Spiders As Big As Your Fist: It Just Keeps Getting Better

Today, Curry and Heidi from Signs of Hope International left for Ghana. 3 down 4 to go! Last night I called Curry about some last minute things. He has been there many times and it was at his invitation and the invitation of the schools that we are fortunate enough to be part of this amazing experience! I was asking him about packing swimsuits and rain gear.  Yes talk about two ends of a spectrum. The packing list we received from SOHI mentioned both. He said there is not a body of water that he would recommend getting into. As …

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1 Down, 7 To Go

Robi left for Africa today. Curry and Heidi leave tomorrow. They are all going in advance to have meetings and take care of some of the business aspects and formalities so that we can hit the ground running when we arrive. I asked Curry, how we are going to get from the airport to Mampong, a one and a half hour drive. He said he will be picking us up in the Deaf School’s bus, if it is running. Why am I having flashbacks of “The God’s Must Be Crazy?” I can’t imagine it will be hard to spot us …

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100% Humidity, Rations & A Botel

A few days ago I checked weather.com for Accra Ghana. I was stunned to see highs of 91 and lows of 77 with 100% humidity. I don’t think I will be wearing my Signing Time sweater while we are there. We are basically going to live in a sauna for 10 days. Feel free to check out weather.com while we are traveling. You can see what time it is in Ghana. Ghana is 7 hours ahead of Utah. Today I rationed out all of our food that we are bringing to Africa. We have dinners “catered” each night – I …

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Rachel Is In the Lead

I am officially in the lead having received 6 shots total. 2 shots on Friday and 4 yesterday and I started my Typhoid series last night. I went to the doctor to make sure that whatever sickness I have had since before Christmas does not need to medication. The bottom line: I am just fine:-) I am sure you are all happy to hear! (LOL) Since I had already paid my co-pay, why make another appointment for shots. I got 4 more shots and geez!!! that tetanus hurts today. I could hardly wash my hair in the shower! I’ve been …

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2 Weeks to Go to Ghana!

Two weeks from today we are going to be on the plane! I have been stressing out because I have been sick since the week before Christmas. It’s been one thing after another. Aaron, Derek, Alex and Leah all started their typhoid medication last night. I didn’t start because I am going to see the doctor today and see if I need an antibiotic for what ever it is I already have. I can’t take the typhoid meds and be on an antibiotic at the same time. PLUS we start our malaria medication the day we leave. Can I effectively …

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Hit Me With Your Best Shots

No shots here! Here’s the first batch! Yesterday we went in to the University of Utah Travel Clinic for a health consultation about our upcoming trip to Ghana Africa and (drum roll please) we had our first round of shots! We had our “exotic shots” done today and we will each see our regular doctors for the less exotic shots. An exotic shot is Yellow Fever, we also had MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) shots because they have shown that live shots should either be received on the same day or a month apart. Believe it or not the stuff …

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Count Down and Chip In

Every time I see the countdown to our flight on my blog my heart jumps! I can’t believe how soon we are leaving. We are scheduled to get our shots on Friday. But, I am having a hard time finding skirts for Leah and myself in the middle of winter! Today I was able to find a fundraising tracker – so you can see how we are doing. I could not set it up to acknowledge all of you fabulous people who already donated on-line. So, right now I need to thank the following generous individuals who together (in increments …

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Don’t Put Your Passport Through the Wash

In case you haven’t heard, we are going to Ghana 🙂. Take a look a the count down to our flight on the right hand side of my blog. With your help, we have raised over $12,000. We are still $4,400 away from our fundraising goal. We sent in our Visa applications two days ago. Aaron had accidentally run his passport through the washing machine a month or so ago, but his replacement came just in time. Aaron, Leah and I went to Rite-Aid to have our Visa photos taken. It took 45 minutes! When I went in and said …

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What Not To Wear ~ How Not To Wave

Yesterday we had our first pre-trip meeting to get through preliminary info about going to Ghana Africa. Wow! Curry, from Signs of Hope International (SOHI), his assistant Heidi, Derek (Alex’s Dad), Aaron, Robi (my sister Rebecca’s husband) and I were all there. The only Signing Time Foundation team members missing were Alex and Leah, they were in school. (I’m taking the picture) Left to Right around the table: Heidi, Curry, Robi, Aaron, Derek We went over so much information! But here is a quick rundown: The guys can wear shorts and t-shirts, the girls need to wear dresses or skirts …

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Going To Ghana

Support the Signing Time Team Going to Ghana with your Donation today! We have an incredible adventure coming up! The Signing Time Foundation has partnered with Signs of Hope International to bring Signing Time to Ghana Africa. The Signing Time Team will include Leah, Alex, Rachel (me), Aaron (my husband), Derek (Alex’s Dad) and Robi (Alex and Leah’s uncle). On January 21st we will head to Ghana Africa to teach deaf children and to teach their teachers for 10 days Why Ghana? Ghana is the size of Oregon. They have 13 schools for the deaf. Deaf children start school at …

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