It’s REALLY Me!!

Can you believe it?? It’s really me! Rebecca did an excellent job posting everything I told her on the phone. I felt so hurried and excited and worried that the phone card would expire before I could tell her all that I wanted to say. I felt like everything that came out of my mouth was a jumbled mess! Obviously I am at an internet cafe! They have one here at THE Botel!! Are you dying? We are actually here! And yes there are crocs. Alex, Leah and I fed them this morning. Then on a stupid dare, Curry and …

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Update from Ghana!

Hi Everyone! This is Rebecca Overson, Rachel’s sister. (For those who don’t know, it’s my husband Robi that is over there with the gang.) I was able to talk to Rachel for about a half hour a couple days ago so she could tell me some great things to post on her behalf. I know you have all been waiting patiently! First and foremost, they arrived safely and had no problem at the airport getting through customs. They breezed right through and were met by my husband Robi, Heidi, and two men from the deaf school. They had about an …

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Bring Me A Honey Bear

We had our first successful satellite phone calls to Ghana yesterday. Robi said it is incredible there and he already wants to bring some of the children home with him. He also said he is anxiously anticipating Leah’s reaction to all of the children. He thinks she will be in heaven. In the short conversation he only made one request, “Please bring me a honey bear!” (You know, the plastic bear-shaped jar full of honey?) Two days in Ghana and he can only think to ask for honey? It makes me feel a little more confident that we are bringing …

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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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