Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Guatemala was Great pt. 1

The trip was wonderful, and Gloria and I are so appreciative of everyone who supported us financially and otherwise. In fact, there was an excess of financial support given on our behalf that will go directly to the ministry in Guatemala!

We spent four days in Guatemala City and three days in Antigua. The San Gabriel boys home in Guatemala City was a challenge. All the boys were split into 5 groups. Our group proved to be challenging. Most of the boys were a collection of various "special needs" cases & most of them were great, but a few were a handful. Looking back on it I think I can see that those boys can tell tales that no child should know. I pray that those kids will receive the love and care that they deserve.

Check back later for another installment...

We took some photos in Guatemala. Click on the link below the picture and check them out!
Guatemala 2008

More pictures from other team members.

The Childs

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stubborn Little One

So I finally made it in to see the doctor today. The day I have been waiting for. The day Daniel and I would get to hear our little peanut's heartbeat.

Guess what? We did not get to hear the heartbeat! The baby is perfectly OK; however, he/she had decided to take a nap right up against one of my very large blood vessels. So, all that Daniel and I could make out over the doppler was the sound of my blood pumping through my veins. Our doctor tried to get the little one to move with the doppler and when that didn't work she pulled out the ultrasound machine. She poked and prodded, but our precious peanut would not budge. I guess it has inherited a bit of it's mother's stubborn nature. Hopefully, the events of today are not any indication of the next 18 years of our lives. I was a little disappointed that we did not get to hear the heartbeat, but was excited to get an extra ultrasound out of the deal. We saw the baby's heart beating away and the doctor said it's heart rate was 151 and everything looked great! I go back in 3 weeks and hopefully at that time the baby will be in a cooperative mood and we will get to hear the sound I have been waiting for.

Monday, February 18, 2008


It seems like an eternity has passed since Daniel and I headed to the doctor and saw our baby for the very first time. 5 weeks have passed since that appointment and I have been anxiously awaiting my second appointment. The appointment where we will get to hear our precious little one's heartbeat. I was supposed to go this past Friday, but thanks to a two and a half hour delay in the Guatemala City airport that appointment had to be rescheduled. It was rescheduled for today. Unfortunately, I received a phone call shortly after 9am this morning informing me that my doctor has the flu and my appointment would have to be rescheduled for Wednesday. So now I am just waiting. I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning to open that gift that has been under the tree for a while now. I hate waiting!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Cooleys Have Landed

Daniel and I are home from Guatemala. We had a wonderful trip. We have stories and a ton of photos, but right now we are focusing on laundry, unpacking and getting some rest. We will post again soon, but until then here are some photos.

Daniel and Roman

Hencel our little athlete!

Juan Jose

Hugo and I getting a little help from Susan Gray during the 3 legged race

Sweet Little One

Precious kids in Alotenango

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Daniel and I are headed to Guatemala today! Check back for updates!