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Flying!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Mission plane arrived yesterday afternoon (see yesterday's blog) and so I'm flying at 7am this morning, or rather we're leaving for the airport at 7am. That gives me about an hour.
Today's Positives:
1. Many friends have helped me get out of my house and packed over the past weeks. I am grateful.
2. I have had so many farewells with lots of kind words said. Now for the hellos on the other end.
3. I am ready for this transition to America step. The step to actual retirement will come later as I already have a number of speaking engagements on the other side.

  
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MJREIMERS 11/26/2014 11:42AM

    Have a safe trip! Let us know when you are home and we'll do lunch!

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JAMER123 11/25/2014 9:35PM

    So glad all is finally working out well for you. Safe travels. I like your positives!
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AEO_SUNSHINE 11/25/2014 3:17PM

    Have a save journey with a soft landing!

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ZELLAZM 11/25/2014 2:34PM

    emoticon Safe journey!

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MSFROGGIE 11/25/2014 8:31AM

    Praying you have a safe flight!

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SHIRLA7 11/25/2014 7:54AM

    Safe travels and welcome home! How exciting but sad in a way too.


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RD03875 11/25/2014 1:27AM

    Have a safe trip!

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KATHYJO56 11/25/2014 12:44AM

    Welcome home and to your new life.

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GINA180847 11/25/2014 12:42AM

    Good luck!

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KAYTIE22 11/25/2014 12:26AM

    Woo Hoo! You're on your way! Have a safe trip.

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DIDMIS 11/25/2014 12:19AM

    Hello. I am here on the other side. Have a safe trip my friend.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 11/25/2014 12:05AM

  Wishing you a safe journey home! emoticon

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Still waiting for the plane!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The small plane that was supposed to come Saturday and then Sunday is still not here and it is early Monday afternoon. It is coming from another country. It is supposed to arrive today so I can fly tomorrow. I have had no confirmation that it had canceled today's flight so I imagine it's on the way. So.... I await confirmation as to if I will fly to the capital city tomorrow, or if I will be riding up with someone. It is a long distance that I had hoped to avoid.

Today's Positives:
1. I have had one more day to clean, throw, pack, etc and I'm getting close to feeling ready to leave. There would always but something more to do but sometimes one just has to walk way, or should I say fly away. I have lived in Africa for over 37 years.
2. Almost all of my goodbyes are already said and done.
3. I've gotten plenty of exercise this week and my pedometer is happy!

Here is the local church where I gave yesterday's farewell message.



  
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JAMER123 11/24/2014 9:30PM

    I certainly hope that you were able to fly out today so you had a relaxing day. What ever way you travel, please have safe travels as you head on back to the states and Omaha. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.
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SPEEDY143 11/24/2014 3:57PM

    I'd opt for the long drive and enjoy every minute of my last days in Africa... safe travels how ever you end up leaving this long successful chapter of your blessed life and welcome home dear friend emoticon

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CALIDREAMER76 11/24/2014 3:34PM

    Although I haven't been on spark as much, I've been thinking of you in your final days in Africa. Praying for a safe flight home.
God Bless you as you begin another chapter of your life!
Frances

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WIFE49 11/24/2014 3:29PM

    Hope your plane arrives. 37 years is along time.

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DIDMIS 11/24/2014 12:10PM

    Carolyn delays can be blessings. One time while driving through a City in Texas the traffic was so slow. It backed up several times. Then it really did back up horribly. We were barely creeping. Then a bunch of us went down on a dirt road kind of like an access road. Then we saw the traffic was completely stopped. There had been a horrible accident. I realized God had us creeping along to keep us from being in that accident.

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MAMISHELI53 11/24/2014 11:23AM

    Times like these we have to trust God's sovereignty. I had a flight cancelled due to a hurricane, and ended up staying a couple extra days in Peru. In that time I was able to minister in 2 other churches. God knows what He's about.

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SHIRLA7 11/24/2014 8:54AM

    Good luck Carolyn on your flights and move back to the States. I know you must be having a lot of different emotions right now. emoticon

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SHANTODD420 11/24/2014 8:17AM

    Good luck and hope your plane comes soon.

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SWEETNEEY 11/24/2014 8:15AM

    Wow that is awesome - having been in Africa for 37 years and now leaving to go somewhere else. It's hard to fathom the emotions of the past and the future you must be feeling.

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ELRIDDICK 11/24/2014 7:06AM

  Thanks for sharing

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ONE MORE DAY!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our mission pilot has a cold so did not return to the Hospital on Saturday. He is supposed to arrive tomorrow, the day I was supposed to have flown out. SO, the plan now is for me to fly to the capital city on Tuesday. That is fine since I am still working on projects. I'm considerably further along than in this photo though...



I moved to a guest house for sleeping and eating about three days ago. My house is now almost totally cleaned out and cleaned except that I still do have my suitcase there since I have a beam scale where I can weigh it. I brought clothes that I will get rid of to the guest house.

Today's Positives:
1. Today I finished doing my farewell tour to the churches with our local church.
2. I am actually glad that I have one more day to finish up some projects and that also to give me time this evening to spend watching "Law and Order" with a long time friend. Relaxation is good.
3. ONE MORE DAY until I start my move from Africa to Omaha, Nebraska!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

  
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RD03875 11/24/2014 1:21AM

    Have a safe trip!

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KATHYJO56 11/24/2014 12:56AM

    Prayers for a safe trip home, Carolyn.

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FLEMIDG 11/24/2014 12:43AM

    Glad you were able to have the extra day to accomplish what you need to do. Have a safe trip home.

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DIDMIS 11/23/2014 10:50PM

    One day at a time dear Jesus, that is all I ask of you.
And He has the correct timing.

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HISNEWCREATION 11/23/2014 6:48PM

    God knew you needed that one more day. Praying for favor as you move into this new phase of life. God bless you as you travel.

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LINDA! 11/23/2014 6:35PM

    emoticon Have a safe trip.

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Safe travels! Glad you are able to adapt to the changes!

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GINA180847 11/23/2014 5:32PM

    the end of a teaching career to be proud of.........Safe travels!

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GINGKO711 11/23/2014 5:12PM

    Wow, that's quite the distance to move! Good luck!!

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Jeopardy at Farewell Party (part 2)!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To continue to tell about the Farewell Party give to me by my colleagues, they had a game of Jeopardy where all the categories and information was about me. Categories included: Newbie, Omaha, Graduation, Armed Forces, Uh-Oh, Roads, Churches, etc. I had been asked a lot of questions recently but also someone contacted a former Missionary to ask for more information. She went to my personal blog to get other info. She may have also gone to the internet for all I know. The group was divided into three teams and did the full Jeopardy game, with me as final judge.



At the end of the farewell party my colleagues gave me a nice gift. One was a lovely Memory book that was full of letters from present and past Missionaries, along with photos that were past and present. A friend had worked very hard at gathering the information and making the book.



I also received a very generous Amazon.com gift certificate.



This week I have been mostly working in my house, sorting through papers, getting rid of the last stuff. I am still swamped with things to do and get rid of. My cleaning lady is cleaning cupboards as I empty them. I have invitations out for dinners every night. Tomorrow I will move into a guest house so I won't be sleeping here and cleaning can continue.

Today's Positives:
1. I have invitations out for evening meals so do not have to prepare them here, and so my refrigerator can get emptied out today.
2. I have a friend coming over to help me this afternoon and a few others tomorrow afternoon.
3. Only 5 days til I fly from here to the capital city.

Thanks for following my saga of leaving Africa, moving back to Omaha!


  
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ZELLAZM 11/22/2014 7:50AM

    What a special surprise! Glad you had a chance to celebrate with all your friends and co-workers there. I'm sure you're VERY busy this weekend - maybe your next post will be from Omaha? Safe travels!

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SPEEDY143 11/20/2014 10:49PM

    YOU are so loved and appreciated emoticon

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MAMISHELI53 11/20/2014 11:08AM

    How lovely! And how well deserved!

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GINA180847 11/19/2014 8:23AM

    What lovely gifts and kind invites. The jeopardy game sounds like a real blast.

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DIDMIS 11/19/2014 2:35AM

    you are emoticon and you are emoticon but God has something for you to do and will lead you each step of the way. emoticon on the gifts especially the gift card.
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ALIHIKES 11/19/2014 1:47AM

    What a great party! And what a send off and "thank you" for your years of work at the Hospital educating others!

I am also looking forward to retirement in a few months. It will be a huge change I know!

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KATHYJO56 11/19/2014 12:56AM

    Carolyn, I guess the time has finally come. I love the idea of the Jeopardy game. What an incredible gift they gave you. You have worked with some very wonderful people. emoticon

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JAMER123 11/19/2014 12:04AM

    Goodness, what a wonderful surprise!! Your move has come so very quickly now that it's nearing. Seems like we never get done what we need to until under the gun. And there is always so much to do. You have been there many yrs. and downsizing is difficult but doable. Enjoy you time to the fullest.
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SURPRISE Farewell Party (part 1)!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A colleague told me that the team would have a dinner for me either on November 21 or 22. She told me that she wanted me to come for dinner at her house though on November 15th. I went to dinner on Saturday night and was totally SURPRISED when the whole team greeted me with singing a made up song about me, to to tune of "America the Beautiful". They had hidden their cars, shoes (we take our shoes off at the door), etc so when I went in the front entrance, I had no idea that everyone was in the dining room until they started to sing. I sure was surprised. I had not dressed up for my farewell party but then again, everyone came in casual dress.

I don't have time to tell all about the party in this blog because I still have a Nursing School final exam to finish up, print and give this afternoon. Here are a few photos, then in my next blog I'll tell you more........

We started out with a nice buffet meal, one I did not have to help prepare!! :-)







Everyone was there. Here are the five children who live on our Station. They call me "Aunt Carolyn".



After dinner we played Jeopardy and all the categories were about me!



More in my next blog..............

Today's Positives:
1. I had a nice time at the Makombo church yesterday. They gave me a nice present to send me off, and had a reception for me afterwards.
2. Today will be my LAST CLASS to teach in the Nursing School.
3. I was thrown such a nice Farewell party on Saturday.
4. One more week before I start my trip home to OMAHA.

Stay tuned for Part 2.....!!

  
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DIDMIS 11/19/2014 2:30AM

    Carolyn I thought I had subscribed to your blogs but if I did it went when my computer started acting up.
Those people love you. You are blessed. May God lead you each step of the way.
I guess you have mixed emotions about going home.

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2014 1:48AM

    Great photos! And what a nice party.

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MAMISHELI53 11/18/2014 10:51AM

    Love the pix! Of course any meal YOU don't have to prepare and clean up after is a GREAT meal! emoticon

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KATHYJO56 11/18/2014 12:25AM

    What a nice thing for your friends to do and I can't think of anybody who deserves a nice party more than you do. emoticon

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JAMER123 11/17/2014 11:43PM

    emoticon emoticon What a nice surprise!!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 11/17/2014 12:30PM

    Such a lovely surprise. Enjoy the rest of the time there.

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RD03875 11/17/2014 5:32AM

    What a lovely surprise!

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PICKIE98 11/17/2014 5:15AM

    What a great sendoff!! Friends are the best!

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