growing up - we ate brunch and explored Central Park a little more and had a fabulous time people watching. If NYC is good for absolutely nothing else - it provides some of the best people watching venues hands down. you really do see it all...

I had a great weekend and was so happy to see one of my peoples - since I probably won't be seeing any of my people again until 2013... it was nice to get that small taste of home!