Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hola de Roatan!

A little taste of heaven, huh??

Yes, I am here.  I am with my Daddy.  And, things are good. :)

Last Saturday was another long day of traveling.  I had a very nice man, Jaun, drive me all the way from Copan Ruinas to La Ceiba (thanks mom and Paul!!) where I picked up the plane.  As I said before, I was nervous about all of my stuff being able to fit on the plane... and thank goodness for being early!  I had no problems at all.  
Yup, a puddle jumper.  18 seats!

I met with the lady from the resort, collected my bags and then headed to see my Dad!  I didn't realize the resort was on a little island off Roatan, so I had to take a two minute boat ride.  And, there, waiting for me was my DADDY!!  I was so excited to see him. :)  
Sorry for the blur!

Let me just say... I was in a bit of culture shock getting off the plane.  Roatan is like a completely different place.  I don't feel like I am in Honduras at all!  I am not the only white person, people speak English (even the people that work/live here prefer English) and the native Islanders (for all intents and purposes, black people) make for a more diverse crowd.  I was so excited when I first saw them at the airport, I seriously had the urge to run up to them and give them a hug.  Is that weird?!  I have asked a few of the people that work here at the resort to speak to me in Spanish, so I can at least practice.  It's still a little difficult, but I can only just keep trying, right?

While I have been here, I have gone diving...
Ha, great shot by my dad!  
My instructor told me to keep my hands together, and this is how I automatically did it. :)

Went to hang out with some dolphins and do a little snorkeling...
Pic courtesy of the Anthony's Key resort.

Played with the ADORABLE puppies...
They are all going to good homes.  
If I was going home after this, I would have figured out a way to take one with me!

Dad took some good shots on his dives...
Baby Sharpnose Puffer fish and a tube worm.

Lion Fish... beautiful, but an invasive fish that are causing issues to the surrounding life.

Orange Sea Horse!!! :)

I love this!  Dad doesn't know what it is. :)  A fish, obviously.

I have also relaxed and read and bronzed (or burned!) and ate... a lot.  Ha.  The food here at this resort is definitely catered toward the American tourist/divers... and I was not used to it.  I missed my tortillas and frijoles!  Luckily, at lunch they have been serving red beans and rice... so that has satisfied my fix.  Of course, in a very short time that is all I will be eating and then wish that I was back here with all of the other good food. :)

I am getting excited and little nervous for this weekend.  Dad and I will have a long day of travel starting early in the morning on Saturday, and then my time at NPH will begin!  I can't believe the time is so close.  I feel like I have been waiting and planning for this weekend for so long, it was always so far in the future!  But, it's here, so I have to get ready.  No matter what my worries and doubts and excitements are, I am about to face them head on.  God hasn't gotten me through this point alone, and He won't abandon me now.  His grace is truly amazing, even if I don't realize it every single day that I am in Honduras.  I seriously can't wait to see what He will reveal to me about myself, NPH and the world.  Bring it on, Lord, bring it on. :)

As is always the case, I am not sure when I will have internet again once I get to NPH.  I will update you all as soon as I can.  Love you all!  If you see my dad, tell him to give you a hug, because it will be from me!

Hugs, Kisses and Prayers!


  1. You sound delightful, and thanks for sharing your experiences with us! You are right, God will be with you every step of the way, and knowing that, I feel good about your safety! Safe travels on Saturday, and my heart is always with you! Thank Daddy for me, for being there for you! I love you!

  2. Your pictures are SO beautiful!! Seriously, Rotatan looks first I thought that's where NPH was and I was thinking, uh Jen is this really a sacrifice...j/k j/k

    I'm so glad you're feeling more excited than anxious. Know that we're praying with you always. Today is the fest day of St. Hilarious, so have some laughs!!