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Surgery Update!!! Yay all involved!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that we are home and I am doing great!!!  Fabulous Patricia (the PA) was able to take some pictures, so I will share at some point those for those of you interested 🙂  For me, I am excited about seeing them!!  On a funny note…..apparently under anesthesia, I realized that there was a nurse that spoke Spanish.  The doctor was about 50 late, so for that time apparently I carried on a conversation with the OR nurse in Spanish.  Don’t recall any of it!!  But I am excited that I was able to do it 🙂  All I know is that I have the rest of the staff laughing at the sight of it all 🙂  I cannot say enough about how wonderful the entire staff at MUSC has been.  Today the stars of the show were Dr. Varma (neurosurgeon), Patricia (his PA), anestesia (rocked because I woke up very easily and happy as a lark) and all of the nurses who took care of me (even the wheel chair out to the car lady who made a stop to help me use the restroom on the way to the car)!!!!  I was home by 10am.  And I even walked up my parents 17 steps to my perch on their couch in front of HGTV and FoodNetwork!  Thanks for everyone’s prayers!!!  I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful I feel.  My right thigh is sore, but I am only taking Ibuprophen and feel great!!!  Comparatively it is nothing, I can handle this!!!!!  God is so good!!  I know He is my Great Physician who guided everyone through my surgery!!!  We hope to know something in 5 to 7 days.  So lets all keep praying for the testing that is going on my little 1 inch square of thigh muscle tissue!!  Go pathology people whoever you are!!!

Love, Love, Love,
Court

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Birthright soup

On Monday while we were doing our Bible time with our schooling, we were learning about Jacob and Esau and we discussed how Esau sold his birth right to Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup.  Well, the kids were like, “Wow, that must have been good soup if he was willing to sell his birthright for it.”  What is it?  Well, I have made lentil soup in the past and they did not like it, but they wanted to try this soup which Lizzie named “birthright soup.”  So yesterday I went to the store to buy the simple ingredients to make them soup and they absolutely loved it!!  Lizzie even said today that she hopes I can make more birthright soup in the future because it really is great.  How funny, with a new name, they love it.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Home schooling :)

Today I had the priviledge of home schooling my three children today for the first time!!  It took a bit longer than we expected but we did get a late start.  We started around 10 this morning and we finished around 3:30!  Benjamin and Lizzie had Bible, history, geography, writing, spelling, math, reading, science and PE!  Sophia had a time of Bible, reading, writing and art for her K-4!  The kids all loved it and I had a great time too!  It was easier than I expected, but our curriculum pretty much spells out exactly what I need to do.  It helps to have kids that are eager to learn 🙂  I am excited about this year and this priviledge of teaching my children!  Sophia’s memory verse sums up my prayers for my kids attention span…..Proverbs 4:20 “My child, pay attention to what I say.  Listen carefully to my words.”  She is so cute, by the time we were finished with her time of learning, she almost had it perfectly down!  So sweet!!  If you think about us, please pray for the kids schooling, that all of our days would be as wonderful as today 🙂  Here are pictures of Benja and Lizzie working hard!!

Lizzie working hard!

Lizzie working hard!

Benjamin concentrating on his math!!

Benjamin concentrating on his math!!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Calling for Truth

Jacob and I with Dr. Paul Dean and Issac after the radio program

Jacob and I with Dr. Paul Dean and Issac after the radio program

Jacob and I have been busy here in SC.   Today we were on Dr. Paul Dean’s radio program today.  It was so much fun.  We have never done anything like that before.  We were able to share our hearts for missions and for the people of Costa Rica.  Thanks Paul for having us on your show and encouraging us.  It is so exciting to see people excited about sharing the gospel with the nations.  If you would like to listen to the program follow this link

http://www.callingfortruth.org/cft/content/blogcategory/2/10/

and it is called  “We are Created To….”  Wed. September 2, 2009.  Please listen and enjoy!!!  Let us know what you think!!!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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We have graduated!!

And we have moved out of casa verde.  It has been a year of a lot of work and prayers and we can now speak Spanish!!  Praise the Lord.  It was hard to say goodbye to all of our new friends, but we were ready to be out of language school and on to Irazu!!  I don’t have much time to write a whole lot right now, but here are some pictures of graduation!!

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Where has the time gone?

Wow!  It is August 8, 2009!  We have been in Costa Rica for one year today!!   That is so hard to believe.  We have one more week of language school before we graduate and we are spending the weekend with Enon Baptist on Irazu!  It seems that we have a mountain of things to do, accomplish, wrap up, find, buy, organize……before we return to the States on August 25th to raise our support for our second year on the mission field!  We have had such an amazing year.

When we arrived, I could not speak a lick of Spanish.  Now, my teacher has tested me and I received an “Advanced Low” in my ability to speak/fluency.  And that was one level higher than I initially thought I would receive, but hoped I would receive.  Jacob and I both can carry on conversations, listen and understand sermons and fully function here with our Spanish.  It was a lot of hard work and it has paid off.  Even today, I was able to translate for Pastor Scott and his wife Robin while the father of the orphanage we were visiting was explaining in Spanish the origins of their ministry.  It was such a big moment for me!!

This past week, Lizzie turned 6!  Benjamin will turn 8 tomorrow, and Sophia will be 4 on the 22nd!  It seems like they have grown tremendously since we have been here and it is so much fun to hear them use their Spanish.  Although I must say, they do not like to use it with Jacob and I (English only with us), but they use it with other children that they know only speak Spanish!!  They played with the children at the orphanage today and had no problem communicating with them!!

We are certainly looking forward to our next steps on the mission field!  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek and follow God’s direction in our lives.  Our goal is solely to serve Him and bring Him all the praise, glory and honor.

Here are some pictures that I have been slack about posting.  They are random times and photos….

Some of the girls and I at the goodbye party for Dawn and Tully!

Some of the girls and I at the goodbye party for Dawn and Tully!

Benja and his buddy Gabe!

Benja and his buddy Gabe!

Jacob and his friend Anthony!

Jacob and his friend Anthony!

Kite flying in a local park!

Kite flying in a local park!

A rare treat of going to Burger King with the kids after kite flying!

A rare treat of going to Burger King with the kids after kite flying!

A beautiful sunset off our front porch!

A beautiful sunset off our front porch!

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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We got our Costa Rican Drivers Licenses!

Okay, so last week we decided that while we had time to do it, we would go get our driver’s licenses.  And man was it a process.  Jacob had called around and gotten as much information as possible before we started out and so we had a whole list of what we needed to do and we were off.  We knew that we needed proof of our blood types, but we did not want to pay someone to tell us, so we went into San Jose to Clinica Biblica and donated blood.  We figured they could print us out something with our blood type on it, we would be helping by donating blood and we would get our blood types for free.  That was easy enough.  And when we were done, they had a little breakfast prepared for us consisting of Cocoa Crispies, Milk, OJ, crackers and jelly.  It was very helpful because we then did not have to go and find food before we went on to the next item on our list.

We hopped in a taxi and headed over to their equivalent of the Highway Department.  At the gate we were told that we had to go get a physical.  I was leery because I did not know what this entailed, but it was necessary, so off we went down the street to the place everyone has to go.  It is a building set up with a desk with a secretary taking your 10,000 colones ($20 USD) for each physical and then you wait in line for this doctor.  After waiting for about 20 minutes, it was my turn.  I entered this room and sat beside a desk and waited.  It turns out that it is simply a vision test and the doctor listens to your heart and takes your blood pressure.  He then proceeds to fill out a whole medical sheet on you that is officially for the driver’s license without asking anymore questions!!  So after Jacob’s turn we were back to the highway department.

At the gate we were told to go meet with the jefa (or the big boss) who would give us her signature so that we could continue.  We walk the equivalent of 2 city blocks to wait in this long line.  While in line this man from Chicago tells us we were supposed to go pay at the bank first and even asks the guard to confirm this, which they do and we head over to the bank.  It is on the same complex, but back at the front gate.  After we stood in line over there, they found someone to tell us that no, in fact we had to meet with the jefa before we could continue with this process.  So back to the other building.  Where we are told to wait outside and when the jefa is receiving people they will come and get us.  So we wait….

After about 45 minutes, apparently the jefa returned and was ready to receive people, so we were told to go upstairs and wait some more.  Everyone who was around the jefa or had to go talk to the jefa seemed really nervous.  She was clearly an important person here.  So we waited…until it was finally our turn.  We had all of our papers in order.  We had already made copies of our SC driver’s licenses, our passports copied, our medical forms and our blood type proof.  She looked it all over…looked at us…put her signature on it…and sent us downstairs to wait some more.  Apparently we were actually getting permission to get a driver’s license.  I guess if the jefa had not liked what she saw, she could have denied us…but she didn’t, so downstairs we went…and I was given the number 99 and Jacob got 00, so we waited.

We had to wait on our number to come up and then go sit with someone who put all of our information in the computer.  The first thing she wanted to see was the jefa’s signature.  After that, I had to tell her in Spanish my address.  Seems like that would not be a hard thing, but when you live in a country with no street names, it is harder than you think to tell someone where you live exactly.  Somehow, what I said passed as exact enough and she then gave me a slip of paper and we had to head back over to the bank…

To stand in line 7 to wait to pay 4,000 colones ($8) each for our license.   After waiting, we got our receipt and were sent back to the other building to wait and get a signature on that receipt from the same people who put our information in the computer and then we had to wait in line to get our picture taken for the card itself.  This line had seating and it was the funniest thing to watch.  It was like we were continually doing the wave at a football game.  If one person got up, one by one the people would move up one seat.  At one point the guy in front of me did not feel it was necessary to move just one seat and attempted to stay put and the guard came over and asked him to move up.  I found that funny.  Then when it was our turn, we went, had our picture made and waited again, then we got our licenses!!! 

It was not a terrible process, just a long one.  And even though we got our license, we do not have a car yet.  But that is okay.  We plan on waiting to get a vehicle until the Lord provides money to purchase it in full.  He knows what we need and when we need it, so we are simply waiting on Him and we will be prepared when it happens.  We do have an account set up with Global Outreach where we are saving for a vehicle.  So we are just waiting….. 🙂

 If you would like to donate to our car fund, please see our “Getting Involved” Tab on our site.  Thank you.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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