Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Greetings from Taipei Airport!

Well, what else is there to do at this airport than check email, facebook and write on a blog! Oh, and most importantly....get a decaf iced cafe latte! Yes, I got addicted in 3 days to Starbucks! Can you believe it? There is literally Starbucks EVERYWHERE you look in this city! And, so much nicer than the ones in Calgary. Anyway, I have one in hand and ready to type. You get free internet at the airport....nice!

So, I'm sure you're all curious as to what the Orphanage was like etc. Well, It was so nice. Lots of books, toys and very clean (in my opinion) and tidy rooms. They train these kids well. All the kids were gone to school (unfortunately) so I didn't see any. And, I wasn't allowed on the 0- 6 floor because of sickness...hmmm.... Anyway, I wasn't expecting to see the infant/toddler area. I was told that before I left. It would be too hard on the kids. But, I did get to speak with Sandy...the contact person for our agency and she said she is the contact person for all agencies international. What a sweet heart she is! She was so happy I came and really tried to impress me with how wonderful and set up this orphanage is. We had a great conversation about the Orphanage and I could ask general questions. She was definitely had boundaries of what I could ask. Understandably. Anyway, I couldn't have asked for a better interview and tour. I came out of there smiling from ear to ear....wishing only for one thing...to just take that little baby home that I saw as I left the Orphanage...she looked 10 months and cute as a button. They wouldn't let me take pictures of her, but I couldn't take my eyes off her! Soooo cute!

I can't wait to come back to Taipei and see the rest of Taiwan! It is a wonderful place and pretty easy to get around. I was thankful to have my friend Mel with me! She lives down in Southern Taiwan and was a great "tour guide"!!!! And, the Hyatt wasn't too shabby either! Though I would definetly look into staying around the "main station" (MRT). I believe Caesar Park hotel is right there and is good. Adopting families have used it and said they liked it. I would rather be at the main station of the MRT so it's easy to get around. We were at the Hyatt by Taipei 101 (which Iwent up today in 37 seconds...506 meters high!!!!) In 3 days of touring Taipei I doubt I spend more than 12 dollars on MRT and bus and 8 dollars on Taxi (not many taxi rides). I don't know what we'll do with taking our two boys with us. We may take taxi more depending on them. The MRT is easy and the kids would love it. Has anyone had good luck with getting a "driver" and that speaks english? That would be nice too. Any good ideas would be helpful. No rush...we probably won't go for over 1.5 - 2 years....yes, it could really be that long for us.

Everyone speaks english here...so no problem. They are also very helpful when you look all confused! I can't wait to come back....I'm so sad to be leaving so soon. But, I miss my boys terribly right now. I get on my flight in1 hour...I'm so happy. I've been gone 19 days....can you believe I survived without crying once! God is amazing! He has been my rock and my strength this trip. Any fears I had were taken away and I've enjoyed every minute of this trip. Both in Cambodia and Taiwan. I have just had a trip of a lifetime! It was even greater than I imagined it could be.

ANyway, gotta run. INternet is closing!

I'll post pics and video when I return.

Love,
Carala

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hello From Taipei!

Well, I went to the Orphanage yesterday...what an amazing experience! Hard to put into words! I will post photos and video clips when I return. I leave in 14 hours....so sad. But, I've had a great time and can't wait to be back here! In just 3 days I've come to love these people and this amazing country!

....Carala

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

hello from Cambodia!

Hey guys,

It's been an awesome trip so far...can't believe it's Wednesday already! Crazy! The lighting is coming along. Hopefully Monday I'll get to work on that stuff. I've gotten to do a "kids camp" at the orphanage all week with two other team members. It's been awesome. The kids had 3 days off school so we had lots to plan in so little time. I was a little stressed. But, God is good and supplied some extra help and some fun stuff! Hanging with these kids has been such a huge highlight! I can't even put it into words. I could take all 140 of them home with me if they would let me. They are wonderful kids with the best smiles. They latch onto you and never want you to go. I was been impacted already by these kids and I know I will never forget them. This is an amazing home for them. Marie Ens is an incredible lady with a huge heart for God and these kids. She had this idea the other day to build a school for the kids..but didn't know where she'd get the money. Then she got a phone call and a church in Airdrie donated $100,000 to the Orphanage for whatever they needed it for. So, now by this fall they will have a school for all the kids! Isn't that awesome! :-)

Some time I look at these kids and can't believe I've only known them for 2 days...it feels like we've been great friends for years! Though their english isn't great...we can say hello, how old are you, etc....we share this bond! We sing, laugh, play (I even got to play soccer with them today with the balls that were donated by a local soccer store in Calgary and a couple of my friends/family), run around, or just chat in our own languages to each other and then just laugh cause neither of us didn't know what the other one was saying! HA! Soccer, it was awesome...hot, but awesome! The kids LOVED LOVED LOVED the balls we brought! I got to play in my bare feet which was fun!!! The kids here love bare feet or just flip flops. Pretty much that's what I've been doing too. It's been a little sloppy around since it's been raining some. But, not as much as I thought. We've had cloudy days which is great cause it's not as hot. I don't think I could have made it through 2 days with the kids with the heat. They could run all day and not get tired. I'm surprised that I'm not more pooped at the end of the day. Maybe I'm over jet lag now. God has been so good in giving me energy for these kids. I never have this much energy with my kids! HA! I wish I could go on and on but I shoudl go. Another early morning tomorrow. We get up at 5 a.m. so that means that it's my bed time....it's 8:20pm now. We like to be in bed before 9pm but last night it was 9:30pm and I woke up at 4:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. So, I should run.

THanks for listening! I hope I can write more tomorrow night. we'll see how it goes. We're going to ANGKOR WATT on Friday til Sunday so I hope we can still email up there...assuming we get the time. Jack has a pretty packed schedule...lots of good food testing (indian, khmer, Thai, etc) and sightseeing when we're not working. I don't think I've rested except at bedtime. We go from work to shower to sightseeing, then supper the email, and then bed! I'm tired just writing that! :-)

One interesting thing before I say good-night ....we saw a elephant walking down the street last night.....it was so funny! I couldn't believe it! Right in the middle of the capital city! I LOVE this place. We even when for coffee at a place that Terence and I went to 8 years ago when we were here! It brought back great memories!!!

Good night and thanks for being part of our trip!

...Carala

Saturday, May 10, 2008

waiting in Vancouver

well, we're in vancouver...waiting..waiting..and waiting some more! thanks to wireless internet we're having some fun at these laptops that are getting donated to Place of Rescue. :-) I think I would have been completely bored if it wasn't for my blog, the Cambodian blog and facebook! HA! :-)

So far we're all doing great. Our flight leaves in 2 hours so it's getting closer! I think I will sleep well...I bought one of those blow up pillows...ahhhhh.

Well, we'll touch base sometime in the next few days. We'll see how it goes. I got to phone and chat with TJ's sister who are with the boys....things are going well so far! I'm so happy! :-) It's only been 9 hours since we left home....how many to go? Too many to count! But, I'm not counting cause that will mean the fun will be over. We're so excited about going to the Orphanage...it's going to be great!



...until next time... The very sleepy Jellemas

Thursday, May 8, 2008

1 more sleep til I leave for Cambodia

Hey everyone! We have 1 more sleep until we leave for Cambodia. We're pretty much packed....little things to do. I can't believe we're going! It's been a crazy week. I've been spending some time on my "Cambodian blog". I started one for while we're in Cambodia so we can keep everyone up-to-date on how we're doing and so we can talk about our experiences etc. I hope you will look at it! The site is www.lightuprescue.blogspot.com

Please continue to pray for us, for health and safelty as we travel. It's going to be a 24 hour trip over there. And, we'll face the heat and rain once we get there. We are so excited to start working! To see the kids and know they will get light once all is said and done! How exciting! I'm bringing 6 soccer balls to the kids! Thanks to those of you who donated these balls. I'm excited to play soccer with them. I may be missing a month of soccer here at home...but I get the chance to play with a bunch of little kids! I'm so pumped!!!

Well, I guess I should run. One last evening with my boys ( boo hoo!). I don't know if I'll get a chance to update this blog...but have a look at my other one instead! I assume adoption stuff will stay the same while we're gone. There's been a lot of stuff going around the adoption forums lately and we received some news from our agency that it's going to be harder to get a "healthy" child through Chung Yi. We don't know at this point what is true or not. We have some stuff to think about over the next weeks and we'll make a decision when we get back. At this point we're still on board with Taiwan. Nothing for us has changed. Yesterday was quite a bad day for me but I keep trusting that God has his hand in all of this and I just have to believe that he will take care of all of us....especially our little girl...wherever she is!

Thanks everyone for all your support! This trip is going to be amazing and I can't wait to get back and tell you all about it!

.....Carala