Monday, April 27, 2009

RH Team India: The Reunion...

Yesterday was the reunion/debriefing for the March India team.  I had a great time seeing everyone again.  And we got to watch some video footage of the trip, which brought back good memories.  The leaders talked about how Suresh will be coming to the US in June and there's gonna be a good amount of opportunity for us to help out in lots of ways (including driving him around).  I'm hoping to be able to help!  And the December 2009 trip is in the works and I really hope to be able to go!  One thing that I've realized is that it's been amazing to be able to talk to so many people about the trip, have my blog get read, and have real answers about Harvest India's work.  Another thing is that I really loved it there and when everyone was talking about how they had such a great time, but it is nice to come home, I was thinking "really, I felt so right and in place there.  I didn't feel like I exactly wanted to come home".  lol.  Go figure.  Well, that's all folks.  I'd love to hear from you, and if you have any questions post a comment and I'd love to answer it or give you any more info about the trip or HI or India!  God bless!

Monday, April 13, 2009

My brother's a rock star

Here are some pics I took of my brother on Easter.  He is such an awesome young man.  I can't believe he'll be 12 years old next month.  I know I'm sounding like an older big sis, but I remember when he was two and loved the footlong gum.  I have a memory of him sitting in his car-seat trying to stuff the whole 6 feet of gum in his mouth; or when he took Cristina's swim goggles and swim cap (she was on swim team) and pretended like he was a professional swimmer in the bathtub; oh, or when he was maybe 3 and said when he grows up he wants to play for the Angels.   I just love spending time with him, and seeing how he's growing and maturing and becoming his own little person.  He's so smart, and so full of energy (lot's of energy!) and spunk.  So, I will even brag and say that he even build this huge ramp himself in three hours!  What a stud.  :)  Love ya, me, next month, D-land!   
p.s., there's a picture of our family dog, Bear.  He's half black lab, half Rottweiler.  He's such a love :) 

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Feeling the love

Today, I got a call from my pop-pop (my grandpa) and it made me think of how loved I am.  He's such a funny guy and he shows he cares...I am grateful for him.  It also made me think of all the ways that I'm how Lauren invites me to her house and cooks for me and makes me a scrumptious dessert (see picture---just the benefits of having a friend who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America).  And the people I babysit for showing me they care by stopping everything when I have car problems and helping me, and my family showing me their love.  And especially this weekend, I am reminded of the agape love that my Heavenly Father has for me and all of his creation that He sacrificed His only Son for me.  I attended a Good Friday service yesterday where artists from Rockharbor painted Jesus' nail-pierced feet with people's hands praying, or pointing at Jesus or gesturing mean towards him; and a dancer performed a solo on stage where she acted out Jesus being beaten and carrying his cross and dying.  I was struck by all this, as I remember I was struck on Good Friday last year too.  It's like a dear friend of mine is being hurt and it makes me feel emotional (which is not exactly characteristic of me--I'm not a crier).  The cross, the sacrafice, and all that it means is something that I think about often and is important to me.  Then again, it's been an emotional and kind of off week for me (arguments with people that I haven't argued with in a long time, and didn't see coming at all...things that normally wouldn't bug me have gotten to me).  But yesterday I realized that I've definitely been very stressed lately (even for me, which says something).  And a lot of it is pressure that I've put on myself and expectations of/for myself (mainly having to do with school).  And God doesn't want me to feel that way, and it means that I'm not trusting Him and truly believing that even if things don't work out right now it doesn't mean that it's all ruined; and I am not characterized by the things that I desire, or any accomplishments I do no matter how well intentioned they are.  So, every time that I start to feel that anxiety, and my mind starts thinking about how a test or even a single answer on a test is going to make or break me I am going to breath, and focus on the Father, and ask Him to remind me who I am in Him.  It's refreshing, and progress for me!  Well, I hope that you all have an amazing Easter (or as someone told me, Resurrection Day)!  Thank you for the cross my friend.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Better late than never, right?

It has definitely been an extremely busy (and at times stressful) two or three weeks because I've had a lot to catch up on and make up.  I have been wanting to blog about the India trip and all the things that are going on.  I'm sure it'll be a longer blog to make up for the lack of blogs recently. lol.  So here are some of the highlights of the trip for me.
  • the trip starting off very funny at the LAX airport with paparazzi as Victoria Beckham walked right past us to get to a flight.  (Yep, that's right...we had a Victoria Beckham sighting)...I also had a little freak out moment when we got on the airplane because the flight attendants were British and had cute accents.
  • the fact that we were the first trip to stay at Suresh's house.  I made it a point to befriend his staff and learn about them and get to know was fun to hang with the girls who work for Harvest India.  They loved helping the girls from RH get our sari's on and teach us things about India.  They always smiled and I could tell they have a great community.
  • being in India after "Slumdog Millionaire".  Suresh, Christina, Suresh's assistant Raj and lots of others have lots of pride in India and the movie...quite and experience to be listening to the soundtrack to the movie as we're driving through India (Raj was always playing it in the car)
  • I was so touched by the people of the gracious and welcoming and grateful for us to be there whether it was a water well dedication, outreach or just visiting.  Like the village we did a water well at and they have a church and we ended up having a church service and getting a tour of the villiage becuase they were so excited to have us for church.
  • The kids at the orphanage and the villages were so amazing.  So full of energy and the kids at the orphanage would all ask individually "sista, what's your name?"  I loved spending time with them.  I would say it was the hardest on our last day in Tenali to spend time with the kids and then have to leave.  (I will admit, I got teary eyed then)  
  • Visiting the nursing school and seeing those women and how cool it was that they actually were learning the same things I am...with real bones and microscopes and all!  God has so provided for HI to be able to train the future nurses well.  And the fact that HI's nursing school is so different from the nursing schools in India because they don't take bribes...the other nursing schools require a bribe to get in (a reflection of how India works).
  • one of the funny conversations was Steve asking one of the drivers from HI "why?" about people/things he's seeing as we're driving and he turns to Steve and says "it's don't ask why".  

Well, I am hoping to have an India night because I got all the pictur
es from the team member who was going to put them all together and give them to us because there's lots more to tell
 and the pictures are awesome.  Oh, and just a little side note, if y'all could be kee
ping my studies in prayer; as well as my nursing school applications.  I just sent in my application to Cal State Fresno and am really trying to be patient and not stress (essentially trust God in the work that He's up to).