Map of the world...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Maui is out of Santa beards...

As I write this blog many of you are getting ready to celebrate a very white Christmas with your family and friends. Sitting by the fireplace drinking a hot drink and enjoying each other's company. Celebrating the life of Christ the King coming to earth that we may live, opening presents and taking pictures.
I am sitting here at home on Maui where it's hot and sunny enjoying time with my friends before I leave the island. Celebrating also the birth of Christ.
We all celebrate in a different way but with the same purpose.
I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Craciun Fericit si La Multi Ani!
Hugs and love, Jilda

Friday, December 5, 2008

Time for an update!

I has been almost two months since I've come back from my cruise. I had an amazing time there and I loved seeing the beauty of each country (Italy, Greece and Turkey). My favorite was Ephesus in Turkey and Santorini in Greece. The cruise part was amazing too. So much food and never a moment to be bored. Not much time to rest either. I didn't want to miss anything.
The group I was part of, about 30 of us, was great also. We had Bible studies on the ship and off when we were visiting parts of Paul's journey. I met some great people from my church here in Maui and I'm glad I can spend some time with them now.

Lots of things have been going on since I got back home. One is that I've decided to move back to Washington for the time being. It's definitely been on my mind for a while but now feels like it's the right time. I've been looking for a job in Vancouver before making the decision to move and about a month ago I found a great job. I'll be working at a private Sensory clinic, working with children who have Autism, ADD, Learning difficulties, or other problems. It will be different from the job I have now, but I know I'll be learning a lot.

It was a long process (which is not yet complete) to get my Washington OT license and recently decided to also get my Oregon license. I'll be starting work once that license process is complete. Since it takes so long for the license process, I won't be moving back until January.

I gave my written notice to my current job two weeks ago. I'm very sad to leave my families and co-workers. At least my friend LK is also moving back, and we will be close enough where we could still do stuff together. It's been real sad for me to give my kids away to the other therapists. I've become part of the family to many of them and they all have a special place in my heart.

Until it's time to leave, I want to do as much as I can here in Maui. I will miss my friends, church, halau, and the beauty. I've been going hiking, taking ballet class, taking pictures, and spending time with friends as much as I can.

I still have to move out of my place by December 31st which will be a long progress since I've accumulated lots of stuff in my four years here. Since I fly out from Maui on January 12th I'll be staying with a friend until that day.

Well I leave you with some pictures from a few hikes I've done.
Hope everyone is doing well and you all had a great Thanksgiving.