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Sunday, September 24, 2017


I'm sitting at the LA airport waiting the eight hours until I can check my bags. I think I can safely say that one of the hardest parts of being a missionary is saying goodbye. Perhaps second only to the intense loneliness that comes afterwards... and lasts way too long. It just keeps happening and gets worse every time. When you are oceans away from family and friends you feel in 'limbo', like you are hanging between two different countries.

In the past five hours I have walked around, stretched, messaged friends, cried really hard in front of strangers walking past (twice), read my bible, and colored in my journal. God often talks to us only after we have waited on him and I've been waiting for a very long time. Just now, I thought he was telling me something about sunflowers but I couldn't quite make it out so I looked up sunflowers.

When sunflowers are young, they 'follow' the sun. Before it comes up in the morning, they are facing east, waiting for it to rise. As the sun moves across the sky, the flower's stem grows unevenly-faster on the east side-which tilts the flower to the west. At night, the stem grows unevenly as well, faster on the other side, so that by sunrise the flower is facing east again. With this flower's fascination with the sun, it's no wonder it starts to look like one.

So what's the spiritual lesson? If you want to be beautiful, if you want to look like Jesus, don't take your eyes off him. Live facing whatever light you have! In the seasons of life that feel dark, struggle through them rather than giving up. That way when the sun reappears you will already be facing it.

Because I am human, I will cry. I will continue to feel like my heart has been ripped apart and scattered all over the globe. But I will keep my face turned towards the light that I have, the pieces I am allowed to keep, the joys and people God has given me for the season I'm in. One day I will be in a place where there is no more darkness and all my loved ones will be in one place with me. I want to be ready when the time comes and bear the mark of Jesus in the meantime.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Midwifery Proverbs - A Tribute to Ate Susan

"Always believe a mother who says, 'The baby's coming out!'  It is."

"Never feel intimidated or afraid of birth or emergencies. There is a reason people let you deliver babies and it is because you have the training."

"Go and read! You must know what is happening when it happens and what to do. So read and learn."

"Never think you know everything that is going on inside that woman's body because you don't! Only God knows what is really happening. You have to pray."

"A calm, cooperative mother is key in life and death emergencies. You must keep her from panicking and gain her trust."

"We are a team. Even me, I've been a midwife for many years but sometimes there are things my students notice that I don't. We work together to provide the best care for our client."

"If the head can fit then the shoulders can too."

"Input-Output, ok?! You have to watch how much water she drank or had from the IV and how much came out. If you don't, you will end up with a distended bladder and excess bleeding! Input-Output!"

"No matter how new or experienced two midwives are, they can always learn something from each other."

Do you have any midwifery proverbs to share?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hey guys! I have a project for school in which I need 10 people to fill out the survey above. I would appreciate it if you would be one of them! Your answers will be anonymous and all views are welcome. Thanks :)