Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter reflections and my attitude for boards.

When we discussed when to travel for my board exam we did note the proximity to Easter but I did not realize how it would help me mentally.

I thank everyone for your prayers for peace. Over the last couple of months and weeks I once again find myself resting in peaceful faith, knowing that my all powerful Lord and Savior who loves me and wants the best for me remains in control and will make everything work out for my good.

AT the same time I'm attacked sometimes within minutes of those peaceful thoughts with those of inadequacy, of memories of past failures, of the time/money/effort and effects on my family should a retake be needed in November.

Lots or praise music, prayers, reading scripture and repeating these actions over and over as needed to return to the restful spot multiple times a day…

Eli, Anna and I are memorizing 1 Cor. 13 during school. Not my first time to learn or reflect on 'the love chapter'. My clinic room wall used to hold a small sign of part of this chapter to remind me that without love none of what I did mattered.

Currently on the wall reminding us about our attitudes during school a paper proclaims.. Colossians 3:17, 23. 'Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him….And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."

As I reflect on the Lord and His life and on Mary's life and what she went through as the mother of Christ this Easter season it occurred to me [again] I cannot do anything on my own..not that will count forever.

I'm thankful for His grace and mercy because I'm all too aware of how many 'good deeds' in my life were done out of obligation, of duty, or due to outside pressures not inward love.

All that 'good' work done in the wrong attitudes for the wrong reasons = nothing.

So with my heavenly Father, I can sit for close to 7 hours on Wednesday taking a test for Him. With the Lord's help I can do so in an attitude of love.

 [I do think about how He knows all the answers even to the poorly worded questions. While I cannot take in a watch, pencil, tissue, chap-stick or anything else that could possibly be used for cheating they cannot prevent the Lord from accompanying me!! I may not know all the ins and outs of complicated American medicine but HE does! And He's on my team.]

Now I'm thinking how I take the test, my attitude will be the real miracle, not if I pass this time or not.

Thank you each of you who will continue to pray. We will have close to a 9 hour drive on Monday. Wednesday I need to be at the testing site before 8:30 a.m. for close to 7 hours of actual testing time [5 sections]

Yes, I want to pass next week, but what ever the outcome I will praise Him.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Costa Rica East Coast

Black sand beach, Puerto Viejo

Commercial banana plantation
Saw semi-trailers full of pineapple. Dole refrigerated containers
Jungle at the Finca la Isla botanical garden

Poison dart frog, saw several red ones.

Huge tree fern from the Pacific.

Araza, a sour fruit good for juice.

"Old man palm" must grow "hair" constantly to keep looking so fresh in humid rainforest.

Actually near San Jose

This will probably be the last post for several days as Kris does final studying for boards.
Will try to post from the Dominican Republic. Will travel on Monday, looks like a 9 hour trip to Santa Domingo. Thank you for the prayers. Happy Easter.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

More photos from CATIE

CATIE Tropical Agriculture Experimental and Teaching Center. Click image for larger size.

Turrialba volcano letting off some steam

Black Sapote/Chocolate pudding fruit - a sweet tropical persimmon.

Huge bamboo

Pride of India bloom

Peach Palm with bird nests
Cooked Peach palm at fruit stand near East Coast.
Will be heading to the Dominican Republic the day after Easter. Looking for more plants, fruits, some family time and Kris will take her Family Practice recertification exam on Wed. April 23.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Farmer's Markets and Rambutan

Buying red peach palm at a fruit stand by the east coast.
Big farmer's market on the main road to Squirres. Costa Ricans like BIG peach palm. Free samples. Hard to eat it plain it was so dry, but good. Usually eaten with coffee or mayonaise. Tom didn't like peach palm.

Fruit seeds ready to surface-dry before our flight.

About 7 pounds/1,000 peach palm seeds


Rambutan was one of our favorites. We bought about 15 pounds for seed and ate most of the fruit. The kids in Haiti are going to go crazy over this fruit when it starts producing.
Turrialba farmer's market near CATIE


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Peach Palm

One of several CATIE peach palm collections.

Spineless peach palm at CATIE loaded with fruit. I had read that the thornless varieties in the Caribbean and Hawaii don't produce much fruit. Saw thornless palms throughout Costa Rica with good fruit production. Most of the palms are spiney. 

At supermarket.
Thornless palm with low fruit.

22 pound bunch from Turrialba farmers market. Heavier than it looks!

Turrialba farmer's market: mango, avocado, peach palm, nance, tamarillo, passionfruit, cheese.

Note marker near top of photo for size.
Guided tour of a collection planted in 2004