First Week

Dear friends and family,

I survived 1 of 12 weeks! 7 days out of 83. Whoohoo!

I have had the opportunity to nanny two adorable children this week. Here we have Faith and Josiah.  20160704_141747

Faith is 2 and 1/2 years old. She loves playing with her train set, cooking, and digging in the sand. I found a baby hermit crab and when he finally came out of his shell and tried to crawl away, she began to giggle and giggle. I love that she can find the smallest things humorous.

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Josiah is 10 months. He’s got the stomach the size of a blackhole. This boy will eat a 5oz bottle, small bowl of cherrios, and plate full of mashed potatoes and he will still be hungry. He’s crawling, has about 4 teeth and thankfully still sleeps twice a day for 2-3 hours!

I love it a lot down here. It’s not easy, as children are children. Climate is different and it’s much windier then I thought! Haha. But I am enjoying myself and learning to get out of my comfort zone in talking to people.

Christ is teaching me a lot about overcoming the things of this world. I’m praying for his guidance in what my next step is and that he will begin preparing me now.

I miss family and friends, but knowing I come home in 76 days help. And I really haven’t been gone that long. My adventures are just beginning!!!

Like going snorkling for the first time today! 😀

><>Heidi<><

Arrived in Belize!!!

Hello all my faithful followers! Sooooo, I do have Wi-Fi, but not a strong connection, plus some computer problems with it, so many posts may be shorter due to me having to type everything on my phone.

With that being said, let me share some adventures!!!! I left about 12:10pm on Sat from Atlanta, Georgia to Belize. The lady next to me has lived in Belize 30 years! She got this picture for me.

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We landed into Belize at about 1:00, nearly 10 min early. (That is my time in Belize. It was a close 3 hour plane ride, but due to time change, I’m 2 hours behind many of you)

I went through customs…only to find out I had to have an address!?!?! I was able to call Alyssa (the mom of the kids I’m nannying) and she gave me an address. I got through that and went to pick up my claimed baggage….only to discover it wasn’t there! Once again, I asked someone for help and found it hidden behind a security guard.

After gathering my things together, I went through another security check-point and the man asked again where I was staying. I explained once again and he waved me through. I went through the door to purchase my Tropic Air plane!! 🙂

After receiving the ticket, I walked through another security, removing shoes and my computer from my bag. Then I gathered it all back up, went through another door and walked allllll the way back to my gate. When I arrived I found the kind lady who I was sitting next to in the airplane into Belize. She was glad I had made it through and I told her my troubles of getting in.

I showed my ticket to a guy, as I had no idea what time it was and it said my plane left at 2:10. The man saw it, tore my ticket and said, “we’ll send you now” Talk about quick and fast! Ha ha!

I got in line and waited about 5 min, then they directed us outside into the hot and humid day, to a tiny 8 seater plane. As you can see, I got to sit directly beind the pilote.

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We had about a 30 min ride over the water to San Pedro island. It was beautiful clear, light blue water. And islands dotting the water, with white sandbars and green palm trees.

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20160702_142233(Runway onto San Pedro Island)

We arrived at the little runway (gripping tightly to our seats, anticipating a bumpy landing…only to have one of the smoothest landings I think I’ve ever had) and we got out. I followed everyone else, because I had no idea where I was going, and there before me was Alyssa!! 😀

We got my baggage and she drove their car over. Yes it was a golf cart. Ha ha! That is the main mode of transportation they have here. She drove to the store quick and I waited while she got some stuff.

After a few min, a little boy walked up with a bag of things and asked if I wanted to buy something. I declined, and he rushed off. It’s common for Parents to have their children sell stuff for them. Alyssa said that sometimes they are as young as 4.

We drove the rest of the way here to Destination Paradise, YWAM (Youth With A Mission) I got unpacked and settled into my room. I have not only one roommate, but two! Mandy is sweet and kind, she’s an amazing decorator and draws soooo well. She’s from an island off the coast of France! Rachel is a super smart girl from Navada.

Everyone here is so sweet and welcoming. They are all very curious of course and ask the usual questions. I have only told one person though about the large family I come from.

Saturday night I went with some of them to get frozen Custered. It was wonderful and worth the $3 I spent. That night we had a booming thunderstorm over us. I woke up for part of it, then rolled over and went back to sleep.

Sunday is a day to relax, so I did that. I read and slept, and wrote, and read, and slept, had brunch, read and slept some more, and wrote again and listened to music, had supper and finally got to meet Faith!

Sunday night (last night) I woke up at 1:30ish and felt wide awake. I almost got up to shower, but looked at my clock and realized my mistake. I woke up at 5:30 and after showering, went out to the dock to have a quiet time. It is rather windy here.

I had breakfast and then went with Alyssa and Israel and their kids to the house. She gave me a schedule (it’s a bit confusing, so I won’t explain that) and she left me with the kids.

Faith is about 2 & 1/2. She loves to laugh and smile. Josiah is about 10 months and he seems pretty content to stick anything and everything in his mouth.

I was only there for about 30-45 min, but I can say I am going to enjoy myself immensely with these two children.

As for now, that’s roughly it! I am missing family, and friends, but I’m keeping busy and making new friends. Thanks again for prayers and encouragement! God has guided me through much these past 2 days and I’m excited to see what another 80 days may hold!

><>Heidi<><

Ready To Fly…

Jamie Grace – Ready to Fly (Avery’s Song)

There’s a feather in my hair
And a wing around my neck
I’m ready to fly away
There’s a feather in my hair
And a wing around my neck
I’m ready to fly away
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And I’ll gather wishes from all of my friends
Hugs and kisses from my mom and my dad
There’s a feather in my hair
And a wing around my neck
I’m ready to fly away
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There’s an open sky above my head
That no one else sees
And it’s calling, it’s calling for me
It’s bright and the lights and the kites all get stuck
It’s brighter than anything anyone’s seen
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And I’ve got the wishes from the ground below
Hugs and kisses from all that I know
There’s an open sky above my head
That no one else sees
And it’s calling for me
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The score of the night says
La-de-dah-de-dah-dah-dah-dah
But the score of my life says
Lah-de-dah-de-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-oh
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I see cards and such of written love all there for me
To leave in just a few weeks
They will sit and wait to be weight
To be sent away, away, away
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And I’ve got the wishes from the letters they hold
Hugs and kisses from the ones who wrote them
There’s a feather in my hair
And a wing around my neck
I’m ready to fly away
I’m ready to fly away
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEuUf9ARl5c
><>Heidi<><

Completely out!

I’m officially completely moved out of the apartment!

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(Other then the table, dresser and bookshelf that my brother and sister-in-law are using)

20160627_163824I want to say a biggggg HUGE thank you to my dad and brothers for helping me move my large furniture and thank you to my parents for storing it for me while I’m away.

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My little storage  space slowly filling up with boxes of 20160623_095454books…I love my books!

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><>Heidi<><

Today was my last day at my home church (for the next 3 months).

Since March 2015, I have been teaching the 2+3 year old’s Sunday School class. These two children have been faithful through the past year to show up every week, with the exception of a few times. (no one wants to drive in a snow-storm! haha)

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I will miss my time with them dearly, and I will continue to pray for you two as you make some of your own changes through the next few months.

 

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This precious dear friend has also been faithful through many snowstorms, and rain showers to bring sunshine to our classroom. Miss Ellie has been my second pair of hands in playing with these children, leading them in songs, and teaching them God’s love. I’m going to miss her joyful spirit!

 

 

I can’t thank God enough for this wonderful church family that has shown so much love and support through the past few months. Even now, 5 days before I leave, and I have people handing me cash and telling me they’ll be praying and I want to break down and cry.

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Every little bit means a lot, and I’m so thankful from the top of my heart to the tips of my toes! I wish everyone had a church as loving as the one that I have had the blessing to to grow up in.

 

And Lastly, I thank God for my 5 best friends. These girls have encouraged me, helped me grow, prayed with me, packed with me, cried with me and been a friend for when I was needing one.DSC_1024 This past weekend I got to spend celebrating birthdays and taking pictures, and talking and being the grownup goofs we are. Dear girls, I don’t know where I would be in life without and you and I don’t want to know. I will miss you. I won’t have a friend like your smiles, your laughter, your braveness, your encouragement or your love that you show me daily. I will always keep you in my prayers until we meet again. 

I follow Christ, knowing I have a whole prayer support, a whole family who is right behind me. Whether this be the worst time of my life or the best time of my life, I know God has a plan and I trust his plan is perfect.

“Lord you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” – Isaiah 25:1

><>Heidi<><

Life at the Moment…

Hi from my messy, boxed up, looks-like-a-tornado-came-through, life!

HA!

I’m currently clearing all my personal items out of the apartment I have been living at, in the past 11 months. Which means boxes, books, papers, small stuff, and causing my room to look like I let a few children go through everything.

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Once that is complete, I have storing, stacking and more packing (for Belize) to do. But slowly everything comes together and through this messy time, I find a peaceful heart and mind.

Christ has blessed me financially. He’s blessed me with many friends and family who keep me in prayer. I have many who ask me how I’m doing. Really doing. God has truly blessed me throughout my life and not once does he stop. I know he goes before me and leads me and I’m excited to see what he has planned to do with me.

Until that 16 days gets here (Goodness, is it 16 days already?) I’m shipping myself to Russia where it’s so much colder….

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Just kidding….

><>Heidi<><

Until Next time…

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Through the past 18+ months, I had the most amazing experience being a Nanny for a precious family. I started with a energetic, 3 year old boy and his baby 3 month twin sisters. (Talk about double trouble, haha)

Through the months, I saw the changes of  my bud. He learned numbers and letters. He learned how to play Uno (and was really good) and went from a small bike to a large one. Through him, I learned how to play Superheroes (non-stop). I heard some of the craziest sayings, and I found I could laugh with him while rolling in the grass and snow.

Through the months I saw lots of change with my twin girls. From laying on the ground, to rolling over, to sitting up, to scooting, to crawling, to standing, to walking and finally running. These two daredevils learned to climb up the swing-set and loved to slide. They could say single words, loved to laugh and giggle. One was extremely affectionate while the other was compassionate.

My stories could go on for pages. But through it all, I learned a lot. I learned I could feed two girls at the same time while trying to entertain a 3 year old with stories. I learned patience. LOTS and LOTS of patience. I learned that some 4 (soon to be 5) year old children have trouble with their words and emotions. I learned that some 1 (nearly 2) year old children can’t express their emotions and that may lead to hitting. Or biting. And slowly I learned to take a deep breath and once again explain in simple words why we don’t hit. Or bite. Or kick. Or run over our sister with the toy lawnmower.

I’m not perfect. I did get upset a lot of times. Some days I couldn’t figure out what to do because it was too cold to go outside and they were bouncing off the walls with energy. I yelled when I shouldn’t have and was silent when I should have spoken up. I was tired some days  and had no energy and yes, I admit there were some days were I was so glad to leave for the day. Or thankful that it was the weekend.

But through it all, God stayed with me. He was my rock that I went to when I wanted to cry or pull all my hair out. I had many days where the only thing I could pray was that I would get the sleep I needed and if I didn’t get it, that he would give me the strength for the next day. And he was faithful. I put my trust in him and never once did he fail me. He was always with me and always kept me from going insane, or running away.

I would never change anything I went through. I know this has prepared me so much for the far future, should God bless me one day with my own family. He had taught me a lot. And I believe that this job has prepared me for the next: Belize.

I know that through all that I’ve learned, I can be more confident about going to a place I’ve never dreamed I would travel to. I’m excited to be able to use the skills and talents that Christ has blessed me with. And I’m thankful that God has called me to a new chapter of life.

Leaving my current family is hard. I’m going to miss the laughter, stories, giggles, talks, walks, basketballs, biking, running, exploring, and adventures. These children will always hold a piece of my heart. This family will never leave my memory. I’ll think of them often and miss them much.

To the family I have been with: Thank you for the lifetime of memories and experience. I will come visit soon. I pray you will never forget me during the short time I was with you. May God bless you as you go through your own season of change. ♥

Until I see you again…

><>Heidi<><

Bittersweet

Today I ended the first day of my last week at work.

I have mixed emotions about this, but mainly, I’m sad over the loss of leaving such a wonderful family and these adorable children I have cared for. But  I will tell more about that in a later post.

For now, please keep in your prayers, that I will finish what I have began. In as much as I want to sit and cry every night, I am reminded that God has plans for me in Belize.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

><>Heidi<><

 

More Praises

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” -Psalm 100:4-5

I have wonderful news! I am fully funded financially! Once again, I’m so very grateful to each and every person who has contributed. Not only with a gift, but with your prayers.

God has truly blessed me with a family, and church family, who are willing to step up and help me in small ways. I’m truly, truly thankful for all this and can’t thank you enough!

My next steps in my process of preparation are getting medical insurance and small in-between details.

><>Heidi<><

Blessings from Above!

God blesses us daily with many things. Since returning home from my relaxing trip to Florida, I have found many blessings in the simplest things such as: Trees I can climb, mountains and hills, hand soap, toothpaste, adorable twin girls, food, energetic boys, a vehicle I can drive, and tap water.

Most recently, I found out that God has truly blessed me with many people who are willing to step up and provide financially for me.

While it has only been about 2 weeks since I sent my support letters out, I found out today that I have half my support raised already!!!

I also have had more than one person tell me they are praying for me. While money is important, knowing I have people lifting me in prayer is a HUGE blessing.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!! We serve an amazing God!

><>Heidi<><