I feel like all I have done the past few months in regards to NPH is send emails, respond to emails, read other volunteer blogs and ask a TON of questions.
So far the people that I have been interacting with have been some of the most patient people in the world. Seriously. They are all trying to live their lives and do their jobs, and here I am continuing to pop up in their inboxes. I am just at this point where I want to get things started, but I cannot, so I read everything and ask all of the crazy questions (well, not ALL are crazy... there are some important ones, too) to immerse myself in a world that I haven't even entered yet. :) It's funny what you do when you are in arms reach of something you have been waiting for! So, if any of you read this... THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
When I first started researching NPH (way back in March/April), I was given a few current/past volunteer blogs and emails to get some inside perspective of NPH life. One blog that was just so entertaining, fun and honest was that of volunteer Carrie Daut (she was the Home Correspondent for the Guatemala home). I was so enthralled with her stories, Guatemala is now on the list of places that I have to visit. Because of her blog, and answering some of my questions, she really helped me during my decision making process before I applied. I just found out that she has accepted a job with NPH and will be working in... you guessed it! Honduras! :) It's the little things, really. Even though we don't know each other, in some way it just feels like I will kind of know someone when I arrive on the Ranch in January.
See, everything is just getting so exciting! I pray that I will be able to stay focused on the excitement, especially as I continue to say goodbye to family and friends. AND, focus on the warm weather that will await me. :)
Oh, were you curious about The List? Don't worry... it's actually pretty much all checked off. Phew! :)