Showing posts from January, 2014

You Know What I Miss Most?

Living in Panama has great challenges and brings great joy.

Through the past almost 3 years, I've thought about how this life compares to the one we had in the US.

As the past 34 months have passed, I've noticed that my "miss list" has evolved.

Chick-Fil-A and Sonic.  Totally over those places.  Don't think my vegan self would make it very far with their offerings.

Wal-Mart and Publix.  I will never completely get over the loss of coupons from my life.  Gone are the days of $40/week grocery trips.  Last Saturday, our grocery total was $170, and Camilla clapped for me because I had done so well.

It took a little while, but I now greatly miss ordering online, and it being delivered to my house.  I miss ordering online without thinking about whether that will put the suitcase over 50 pounds.

Weddings.  Birthdays.  Funerals.  I've missed them all.  Memories I don't have and never will.

That's just part of the deal.

But, you know what I miss?  I mean really,…

Can You Hear Me Now?

About two years ago, we started down a journey with Coralynn.  It was a path I didn't want her to walk, but we had no choice.  She couldn't sleep correctly.  Or breathe correctly.  Or hear correctly.  I didn't desire for her to have surgery in Panama.  Or anywhere.  I just wanted her whole so I had to do something.

We went to the pediatrician who sent us to the ENT.  "Best ENT in the country," but I think she might be my least favorite doctor ever.  She was harsh and inconsistent.  And her office was in the middle of nowhere, but we went.  We went to the audiologist.  Hearing test- total failure. We did a few months of medication, and then went to the audiologist.  Hearing test- total failure.  The decision was made that she needed surgery.

ENT's photo from the first appointment

Originally, I had planned to take her back to the States during the summer and have a known entity perform the surgery of adenoids out and ear tubes in. Unfortunately, her sleep apnea…


This was the first "real" Christmas (whatever that means) the kids have experienced since 2010.  It was super fun watching them open presents, and it was especially neat seeing Coralynn really discover what all this present stuff was all about. 

Christmas Eve service followed by Christmas Jammies!

Christmas Day:

New Year's Eve

(working backwards through the photos!)

This year, we decided to do something a little different for New Year's.  Chloe had a lock-in she could have attended, but I wanted something that focused more on our family.  As I was playing on the internet one day, I came across the idea of a New Year's Tree.  I loved the idea and adopted it for our family.

On December 30th, we spent the day taking all the Christmas decorations down and putting them away.  We left up the main tree, its lights, and the ribbon around it.  After the kids went to bed, we got to work redecorating the tree.

The final product...

There were three types of balloons: "well" candy balloons, "premiere" chocolate balloons, and "thinker" balloons.  The first two, obviously enough, were filled with different types of chocolates.  The thinker balloons required more thought.
I wrote different questions, and put them in the balloons.  The person who popped that balloon was required to answ…