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Monday, September 11

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    You can see the various countries we have visited and read of our travels simply by clicking on the country name below or page on the navigation bar that you want to see.
    You can always reach us at cathleen_carpenter@hotmail.com or steve_carpenter@hotmail.com
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    Atlanta or Chestnut Mountain Church.Northlands Church out of Norcross, Georgia. The messages
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    the week.
    http://www.northpoint.org/messages

    Interested in International Teaching? Check out these sites for job fairs and information. I highly recommend it!
    Tie online - an international clearinghouse that has a list of teaching jobs around the world. There is a yearly fee of around $30 but it is more than worth it for the access and to post your resume.
    AASSA - a site to find jobs at American International Schools in South and Central America. Look under the recruiting fair tab. It is the first fair held and is in Atlanta around the first weekend in December.
    ISS - International School Service is another recruiter for international jobs.
    UNI Fair at the University of Northern Iowa - the university holds a recruiting fair for jobs all around the world. It is usually in February (brrr!) but gives you access to a variety of schools.
    Each service offers something a little different so check them out and decide what is best for you. Feel free to email me at any time with questions! cathleen_carpenter@hotmail.com

    Honduras
    See a side of the country that most people don't know much about.
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Sunday, January 15

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    You can always reach us at cathleen_carpenter@hotmail.com or steve_carpenter@hotmail.com
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    out of Atlanta.Atlanta or Chestnut Mountain Church. The messages
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    Honduras
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    {jjw67.JPG} All the various sugary sweets are available at almost every stop on our trip.
    You never know who is watching you where or who you might influence for better or worse without even knowing it. My goal this year is to be more intentional in those actions!
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    The MRIs were terrifying but the removal of the bandages without painkillers was as close to torture as I have ever been. (One group thought the other group had given the painkillers so know one realized it until I was screaming insanely about the pain, and by then it is too late.) Anyone who has been in the hospital I think will testify that it is not a place to rest and recover, but a place where you seem to be kept awake and uncomfortable to be sure you are stay alive! Dr. Burcall was definitely a God-send and even calledme at home to see how I was doing. It was one of those injuries where everyone comes in an looks at it, scratches their heads, and says "hummmm..." Not a good thing when you are the patient but the doctors at Dekalb were committed to solving the mystery and saving my arm.
    {jjw36.JPG} ThisI like this picture is outside of La Ceiba, Honduras, butbecause it reminds me of somewherea place in the old South because of the houseswith its buildings and colors. {jjw17.JPG} colorful trees.
    As I look back now, six months later, the memories and pain have faded but the scars remain to remind me of God's faithfulness and the power of prayer. I am blessed to have a family that was able to care for me while Steve returned to Honduras to work. The fact that I could manage my classes online, and that our school was extremely supportive was a blessing. Even the fact that Dekalb Medical Center was in our network of international insurance providers was huge.
    {jjw14.JPG} These are tobacco drying houses out near Copan.
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    Lots of other wildlife can be seen in the park as well. In addition, there is Macaw Mountain you can visit to see the rehabilitation process or to bring birds that have been rescued. It was not as impressive overall as Tikal in Guatemala, but it was interesting in its own way as the statues and buildings had more design and style aspects.
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    {jjw1.JPG} {jjw2.JPG} In front of the ruins in Copan with our friend, Andrew {jjw2.JPG} If you've ever been to ruins, you can walk all throughout the area and woods and find mounds or remnants of the people.
    *warning - graphic surgery images coming up below.
    Next, Steve and I were preparing to head to Nicaragua for a vacation in July before school started again, and I decided to go to an orthopedist in San Pedro Sula just for a shot of cortisone for a little pain in my shoulder so it wouldn't be bothering me on the trip; this is something I have done several times in the states and I thought nothing of it. Unfortunately, whether it was at that doctor's office, the emergency room, the next doctor's office, or somewhere in between, I contracted a staph infection in my arm that almost cost me my life. An overnight flight to Atlanta had us in the emergency room at Dekalb Medical Center where the staff tried to figure out what was wrong. Antibiotics were not working and the doctors couldn't determine what was happening in my arm. It had swollen to about twice its normal size and felt like someone had put a blood pressure cuff on it and was continuing to pump up the pressure.
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    {s8.jpg} The doctor put 76 staples in my arm to hold it together. Believe it or not it was only a week until he took them out and without any pain.
    {s7.jpg} The infection reappeared in my scar in the form of blisters. {s9.jpg} My arm had lost all muscle and strength and I had to pick it up with the other hand to move it. This is the scar at one month. {s10.1.JPG} The scar continues to heal and the arm to gain strength.This is the scar at four months.
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    other arm for a month to getreceive antibiotics at home for a month after leaving
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    to one that is on the wayroad to 100% recovery. There was only one set
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    round of antibiotics;antibiotics -- apparently staph is difficulthard to kill and easy to findso the doctors actually weren't surprised -- staph actually lives normally on your skin.But other than that,most people's skin, a fact I did not know.On all accounts, it has beenwas a miraculous
    Here are a few pretty pictures from Gibbs Gardens in Georgia to break up the scary stuff!
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