Hospital Stories

I've explained the public hospital situation, here in Honduras, in past posts but to keep it short and sweet it isn't good.  Hospitals aren't happy places anywhere in the world. They are even more depressing in places where there isn't money for medicine, unsanitary conditions, and nurses and doctors who could care less.  In the public hospital in Ceiba you also come across many ethnic groups such as Miskito Indians and Garinfunas. Here are just a few of their stories.

This little girl was all by herself. She is 6 years old and is in treatment for some kind of infection.

 This man was in a bad motorcycle accident with his daughter who miraculously walked away  unharmed. He is a pastor and is suffering from severe head trauma.

This lady has a tumor on her brain and is waiting for tests to determine what kind of treatment she will need to receive.  

So we just went through the corridors giving out food and coffee, mostly to the family members who are waiting with their l…

The Dreaded Stomach Bug

There has been an epidemic in our little town of La Ceiba for over a month now; a bad stomach virus with high fever. Every hospital, clinic, and doctor's office has been brimming to the rim with patients having the same symptoms.   The news blames it on a bacteria in the water. Yeah, the clean (supposedly) filtered water that we buy did not escape the bug.  All the hype of the virus had been coming to an end and I thought, "Whew, thankfully none of us got it." Well, last Monday Evan started having temperature and two days later all that comes with a stomach virus.  I started feeling some symptoms on Friday but it wasn't too bad. Saturday night, while at a graduation, Zoe started puking everywhere.  So that was a lot of fun.  Today she's starting to get better and now Ruben has it.  So far he's been hit the worst.  When a virus likes this hits it really makes you be thankful for when your family is well.  Walking in God's divine health is probably one of …

Camp Crossfit

Every year during Carnival weekend it is a tradition to have youth camp.  This year was no different. Even though the carnival is a huge attraction we still had over 100 teenagers in attendance.  Every year we have asked for financial help because the students do not pay enough to cover all the costs. Every year friends and family members have been more than willing to help.  This year I decided to make a goal of $1,000 using GoFundMe and it was raised within a month. We also have help from our local church as most of the food was donated from people within our church. The camp was a lot of fun, which is important because it's a youth camp, but it was also a great time for students to build relationship with other students .

It's so awesome to see students who didn't fit in or have many friends be included. It's even more awesome to see hearts mended and lives changed.  So many people think that the teenagers here are different from those in the States

but today's…

The Receiving Side of Samaritan's Purse

For those of you who have ever filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and have ever wanted to know who was receiving the you go.  This is the second time we have got a delivery from Samaritan´s Purse and it is always this time of the year; not really sure why.   But regardless if it is Christmas time or not the gifts are eagerly welcomed.  My children are missionary kids and were given boxes, as well. Both years I have been very impressed with the boxes.  They are filled to the brim with really good stuff.  All the children, of all ages, were very grateful for the gifts.  So for you who give....thank you. Thank you on behalf of all these children and the millions of children all over the world for your investment that brings a smile to their faces.

Bottle Weening In One Week

My only experience is my two children. I did the exact same thing with both of them and it worked great. I have a 24 month old and an eight month old. The eldest is a boy and youngest is a girl.  All children are different but since it worked great on my two I figured I should share so others can try. if your baby is older than 6 months, however, this method my not work so well.  The earlier you take the bottle away the easier it will be.

I am a breastfeeding mother. I breastfed exclusively for 6 months. No food, no trying anything until 6 months of age.  My son is not nursing any longer but my daughter is.  I'm also a working mom so I breastfeed when I'm with my chilld and I pump for when I am not.

Both children took three bottles during my work day.  When they turned 6 months I took half the milk from the last bottle and put half of the milk in a sippy cup, straw cup, whatever cup of your choosing. You have to play around to see what your child likes. My son never took a sip…

My Multi-Cultural Family

For those who don't know, my husband is Salvadoran. My children were born in Honduras. By law they are Honduran and I had to apply for their U.S citizenship.  So they are Honduran and North American by law and they are Salvadoran and North American by blood. They can have three different nationalities however, when they turn eighteen they have to choose two.

After saying all that our embassy visits and endeavors are always quite interesting.  This last time as I was in an interview both children had massive poop blowouts. Ruben had to change them because I was busy. We had no extra clothes for Zoe so we had to wrap her up in a blanket.  There's always something. The elderly gentleman that was helping me, after looking through all our pictures, seemed to soften towards me as he told me that both his children graduated from LSU. Even though he was an Alabama graduate (boo).

Once all the paperwork had been done and everything was set to go we had to leave the name and address of …

Love Revolution

During Thanksgiving week  we had planned to take our youth group 
to give food away at a homeless shelter that our church has
and to those on the street.   Unfortunately, the weather was bad so our plans changed  but God was the one who orchestrated it all.   We went to the homeless shelterand gave outfood.    Most were men except for one family, which is unusual.  The family had three children.  The oldest, who was around 9, was barefoot.   I asked the volunteer worker what their situation was  and he said he hadn't had a chance to really talk to them 
but that they were not from La Ceiba  and one of them was just released from the hospital.   It appeared they weren't homeless.   I went to talk to the lady and she said they had come from a city 
about three hours away with $150.00.  They went to the public hospital because the little boy was very sick.  The public hospital is free but  because there is no medicine people who are admitted  have to pay for the medicine and treatment administered.…