Sunday, February 16, 2014

And I Say Goodbye Again

Apparently my previous post caused a little confusion among some folks. No, I am not moving back to Haiti. I am not dying soon (as far as I know anyways).  I am just done blogging. That's all I meant to say, in more words than were really necessary.  So fare thee well, dear friends and blog stalkers! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The One Where I Return to Announce That I'm Going Away Again

This strange and delirious title is a twist of my sister Lena's most recent blog post title [here]...but really, I have been gone.  And I have decided to not return.  Before I say my final goodbye, I'd just like to say that I have been touched by how faithfully many of you read my blog and prayed for me while I was in Haiti.  Thank you so much for your support - I pray that God has and will bless you!

Blessings ~ Heather

Friday, January 31, 2014

If You Can't Beat It... Eat It!

SNOW...
If you can't beat it...you might as well eat it.  And enjoy it.  Snow cream.  Yum.

Snow Cream
1 gallon clean snow
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 cups Half & Half

Mix together sugar, vanilla, and half & half until sugar is dissolved.  Gently stir into snow just before serving.  'Tis a delicious treat during snowy weather!  Yum.  Yield: 5 or so people (serving size undetermined:)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

One Thing Un-thought Of...

This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for God, Jesus, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, my family, friends, church, community, job, apartment, car, food, drink, clothing, shoes, electricity, heat, oven/stove, religious freedom, health, books, laptop, phone, and much more!

I could write a deep and moving essay on what these things mean to me, but instead I've decided to write on one thing un-thought of.  Now, without the blessed experience of living in a third-world country for a while, this one thing un-thought of would still be un-thought of.  But I've seen people without this one little thing, and I've decided it would take a lot of grace for me to live without Ziplock bags.

Yup, Ziplock bags (and generic brands).  I am SO grateful for Ziplock bags.  Really, I organize a good share of my life by use of Ziplock bags (and lists, and whiteboards, and folders).  Occasionally I run out of Ziplock bags, and I substitute Tupperware and Rubbermaid containers.  But think about it, if a person can't afford Ziplock bags, she sure isn't going to have Tupperware.  So would would she do?  Depending on where she lives, her method of organization may become a coconut shell with a leaf to cover it.  Or something.  Really, I don't know.  That's the only thing I've seen as a substitute of Ziplocks.  As I said, I really don't know what I would do without them.

But why are they so important?  They are airtight, and keep food from going bad.  They also keep bugs out (which are a problem in many areas of the world where Ziplock bags aren't available).  They allow me to preserve food in the freezer (but then again, if a person couldn't afford Ziplock bags, she probably couldn't afford a freezer either).  And they preserve things from high moisture content in the air (in Haiti they were so valuable to me in keeping photos and important papers from breaking down or molding).  They also keep things safe from rain.  And beyond all that, they simply help me organize (paperclips in one baggie, rubber bands in another, and extra pens in yet another...think if they were all together in a pile, among other things!)  Ziplock bags are so, so useful.

Now, I'm sure others who are more resourceful than I am could think of great low-cost, alternative options for those in areas where Ziplock bags are not available or not affordable.  But for me, I'm just thankful for Ziplocks bags!

Really...what WOULD I do without them?! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Faith

Faith says "I go,"
When God says "Go,"
And lingers not to weigh the cost. 

Faith says "Content," 
When God says "No,"
Assured no good to him is lost.

Faith says, "I do,"
When God says, "Do,"
And needs no other voice or chart. 

Faith answers, "I,"
When God says, "You,"
Accepts the Word for his own heart. 

Faith says, "I will," 
When God says, "Will,"
And fastens thus his soul to God. 

Faith says, "I'm still,"
When God says, "Still,"
And waits with joy beneath the rod. 

Faith says, "I am,"
When God says, "Be,"
And sees the work already done. 

And when God whispers,
"This is me,"
Faith echoes quickly, "God alone."

Margaret Yoder

Monday, November 4, 2013

Let's Pray

The first Sunday in November is International Day Of Prayer (IDOP).  Although I am one day late in getting this posted, I wanted to post it anyways.  

There are so many whose needs are overwhelming. When I think of our brothers and sisters who are under fierce persecution as a result of loving Jesus Christ, my heart aches for them.  There are also millions of orphaned and abandoned children. Millions of starving people.  Millions dying of AIDS.  Hopeless parents. Homeless people. And above all that...there's the billions who don't know Christ as their Savior. Many of them are dying in our own US hospitals, and in our own road ditches.  Will we pray for all these people... not only on one day of the year, but every day?  Do we believe that our prayers make a difference?  "The prayer of the righteous availeth much..."

Here is Voice of the Martyrs' IDOP 2013 video: Victoria. It is a graphic realization of what modern persecution often looks like, and the awfulness of its reality. 

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Hebrews 13:3

Let's pray!

Monday, September 23, 2013

September

How quickly a month flies by.  It’s hard to believe that I’m off the field almost two months now.  Wow.  Life in Tremont has fallen into a pleasant routine.  I am settled into my apartment pretty well and the “projects” are mostly done now.  Thanks to relatives, Craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales, and Walmart – I am finally well furnished!  Kudos to all!

Working one-on-one with a “challenge-child” (truly the fact that he is not fluent in English is not his greatest difficulty) has gotten steadily better, as I have added more tricks to my bag as the weeks go on.  I went through a difficult few weeks when I felt unqualified and disheartened…but with God’s grace and a major attitude re-adjustment, I am now in love with this job and child!  I have been reading books, doing research, and learning all I can from others about how to teach in a way that this child will respond favorably.  I’m learning lots, and gaining confidence.  Mid-term was last Friday…which means the school year is 1/8 over already!

Funniest story of the last month:
A few weeks ago was Grandparent’s Day.  The child I work with (*Jimmy*) did not have a grandparent coming, so I was his “grandma” for the morning.  We sat together across the table from another girl in the class and her grandpa.  *Jimmy* insisted on calling me “Grandma” and that I call him “Grandson” for the several hours of festivities.  At the very end of the morning, the grandfather across the table from us asked me very politely, “I have to ask…is this your biological grandchild?”  This still makes me laugh to think of it.  I wanted to sarcastically remark, “Yeah, and I had his mom 20 years before I was born.”  You’ll be glad to know, I refrained!  Apparently my employee badge was below table-top level and he did not see it!  I’m sure that was the most polite way he could think of to ask, “Ok…WHAT is going on here?!” :)

Other happenings:

Doctor Mario Florestal from Bonne Fin was in Illinois this past weekend.  I spent Saturday afternoon with him, Sat. evening there was a presentation on Hospital Lumiere, and he came for supper this evening, along with Bob & Ellie Pflederer and Craig Koch.  Lots of medical talk with so many doctors! :)  Grandpa and Grandma stopped by later in the evening.  He even called his wife in Haiti so I could talk to her (she is also a staff physician at Hospital Lumiere) and I was surprised at how well my Creole has held up without being used much over the last few months.  In short, it was a joy to host him here!


Labor Day I rode up to Minnesota with Matt & Lena to attend Emily’s personal shower, and to enjoy time together with all the family, including John.  It was very nice!  We are seeing each other quite often these days, between all the wedding festivities. 




This coming weekend is the wedding in Minnesota, and two weeks following will be the Indiana reception.  Following that weekend, I have no travel plans until Christmas when I head to Minnesota.  And I intend to keep it that way! :)

In short, it's been a good month.  I have a lot to be thankful for.