Friday, May 26, 2006

Passport Update (aka God Is GOOD!)

So, after weeks and weeks of freaking out over whether or not Rick's passport would be here in time, I found a random phone number for Rick to call to check on it, since I already called it once and they would give me no other information other than, "It's processing."

Rick called on Monday of this week and the girl told him that it has been approved (YAY!) BUT there is nothing he can do about it to speed it up other than have it FedEx'd overnight. So, he chose to have it FedEx'd. Which is great, but we leave in 12 days....will it be processed in time???

So, he called again yesterday to check on it. No more news. I'm starting to sweat a little. 6 business days left until we leave....what if........

Then, this morning, I'm hanging around the house and should have already left for work but I have to wait on this darn load of laundry to finish so we have clothes this weekend when we go to the lake. La De Da...playing on the computer...when there's a knock at the door. Who could it be? THE FEDEX MAN!!! I wanted to jump out the door and hug him, but I figured he might run away with the passport, so I abstained. But it's here. In my lap at this very instant. Precious goods.

Ladies and gentlemen, we're going to Honduras.


Monday, May 22, 2006

This could be ironic

I saw a spot on the news last week that really peaked my interest. I don't know why we were watching the 10pm news, we never do. Rick thinks the news is too depressing, and I tend to agree. But, for whatever reason, we were watching the news.

A spot came on about the National Transplant Games. Instantly, I was enthralled. I had no idea these things existed. The National Transplant Games were originally started by the National Kidney Foundation in order to raise awareness about organ donation, but specifically to honor the families of those who have donated organs. I could totally do that. So, I hopped on Google and found the site for the games and found the local contact person.

Unfortunately, registration for the games has passed, but he's checking with national to see if I can still participate. Who knows what will happen. I am excited, though. Even if I can't participate this year, I will be able to next year. These games are made up of people who have had solid organ transplants and the games range from ping pong and bowling to more active sports like swimming, typical track and field games, and basketball. I keep thinking about how ironic it would be if I were able to participate and get to play on the state transplant basketball team. We would compete on national, and possibly even international, levels. I may be getting the cart before the horse, but I'm amazed at the possibility that God could have worked in my life in this way. I was jerked off of a team that I loved that really stood for nothing in high school to possibly play for a team that really means something as an adult.

Again, I know at this point that this is all wishful thinking. But, I can't help but believe that God is in there somewhere. This would really help me get my story "out there" and tell many others about how God has worked in my life thus far. We'll see what happens. But until I get the official news, I'm going to remain hopeful.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

One Down, Two to Go

I have officially completed my first year of the master's program. *Huge sigh of relief*

I know that in the next couple of weeks, things will slow back down to at least a pace that I can keep up with, but, until then, Rick and I are having dinner and hanging out with friends we haven't seen much over the last few months. And we're trying to get things together for our trip to Honduras. (Oh, yeah....we leave in less than a month). And I'm playing softball. And I'm still working. And I'm catching up on all of those pesky doctor's appointments that come around only about once a year (eye doctor, dentist, vet (for my dog, not for me - ha!)).

God is doing great things in our life right now, and He's doing a pretty good job of keeping me calm through all of it. He's testing our church, but in a good way. I'm on the missions committee, and we have so many people we want to send out and help, but not enough money to do it. Since we just got a new building, I really feel like He's saying, "Okay, Otter Creek....where's your money? Landscaping and paint or evangelism?" That's a little more global than other things He's doing, but He's working in our lives, too. We found out on very short notice that we need $2100 to go to Honduras instead of what we originally thought was just $200 per person. So, we sent out letters about a week ago and already we have only $700 left to raise. God is good! He's really showing me and Rick that we're supposed to go on this trip. We have been flabergasted at the amazing response we have recieved from our Otter Creek family on such a short notice.

There has been a catch, though. Rick's passport is causing us serious issues. We applied for it long go, back in February, which should have been plenty of time for us to get it back. Well, we finally heard from them last week....asking for more verification that Rick is who he says he is. They wanted 3 different proofs of id that are over 5 years old. That sounds easy enough, but it's very difficult. They already have his birth certificate and we could NOT find his social security card. His driver's license is only 4 years old because he's only 25 and had to have it renewed when he turned 21. We did manage to find some old tax forms and we sent in an old transcript from college and an old college ID, but the problem is that on the ID, you can't really see his face. So, we ended up sending all kinds of things in, some of which are over 5 years old and some that aren't. We're praying that this will be enough and that we'll get the passport back in enough time for our trip. I really feel like God is in this, so I have faith that it will all work out, but I know all of your prayers will help.

I am going to keep you guys updated on all that is going on with our trip to Honduras and everything else that is going on over the summer. I'm back to blogging!