Where the Streets Have No Name- Navigating on Ebeye

August 31, 2019

  When I first arrived on Ebeye, I asked my friend Katie (from Changing Focus Ministries) how to find her house.  She said their house was on the south end of town, halfway down the street past Calvary Church and that if I made it the DIY hardware store, I had walked too far.  It took me 10 minutes to find her house, most of that time spent wandering up and down the road wishing for street signs!

Feeling a Little Homesick

August 28, 2019

   Right now, the electricity is on rolling brown outs on Ebeye and it's affecting me a lot more than I thought it would.

A Visit to Oceanside Beach

August 25, 2019

   Earth and I spent a little time at one of the more secluded beaches on Kwaj the other evening.  This was one of our family's favorite beaches when we lived here (we even had a family photo shoot done here) and it was fun to be able to explore it with Earth.

Why Is There No Easy Fix for the Flooding on Ebeye?

August 23, 2019

   We're in the middle of the rainy season here and Ebeye, the island I live on, is flooding more and more often.  The water rising in the streets is dirty with trash and sewage and while it drains quickly in some areas, in others it sits for days, encouraging disease and decay.  Why don't they just do something about it, you might ask?  It's just not that simple...

A Day in Our Island Life

August 16, 2019

Although my life isn't that different from that of any other working single mom in the US, it is a little unique so I thought I'd share what a regular day looks like for Earth and I.  My day usually starts at 5:30 and although some mornings I can manage a little coffee before Earth gets up, our room is pretty small and quite often he gets up when I do.

Officially In-Process!

August 14, 2019

  After discovering the wonderful news that you can now file for naturalization through the N600k process online I raced to get started on it.  Unfortunately, power went out to the whole island just as I sat down that the computer.  It was out all night but I was able to finish and submit Earth's application on my lunch break today:

  Besides being able to file online, you can now request an appointment date when you file.  I entered December 1, 2019 so, theoretically, if we have Earth's interview on that day and he is approved for citizenship, we could be home by Christmas.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up but can't stop myself from imagining how wonderful that would be.


August 13, 2019

   On Saturday, we let the ferry leave without us and headed to the beach to kick off our weekend!

Answered Prayer: Earth's First Day of School

August 6, 2019

  This whole situation is hard and there have been some very uncertain and scary moments but through every step Earth and I have taken on this journey, I have felt God's love and protection.  My friends, let this be a little bit of testimony to God's love for this little boy: Earth started preschool on Kwajalein today.  People who could have said no to this have said yes and very quickly when they could have dragged their feet.  People in high up places who normally wouldn't even be aware of us know about our situation and are tracking our paperwork and making sure it gets approved.
  So many prayers have been answered: We've been able to stay on Kwaj for the whole four weeks of our vacation pass, we were able to stay in a friends house which gave Earth a little bit of "normal" in all this, we were able to secure an excellent apartment on Ebeye, I was able to get a job that's perfect for me and our situation (y'all, I work in a library!), I was able to get the level of base access badge that I needed after initially being denied, Earth was approved for preschool, and I have been approved for a base meal card and a PO box.
  Earth and I are nothing amidst billions of people but God has heard our prayers and those of everyone praying for us and has answered every one.  We don't deserve His blessings but have been showered with them.  I'm felled by His love for my son.

First Day of School

School started yesterday!

Moving Day

August 5, 2019

Good morning from Ebeye!
 Earth and I moved into the apartment yesterday and spent our first night there.  This was my view from the dock as I waited for the ferry to work

It Takes a Little Getting Used To

August 2, 2019

  I've never been one to cry on my child's first day of school.  At the boohoo/yahoo parties, I'm definitely in the yahoo camp.  I love my kids but I don't mind having some time away from them and I actually think it's good for them to develop a part of their life that doesn't require me.  All that is easy to say but when Earth started crying when I dropped him off with Mama Elizabeth this morning, my heart broke a little bit and I almost cried myself.
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