Friday, February 26, 2010

Family Time

Joe's brother, Patrick and his wife Sarah (along with little Emmanuel due in May) came to visit us a few weeks ago. Sarah was kind enough to help out at Sebastiao's school and taught a science class one day for the second graders. She explained about polymers and their absorbancy and then they had fun with mentos in Coke. We understand now why she likes to use Diet Coke for this demonstration because things were a little sticky afterwards, but Diet Coke is like GOLD here, so Coke worked!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Should You Choose to Accept This Mission...

OK, people we need your help. Joe and I want to begin a couples bible study with a few friends, but need advice on a good study to do. We don't have a Christian bookstore within 5 hours of us and Amazon really isn't helping me out too much on this one. It doesn't necessarily have to be a "couples" topic but at least one that would be mutually interesting to both men and women and something we would discuss together. - Then, (are you ready for this?) it has to be available in Spanish- yeah, I know that makes it more difficult, but I have faith in you... I know you won't let us down, so either email me or hit the comment button.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Manto de la Novia

One of the most beautiful places to stop on the way to Shell has always been the "Bridal Veil" or Monta de la Novia an amazing waterfall near us. There is a gondola ride for the more adventurous and plenty of things to photograph for the rest of us. 2 weeks ago after an especially hard rain there was a landslide at the waterfall which resulted in several deaths and over 100 people lost their homes. Unfortunaly we don't have any "before" pictures, but the first picture shows (in red) the part that was green before the slide. In the last picture there is an arrow that shows a roof that slid down off of somenes house. If you click on teh picture you can see it enlarged. Please pray for the families affected by this tragedy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

5 Years Ago

I know it is hard to believe (and I am not too happy about it) but Isabella is now 5 years old! We celebrated her birthday this past Saturday. Her party was all about Girls, Glitter and CANDY, lots and lots of candy (lovingly sent from the states)! I hope you enjoy

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Carnival's blessing

Carnival was celebrated here this last Monday and Tuesday. For many it was a time to relax and have fun. For those working in the hospital, though, it was a the beginning of a long week. I was actually on call over the weekend when the festivities actually began. On Saturday I admitted a lady who was 33 weeks pregnant and in labor. Apparently, she was told by the hospital in the next town over that we had a neonatologist and a neonatal ICU. The other hospital didn't want her to deliver there so she showed up here in Shell. After evaluating her, it was clear that we couldn't put her in an ambulance and transfer her to the nearest hospital with a NICU as she might deliver on the way. We admitted her, gave her medicines to try to delay her labor as well as medicines to help the baby's lungs mature.

She delivered the following morning - a baby boy that weighed 4 pounds 3 ounces. This is a picture taken just a few days ago. With God's grace, he was able to not require mechanical ventilation, is being fed through a nasogastric tube (a tube from his nose to his stomach), and will be with us for a few more weeks. He's not eating quite enough to meet all of his needs yet but will as his neurologic status improves (he's still learning to suck). What has truly been amazing is that as the weekend got more chaotic (including having to admit another woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and in labor - her's fortunately stopped) he remained in excellent condition and never added to our stress. Despite our fears about delivering him at such an early age, God provided for his needs, as well as ours. As it turned out, there weren't any centers willing to take him without a large lump of money attached to him (all of the public hospitals were full).Please pray for his and his family's needs. His parents are both teenagers and haven't expressed a lot of interest in him yet. Please also pray that they can see the Lord as He attempts to further bless them.