Been a while since I wrote! Didn't realize how long! So my family was supposed to come visit and then said no and then said yes and then said no and then said yes and then said no. heheh! And so I had my latest guest stay longer. The whole time I am thinking it would have been so great to have them see all this and then all of the sudden they said yes! They would come! So they came! Brenda was still here but gone to siem reap. She and I had just come back from a trip to vietnam. I had figured that would be my last trip but then my parents came! Made for a mad rush of trying to do everything before they came because after they left I had one working day left before the holidays which are going on right now!
But it has been wonderful! Everything just works out! Vietnam was great. It gave Brenda and I twelve hours of time to just talk and talk on the bus. I gave her my personal guided tour of the city! It is smaller than I even remembered and we even got some of the extra things I wanted done done at the last minute!
Came back at night and the next day I was at gateway going over stuff with the students at Michael at 10. Finished at 1 and had class. Finished and had a piece of apple pie and was off to pay my electricity bill, then go finish some stuff with the ngo I have been helping with their medical project, then fruit shopping for my parents and was almost home when I got stuck in obama traffic. Actually it was kind of cool. Obama landed the same time in cambodia as we were going through immigration in vietnam. So all the immigration people and all of us on the bus watched as he got off the plane. His leaving wasn't as great as I got stuck for 2-3 hours. :( but it was an experience to be had. Once they let the traffic go it was a mad rush for the intersection with the police just watching at the side. Literally cars, motorcycles and bicycles gridlocked in the intersection and us in the middle! But people quickly figured out how to make things move and we got home at 8! AHH! I went over the rheas and they had food for me while I recuperated from my busy day before going home. I hadn't cleaned yet, so had to get up early and do that!
Got my cleaning done, morning class taught, lunch prep and handed out important papers and money and even sat to chat with my medical student before going to class at 1 and then rushing off to get my parents! I was running late cause I was working on stuff and getting them shakes but praise God got there just a second before them!
Got them home and they were dying of the heat already! Now they understand why I told them not to come in April! :) After some rest we were off to a massage. No electricity so really nothing to do. We found a new place and they had a great experience, though the massage was so so and they got to try my thai cooking! :)
The next day we were off to sight see. They were more impacted with toul sleng genocide museum than I had thought. Russian market was just like I thought! Can't go and not buy something. Then off to the killing fields and I love they audio tour they have. Finally home and some rest before thanksgiving dinner at the rheas! Then Brenda had to leave :( but it was great having her!
Off early the next morning at 5. I was up at 3:30 preparing lunch and breakfast. We got a tour guide for the big temple and it was great and it was a good thing we didn't for the others cause mom and dad were exhausted but they got to see it all so it was great!! They have really renovated since I last saw it and it is sad in many ways cause it's worse, but safer! :)
Got home exhausted and I went to sleep.
Up at 6 to work and get to church on time! It was awesome to get to get to talk to them about the Jesus film and the impact it had on them. Got home and just had time to order food and eat after getting them a head massage and their nails done. Then off for watching sky fall followed by a massage and home. Sunday up early to go to church, left early to go to the party, from the party to fcc for some lunch and home for a little rest before tea time and a trip to the airport! The morning had been spent trying to pack and make sure I didn't leave anything important in the suitcases I was giving them.
As soon as they left went to the rheas who were soooo happy to get to see me! The poor girls hadn't seen me in a few days!
Woke up early yesterday and worked on getting the money all straightened out. Everything was accounted for and we left to open an account so that everything can continue without me. I wanted the medical students and michael to have a joint account, but the students had exams so didn't want to disturb them. We weren't able to get the account open in the morning so decided after class. Class went long and extra students from the party showed up. So our boat party was a huge success. Thursday we went to invite all our old students and new girls wanted to come. They came and then they came yesterday to class! We had 3 new girls and 2 old girls show up! So yay! Infact we had to have our old students teaching the new and it was great to watch. The ones who have never been teachers before just felt so proud and they were so good at it! It was awesome! At the boat party we had 1/2 new people and so it was weird dynamics, but yesterday in the more intimate setting it was great. Each student spoke. Tears as everyone spoke and it was the kind of party I had wanted! It was great! Had gifts. i didn't have time to write my cards but was able to speak to them and say what was on my heart! I was surprised by what some of them said and shocked by how many cried.
So ended the party at 3:30, had a 5 minute interview with a potential teacher and then were off to the bank but the medical students called right before I left so they got to come and get insight before it closed at 4 and sign a joint account with michael. I trust all of them completely but now we even have accountability. Right after that off to meet someone to possibly sign on with again as a teacher! and then home at 8 :) had a great talk with the rheas, finished some work, home by 11 and was out like a log. I think 4 hours of sleep does that to you!
Got up early and its been a very productive morning. Just need to sell more stuff! pray for me!
Save Each One
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