I woke up at 6am morning to my daughter shaking me “How do you turn the coffee on???”
“I didn’t set it up last night. I’ll get up and make it for you. Just a minute.” What was I thinking?
Stumbling downstairs, I turned my computer on and then went and poured the water into the basin thing and dumped some coffee in the brown filter, closed the lid and pressed On. Beep.
Wandered back over to my computer and was greeted with notification that the article Helping Provide Healthy Births had been published in our local paper!!! Hallelujah! I am so excited about this and getting the word out about the Train Midwives Save Lives project that I don’t even NEED coffee after all this morning to get my motor running!
I am so grateful to the Coeur d’Alene Press for running this story and absolutely astounded that they put it on the front page (at least, from the electronic version, it appears that it’s on the front page. I haven’t seen the print version yet).
And so begins March 19,2012 … the day that is a mere four weeks from my departure to Haiti. Supplies are coming together so perfectly. I’m working on my training pieces and trying to learn a little French on the side. … 1 month, four weeks, 28 days are all that is left before we embark this incredible opportunity to get clean birth kits and basic skills to the TBAs in Haiti. Incredible and humbling.
[Addendum April 6, 2012: This initial trip to Haiti will likely be delayed until later this year due to a number of new developments. I am not traveling to Haiti with the group with whom I was initially traveling, which was the dictating factor in the April dates. Due to babies due in April and a desire to stay in-country longer than 5 days, we will reschedule. Additionally, funding may be needed for another trip sooner-than-later, so some funding originally tagged for Haiti may be used for this travel instead. More to come as plans are firmed up.]
It’s time for the whirlwind of activity that is the hallmark of the weeks immediately preceding the kick-off of work like this. It reminds me of when we would be in the homestretch before publication of new software back in the day. I’m jumping in, though! C’mon – LET’s GO!