February 13, 2016
Today marks day “9” on our trip. Most the time has flown by, but occasionally there are times when each of us misses our friends, family, and pets back home. This team, however, has created a quick and close connectedness that has made us a family. There is SO much comfort in that.
We had the opportunity to go to the market yesterday which someone said is was like Walmart on steroids. It felt like miles of people selling their goods. It was very dusty. Many of the merchants were sitting on the ground with their items to sell around them. Interestingly, the market was organized by sections such as potatoes, peppers and peppers and more peppers, but then onions, trinkets, clothing etc. I think you could find anything you needed there. Market day is a big day in the area and almost everyone goes to the market.
We were fortunate to have Devin as our banker and Beza as our translator and barterer. We were safely surrounded by the children that live at Project Mercy and staff that work there to help make a safe path for us through the very crowded and busy market place.
This team has a remarkable way to come together to help each other out. Our routine starts with a buffet style breakfast around 7:30 with all of us gathered in a room to share our food together. We have developed a sense of community together as we are learning each other’s personality. Everyone here has a big heart and is constantly applying it to our interactions and experiences. There is laughter, sarcasm, jokes, and lots of euchre. Every individual is committed to a positive high quality giving experience which is a blessing to be a part of.
As a nurse, I’ve been lucky to see most experiences from handing (occasionally the wrong) instrument in the OR to painting, puzzles, shoes, basketball, walks, hikes…There is never a dull moment. The laughter and hearts of caring are constantly in motion not only for those we serve but to one another.
I’m delighted to witness these interactions that change each of use inside and out. I heard before we left that this trip would change me. I didn’t know what that meant until now. At home I’m know as the gadget girl. Here there is limited technology and social media which causes us to talk to each other and to enjoy our company. Too bad I had to come half way across the world to experience that great feeling – maybe can all bring some of that home with us.
I was able to sit and have some “me” time this Saturday afternoon and practice some mindfulness. I listened to the donkey’s holler at one another back and forth while gently wisking away an occasional fly that would try to land on me. The sky was a bright clear blue and the sun felt like you can reach up and grab it as we are so close to the equator. The mountains around us are breath taking!
Today more than half the team hiked up the mountain to a beautiful view of this part of Yetebon. It was an amazing 78 degrees today and there was a slight breeze. This area is grassy and their gardens are full of fresh fruit and vegetables and are kept in pristine condition.
After supper tonight we gathered to talk about tomorrow and all of the things that we hope to explore and do tomorrow and then decided that since it was Valentines Day that we would all put our name in a hat (Thanks Dr. Farley) and then drew a name. We are all preparing our Valentine for that person and will give it to them during our evening meeting!
Love to all back home and Happy Valentines Day!!