Monday, April 11, 2005

Please remain seated and keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times…

This is it. There are no more sleeps. The whole journey began today. I am in Buffalo right now, we fly out tomorrow but we won’t actually arrive in China till Tuesday. But I board the first plane today and that is enough for me. I am not exactly sure of my thoughts or feelings at this time. We just finished packing some resources in our bags, that was cool.

You know that moment on a roller coaster when the car are climbing the very first hill and all you can hear is the click…click…click. In those few seconds your mind is filled with hope and dread. you start to wonder what you were thinking when you agreed to be strapped into the seat. Well that is the closest to where I am at right now. Even with all the anxiety they cause I love roller coasters…and this is going to be a far greater adventure.

See you on the other side,
Elizabeth

Sunday, April 10, 2005

1 Sleep

The lack of countdown for sleeps 3 and 2 was due to the increased busyness of past few days. But the time not spent on writting posts was put to writing papers...and on Thursday I finished my last assignment for ministry to preschooler. Meaning I finished my last Bethany class. I'm Done! All done! Completion…it doesn’t feel real. But it is and there has been great rejoicing.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

4 Sleeps

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
-William Shakespeare

If I was not called Liz would I still be Liz? Hmmm…something to ponder. Sam, my boss at the pizza place looked at me today and asked, “Liz, what is wrong with Elizabeth? Why are you Liz not Elizabeth?” To which I really didn’t have an explanation since I never really thought that much about it. My friends in jr. high called me Liz and that’s just what I am called. Sam then continued, “Elizabeth is classy. What is Liz? Liz is nothing, it is no respect. I shall no longer call you Liz, you are Elizabeth. That is much nicer!. You couldn’t be a doctor Liz. You have gone to college, you are smart, you are Elizabeth”

He was true to his word, for the rest of the day I heard “Elizabeth”. At first I felt like I was in trouble. But I got use to it. And Elizabeth has a good meaning "give or consecrated to God". I like Elizabeth, and its more mature. So should I transition to being called Elizabeth?

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

5 Sleeps

I’ve been looking forward to watching Doctor Who tonight, but it didn’t happen. Instead I had the joy of watching a Barbie movie with my dear sister. I think this was the 12th time watching the Princess and the Pauper. I was a little disappointed; I was looking forward to watching “living plastic people” attempting to take-over/destroy the world. Oh, what we do for those we love.

Joyful news…by my calculations there I just need $200 (Canadian) for the upcoming mission trip to China. Which is a good thing, since we are leaving very soon, only 5 sleeps to go.

6 Sleeps

I was mistaken for a 16 year-old. 16! Six-freakn-teen years old! That is eight years younger then I actually am! I know I should be grateful, there are many women in the world who desire to look 8 years younger. And maybe someday I’ll be glad for it. But that day has not yet come. I would like to look my age, or at least like I am old enough to get into bars, not that I would go to a bars…cause I don’t. I just that’s an age associated with “adulthood” or maturity. And I am tired of looking like a little girl…frustration.

In other news, I became a human IV pole today. Normally my sisters feeding tube is hooked up to the machine and feeding stuff between 7pm and 7am…while she sleeps. But Lee-Ann has a deep sedate tomorrow (the chemo treatment will be injected into her spinal fluid), which means she can’t have anything to “eat” after 12am. So the feeding began some time this afternoon. Any time Lee-Ann wanted to move, like play in a different area, go upstairs, etc. we got to follow her around like a live IV pole. It was an experience.

For anyone interested: Tomorrow is the season permier of Docter Who on CBC @ 8pm.

Monday, April 04, 2005

7 Sleeps

To China I go (which is in Asia) in just one week. Wow can’t believe its that soon, especially since I still need about $800. At first my question about having to raise support was “will God provide”. The question has been transformed to “how will God provide”. God is so amazing when he moves. Today two different sources provided $600, I was in shock or maybe just awe to see God's hand moving. God is so awesome.

Lee-Ann got to visit the hospital again tonight, nothing so serious. Her feeding tube came out so it was best to take her to the IWK in Halifax.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

8 Sleeps

Tears fell from my eyes today; I cried much…the dozen onions I cut for work were directly related to my high water level. Other than that I had a good shift. I’ve learned a few more pizza girl skills this week like putting pizza in the oven and stretching the dough. Sadly we don’t do the cool flip the dough in the air. Maybe that’s a good thing, I could see myself sticking it to the ceiling of having the dough land on my head.

Lee-Ann thought it would be a good for a “spot of tea”. So mommy, Lee-Ann and I had a tea party, not just any tea party a real tea party with Mom’s grown-up tea set. Lee-Ann thought that was the neatest thing…using real dishes. Juice was used for the tea, sugar, and cream. It was actually fun. We spoke in out best British accents (which were pretty pathetic, but we tried) and nibbled on crackers while Lee-Ann poured the “tea”.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

9 Sleeps

Lee-Ann came home from the hospital today. She is her still her normal cheerful four year old self, not phased at all by a tube coming from her nose. Well maybe a little, I was about to hug her and she put up hands up and said, “Zizzy be careful of my feeding tube.” (And sister is the only one with the right to call me Zizzy). It is good to have her home. Other praise her blood counts are all good so she will be able to continue treatment on Tuesday.

Just 9 sleeps to China, Asia (not considering naps or insomnia). Things seem to be coming together. Today my passport arrived with my Chinese visa…its pretty and has an image of the Great Wall. It is hard to believe at times that I am really going to be in China, nervous and excited all bundled into one.

Friday, April 01, 2005

10 Sleeps

Last day of March…last days always make me sad. There will never be another March 2005. I know its true of every day and we should always live to the fullest each and every day...yada, yada, yada…it just seems to hit me as more of a reality some times. This is one of those times.

Lee-Ann is doing well; she should be out of the hospital tomorrow by noon. Both she and dad are looking forward to leaving; the hospital gets old and boring very fast.

The countdown has begun...in just 10 sleeps the journey to China will begin.