Monday, November 25, 2013

Une fois, je suis allée au Maroc.

This one time I went to Morocco and it changed my life for the better. I know its been a long time since I blogged but I thought I should get back in to it as I will be starting a new chapter in my life soon. (details to follow in next post).
I went to Morocco back in May with the helping babies breathe program in association with LDS Charities. I had the opportunity to teach midwives in french how to resuscitate newborns. Ironically enough that I was doing the teaching because I was TRULY humbled by these women and the experience that they had, they should have been teaching me, and they were! These women were patient with my broken french, showered me with kindness and gifts when they had so little of their own. They taught me about their circumstances and how hard they work for the women of Morocco. Sometimes pulling 24 hour shifts all by themselves with very limited supplies. These women are my heroines! Whenever I think about my hard days at work, I remember them and their continued diligence. There is a lot thankfully being done to help these women receive the trainings they need, supplies, and most importantly for their voices to be heard. 

The markets and streets of Morocco are absolutely insane! People and cars down these tiny streets everywhere! There are really snake charmer there too. I was in Marrakesh and it was beautiful!

The classroom where I taught over 60 women. I have never prayed harder in my life than in those moments. By the end I really was able to teach and communicate to them more easily.

Where we had lunch. They all eat from this giant bowl in the middle. There is always a salad course then, meat, then fruit. They eat a big lunch and small dinners, which they eat at really late in the night. They also have their cafe break times during the day.

The mosque in the center of town, and all the tangines, which is like their form of a crockpot.

The sign for our conference,

Some of the ladies at my table. One of my favorite groups too!

So fun to teach and learn with them.

The group of teachers, humanitarian directors, and in country "missionaries" (not really because they cannot proselyte, but they are making great strides in creating relations in the country for the church love them!) Dr. Alouia, Brother and Sister Flake, Bother and Sister Madsen, Dr.Robinson. All of these people were gems to work with. They believed in me, supported me, were a joy to be around and all worked hard. They just loved to serve and were enthusiastic about the program and its results. They are truly people who live with passion for what they do for others and the love they share with everyone around them!

Midwives take care of most of the births in Morocco at birthing centers, or in the homes. Men are not allowed in. Sometimes women give birth in hospitals but not as frequently. These women are the ones who hold the population of Morocco in their hands! 

On of our friends treated us to henna! At this beautiful old home tucked away in this unsuspecting alley way below. The Moroccans emphasize that the true beauty may be hidden but it is always and should be present on the inside.

Our henna

Out shopping on my birthday.

Mormons to Muslims

At the fantisme show!

With one of the midwives who after she received the training phoned us the next day to let us know she had saved a baby with the training she had just learned. I got goosebumps when she told me in person and really felt like though small was my contribution in the training, I was a part of something miraculous, inspiring, and important!

My last night in Marrakesh after a pediatric conference of the french speaking countries (that yes I had to on a panel to answer questions for, very impromptu as well!) they had a big gala that night with a famous Maroc band. Loved dancing with everyone there!

I always felt drawn and wanted to serve a mission. I had the opportunity to do through this humanitarian service. Even though we did not talk about the gospel or the LDS church at all people knew and would ask us if we were mormon. I was able to share in knowledge and great love with the people there. I had one of those joy bursting moments when we were passing out certificates at the end of the training and they were all giving me bisous (kisses on the cheek) and thanking me so sincerely, I thought this is how the Savior must feel about each of us. So happy to see us succeed, so full of love, and gratitude for each one of us. These women truly work with their hands but it is in and with their hearts that they fulfill their work and help each mother feel safe and deliver their baby. I hope to be more like them.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Life Changing Year - 2012 in review

Last year had a lot of changes in it. Most of them were exciting but a lot of them required a shift into new gears that were not always easy to transition in to. From being done with school, to two very different nursing jobs, to meeting and making lots of new friends, new people in the family, trials, and blessings!

I learned that as hard as it was to get in to the nursing program at BYU it was just as hard to get out and finally get my two new favorite letters after my name: RN

I learned that friends really can help you through the hard times. I feel blessed to have so many friends here in Utah while I'm far away from family. They comfort me, make me laugh, and provide some of the best adventures!
Hollie King and I in Star Valley, WY. Changed my life by being a wonderful friend and taking me snowmobiling!

Hollie and Jason, these two people have blessed my life in so many ways. They are always there to listen to me and give the best advice. They are two of the best examples of living the gospel everyday of their lives. 

The Rowley sisters continue to bless my life with fun adventures and continued friendship!

Katherine always keeping me on my toes and a good friend since freshman year!

Melanie is an inspiration to live life in the style I want to! She is one of the classiest people I know.

Efy, enough said! Even though I was not a counselor this year the things I learned from it and the people continue to give me joy in my life.

My health co Karl, so glad we didn't kill each other that summer and remain close friends.

BDA #14 reunited, love these girls and how they make me laugh.

Darcy has been one of my best friends for several years. She amazed me this year by her continued optimism and fun personality despite her most difficult trial of having ACL surgery.

So many friends to celebrate my 24th.

USNS Mercy completely changed my life! It taught me about patience, obedience, service, missionary work, friendships, perseverance, hard work, discipline, gratitude and the list goes on!

The casrec crew that helped me survive the ocean waters

Britters and Krystal would not have survived without them
After being stuck on a ship for 5 weeks Britters and I went a little crazy as you can tell! We set out for the great outdoors of Seattle and Victoria. It helped me appreciate and put me in awe of God's creations. 
I visited Darcy in Seattle too and was able to see the beautiful place she grew up!

Sebastian Ritz William King born during the Olympics! Even though I have not even met this cute kid yet he helped bring our family together before he was even born. He had us all guessing whether Sarah was having a girl or a boy and what their name would be, sending emails back and forth everyday. I am thankful for this kiddo and can't wait to meet him. 

Lake Powel and the patience of Brother Rowley changed my life as I was able to get up on a wake board for the first time!

Roomies reunited!

Beach babes

Had to say farewell to my dear friend Hollie. Her testimony and firmness of faith continues to inspire me though as she serves in Brazil!

Reunited in St.Gizzle with ship mates! Wouldn't have survived without these girls either!

So glad to see these friends randomly at the top of Angel's landing

Emily and Krystal cannot say enough good things about these two girls! So glad we've become best friends this past year. They keep my spirits high, we share the same passion of medicine, and are always up for an adventure!

Love living at foxwood with these ladies! Have changed my life for the good living with them. It's always a party in our apt!

Renting a puppy? Yes, knowing I can have a cuddle anytime from a cute puppy was a happy fact for me to learn about!

Fun times with roomies!

Skiing was a new experience for me this past year and I've had a blast learning. Definitely a new hobby!

Merry Christmas and smooches!

Mexico never fails to make me happy!

My two new roomies and friends. Love these girls and their up beat attitude. So grateful for their example of loving others fully and for their strong testimonies!

Finally snow this year, I love it!

Polar express, got me in the Christmas spirit.

Rents in our apt

Celebrating Christmas in Utah was a new and fantastic experience there is so much to do here!

Google hangout changed my life and now my whole family can be "together"
Angel Joshua also changed my life this year as he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His patience, understanding, and willingness to learn about his new life style astound me. (as well as my sister and brother-in-law for all their new found medical knowledge, very impressed!)

Here's to another new year full of adventure, friendships, learning, and love!
Happy New Year- 2013 here we come!

P.S. So far this year has been a lot of bad luck, but I'm hoping it will get better!