Monday, 30 April 2012

In Quito...back to drinking a ton of water

Hola! Today was a good day, actually quite relaxing surprisingly considering I am in Quito and Jo's life is so crazy lol

I am up at 7, my body was like ok time to get up! And get on with the day! So I had breakfast! Jo finally got up around 8 after bugging him to get up, just like a sister does to her brother lol

We left the house at 9 to catch two buses to go down to the Valley of Quito to a mall. This mall was a stinkin rich mall. It took us an hour from the time we left the house to the time when we got to the mall. It took two buses. Ps I'm still not a fan of buses esp standing on them cuz the traffic is soooo crazy here!

We got to the mall and found out that the pastor that he was meeting there at the mall was not gonna be there for like 2 hrs, he was running really late. It didn't make sense to head back home on the bus and come back cuz it's an hour each way. So we killed two hours in the mall. I had to buy lotion for my itchy legs and power-aid drinks to help keep my electrolytes up. And we just sat around and people watched and talked. Time actually went fast!

They around 12:30 the pastor showed up and Jo had his meeting, I was able to pick up a lot of what they were saying! But then I got bored so I went online with my iPhone, cuz there was a free open wifi there in the mall!

After the meeting we ate and by the time it was time to leave it was like 2:30-3 and I was tried and didn't feel like standing on another bus so I offered to pay for a taxi. It only cost $15 and it was I think over an hour drive with traffic cuz traffic was starting to pick up! To me that was not bad price, for comfort lol! I know I'm so spoiled in Canada! Having my own car and never having to ride the bus!

When we got home, Jo took off to go to the bank and I stayed back at my Ecuadorian home! He's little brother and niece were home. They came into my room and I offered them my iPad for games! They loved that! Their fav game was fruit ninjas lol!

Then I listen/watches one of Wade's sermons online. And then Jo and I watched cardboard testimonies on YouTube!

For supper I had the wonderful privilege of taking Jo and his mom out to Tony Roma's! They had never been there ever in their lives! The food was very yummy, a little more expensive then back at home but total worth it! It was totally worth it to bless them! It was a thank you supper for opening their home up to me!

I back home now and just chilling with Jo and his twin brother! Well honestly, we are in the same room, but not talking to each other! Lol Leo is on the desk top computer, Jo is my iPhone and I'm on my iPad lol! I know it sad but yet funny at the same time! Jo's mom came over to us all and pointed to us all and said 1,2,3 and laughed lol! It was cute!

Please continue to pray that I listen to God's voice! And Jo is sick with a cold so please that he gets better and that I don't catch it! And please pray that I remember to drink water, cuz I need it here in Quito. I am over 9000 feet, today I had like 2.5 liters of water and I am still feeling like I need more! I've have drank that much water before, not even the summer I was here lol but I was not as health conscious! And I my body was not happy with me! This time my body is more happier!

On a side note I miss CDF :-( I miss the kids there, it felt really weird not walking down to CDF and see the kids and holding them and doing therapy with them.

Well I am gonna sign off now! And maybe talk to someone in person lol and then spend time with God! Love and miss you all! And thanks for ur prayers!


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Safe and sound in Quito!!!

Hello everyone! Wow what a long day! But a good day!

I went to Pentecostal church today in Puyo! It was along service! But a really good service! And a bonus was there was a guest speaker that was USA so he spoke it in English and their pastor translated it! So I got to hear a message in English! It was on King David and relying on God in the hard crappy times!

Kelcy and I took a few of the kids from CDF to church! So after church we took them out for lunch! It was really neat to see how much they enjoyed their meal and they were so well behaved! You could tell that a lunch out was a real treat to them!

After lunch I went home to wait for my ride. I got a ride with a few missionaries from the juggle. The ride was long, I had two naps during the trip! I don't know what it is about a moving vehicle but it puts me to sleep! Lol

During the trip to Quito I had to go pee sooooo badly that it hurt. I was praying that God help me hold it or give me a washroom! It felt like forever, and the driver knew where a washroom was. I like bolted out of the van as fast as I could I think the van was actually still moving a bit lol! And I got back to the van and told the driver GRACIAS!!!and he said in Spanish that he didn't want me to pee in the van on the seat lol!

I got to Quito around 9! And Jo and his twin brother came to get me! It's nice to see them again! I told Jo's family all the words I learned in Spanish and they laughed! Lol

And now it's almost midnight so I better go to bed! Please pray for my last few days in Quito that they go well and that God speaks to me...actually not that God speaks to me cuz he's always speaking! Please pray that I will hear God! That's a better prayer! I get to go on the trolley buses again tomorrow! Back to the busy life! I just found out that Quito has over a million people! Crazy!!! No more slow pace life for this girl anymore on this missions experience!
Good night all! And God bless you all!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Heading to Quito tomorrow

Hey! Wow it's almost midnight here in Ecuador! I've just finished packing up all my stuff. I decided to do it today because tomorrow morning I'm going to church with Kelcy. And I'm not to sure yet the exact time I'm heading to Quito, looks like around 3.

So today I 'slept' in lol it was only till 8 tho, my body is use to getting up early now! And I'm not grumpy in the morning. I think it was tho cuz I have time to wake up on my own! Sounds silly but it makes a huge difference for me!

I actually am proud to say that I was able to light the stove... The stove is the top part right!?! I tried to light it with the lighter but I kinda got scared so I lighted a piece of paper on fire and lit it that way! Whatever works right!?! So I was able to make myself eggs and toast!

In the afternoon Kelcy and John-Paul and I went to CDF to say good bye. :-( it was sad. I got to take pictures of me and the kids! It was nice to see them all one last time. They will always be in my heart! And I honestly could see myself returning in the fall, but I wanna pray about it more and debrief with friends and family and my support team! And the staff at ACCI! I don't want my coming back just to be just it was an awesome time and I love the kids and the staff. I want it to be because I feel and know God is calling me! Know what I mean!?!

We stayed at CDF for a good 3 hrs and then went to supper at a more expensive restaurant here in Shell. I say expensive cuz my meal came to $11 compared to the 2-5 dollar meals I've been buying thus far!

After supper I went over to Patty-Sue's house where Kelcy is watching John-Paul, Patty-Sue's son! (side note Patty-Sue is in the states raising money for CDF!) I went there to watch a movie and tv! Which is a big thing cuz I haven't watched tv in 2 weeks lol in English too!!! I know that's sad that I got excited over tv lol

Then I went home in a taxi! And got home and started to pack up for tomorrow! I'm heading to Quito for a few days before I leave for home! I'm leaving now cuz this ride isn't gonna cost me $150 it'll prob only cost me $50! And this way I can spend more time with Jose-Luis and his family and see his friends again...they have become my friends very quickly! I feels so special and love around all of them! They are all so welcoming and friendly!!! And hopefully I'll be able to see a few people I met last summer like Kristen and Manuel and Cameron- who had a baby not that long ago!!!

Well it's after midnight now I best be hitting that hay! Pray I get a good sleep in the house alone, last night was not bad! This is my last day in Shell! Hopefully not forever tho!

Good night all!
Ps I've attached a few of my fav pics from today!!! Ok I lie prob about 10 pics it was hard to choose, cuz I took a lot of pics of me and the kids! Lol

Friday, 27 April 2012

Last day at CDF :-(

Hey guys! Thanks for checking up on me and what I'm doing!

Well, today was my last official day at CDF:-( however I am gonna go by one last time tomorrow!

Today I got to help again with therapy, and while I was doing therapy with a few children I got to talk to Renee and ask her what she thought I would look like if I returned in September. I got some insight on their goals on how they want the therapy program to work. They want to implement a schedule for the day. Which says which children come upstairs to do therapy and what time! The program and schedule they want to implement sounds great! Very appealing, very promising!

Also today I went around taking pictures and videos of Edison, the boy I've talked about that is deaf! I was taking videos cuz there is a family in the USA interested in adopting him! Please pray it works out! The resources in the USA are so much better for deaf kids!

For lunch I helped serve the food again! The offered me lunch too! It was chicken fried rice and soup! So yummy!!! I love Ecuadorian food!!! Haven't had chicken foot or cow stomach yet tho lol! Apparently they are amazing....not to sure lol

After lunch I was able to take one of the double strollers and take 2 children out for a walk around the building outside, and then come in and get to new kids, I did this 3 times so I was able to take 6 kids outside on little walks!

It was pouring so we called a taxi to drive us home! When I got home I took a nap! Then I cooked plantains...they looked amazing but I found out I don't like plantains. It's the texture that I can't handle! I've attached a picture of the plantains!

After supper I went to young life...a youth group outreach. It's for the neighborhood youth, they play wide games and sing and do a quick message! Most of these youth don't
know the Lord. So it's a good outreach for the community!

When it was over we played in the park for a few minutes and then got a taxi to go back to CDF... We got a taxi cuz it was dark and apparently there is a big boa snake on the loose that likes the woods and path up to CDF. I'm so glad we got a taxi cuz that would be FREAKY to come across a boa in the dark.

So as I say in the beginning I am going to go visit CDF tomorrow to say goodbye to everyone there and hopefully get some pics with the kids!

And this weekend Melissa is gone so I am in the house alone. It's a big house, kinda nervous but I know God is bigger! Lol I'm reminded of the veggie tales where jr the asparagus watches a scary movie and he's afraid at night ! He starts singing God is bigger the the boogie man... Lol. please pray for me, that I can sleep and not be to nervous!

Also a praise report! We found a ride for me to Quito on Sunday morning! With a guy named Ron (I think). He's the head of the missionary ringos in and around Shell! I've met him on in passing! Seems like a nice guy!

Well I'm off! Thanks again for all your prayers and support!


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Roasted peanuts today!

Hey! So this morning started out a little different! I woke up at 6:30 on my own without an alarm! I had a lot of extra time to kill so I decided I'd roast peanuts! The stove here is a gas and the lighter button broke so you gotta light it with a lighter. This catch is the light is a cigaret light. So needless to say I'm a little scared to light it so I got Melissa to do it for me! The peanuts actually turned out not half bad, defiantly not store brand quality, but not bad for my first time!

Then we called at taxi cuz it was raining, and we were kinda running late lol! I can't get over how cheap a taxi ride is tho! To CDF a 15-20 min walk is only $1.50 for a taxi! And when I went to Puyo like the first day I was here which was like 20-30 mins away, was only $5.00! Cheap!

When we got to school! I went to the 'baby room' and was handed one of the 8 month old twins, Leonora! So cute I just love them both! They remind me of the little Kailyn the baby most of you see me holding at church on Sunday!!! They are just so tiny. Prob look like a 3/4 month old, not able to sit up :-( but we are working on it! They are doing great! Ok bad to my day! So I took Leonora upstairs to chapel!

After chapel we did therapy! Her and her sister Elena's goal is to sit on their own! Which as I said before they ate getting better at it! Their best time is in the morning!

After Leonora, I walked around upstairs with Diego and Jacob. They are both learning how to walk! They were just motoring all over the place!

Then it was baby time! We use both double strollers and I carried Amanda! The two strollers went for a walk and Amanda and I went to the little creek that is like 20 feet from the CDF building! She really enjoyed the noise of the water running and the sunshine!

Lunch time followed! I helped serve the food and the cook gave me a plate, here in Ecuador It is rude to not accept food or to not finish what they gave you, even if you don't like it you must eat it to not offend them! It was a yummy noodle soup, rice and sausage and a bean salad. The soup was amazing the rest of it I wasn't a fan of but I ate it! I have actually forced myself too to eat carrots, defiantly haven't enjoyed them but I ate them!

After lunch I went back upstairs to the storage area where all the shoes and clothes that were donated are kept! I finished the job! In total that job took me 3-3.5 hours to go thru all the shoes. Good news...I didn't see a cockroach today while doing the shoes!!!

And I of course rewarded myself with baby time!!! I went down to the 'baby room' and got to play with the babies and hold the kids with disabilities!

Then it was home time! We got a ride home from the guy that drives CDF's van, cuz it was didn't rain all day long it was actually a really hot nice day, it just seemed to rain at the beginning and end of our day!

At home I ended up having a nap again! Man the heat and getting up early and going all day long tires me out! And the amazing thing is I actually still sleep at night to!

After my nap we had supper, we had a egg and bean burrito! It was yummy! And after supper around 8:30 we went to go play catch with a football on a lighted basketball court! It was fun!

And now I'm waiting for the drier to be finish drying my clothes. The washer doesn't work it leaks water. I really shouldn't have used it but I was seriously out of clothes it was either use a leaky washer or where my clothes inside out or no clothes or just plane where stinky clothes...I chose using the leaky washer! Lol

Well I'm actually tired! I'm gonna pack it in now! Still haven't heard word on when I'll be leaving Shell to Quito please keep praying! Thanks everyone for you amazing support and prayers I appreciate it more then words can say! Love you all


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Stars are pretty tonight

Hey! Hope all of you are doing well! I can't believe I'll be leaving Ecuador next thursday. The time has gone by so fast! And I have done a ton of things so far! I am thankful that I didn't only come for 10 days, that would have been way to short of a time!

Today was another busy day! I was able to help with therapy all morning! And this time I actually felt like I know what I was doing which is always a good thing!

I was also able to take a few of the kids in a double stroller that CDF has for a walk! Man it is ever beautiful here! The greenery and the trees are just breathe taking! I enjoy going for walks with the kids. The little guy that I had in the stroller Saultin it was his and his twin sisters Yarina's 1st birthday today! During our walk he fell asleep! He was so cute!

For lunch I went to Alexandra's! Where I went the first day at CDF! I had sopa which is Spanish for soup!!! And of course chicken and rice!

I was iMessaging Shawn yesterday telling him I could really go for a big juicy steak and a slurpy right now lol that's is one craving I have!

After lunch I went upstairs at CDF and sorted and did inventory of shoes! Wow there were a tons of shoes all different sizes! It took me all afternoon and still not finished! And I actually saw a cockroach...I didn't kill it I kinda screamed and Melissa killed it lol On a side note did you know that there are cockroaches that have wings and fly...I had no idea! Gross that is all I can say! Ok so back to what I was talking about, I was sorting! And I'm not even finished and I was up there for two hours!

At the end of the day I went into the baby room and held a few of them before I went home! Needed to end on a good note!

So when we got home I was checking Facebook and my emails and the next thing I know I woke up with the iPad on my chest! Like an hour later!

Then I had a tuna sandwich! And watched a movie on Netflix! Then I took Melissa's puppy for a walk to the gym where the dance therapy was happening! The walk was so nice! So peaceful, and the sky was sooooo clear that you could see all the stars!

When I got home I ate papaya!!! Soooooo yummy! I had never tasted papaya before it was amazingly good!! Mi gusta!!!

My legs are doing better, they are still itchy but manageable! And I've been putting on bug spray in the mornings and it seems to be helping!

I'm not sure when I'll be heading to Quito...before may 3 that's for sure! Please pray that I can find a ride to Quito! Thanks everyone! Can't wait to see you all and to talk to you about my time here!


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

A day of therapy

Hello everyone! Today was a good day!

The day started off again with chapel! I enjoy chapel! I'm learning more Spanish songs! This chapel was a little different cuz I brought Amanda one of the girls that has a disability up from the 'baby room'! She really enjoyed chapel time, she was giggling and laughing and sometimes I swear she was even trying to sing! It was great to see her so happy!

Then after chapel it was therapy time ! I took Amanda into the therapy room and we worked on her core muscles. To be able to sit up with support! She did great!

After therapy I went to pre-k and read books and did puzzles with them! And had snack with them! They are really getting use to me and my expectations! Cuz they listen much better! I have come to realize that they understand more English then I thought they did lol

Then it was time for more therapy! This time I had Elena ...she one of the tiny twins, her goal is to practice sitting up! She also did great! She was able to sit up for a good 2 or 3 minutes at a time!!! Which is awesome! And she didn't even get upset! Then it was her nap time!

When i took Elena downstairs for her nap I went to get Michelle! Her goal is to learn how to intentional play...what I mean by that is seeing a toy and intentionally crawling up to the toy and pushing the buttons to make it work. So at first I went hand over hand to put the button to make it spin and then stopped to see if she would push the button and she did!

Then I went to take Michelle back and and got Sautin. He is a twin and it's actually his and his sisters bday tomorrow! His goal is to learn how to
crawl on his hands and knees. He is a army crawler! (On his belly.)

These therapy sessions were great to cuz Renee and Darnelle were there too to ask them questions on what each of the kids goals were so I knew what to work with them with!

Then it was lunch time! I went down to help serve food! It was chicken, rice and soup! I got to try some to!

After lunch I sat in Tandy's office and worked on the questions that she gave me to answer about my time thus far at Shell and CDF. The questions I was talking about last night that I was putting off!

And then after I was done answering the questions I rewarded myself with baby time lol! I went into the 'baby room' and played with the kids! It was a great reward! Lol

After work I walked up the big hill! And I realized that I can now walk up it and talk at the same time! Lol might not sound like a big thing but at the beginning of the time here I could walk up the hill without huffing and puffing let alone hold a conversation, but today I was able to talk to Melissa as we walked up the hill!

So right after work I went to met with Tandy, to answer the questions that she had give me...earlier I messages her asking her if I could email the answers to her and then she could talk
to me if she had any questions...she didn't go for it lol. It was hard to answer the spiritual question and the other questions for the most part were easier to answer.

God has been so good to me this far! He has given me peace here, I haven't felt anxious or overwhelmed once (other then the meeting with Tandy...I don't know why I was so anxious it wasn't that bad!).

This evening I was going to go watch the dance therapy aka dance exercising class but I got talking to some of my youth from back at home! It was nice to connect with a few of them!

Well that was my day in a nutshell! I hope your day was good too! Please pray as I start processing my time here and try to figure out if this is the place for me!

Chao chao for now! Miss you all!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Got pooped on today

Hola! Hope everyone is doing well! I can't believe I've been in Ecuador for almost 2 weeks...time has gone so fast! But I have done a ton of things in the last two weeks!

Lemme tell you all (or y'all for all y'all american people lol) about me day! Today for chapel the kids said the pledge to the Christian flag and the bible in Spanish...I guess one week it's in English and the next it's in Spanish.

After chapel I went down to the 'baby room' the best place in the world! I held Leonora! She is just so tiny! And cute and the best thing of all there is two of them!!!

Then I went into pre-k...I took them outside to put a handful of dirt on a plate! Then inside I put a bit of white glue on the dirt and let the kids mix it! I'm not sure why...that is just what the teacher instructed me to do with the kids! The kids loved it, the texture was awesome for a few and for a few of the kids it was a bit to much!

Then after pre-k I took Michelle outside to play! She is the sweetest little girl...when you walk into the 'baby room' she is the one that pulls herself up in her crib to greet you with the biggest smile every!!! She really enjoyed playing with some toys outside in the cloudy sky. It was nice that it was cloudy cuz it wasn't as hot, still was hot but bareable! I have not worn pants here in Shell once! It just so hot! I love it!

Then came lunch time! And this is when I got pooped on lol. I was feeding a little guy names Frixson his bottle. And I heard a wet fart, and then I felt something warm, and then it was all over my pants and the floor. All I could do was say ah help and point to him and the floor! One of the tias named Heide looked and laughed,..then took Frixson and took him to the tub and hosed him down. I attempted to wash my shorts was gross to say the least! I told the staff and they said now you are officially welcomed and accepted to CDF lol!

After that I went to go feed the fish! CDF has a pond with fish the grow and feed to one day eat. It was fun to watch the fish all come! Lol yes I know small things amuse me lol

Then I went back into the 'baby room', I changed my first diaper at CDF...this is a big deal cuz the don't use diapers like we do at home. They use two pieces of cloth and then a plastic bag that is shaped like a first tie the back of the diaper around the front of the baby, and then flip the baby over and tie the front of the diaper around the back of the baby! It's really strange I know but it works when it's put on properly. If its not you get pooped on lol!

Then it was home time! At home I was working on a few questions that Tandy gave me about my time so far at CDF and Shell! It was all easy until I got to the spiritual questions. Those are the questions I still haven't answered.

I 'took' a break and went to dance therapy which is the dance workout thingy I wrote about a few days I didn't try it again! I went to play with John-Paul!

And now I'm back at home! I decided to write my blog before I really sat down and thought about what God been speaking to me about. And if this is the place God is calling me too!

Ok I lied now I'm going to the grocery store first then I'll work on the questions!

Pray for discipline lol
Later guys

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The Lord's day

Buenos nochos! Today was a busy day!

I went to church this morning with Lizzy! This wasn't a regular service tho! It was a baptism service. So we walked to the church and then went on a bus. The bus took us to a bible camp.

It was raining like crazy on the way to the camp. And when we got to the camp and were sitting in the chapel area it stopped raining. So the pastor said that we were going to do the baptisms first. So we walked down this path, it was very gorgeous there! I've attached a few pics to show you all how pretty it was!

So we got to the end of the path and there was a 'pool' lol I put the pool in '' cuz it was a cement square, and water ran in it from the little creek and left it thru some wholes to the other side of the creek. It was not your typical American pool that's for sure! That was where the baptisms happened. Three of the pastors went into the water. And I think there were 6 people being baptized, it was really neat to see! And in between each of the people there was a guy that played his guitar.

Then after the baptisms we went back to the chapel. And we sang worship songs. After the singing the guy that was leading asked if the new people would stand up, so I had to stand, and Lizzy introduced me. Then the pastor spoke and we had communion.

After church there was a food and fellowship time. We were to bring our own food and drinks. We all sat in the cafeteria area! It was neat to see the church as one happy family!

Following lunch we moved the party lol to the court...there a big game of basketball and then 'football' aka to us soccer happened! Lol I didn't play...can you guess that I did??? Yes that's right I spotted the cutest little baby boy! He had soooooo much black hair and thick! He was only 1 month old! So cute!

After the games we went to the 'pool' and some swam, and some got throwin' inti the 'pool'! Lol it was funny to watch! I was luck I had a camera and I was a guest they left me alone! Lol

We got back onto the bus at 4 and it started to pour, so hard. It was pretty awesome how God kept the rain away for all day and when we were driving back it rained again! God is good!

At 6:30, Darnelle and I went over to Tandy and Dwight's house for supper! They made southern food! We had homemade baked beans, a noodle salad, and this bbq sauce meat on a yummy! It was nice to see and chat with them and have something other then chicken and rice!!!

And when I got 'home' I went into the washroom to go to the washroom, and after I was done I went into my room. I felt something crawling on the inside of my I pulled down my shorts as fast as I could and threw them on the ground. Got on my flip flops and stomped on my shorts over and over again. I heard a crunch and my shirts were wet. So I knew whatever it was it was dead, so I shook out my shorts and sure enough there was a cockroach in my short, which was not dead laying on the floor. Was the most disgusting thing EVER. I feel sooo grossed out. I was actually thinking to God...are you sure that you want me here God in this cockroach infested place. Aaaaaaaaaaa soooo gross! I feel all squirmy. YUCK!

Well I'm gonna go to sleep please pray that I don't get carried away by cockroaches or eaten by them lol!

I'm ready to start week two!!! Please pray everything goes well and I stay safe and get no more bug bites!

Thanks! Love and miss you all!


Ps I've also added pics of the volcanoes...the one that doesn't have snow on it is the active one!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sickest tree fort EVER!!!

Hola! My Saturday was very relaxing and fun filled!!!

It started off with breakfast with Melissa, Kelsey and John-Paul (the head boss of CDF, she is away so Kelsey is taking care of John-Paul) for breakfast I had pancakes, eggs, bacon and fruit for only $5! Pretty sweet deal!

Then after breakfast, I came back to the house and relaxed! I had a cesta! Which was very nice!

After my cesta I went with Liz to the sickest tree fort ever!!! I've posted pics when I can get them! It reminded me of the Swiss family Robinson's house. And the coolest things is there is a room up top that you can rent. Well I wouldn't want to rent it now cuz it's to old and run down! This place was called Casa de Árbol meaning house of the tree! There was also a swimming pool there! It was raining most of the time we were there but it was still really hot and nice to swim! I enjoyed it a ton! There was also a few caves there too, I went inside with Liz and her friend David...we used Liz's phone as a flash was ok until there were bats that flew right us. They scared me like crazy I actually screamed. Lol David laughed at me lol. I basically ran out of that cave as fast as I possibly could in the dark. It was scary to say the least!

And on the way back we hitched a ride with a family, Liz and her 2 friends rode on the back of the truck, like on the bumper holding on to the canopy that was on the truck and I sat in the back of the truck under the canopy! Cuz I could hang on tight enough, and it was kinda fast and made me nervous and scared!

When I returned 'home' I had a shower and then we have company, a bunch of Melissa and Liz's friends came over. It was nice! A few of them actually spoke English! There was one guy name Henry...Melissa and Kelsey talked to him in English and he talked to them in Spanish. So I knew he could understand English...and then he out of the blue asked me where I was from! I was shocked...for some reason I didn't think he could speak English lol I found out that he was an exchange student in the USA a few years ago! So his English is very good!

All in all it was a great day! I have load some pics! A few of the place in an staying at and a few of the pool and caves! And a pic of the white board...the story behind it is not that long ago this house was broken into. Don't worry tho the security is better now here!

My legs are getting better for itchiness the baking soda is actually working! Thanks mom for the idea!
I am gonna go watch a movie now!

Good night all!

Friday, 20 April 2012

It's Friday!

Hey all! How are y'all doing lol hanging around Texans to much!!! I just love their accents lol

Today for chapel we sang I am free, and I thought of all my Sunday school kids and leading them in worship! I miss leading them!

After chapel I got to do therapy with a child named Amanda! When she I first started she was very stiff and at the end of the one on one session she was very relaxed which was neat to see!

Then I helped out again in pre-k...they are such sweeties, typical stubborn kids, but I enjoy a challenge! Reminds me of a few of the more challenging children I've worked with thru work and thru church!

After that it was lunch time!!! And again I went down to help the tias!!! Feed the children. It's one of my favorite times of the day lol! I helped pass out the lunch to the children and called them by name...they giggled and laughed at my gringo accent trying to say their names lol! And the cook wanted to feed I ate a creamy middle soup that was amazing (had to take a lot of lactose pills for it!!! Lol- and didn't get sick!!! Thanks God!) and I had a beet salad, rice and a battered deep fried beef...oh my goodness what it yummy...Rico!!!!!!

After lunch I held more babies! And later on I hung out with Edison and John-Paul (he is the son of Patti-sue the director and founder of CDF) we walked around the property trying to find grasshoppers and butterflies! And then we took rocks to the creek and thru them in to the water and watched the splush! They really enjoyed it and I can't lie I actually enjoyed throwing rocks into the water lol!

And the day was over! Walked home...good news is the hill is getting easier to climb!!! PTL (if you see PTL-it means praise the Lord!!!)

When I got home I was checking Facebook and emails, and I fell asleep! Had a good 45 to an hour nap! Which was ok cuz at 7 we headed out to a youth group called young life with the older girls from CDF! They really enjoyed it! There were lots of large games! And a little message as well as snack! There were about 30 or 40 youth there ranging from 10-18! A lot of them were neighborhood kids that dont 'know' God. I put know in quotations cuz they know of God but He is not present in their lives. Please pray for the youth of Shell.

There is also a girl in the hospital from CDF...her name is Rayana. She is the girl in on of the pictures I posted a few days ago on her stomach in her bed...well she is in the hospital right now with pneumonia :-(

My legs are still REALLY itchy :-( my. Mom emailed me tonight and told me to mix baking soda and water to make a paste so I did that! My mom is so smart!!!! Love you mom! It is working at the moment! The bites aren't itchy!!! Ah so relief! Please pray it continues to work!!!

Oh a praise report...I was very worried about my bills back at home and not having enough money to pay them...well I just checked my bank account and my income tax return refund was deposited into my account just before a few of my bills were coming out!!! God is good and he provides!!!

Well it's 11:15pm and I'm so tired! I'm gonna call it a night! Good night y'all!!! Lol

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Word of the day callate

Hola!!! Today was another fun filled day! Started with chapel like usual! If you are wondering what the pledge to the Christian flag says it says this.... I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.

And the pledge to the bible says this.... I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

I had no idea what they were saying si I googled it and now I know lol and now you all know too!

After chapel I went downstairs to help the tias with feeding the babies and kids with disabilities! Then we took them outside again! The kids really like to be outside!

Then after baby time I took all the DVDs that people have donated and put CDF on the front, back and on the disk too, as well as I put a E on it for English and an S on it for Spanish! There were a lot of DVDs to label.

That took me until lunch time! And at lunch I helped with feeding again! And hung out with the tias! That is where I learned an new word...callate, which means shut up in Spanish! Lol it's fine to say as a joke but if you are serious it's pretty offensive!

I really enjoy hanging out with the tias even tho I don't speak Spanish that well! They are teaching me a lot of Spanish! And I love hanging out and kinda working with Edison a deaf boy! He is so funny!

In the afternoon I also took a few of the children for little walks around the property of CDF! Even tho it wasn't a big walk or a long walk they still liked it and the funny thing that happened was I was walking Rayana around and turned around and Edison was following me just giggling away, he basically followed me the whole time while I was walking. He was done is work so he was free to do whatever! So ya he just followed me as I pushed Rayana around!

Then after work I was laying on my bed checking Facebook and emails and I fell asleep for like 30 mins and woke up with my hands still on my iPad lol

For supper we walked to this little restaurant called Jonny's, the food was very yummy...rico in Spanish! I had a slab of beef, chicken and sausage and some gupos which are like fries...patata fritas!!!

And now I'm back 'home'. Tomorrow is Friday! I can't believe one week has almost gone and went! It went fast!

I am loving it here! There are times where I feel maybe a bit out of place but those times are getting less and less! Tomorrow I will be walking to CDF by myself for the first time,but at least I know now where I am going. The first couple of days I had no idea lol! Like the first day I went shopping with Darnel in Puyo and we were coming back in a taxi and I had no idea where I was staying! We had to hook up with Melissa (one of the girls that works at CDF and I'm staying with her at the girls house) to find out where I was staying lol. Luckily she was easy to spot, she's a white gringo amongst the Ecuadorean people in the dance aerobics class lol!

Wow even with the nap I am exhausted! I think I'll go and spend time with God and then call it a night!

Please pray for my legs lol they have itchy bug bites all over them, I know that may sound like a silly request but my legs are very itchy. They are not Mosquitos tho apparently they are like little tiny flies that bite you. And yes I am wearing bug spray...I could wear long pants but it is way to hot here for long pants! Tonight tho walking back 'home' was a bit colder,... frio! And also pray for a good nights rest, I'm not really sleeping that well at night...however God is sustaining me and giving me the strength to carry on thru the day! Praise the Lord I haven't gotten sick at all, haven't had to use any poop medicine!!!! Please pray it stays that way lol!!!
Buanas nochos!!! Dios te bendiga!!!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Two left feet!

Hola! Lol I'll explain the title later! So my day began with baby time, I joined the team that is here from Texas (I road here with them) and we took all the babies and kids with disabilities outside! The awesome thing was I was able to take a little girl named Dolly outside in a wheeled chair, she just loved being outside...the Tias (what the kids call the staff there...english it means auntie!) told me that she never gets to go outside, because she is normally in physo therapy or having her ventalin treatment. So that was very special for her to go outside! She was smiling and giggling the whole time! It was really awesome to be apart of!!!

After that I went into the pre-k class and learned about rain! And they did a craft! They are so cute, there are 6 of them!

For lunch I got to go downstairs where the kitchen and rooms where the kids sleep are and help out with feeding the babies bottles! That was fun too lol I know doesn't sound like much fun to most people but I loved it, I was totally in my genre!!!

After lunch I helped feed one of the girls with special needs eat and I hung out with a boy names Edison! He is deaf...the cutest little boy ever!!! I talked with the Tias and learned sign language to be able to talk to Edison! He is so funny! I learned more
Spanish and taught one of the tias the body parts in English and she taught me them in Spanish!

Then after work we hiked up the big hill to come home. I am walking so much my shorts are becoming loose on me I always have to pull them up! Lol

I ate a small snack when I got home cuz at 6 I decide to go to a dance exercise class at the locate gym! Wow was it hard!!! This is why my blog today is called two left feet!!! I have to left feet, once the dancing got fast it got to difficult for me to keep up! And after like 5 minutes I was sweating buckets! And out of breathe...the higher altitude doesn't help at all lol it was a not bad of a class, not sure if I'll be doing it again, but it was fun to with others do it! And best of all it's a free drop in class, there is like 3 or 4 instructors that switch off every 20 minutes, and one does aerobics and another does the dance, lots of salsa moves. It goes from 5-8 it's a drop in thing so you don't have to stay the whole time! It's hard tho! Defiantly a good workout!

Now it's 9:10 and I'm finally relaxing! I going to go to bed soon, last night there was a crazy storm, the thunder and rain was sooo loud it woke me up
a few times! And even today there were a few huge down pours of rain! And pretty much all the buildings have tin roofs so it makes the rain extra loud! I guess they don't call this the rain forest for nothing!!!

I'm actually gonna go spend some time with God!!!
Love you call and thanks for praying for me!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Taught pre-K today!!!

Hola, buenos nochos!!!
Today started off with chapel again! The kids sang a few songs, sang the anthem and said the pledge to the Christian flag and the pledge to the bible!

I was going to follow around one of the rehab staff but the teacher from pre-k had to leave so I taught the class most of the morning! I taught as well as learned myself that Feliz is happy, triste is sad and enojado is mad! As well as circle is círculo, rectangle is rectángulo and triangle is triángulo!!!it was fun! There were a few trying times but God gave me patients to get thru it! And most of them didn't know English!

Then in the afternoon I got to play with babies!!! There were a new set of twins, girls...Elena and Leonora! So cute, and tiny...they are 8 almost nine months old and the size of a two or three month old. They are both bit delayed, can't sit, or hold a bottle or roll over. They were abandon when they were born cuz mom got pregnant with them like a few weeks after she had a baby,and she could take care of 3 babies and like 4 other kids. They are just so precious! I wanna keep them both!

Little Diego was not himself today, he got his vaccination needles yesterday, so today he wasn't a happy camper. Very sad and tired all day. Poor little guy:-(

Tonight is a very relaxing evening. I had the opportunity to go to a dance workout thingy but I decided to pass, I'm just to tired, maybe I'll try it tomorrow night! It's a free class and it runs every night from like 6-9 and it's a drop in thing! I just might die lol doing it, I can't even walk up a flight of stairs and not be out of breathe...being over 9000 feet altitude is hard on my
Body and lungs!

This morning the sky was so clear that you could see all three volcanoes around Shell! And you could also see the one that is active spit out ash! It was cool! I guess last yr the town Bano which is at the base of the active volcano had to be evacuated! And Shell had ashes fall like snow.

I just found out that the therapy lady that I told you about yesterday, I went shopping with her...( her name is actually Darnel) she is in the hospital right now...they think she might have appendicitis do the doctors are watching her for like 18 hrs. The good thing is that the hospital is actually really good's run by missionaries! So she is in good hands! But please pray for her! I know she would appreciate the prayers!

Praise report...I'm starting to
Sleep really good at night and actually wake up refreshed in the mornings and also wake up before my alarm!!
And I'm feeling really good health wise, no cold, no headaches and walking up the HUGE hill (bigger then Connors hill in Edmonton...would be sick to sled down lol) is getting easier!!!

Please pray for clarity and to be able to hear from God if this is the place for me! I am really starting to like it here! It's a lot slower paced then Quito, and I can't believe I'm saying this...but I'm missing the business lol but getting use to the gorgeous scenery that you see in the pictures below!!!
Well I'm gonna go have some quiet time with God!
Dios te bendiga
Ps I've attached a few pics of some kids too!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Rain, rain and more Rain!!!!

Today was AWESOME!!! I didn't sleep very well at all last night, there were so many different noises and I went to the washroom at night and I saw my first cockroach....disgusting lol it freaked the crap out of me lol well not literally but I sure Did scare me!

So my day began at 6:30am...yes I put on a smile on my face! Lol we walked down to the orphanage at 7:30 which wasn't to bad...however we did get a ride the last half! Lol

So the day at Casa de Fe started off at 8 with chapel and guess what was the first song they sang...yup it was mighty to save! The kids were so cute singing it!!! Then they sang a few songs in Spanish and another English song called 'One way Jesus'
Then they broke up into their class rooms.

I at first wasn't sure what to do...somehow I 'found' the baby room!!!! At one point I was sitting on the floor with two twin a boy and a girl crawling on me and two other little girls with special needs laying beside me! They are just so cute!

I was able to help with some therapy with the children as well as help out in pre-kindergarten.

I have to tell you about this one little boy named Diego lol (everyone seems to have that name) he is a yr and a half the cutest little man ever. He is just learning how to walk! So he grabbed my hand like instantly and started to walk, he didn't care where he was walking he just wanted to walk! So cute!

For lunch I went to this restaurant called Alexander's and had traditional Ecuadorian food, soup and chicken and rice! We put popcorn in the soup kinda weird but actually pretty yummy!!!

After lunch we walked back and the team from Texas came and we did what CdF (Casa de Fe) calls baby time! This is where we take all the babies and kids with special needs outside to play and get some sun and fresh air! (It actually stopped raining for like 4 hrs today and it was HOT!!!) So I had little Diego and was trying to give him to the team for them to play with him and he wasn't having anything to do with them, I'd try and pass him off and he'd start screaming lol! Little turkey! So I hung out with little Diego all afternoon, he walked me around the whole acreage! Cutie!!! He has my heart lol I was gonna put on my facebook status that I fell in love today...but people might take that wrong lol!

The day ended at 4pm, I went with another staff she is from New Zealand, her name in Darwin (I think? That's the way it sounds when she says it but her accent is really thick!) to a little town called Puyo, where we bought groceries! It was a great adventure to see another place! We went on the bus on the way there and it only cost us $0.27 each and it was a good 15 min bus ride. Then on the way back we took at taxi which was only $5.

After Puyo we went to eat at a local family's dinner! We had chicken rice and fries! For only $1.25 and the portion was BIG I didn't even finish it! It was yummy!

The walking isn't so bad here, there is a HUGE hill that you have to walk up it on the way back to your house at the end of the day! It's big! I am very out of breathe going up it! There also is this bridge on the way to CdF that is so small a car has maybe 2" on each side lol it's tight, if you gage it wrong you hit the sides of the bridge!

It's 9:20 and it pouring rain! The rain forest is soooo pretty! I'll take pictures tomorrow and share it with you all!

Please pray for me that I hear God, whether this is the place for me or not! I love it, but I love it cuz there are kids lol I'm betting I'd love anywhere if there were kids there! I just wanna know that I know that I know!
Also please pray for me that I'll have the confidence to take initiative and not second guess myself and step back to be told what to do. To be confident in what I know! To be able to speak up and use my voice when I need to!
Thanks all! miss you!!!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Long, hard and emotional day

Well the day didn't start off so good for me...I was very homesick and actually started to cry when I opened up my birthday card from mom and dad. And it was a funny card, but I cried lol.
I couldn't really eat breakfast this morning either. Not a good way to off your birthday :-(

I just prayed that God would help me thru this day...and sure enough he did!!!

I was very honored that before I left Jose's house his momma prayed a blessing over me and of course I cried again! It was sooo honoring! I felt so special and it was exactly what I needed! She is such an amazing woman, I just fell in love with her the second I met her!!! And what woman of God too, her faith in God is so strong, I admire her!

So Jose and his parents took me to a church where I met up with a team from Texas. I was worried that I would not find them but God helped us find each other! The service was different, I felt like I was at a performance not a church service, and the whole church was rich looking. Felt kinda weird being in that church when I knew that there were people just right outside the door selling stuff to make a living, just didn't feel right. The sermon was on how Jesus washed his disciples feet.

After the service we hopped onto a bus and went to this park...I guess every Sunday local artists come and display their stuff to sell, a lot of the painting were gorgeous!!! Then wee went to a market too. For everyone who knows me...I hate to shop. So this was torture, and cramped. But I made the best out of it! The team was driving a Ecuadorian girl named Gabriella to her home in shell! So I got to practice my Spanish with her!!! She knew like know English. I was actually able to understand things that she was saying!!!

After the markets we started to drive, and drive and drive! We stopped for lunch at an old place. When you turn down the lane there were huge eucalypt trees and an old building at the end of the path! So pretty! I attached a pic of the lane way!!!

And we saw three volcanoes too! Only one of them is active! The rest of the volcanoes had snow on them! I'll attach a few pics of them too!

After lunch we were off again. But stopped like an hour later for ice cream, well the team did...not me of course cuz I'm allergic to dairy.

The scenery was just breath taking on the way to Shell! God did such an amazing good creating the world!!!

We finally arrived in Shell at 9pm. Very long day! We had Chinese food and heard a few of the rules. Then Tandy the staff that is in charge of Casa de Fe and her husband and son drove me to the place that I am stay at! I'm staying at the girl staff house! It's beautiful!

Well I am pretty tired and I have to be ready tomorrow by 730, cuz that is when we walk to the orphanage Casa de Fe! I can't wait!!!

Thank you for all your prayers!!! Please pray that tomorrow meeting all the little niños and niñas goes well and that I get along with the staff at Casa de Fe!!!

Love and miss you all

Saturday, 14 April 2012

God used my story today!!!

Hola! Wow what a long day and I had the morning to relax...well I guess I used the morning to prepare my testimony!

I say it was a long day cuz I am emotionally and spiritually tired. I shared my testimony twice today, once with a group that aged around 12-15 and then the second was 16-22 but a group of older adults joined us too. I met soooooooooooooo many people! I can't remember many of the names but I do know that at least 3 or 4 or maybe even more were named Diego. So by the end of the night I just called all the guys Diego lol they found that pretty funny!

The first group was easy for me to share my testimony cuz they were younger then me. And full of energy, really reminded me of hanging out with the heartland junior high group!!! Miss you guys! Hope you had fun at youth tonight...someone tell me what u guys did for an event!

The second group was more challenging for me due to the fact that they were older and more my peers! I am not sure why but I feel very uncomfortable and way to vulnerable with peer. It's like I lose confidence and I wanna crawl in a hole and hide. While the youth and young adults were playing a game I was standing back just praying to God that he would help me, cuz I was really feeling out of my comfort zone and was feeling overwhelmed and for some reason I wanted to cry. I have no idea why could be a mix of being tired or you know just the fact that I am a woman lol. I prayed that God would help me calm down and relax and give me his confidence.
And as I was praying a guy named Santiago which means James in English came up to me and started to speak to me in English, it was very broken up but I understood him! We just started talking about nothing really,you know the basic topics, career, hobbies, etc! And he asked me what my passion was and it was like a calmness came over me and I just started to talk about my passion to help God's orphanages of the world. It was awesome God again came thru to help me!!! I just love seeing God answer my prayers!!! And I love talking about my passion about helping children! Lol

My testimony went well! And after Gabby was able to share the gospel with the group!

And after the service a few people came up to me and said that the words that I said were exactly what they needed to hear or what they were praying to God about, my testimony was their answers to pray. Which was really sweet to hear them say that! To hear that God really did use me, all I needed to do was totally surrender to him and let his words be mine! And he did the rest!!!!

After church we went to McDonald's cuz I really needed chicken fingers! Lol I know not healthy but I was craving them!

Tomorrow I am off to Shell! I'm excited! I can't wait to see the little niños! please pray for me, that I find the group that I need to meet up with and for safe travels to Shell!

Well it's almost 11 here and I have to get up at 7 so I better go to bed! Thanks everyone again for your prayers and support!

Friday, 13 April 2012

So many people everywhere!!!!

Hello again!!! Today was a very busy day! And it only began at noon for me...I woke up this morning with a killer headache. I took some Motrin and drank like a whole liter of water and like 30 mins later it was gone! I am amazed how much water I need to drink here in Ecuador, yesterday I drank 2 liters worth of water plus non-caffeine tea and today I upped that to 2.5 liters and still tea and apple juice! It's amazing to me how much water my body requires to function here in Ecuador in the high altitude!

Sorry I was rambling lol now to get back to what I actually did today!!! As I said before my day started at noon! When Jose got home from youth world we went on a bus to Argela Alta!!! It was cool to see all the children again! I saw Pastor R's mom and she recognized me right away lol I guess my pink hair is something unforgettable lol. She hugged me, told me it was sooooo nice to see me again and asked when I was coming back again and prayed a blessing over me it was a very neat and humbling experience. We were not able to see the pastor and wife cuz they wherein another city like 5 hrs away, so kinda unplanned trip. I also was able to see the mural we painted, it still look really nice in some parts but others that weather has done some damage to it, it was pealing off, understandable but sad.
Then we came back to Jose's house for lunch, had a fish soup and rice a true ecuadorian meal!
After lunch we went to the north side of the city...yes you guessed it more buses! The north side of the city is very rich, there we joined some of Jose's Facebook friends and handed out fliers and held a banner saying Kony 2012. We told people about the little children in Africa running and fearing for their lives. At first it was soooo out of my comfort zone...I wanted to badly to shut down and hide in a corner. But that is when I started to pray!!! I prayed that God would give me confidence cuz I did not have any! And as I was praying a few of Jose's friend came up to me and made me be apart of things and then I held the banner and waved at people! It actually became fun!
After that we walked to the youth world office cuz Jose had to do a presentation to some youth sponcers and pastors. While we were walking Jose informs me that he had no idea what to talk about and asked me to pray while he was talking. Well to make a long story short he ended up talking for like 2 hrs! (in Spanish of course!) I'm not gonna lie that was a long 2 hrs...(sorry Jose if you are reading this lol nothin' against you! )
He was done speaking at 9:30...ande still hadn't had supper (ps Abby if you are reading this you would fit just right here they done eat supper till late at night just like you lol)
On the way home we stopped at a burger place it was sooooo delicious!!!
And we are not turning in for the night!

Ps I can't believe how popular Jose is every where we go he knows someone, defiantly something I need to get use to hanging out with him! And I also forgot that Ecuadorian people don't have a bubble around them ask personal space! I'm defiantly getting use to that!
Tomorrow I am sleeping in while Jose goes to do some street evangelism...kinda hard for me cuz I don't speak very good Spanish yet...while he's away I'm gonna sleep and then prepare for the afternoon cuz I will be sharing my testimony at Jose's church. Please pray for me that every word that comes out of my mouth is from God, that I say exactly what God wants the youth to hear!!!

Oh ya I almost forget to share a funny God answering my prayer moment!!! So we are on the bus coming home after Jose's talk at youth world, and the bus is packed, like packed your touching people in every direction, and we are standing. I'm tired and standing is hard to do normally let alone when you are tired and hungry. So I'm praying that someone who is sitting that their stop would be real soon so I could take their seat....I was like praying God I know this is very selfish but please I want and feel like I need to sit in a seat and just as I finish praying someone got up cuz it was his stop!!! So God answered my prayer and I got a seat!!! God is soooooo good!!!
Love and miss you all! Hugs

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Experiencing Quito life!!!

Hola! Well today was my first full day in Quito! I was another adventure! My day began at 7am...and yes I put on a smile and was friendly and polite! Lol was hard but I forced myself lol!!!

Jose's momma made pancakes and eggs for breakfast! It was really delicious!

After breakfast was when the real adventures started! The bus ride...oh my goodness I have never seen that many people crammed into a bus before...(not even Canada Day inToronto compared)! I'm waiting for the bus and all Jose tells me is watch your bag and just push...I was like ah ok, I later found out what that really meant. There were people everywhere and I of course was right in the middle of the crowd of Ecuadorian people. Not good for someone who is claustrophobic...but I took deep breaths from way down in my abdominal and prayed!!! It was soooooo packed that we had to stand so me being so short was like under everyone's armpit, gross I know tell me about it!!! I had to use muscles I haven't ever had to use before, it was I think kinda like surfing....which I totally suck at lol I was hanging on with one hand for dear life and the other hand was on Jose's arm cuz I couldn't balance at all it was sad lol. And keep in mind traffic rules don't apply here in Ecuador lol.

So we finally made it to an English college-where they only teach Ecuadorian people English and that's where I met Jose's best friend Diego and Gabby, (short for Gabriella). I spent the morning with them cuz Jose had to work at youth world. So I went with them to check out a wedding venue...we took another 3 buses there and a taxi. The venue was gorgeous!!! Then took another taxi and 2 buses back to youth world to meet up with Jose for lunch. We ate at this Chinese restaurant it had really great food!
After lunch Jose went back to work and Diego and Gabby and I took 2 more buses to go back to Jose's house.

Then after Jose's work we went to Jose's sister kayla's school for a teacher appreciation presentation where she did tae kwon do routine! It was cool to see!

After that we took another bus to the mall that the HAC team went to in the summer! This mall kinda reminded me of west Ed cuz there were rides. We went to get Cameron a baby gift and do grocery shopping! Fun times, on the way back tho we took a taxi.

At supper time I was able to share my testimony-God story in my life to Jose's family! Jose had to translate. It was nice to sit down with his family!!!

I'm excited tomorrow I get to sleep in! Jose is working in the morning till 11 and then we get to go to Argela Alta!!!!! Can't wait!!
please pray that I can keep understanding Spanish, it's getting easier but I still can't talk it very good. And also please pray that I keep remembering to do the strategies I've learned in counseling when I'm stressed or find myself in stressful situations!!!
Well I'm off to sleep!!! Good night all!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Safe and sound!!!

Hola amigos!!! It's 12:24am here and I'm laying in bed listening to the wild dogs howling and barking! My flight to Quito was great! I was so tired I fell asleep before take off, lol I think I kinda woke up during take off cuz I think I kinda remember it not sure tho lol I got to Quito and my fear came true Jose wasn't there waiting, I wasn't sure what to as I am anxiously waiting I started to pray that God would calm my nerves and help me. And just as I was praying that, a lady came up to me and started speaking to me in English...(ps that was like the only one that I heard speaking English) she asked me what flight I was on and where I was coming from and where my ride was, where I told her I don't know. But I had Jose number in my phone so the lady's husband called Jose. We found out that he was on his way!!! The lady then said we are not gonna leave you until he comes. And we talked. She volunteers at a catholic church teaching English, math and something else. Very nice lady!!! I just love that I am having major God moments already!!! After Jose and his mom Rachel and Tim brother picked me up we got into the car...the good Canadian of me went to reach for the seat belt and they laughed at me, and told me that only the people in the front wear seat belts lol. The ride was really cool, it feels so surreal, I can't believe I'm here again in Ecuador!!! We went thru two huge went right thru the mountains soooooo cool!!!! But the adventure didn't stop 10 minutes from Jose's house we got a flat tire. So everyone out of the car!!! We couldn't find the jack to lift the car up but after some looking and praying we eventually found it! And changed the tire! And we are on the road again! Oh a funny moment I gotta share...when we were stand out on the curb changing the tire I am in just a t-shirt and Jose and his family are all in jackets and his mom Rachel was so worried about me, I told her lol there is no snow it's warm lol. When we got to the house I got settled in my room and Rachel made rice and chicken!!!!! Hmmmmm I've missed Ecuador rice and chicken!!!! Well it's quarter to 1 I better go to sleep, I'm getting up at 7am and we all know how I function in the morning. Lol please pray for me that I remain healthy and look for God is the small moments! Love ya Carlita

In the Houston airport!!! Getting closer!!!

Hola amigos I am currently sitting in the Houston airport! I just finished eating orange chicken, which was delicious!!! My day so far has been uneventful. Before I left the Edmonton airport I received a phone call from my dad, it was nice to hear his voice and to hear him say that he loved me and he was praying for me!!! I am sooooo honored and blown away by everyone support! On the flight I slept most of the way, I was exhausted...Joanne, I hope you were able to go back to bed and sleep a few more hours, thanks again for driving me so early and helping me find my way! And for praying for me in the van on the way to the airport that really calmed my nervous! My next flight doesn't leave till 3:57pm, so I have a few more hours left to kill! At least I love to wander and people watch lol Peace out till I arrive in Quito Ecuador!!! Getting closer! Carlita

Early morning

Good morning! It's 4:58am and I'm waiting at the airport! Made it thru security with no hiccups!!! And I am very impressed with myself, I'm very wake and alert considering I only slept 3 hours! But I can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength! Joanne drove me to the airport this morning which was very nice for her, I am very thankful to have good friends like her! Thanks Joanne!!! I'm excited to get this show on the road! I was nervous and anxious last night, so much I couldn't fall asleep at first, but once I start taking deep breathes and just focusing on deep breathing I was able to calm down! And actually catch a few hours of sleep! Please pray for safe travels for me. That I get to Houston safely and then on to Quito...part of me still can't believe that this is actually happening! God is good!!! I am actually feeling pretty good...PTL! I brought some vitamins with me to keep the cold at bay! I know without a shadow of a doubt that God's hand is in this and that He is with me and He knows what's gonna happen, and I am so thankful that I can take rest and peace in that! I am excited cuz God is going to do way more then I could ever ask or imagine! Thanks everyone for your prayers, and I'm not sure if I will be able to have Internet in Houston but I will defiantly have internet in Quito. I will update when I can!!! Love you all! Carlita

Monday, 9 April 2012

Update on the glaucoma test

The test went well...and my eye doctor said it was nothing to get worried about quite yet! PTL (Praise The Lord). She told me to come back in 4 months to retest! I got a very bad headache from the drops they put in my eyes, but after Motrin and a bit of sleep I'm good to go!!! My cold is still holding on, I went to optimum health store today and was told to start to take silver and liquid echinacea...gross stuff there. So I am praying that it goes away fast! thanks for your prayers and support!!! I can't believe Wednesday I'm's becoming more real! And I am so amazed how much peace I have, I am not nervous at all! GOD IS GOOD!!!! I feel VERY blessed to have so much support behind me! It's been truly an amazing feeling knowing that everyone of you care sooooooo much for me. Words can't explain how grateful I am for each one of you! Thanks again for walking with journey with me, it feels good not be go thru this on my owe! Love Carlita

Glaucoma test today

Happy Easter Monday, I get the day off of work today which is nice....but I have to go to the eye doctor at 12:20. I'm being tested for glaucoma. I have done a bit of research on glaucoma and from what I understand is it's built up pressure in your eye. That's all I really understand. I am not to sure how serious it is if I do have it. I'm asking you guys to pray that the tests come back negitative or if they are positive that I can be treated quickly. I know God has His hand in it! Also, I now have a cold, any recommendations on how to get rid of the cold before Wednesday!?! I know God can heal me from the cold!!! Please pray for me! Muchas Gracias Carla

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Preparing for Wednesday

Happy Easter!!!!! Hope you all are enjoying treats from the Easter bunny. Let's not forget the true meaning of Easter tho. The ultimate sacrifice Jesus God's Son made for us!!! As most of you know I head out on 6:40 am, and as most of you know i'm sure that I am not a morning person lol!!!! I am pretty prepared....yes I am actually almost packed!!! Most of you that know me, know that I normally leave things like packing till the night before! But thanks to a snow day on Thursday I had nothing else to do! I just need a few last minute items and I am set! Last night at the Youth and young Adults service (at Heartland Alliance Church) they prayed for me I felt soooo blessed and supported it was amazing experience! When I am in Ecuador, I will be working first going to a local church in Quito, to hang out with the youth there and share my testimony with them, I will also get the chance to Argela Alta...which is one of the places I went to with the team last time! I can't wait!!! And then I will be Casa de Fe in Shell, Ecuador. It is by in the jungle area! There I will be working in an orphanage! In this orphanage there is approx. 50 children and 1/3 of them have disabilities. Which I have experience with working with! I am very excited to see what God has in store! I have a few things that I am asking you to pray for, 1. I am getting sick, it's only a cold but still I need to be healthy 2. That God would show me if He wants me to be doing further missions work in Ecuador, for a long period of time. 3. For peace when I am there. 4. That I will rely of God's strength and I will have God confidence! 5. And for safety as I travel, I have never travelled this far on my own. I know I am never alone...God is always with me!!!! Muchas Gracias!!!! Dios te bendiga, Carlita