It seems like yesterday it was December and my gang was home and we like to remove ourselves from life and share the holidays with friends and family and basically recharge and goal set for the next year! This year we were getting ready to send Logan and Marena off to Peru for an 8 month medical mission trip! Well, now it's January 25 and I can say that it took until today for me to finally feel like I am getting back into a routine and feeling somewhat organized again.
_Here is why I have been not writing or publishing as much as usual. I am glad to be back and hope we have a wonderful year in HEALTH!
Here is a copy of my New Years Day Facebook Post:
As I Celebrated the New Year last night my family was divided between 2 Countries. So much has happened in the last 24 hours that our head is still spinning but I wanted to give you all an update and share how the LORD works when we sometimes wonder why events are happening (especially at airports) when we are trying to do the Lord's work!
Ken, Logan Willeford and Marena Willeford were detained at customs and missed their flight out of the country over a visa problem and ended up delayed in Miami until the following night. The next night on the flight to Peru Logan woke up his Dad and told him they keep asking for a doctor on the plane. Long story short Ken spent the flight Resuscitating a women and running IV's into her until they arrived in Arequipa and the medical team at the airport took over. The pilots gave Ken 3 bottles of wine as a token of appreciation. (that was really a gift from God that would be needed later....)
Ken got the kids settled in their new home and last night they decided to go out for dinner and watch fireworks in the square. One of the fireworks misfired and somehow hit Marena, in a square that was filled with thousands of people. Needless to say it was traumatic for Ken and Logan as they rolled her on the ground. The locals immediately began pouring their water bottles on her to decrease the heat. Ken later found out they protected their bags and belongings in the craziness of it all and made sure they had everything as they left for home.
Once at home Marena's adrenaline wore off and she began to feel the intense pain from the burning. Ken needed something to help keep her calm and help with her pain and remembered the wine the "pilots" had given him as a gift. He had her drink it down as fast as she could until he could get her cleaned up, medicated and bandaged. Marena had her first drink which completely calmed her down while her pain medicine kicked in and tolerated the cleaning of her skin. And so, the beginning of their medical mission trip begins with bravery as they face a new country, new language, new culture and customs all while our heavenly Father provides and takes care of his sheep on airplanes, in the mission field, and watching fireworks as strangers suddenly become guardian angels and friends!
— in Arequipa, Peru.
She's feeling 22........Oh to be 22 again and have your whole life ahead of you! This is a big year for my daughter Brea. She will graduate with Honors from Coastal Carolina University in a few weeks and she just celebrated her 22nd Birthday! I know you all feel exactly the same way I do at every birthday and milestone of your children. The unspeakable joy and pain deep inside your heart. So much joy & pride as we watch our children accomplish great goals and grow in the LORD but so much pain to trust the LORD and let go and give them back to God for His purpose and will in their lives! Stepping into our destiny is so exciting personally but to watch someone you took care of every day of their lives step into their destiny is simply a miracle! I am forever thankful for one of my most precious gifts from God and that is my children! I have treasured every day of my life lived with my kids and my cup is full and running over with happiness! My wish for everyone is that you find your soul-mate in life and build a family together to one day release into this world for HIS glory!
Brea graduates with a Biology Degree and she plans to spend the next decade following in her parents footsteps and become a medical doctor that provides excellent healthcare to the next generation! She's been raised on green smoothies, veggie juice, organic plant-based food and chemical free everything!! She as heard every lecture I will ever give about a thousand times! (I know she will make a great doctor!)
She has worked extremely hard taking the courses needed to apply to medical school and suffered through all those science courses of genetics, physics, biochemistry and to many to count three hour labs!
As readers of my blog I invite you to celebrate with me and my family this milestone in Brea's life! I wish all of you much love & joy and be the best parent, mentor & role model you can to your own children! The world needs great parents and grand-parents so make your legacy count!
We are all looking forward to Celebrating with YOU! Have a Wonderful Day at Coastal Carolina University, enjoy your day with your sorority sisters and friends! We know you have a big physics tests tomorrow but try and take a study break and CELEBRATE! RELAX! You are almost at the end of the semester and you have had a very successful college year! We will celebrate with you as soon as you can! Keep taking those pictures and I'll keep preserving your memories!
LOVE, KISSES & HUGS going out today to Sierra Willeford!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY......HAPPY BIRTHDAY...........HAPPY BIRTHDAY.............HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
My 3 goals for healthcare;
(1) reduce cost
(2) teach health strategies
(3) improve the health of the family