Easter on the ship was such a unique and special time. I mean to go through HOLY WEEK anywhere is special and always impacts me. I am always a crying, blubbering mess at Easter time. I always look to the cross and think to myself "how could I be so loved that He, Jesus, would choose that horrible betrayal and death to allow me to be rectified and reunified with God?" The enemy always wants to attack at that time and try to whisper how unworthy I am, and remind me of all the dirty scars I would carry. NOT THIS TIME!

I am so grateful that the bible tells us as far "as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us"- Psalm 103:12. Isn't that a beautiful image, they can NEVER reach you again. I love the thought of that. It is important to not take this for granted and call ourselves Christians, but live like sinners.

We went to a service in which we were able to nail our sins to the cross and of course I felt like my list should be a m…
When God answers prayers, it is such a wonderful feeling. Sometimes it is the simplest of prayers too. I had been feeling really homesick, I mean counting down the days until we return in July homesick. I hadn't been leaving my cabin much between work and community meetings. I think I was starting to allow myself to become stuck.

I had a day where I prayed "God, this isn't why I am here. I didn't come here to hide within these walls. Help me get out of myself and into YOU and YOUR mission here!" Well I wish I could tell you right away I felt renewed and refreshed and like I was right back to my old-self, but that wouldn't be the truth.

The PACU coordinator had asked me if I could work all day to allow for the new nurses coming in to be trained and have a nurse that works in the PACU that works there regularly, and of course I said yes. The new group came in and instantly we hit it off. There were three sweet ladies, two were from the U.S. and one from Canad…
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 …