Another word from Kaitlyn:
 I asked her "Ladybug, what do you want to talk about?"
Well, I want to talk about meeting Ben when we first came here, he didn't even know I existed.

"Is Ben your bestfriend?"

"What makes him your bestfriend?"
He is in my grade, and he is funny. That's all I can think of. 

"What makes him funny and silly?"
I don't know. Ben better not read this. He makes funny faces. He makes me laugh. He makes funny faces.

 She starts to cover my eyes because she thinks it is amazing that I can type without looking.
It IS amazing to type without looking mom. 

She starts pushing me on the arm saying
no, no, no
I am writing this on the computer connected to our TV so she can see everything I type.

"What do you actually want to talk about?"

"What about grandma?"
When she came I slept on the floor, can we talk about the time I slept on the floor. Maybe I will sleep better if I sleep on the floor. Aa…
As we have finished the Christmas season, there are definitely a lot of feelings swirling around our cabin. The ship is swirling with holiday spirit. There are trees and decorations everywhere you turn. The gangway is so inviting and festive at this time. It is so unique to see all the different cultures traditions and how each person celebrates the birth of our savior.

I cling to reason for the season during this first season away from everything that would be our "normal". I see that our traditions had maybe even become some what mundane, just going through the motions because it was "that time of the year". I am grateful for the daily reminders of why we are actually celebrating.

I have moments where I long for home. For the cold that is associated with our region and this time of the year. I can't believe this is going to come from my fingers, but even the possibility of snow. I always say I love to look at snow through the windows. As it is 84-95 degrees …
Meet my friends From PACU
I am truly loving my position here in the PACU more and more each day I work. I am so blessed to be able to pour out my love on each individual I care for. I am able to see more clearly the gift of compassion the Lord has given me, as each patient truly consumes my heart and I just love them to the best of my ability. I am reminded of Colossians 3:17 and try to keep it at the forefront of my brain whenever I am working. It says " whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

I try to align my actions, words, and even touch to that of Christ, and pray that every patient I have see Him who has gifted me to care for them.

I want to introduce you to a few of my friends that have left a special mark on my heart. I will go away from here, Cameroon, and remember these precious children of God FOREVER.


This you…
A day in the life of a PCG and PACU nurse

I think this would be more humerous if Brad was asking me questions and typing what I said, but we will just have to do with my version. And maybe it will be uncensored and unedited.

Last week I had one of the best days since we arrived, and it looked like this.

0630 first alarm goes, and Brad gets up to get his phone and hits snooze and climbs back into bed to snuggle for the next 15 minutes.

0645 second alarm goes off and He gets up to go wake the girls, and I roll over and take claim of the whole bed under the blankets.

0649 Brad climbs back into bed, making me move over to give him room.

0651 Yelling begins to occur about 20 feet away "STOOOOOOPPPPPP IT!" "That's mine" " Kaitlyn You NEED to....." "Jocelyn you better......" and the most beloved ones in our house "I"M TELLING!!!!!" "MOOOOOOM!"

0653 I threaten the girls with bodi…

Disclaimer: I am again going to attempt to write this blog exactly as he says it to me, so that it can be his and his alone. 
"You are going to write a blog." I am. What? Yes? what, why are you looking at me? I don't think so. Nobody wants to hear what I have to say.  (He then goes on to say some really ridiculous things about how I had an accident, just to see if I would type them.)
"Tell me about what a day looks like for the Hotel services manager"
Well we, by we I mean the regular crew and the day crew and myself meet in the laundry room every morning at 8 am for our daily devotionals. There is a jimbai (wooden hand drum) played by a day crew member, and singing. Not to brag, but it is probably the best devotions on the ship. 
After devotion, we have a departmental debriefing of what we need to do for the day. Our head housekeeper gives out housekeeping assignments and job lists of …
A Blog from Kaitlyn
Disclaimer: I am going to do my best not to edit this blog, as I clearly have some of the other ones. I am going to type the exact words. EXACTLY as she says them to me, and let this be hers and hers alone~ Lindsay

Mom, you keep asking me to blog, I already did one. Why do we have to do another one?

"Because people back home want to know what you are doing, and how you are liking the ship so far."

I am doing nothing, I am home sick. I can do NOTHING when I am home sick. I can't even eat the piece of candy my whole class brought me. ( Her whole class is one other student).

"Ladybug, what has been your favorite thing about being here so far?"

Mom! (she sighs, I probably would have better luck if she weren't home sick. But right now she is a captive audience). I had fun that time I got to be a doctor remember. Daddy helped me do surgery on the wood. I also got to dress up like a surgery doctor.…
Jocelyn's Trip to the Hope Center

Yay! We have arrived. Where have we arrived? Well my family has made it to Cameroon, Africa after what my mom would make sound like the longest 12 days of her life ( don't tell her but everyone else says it was the smoothest sail ever, I guess she is not a sailor).

We started in the academy during the sail, that has been awesome. I actually get to participate in games with other students, so that is awesome. I was home-schooled last year, and the schooling my parents used had videos where I would watch a class room of children play a game, but they were rude and always ignored me. Also I enjoy not spending ALL of my time with my mom and dad, that is nice.

Wait until you hear about my first time out in the country of Cameroon! We went to this super amazing place called the HOPE center, which my mom said stands for something but I can't remember what she said it means. My mom said Mercy ships loves those …