Sunday, February 23, 2014

So Thankful.

Have you noticed that my communication back home has increased exponentially this past week and a half?  Or that I have been posting a lot of things from BuzzFeed? I've had a lot of time on my hands recently.
Well, I didn't quit my sites here in Malaysia. As some of you know, I have been hanging out in KL following our retreat in Hong Kong due to a little infection that required a small stint in the hospital and eventually some minor surgery.  Those who know me well may not be too surprised.  I've had my fair share of strange medical situations.  Nevertheless, being hospitalized in a foreign country was not on my bucket list for this year/ever.  This post isn't really to tell you I was in the hospital, but to express how thankful I am for those who have accompanied me the past week and a half.
First of all, I am incredibly thankful for my sweet, sweet YAGM family. Really, these people are saints.  From lifting my spirits in the ER, to staying nights with me in the hospital with me, to ditching their waterfall day to literally just sit in a hospital room with me, I cannot even put into words how much their presence has meant to me.  Y'all are peaches, and that's an understatement.
As interesting as it was to experience cultural practices translated into the healthcare setting, I am thankful for the doctors and nurses who took lovely care of me.  One of the highs of Malaysian hospital stays: Milo delivered 3 times a day.  America, get it together.  Also, my surgeon looked strikingly similar to Bob Ross, so there's that visual for you. (You know, that painter man on PBS. Google it.)
The lovely couple of Chris and Becca Gamble, aka our country coordinator and his wife have opened up their house for me to recover.  Truly such a blessing to have a home to come into to recover and not have to check into a hotel.
My sweet family back home... bless them. I had regular phone calls to Aunt Ann getting her medical advice and phone calls to Jandy to update them on life.  I feel like there were times when they were maybe more stressed about the situation than I was :)
I am so thankful to have a family back in KK: supervisors, co-workers, friends, church peeps, Mrs. Soong and family to miss, check in with, have supporting me in prayer.  I have missed them dearly the past 2 weeks and am so excited to say that I'LL BE HOME TUESDAY!

I continue to be amazed at the ways in which God is present in the midst of the weird, uncomfortable, and unknown of this year.  Sometimes all you can have is faith.

So thankful. xoxo

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