Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 12 Earthquake!

May 12--another earthquake!

My word--it was the very next day after I posted the last post!

It was scary, I won't sugarcoat it.  We didn't have time to pray!
This is why I'm glad we prayed in the morning!

I've been working at home, because my new office is on the third floor of the hospital
and I didn't really want to go up there!

So, anyway, I was called up there for something
and had just said, "This is my first time to work up here since the earthquake because
I've been afraid to come up here for longer than a minute!"

THEN, there was a very loud noise, and the first shakes!
YIKES!  Say it isn't so!  It's so!  GO!

The building kept shaking badly and we all ran to the doorway,
which, by the way, we do at home when there's a strong aftershock.

However, this didn't stop and it was obviously the second earthquake many feared
was going to come, and as predicted, we found out later, was east of the big one.
We made a run for it down the stairs with the building shaking the whole time.

By the way, all day today, off and on, I've felt tremors.  Please keep praying!
We'll be sleeping in (Ramon) scrubs and (me) sweats so we can run outside in the night if we need to.
We'd been sleeping that way for two weeks and had just started wearing pajamas again.
Now, however, it's back to scrubs/sweats!

Here is the hospital's post of what happened:

We are thankful that we are OK, but so sad for the devastation upon devastation.

The famous beautiful tourist town of Nagarkot was near the epicenter.
Remember this picture of my mom and me with the very tip top of Mt. Everest to the left of Mom?

This was also taken there!  You can't take a bad picture!

Here's our Nagarkot selfie:

Here's an article about what happened in Nagarkot.  I'm so sad.

The hotel we stayed at is the one called Club Himalaya.
To see pics, go to the "Labels" and click Nagarkot.

Here's an article about this quake.

When you read about Sindupalchowk,
please note that it is the same place in the previous post where the team went.

Thanks again for your prayers and support.
Have a blessed day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Trip to a Village


Hope everyone is having a nice week and that you had a lovely Mother's Day with your family!
I had a lovely talk with my mom, sister, and family,
and Ramon did too.

Here, we are still experiencing aftershocks, some too strong for my liking!
However, we are thankful that our house is OK and we can sleep inside
(I'm sleeping in sweats in case we have to rush out!)
and have electricity, water, internet, and even cable TV!  

No, we didn't make it to a village, but some of our doctors have been going to badly affected areas.
To read about one such trip, jump on over to the hospital's blog:

I think their experiences are typical of the relief teams.

Here are a few pictures of my recent trip to Kathmandu:

A huge tent city in a huge town square:

Look how one is down and one is still up!
It's probably very likely that the one up has cracks though.

The owners of the intact houses are inviting homeless friends and family members into their homes.
This is very nice to note.

Well, very tired, so will quit for now.
Thanks for care and concern and prayers.
More soon.
Take care and God bless!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

An Earthquake Story


First of all, thank you for all the love and support we are feeling over here in Nepal!
There are still aftershocks (two or three about about hour ago)
and life is extremely difficult for many people.

This BBC article is pretty comprehensive.

We are OK, thankfully, and busy as you can imagine--especially Ramon!

He has been on CNN Espanol along with the other doctors.

He's also been in a newspaper in Paraguay!

Here he is talking on the phone to a reporter in Paraguay.

I think he has talked to three.
Twice a radio station tried to talk to him live, but it didn't work out.
Maybe later.

I've not been able to update this blog with our experiences yet, 
but I did get a story out for the hospital's blog.
If you want to read it, here it is:  

It's the story of these folks.

For now, I'll say Bye and put up a happy sight I saw today.
This adorable little boy is still healing from his head wounds.  You can see the bandages.
However, he's up now and PLAYING!  What a beautiful sight!
He wasn't running, but he was playing!!!  He's getting better!


Friday, May 1, 2015


The Earthquake!  Oh dear.  We are so sad for our beloved Nepal.  What a week this has been.  It's unreal and I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and say to Ramon, "MAN, what a nightmare I had!"  We are thankfully OK and have just been very, very busy as you can imagine, with no time to update this.  Plus, we didn't have internet for several days.  I have updated the hospital's blog, which is my job, so head on over there any time you'd like to check it out:

This picture sadly says the reality of too many families.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for us and please keep praying for everyone!!!

I still don't have time to make a "real" post, so for those of you who didn't see this on Facebook, 
I'm just going post a link to a newspaper article about our hospital (and yes, Ramon is mentioned)
from a newspaper in India.  It will give you a quick update.

By the way, Ramon is the one who set up the intensive care unit on the lawn. 

Sadly, the death toll has risen too much since this was written.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers.  Keep them coming!
We still are having aftershocks.  My legs sometimes feel like jelly.

Blessings to all.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ihi and Bahra

Ihi and Bahra!

Hmmm?  Do you know what those are?

(If this is too long, feel free to read it in two parts!)

Don't worry if you're not from here and you don't know.  
I didn't know what they were before I moved here.

They are types of marriages.  Yes!
I have never been to an Ihi ceremony, but I have been to (parts of) two Bahra ceremonies.

Here's how I learned about the Ihi ceremony.
One of my little female students was absent for a few days.  When she returned to school,
I asked her if she had been sick.  "Oh no," she said, "I had my marriage to my fruit."


Of course, I had to look it up.  Click the Wikipedia article to read about it.

A foot of a Newar girl is pictured during an Ihi ceremony in Kathmandu.
(Click this link to learn more.  Thank you for the great article Gopal Sharma.)

You can see that this custom is practiced among many of the Newari people,
who are indigenous to the Kathmandu Valley.  Since we are in the Kathmandu Valley,
many of the people who live here are Newari.
To read about their culture, I recommend Wikipedia again.

OK, now, what is Bahra?  (It's referred to in Gopal Sharma's article.)

Here's Wikipedia's article:

As mentioned, I have been to the reception of two Bahra ceremonies.
There were not exactly alike.

The first one was the Bahra reception of two cousins, both of whom were my English students.
It was in the Chandeswori Temple, which is down the street, where I attended
the wedding reception mentioned in this recent post (if you missed it):

We walked to the temple, which only takes about five minutes.

I was with some of the teachers from the school, some school friends of the girls, and my niece,
who was volunteering here at the time.  We walked through the courtyard,

where the other wedding reception was and into the building, where I had never been before,

and into this hallway where the girls sitting with their family members.

Guests were seated on the opposite wall.
(Yes, that's my beautiful niece!  Can't wait to see her and the rest
of the family when we go on vacation, which won't actually be for awhile!)

Here are the sweet little friends of the girls.  They have since "graduated" from
our school and moved onward and upward.  Occasionally I bump into one or two
of them in Banepa and it's so nice to see how they are growing up into lovely young ladies!

Our principal was invited to participate in the festivities.

The cooks did a great job!

Now, I'll show you a few pics of the second (and more recent) Bahra reception I went to.
Again, this was for an English student of mine.
Her cousins were also participating at the same time.  It was a family affair,
as their little brothers were also having a ceremony of their own.

This time the reception was at an uncle's home up on a hillside just outside of Banepa.
It's a beautiful walk.

Lots of friends and family were attending.  See the girls sitting there on the right?

We waited in line to greet them.

People were giving them gifts, including rice, which was touched to their heads.

  This is one of our teachers giving our student our gift,

and her cousins a smaller gift

and a tika.

Not to be outdone, the little brothers also received gifts and tikas.
I confess that I never found out exactly what their ceremony was.
(If you know, please let me know!)

Look how adorable they are!

Well, now you know what I saw when I went to Bahra wedding reception ceremonies!

Have a nice day, a blessed week, and thanks for your continued prayers!

Saturday, March 21, 2015



Yes, when you come to Nepal you will see adorableness around every corner!

Today I give you a photo post to enjoy of some of the adorableness I see 
every day as I wander around Nepal!


(Beautiful twins!
Ramon gets to see all the
beautiful C-section babies
at birth!)

I told you!

Soooo adorable! 

We feel so blessed to be working here surrounded 
by such beauty!

Have a nice day and look for the adorableness 
wherever you are!