851. License plates for all 27 vehicles!
852. Hotel Jacaranda breakfasts and the peacefulness of the dining room
853. Ny Sanda, my Tana translator and her bright attitude
854. Our government liaison, Roberto, a beautiful man who makes things happen
855. Working out the details for a cellular plan and the account managers in Tana and meeting the CEO in the elevator
856. After some creative thinking we finally have a bank account
857. Lunch with the Wednesday Morning Women’s Group in Tana and their enthusiasm and desire to support our mission in Madagascar
858. Another safe trip back to Tamatave
859. The kindness of the Custom’s Directeur in Tamatave
860. Finding red lipstick to wear for a day
861. My Tamatave translator, Pastor Fara, and her beautiful heart and smile
862. That in spite of what people have said, Hanna and her HR team received 500 day crew applications to review and have a week full of interviews
863. That if you try hard enough and meet with enough people you will find the one who will help you and work out the authorization you need to create a BSC account without the local tax document. (In short this means we won’t be stuck anymore op with the import process)
864. This text message:
865. Watching as Andrea, Hanna and Erica all experienced a mani pedi for the first time
866. Coming home from a busy morning to find this sweet note from Dianna Cash and how it refreshed my heart
867. Two “device free” dinners and the good conversation and laughs that were had instead of checking e-mails and expanding To Do lists
868. Lisa’s continued support and encouragements at just the right moment
869. Church with Pastor Fara and the refreshment it was
870. Got my airport badge… Guess who all those first arrivals will see waiting for them at Immigrations
871. That Pierre is coming to Madagascar a week fbefore ship’s arrival
872. Quick responses from people on the ship so things can continue moving forward and contracts can get signed
873. That I’ve made the mental switch and am calling Tamatave home.
874. That my days of living out of suitcase are getting smaller!
875. Realizing that we might just actually bring the ship into Port this time and we might just accomplish more than what was ever expected of us.