June 18, 2012


this weeks tour…Kaselehlie (hello in Pohnpeian)
*I would like to give a shout out to the best dad ever! Happy Father’s Day! Miss you, Love you!*
Kaselehlie everyone! I have arrived safe and sound!
It has been one week since my arrival in Pohnpei! There is so much to say, but so little time to say it all.
So here is the shortest version (the major highlights) I have time (and money) for…
I am part of the M78 Micronesian PC group (we are the 78th group to be sent to FSM since it started in 1966). There are 24 of us! (one married couple, 6 guys, and 16 girls). They are all so wonderful and amazing! (oh yeah there are two others from Colorado too!)
June 6, 7 – Staging in Hawaii was awesome-we did go to Waikiki one afternoon! We left our hotel at 3am to catch a 5:25am flight! (yay! I am official a PCT – Peace Corps Trainee)
June 8, 9 – We crossed the International Date Line! On our way we made 3 stops on Majuro, Kwajalein, and Kosrae. It was raining when we landed in Pohnpei so we walked from the plane to the airport with complementary umbrellas. We had a huge welcome from current PCVs. (PC does not mess around we went straight into training once they dropped us off at our hotel-tons of info my mind could not keep up!)
June 10 – I went to a Catholic church with some other PCTs, it was amazing! The Pohnpeian language is beautiful (I will not be learning too much of it because I may not stay here for my permanent site)
June 11 – I moved in with my host family! My nohno (Pohnpeian for mom) was so excited when she met me she gave me a huge hug! I feel so welcome in their home!
June 12 – I met my Pohnpeian co-teacher (I will be paired with her for a summer school with the kids)
June 13 – In the evenings we pray together as a family. Nohno prays, reads a passage, and they sing a prayer. I love this because everyone is together and participates (even though I am not sure what she is saying-I know God is in the room!)
June 14 – Experienced my first spider!!!!!!!!!!!! (he hangs out in our shower and it is so creepy because he is huge!)
June 15 – I ate reef fish and liked it! (yup that is correct I said I liked it-bet you never thought you would hear me say that!)
June 16 – Laundry (we actually have a washing machine! But it hangs out to dry…eventually!)

My typical day is spent in class/training from 8-5.
8-12 is TESL training with our co-teachers, 1:30-5 is PC training.
Most PCTs live in Kolonia, and can walk to training. I live on Sokehs Island (I have also heard it called Sokehs Rock – I do not really think it is an island because it is still connected to the main land) so my nohno drives me (a little too far to walk on my own).

Everything here is pretty expensive, so I have to decide carefully what I want to spend it on, I use it for food for lunch (I eat breakfast and dinner with the family). Calling and the internet are expensive (I bought a $5 phone card to call my parents and let them know I was alive and that was for 10 minutes of talking time!)

Here are some random things that pop into my head…
-It can rain on a moment’s notice, for anywhere from 5-15 minutes at a time. (I am talking downpour!)
-Steering wheels are on the right side of the car but they drive on the right side too-kind of weird!
-I have electricity and running water (for at least 6 weeks – yay!)

I have felt nothing but peace since my arrival! Thank you all for your prayers I can totally feel them!! (I do miss you all very much!)

I thank God everyday for the blessings He has given me so far on this amazing journey!
-a great group of new friends
-a loving and great host family
-a beautiful place to live (for 2 years anyways!)
-strength and courage to keep my head up
-all my prayer warriors back home

Until next time…Kaselehlie (it also means good-bye)

June 6, 2012

last few days at home

this tour...it is not good-bye, it is see you later 
*13 hours until departure...
I do not like good-byes, who does? So I am thinking of it as see you later! (it just so happens that my see you later is 27 months long!)
So this is how I spent my last few days at home.
-Coffee with my great friend Michelle (you are awesome and I am so glad that God crossed our paths!)
-Pool time with my mom and sister (this is our home away from home during the summer)
cheese fries! our favorite snack at the pool
-Prayer walk with my dear friends Beth and Dawn (I will miss you so much!)
-Church, so this is how amazing God is...He always is in the moment! I know that this journey has been planned out by God for me. The theme in Jesus Calling for the month of June is that God is with you. (this also happens to be my theme/verse for my adventure! if you remember from my previous post this verse is inscribed in a ring my parents gave me) 
"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13
During worship time I was thinking of a song that I like and I knew it had to do with seeking Jesus but I just could not think of the words...guess what the next song was! That is right it was the song! (Thank you Jesus! I posted about this song before and you can check it out here.)
Our teaching was from Matthew 8, the story of when Jesus calms the storm. (everything happens for a reason, and I do not think that me hearing this before I leave was a coincidence) I know that I will have storms on my adventure, but I need to remember to have faith and that Jesus is always with me.
-Early birthday! My dear friend B gave me flowers and cheesecake (my favorite!!) 

-Dinner, homemade chicken pot pie (yummy!)
(this is our family plate, usually the plate is given to someone for a special reason, like awesome work in school or moving to another country)
-Pedicure and lunch with my mom (I love you!)
veggies and hummus!
-I am all packed! So this is what my room has looked like for the past 4 or 5 months! (and anyone who knows me, knows I am a clean freak so it has been kind of driving me nuts! but packing has been such a large task!)

I was stressing over it for awhile...but it all worked out and God was in every detail! (I need to remember to have faith and He will always be with me-even when I am packing!)
So my life has been stuffed into 3 bags, that is right 3!

(I was under the weight limit (48 pounds!) and I even stuffed in a few extras that I was not sure would fit!) God is awesome!
-Dinner, my all time favorite! Enchiladas!! (best last meal ever!)
-My dear friend Carol, who I met on my Haiti trip, gave me this awesome book (Thank you! and I will miss you Carol, I am so glad that I got to know you on our trip to Haiti)
-Church, amazing! Everyone from my church got together and got me a bunch of books and wrote random messages in them! (so I will have surprise messages all along my journey)
It is so amazing to me to see God in all the little things...
-He has allowed me to pack all that I need plus a few comfort items and still be under the weight limit! 
-My last two nights at home just so happened to be church nights! His timing is so perfect! (so thankful to have such an amazing support system and church family)
-That I have been able to enjoy all my favorite things with family and friends
-To be constantly reminded that He is holding my hand (in everything I do that verse pops up!)
-That I have peace about my journey
Who knew all this? GOD DID!
and with that...
See you all later! 

June 4, 2012

top ten

this weeks tour...getting as much of my Colorado life in as possible, other random things, and a top ten list
*3 days until departure...
On Monday we went to the Rockies game, complete with fireworks (a friend of mine had some tickets he was not able to use, thanks Carl!) 
awesome seats!
best fireworks ever!

On Wednesday I went to dinner with my amazing friend, Dawn! She was one of my leaders on my trip to Haiti. (I will miss her so much!) She gave me this cute gift, with the verse "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take" Proverbs 3:5-6
I love it!
Friday was my last day of work (I will miss the kiddos and all my wonderful co-workers)
all the lady's I work with
Saturday we had a family movie night, we saw The Avengers. (It was awesome!)

Sunday we had a family lunch (complete with grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) at Mimi's Cafe
I love pasta!
This is how I felt all week...
Sort of like a chicken running around with its head cut off...
My wonderful mom has been making me my favorite meals, here are some of the amazing foods she makes (I am going to miss her home cooking!)
our favorite family meal, hot wings!
cinnamon raisin toast with berry smoothie
homemade mac n' cheese and hot dog
My amazing sister brought me home my last free Dairy Queen (she works there and brings treats home for us)
butterscotch dipped cone
Top ten things I will miss...
1. Family
2. Church family
3. My mom's cooking (more specifically enchiladas)
4. Hiking 14ers (well...hiking in general)
5. Way-FM
6. Veggies and hummus
7. The lady's from work
8. Friends
9. My bed
10. Ice Cream