Friday, November 3, 2017

Time Keeps Ticking


Time is a funny thing on the ship. I have come to realize that time is not my own, even more so than off the ship. Community life makes that very clear. Simple tasks like doing laundry can take much longer than normal. You may see a friend that needs you to listen to them. Or a new person that needs to be shown how to use the ships laundry machines. Tyrone laughs at me when I say " I'll be right back." We both know that's highly unlikely. Time seems to both fly by, and creep, on the ship. My days on the ship are packed between kids, work, quiet time, exercise, cleaning, and relationships. The days are quick but I find myself thinking it feels like we have been here much longer than 3 months.

My time on the ward is sweet. Some days are full and others I leave early. It depends on if the nurses need any help with complicated dressings, lab draws, or other tasks. Some days I spend tidying up the ICU or spending time with the patients playing games or cuddling a baby.

This time around on the ship is so different. My job is made up and I don't function in the same role as the other nurses and I love that. I get to support them as they take excellent care of their patients. I am a lucky girl.

The boys are doing well and most days they love living on the ship. Tytus was super disappointed that there is not Halloween on the ship. I am sure I will have 2 little superheroes with me at dinner.

Tytus visited the Hope Center on a field trip last week. He loves being around the patients. They are well enough not to be in the hospital but not recovered enough to venture back to their villages. Ezra is loving school and being home with me in the afternoons. He has a good group of super-energetic boys in his class that he loves to play with, in and out of school. His highlight of the week is the gymnastic class every other Tuesday.
 
Tyrone is...[ He said he will write soon] 

Time keeps ticking. But I am learning it really matters to be intentional. Spending my time building relationships with the crew, day crew, and patients. And more importantly with Jesus. Ultimately my time with the Lord is what keeps me grounded and focused on this time, on this place and on these people.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Just Pack Lunches - Mom's Point of View #2

My how things can change in a few weeks! The boys have settled into a routine at school and in ship life in general. They are learning to navigate friendships on board like little pros. It is very different on board than at home. Almost every day they are asked to play at someone else's cabin. Often they get more than one offer. They are cool kids!!

The boys have a couple of options of where to play on board. They like to play outside on deck 7 on the swings. Deck 8 has a larger open area they can ride bikes in circles and a small climbing structure. And up one more flight of stairs is a pool. We usually take them up to get their energy out after dinner and there is usually a bunch of kids up there.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Moms Point of View #1

The Hospital had an Open House with fun activities!
My theme the last 2 weeks has been "It's not about me". I am not here to utilize my skills but to bring glory to Him who called us here. I have said this phrase over and over to remind me not to get wrapped up in myself and keep the main thing, the main thing. Last Sunday I was sitting in church and the title of the sermon was "It's not about me." So there's that.


Living on a hospital ship in Cameroon with a family and 400 other people... is weird and wonderful. I am still in the transition phase and often catch myself thinking "Is this my life?" Some days I say it in a dreadful way and other days I say it with awe.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Douala, Cameroon!

We have arrived in Douala as of Wednesday and our internet is now back up and working well! Our trip was very easy sailing. Come to find out, Ezra actually had a stomach virus passed by the children on board. So after about 3 or 4 days sickness, he enjoyed the rest of the sail. (last update we thought he was seasick)

We also sailed a wider (further out)
path on the way to Cameroon. A preventative measure to "steer clear"
where pirates may be operating. We
skirted well west and south, so no safety issues. We had a Cameroon Navy escort for about the last 175 miles.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sailing to Cameroon! (not Cancun, Katy...LOL)

Hello! I hope you are enjoying this fine day. As our time is about 6 hours ahead, you may be getting up when I write this!

We are currently sailing to Cameroon. My niece Katy once said we were going to Cancun on a mission trip! LOL Can you imagine the thought behind the persons mind? "I am sending them to a well-known vacation destination spot?!" No. Cameroon West Africa. :-)

Internet is limited as we sail. Most priority goes to work. I was able to post a few pics in the "my day" feature of Facebook messenger that you can access. Or request to friend me (Tyrone).

The boys are doing well with sailing. Although Ezra has an upset stomach this morning he is not complaining of the sail. We are on day 3(or 4?). -- Correction, Ezra is definitely seasick, but he is doing much better on the medication. We started him on the medication but thought that maybe he would be like the rest of us, medicine free and doing fine. But no, he needs it. But he is getting back to himself again!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Come Fly Away...

Suggested Reading List
THANK YOU for your support through this training time! We appreciate the prayers and encouragement!

Would you like an idea of the content of training that's not overwhelming? Our suggested reading list will give you an idea of the materials covered! (click on picture to read if it's not big enough)

Training and class schedules suffered at times. Tytus was sick for a few days and both were extra cranky! It's expected. Our boys have gone through a lot of transition lately. It will be good to get settled in our cabin and establish routine and stability. A small place to call home on the ship.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Campus Life & Basic Training

Wow! It's been busy since we arrived at the Mercy Ships International Support Center. There have been a lot of dear friends that still work here and new friends we are making.

Our housing is on campus. We share a house with a family from Holland. They are a younger family with three children ranging from 2 to 6. The children have fun playing together! They have 3