Sep 11, 2013


On October 11th, by this time in the evening, I will be on Delta Flight 26 from New York to Accra on my way to see the children and teachers and Renee and Kwame in Kissemah village. 

By 10/11 I will officially have turned the page to begin a new and different chapter in my life, my last day in the office is October 10th. 

Still working my way there, preparing, gearing up to pack for 10 weeks, gearing up to finish some of the projects I am a part of at work. For example, tonight I am supporting a desktop application software release, I have to go into work at 3am and complete production validation of new code our team is releasing for all the inbound Care agent desktops.

Next week I have one more big release. They are long and sometime exhaustive projects that go through all the steps or phases of the software development lifecycle; all I can say, lots and lots of moving parts and many teams to make this all happen. 

Yesterday I finished taking my Typhoid vaccine, the regimen, a pill every other day. I took it at 5am on an empty stomach with a glass of lukewarm water. I can check that off my list.  I still have to go to REI to get a few more items of clothing, the kind that you wash and in 10 or 15 minutes they dry.  Need to confirm my iPad synch with Address Book on desktop, I need to get a few new applications on iPad like DOCS TO GO -  I will be using iPad for 10 weeks to SKYPE, complete my blog updates, do research and to share information with the children. Horray for APPLE ! 

Pencils from Girl Scout Troop 4165

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 4165 for collecting and donating pencils for the school in Ghana. I've been to one of their meetings and shared information on my experiences with the school and children in Ghana.  I will  see the girls  again at end of September. Thanks to all of you for your support and interest. 

I got an update from Omprakash and was not selected for the grant I applied for. They have limited funds, many applicants and I did not make the cut for selection. Always a good learning experience.

September 17th is the start of the academic school year for the Ghanian school system, our students will all be coming back from their long vacation break. 

Some days I am a bit unsettled, not about going to Ghana, but about the next chapter, the empty page. I know everything will be OK - being a super type A person, I want to have plans, and more plans and contingencies and I am working to make the mind shift or adjustment that the next chapter is indeed ONE DAY A TIME. I am so looking forward to being surrounded by the energy and curiosity and drive and fun and reality of sixty amazing children who have made a significant difference in my lives.  

I close today by including this message of prayer and peace: 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Art project from JoAnn's class at the INAC in Panama