Comings and Goings of Our Family

What a beautiful day in the Caribbean. This is the time of year when I realize that I am very fortunate to live here. This little five square mile rock we live on has its fair share of quirks, but if I look past them I really enjoy this place. I look out at the clear blue ocean water off my patio and admire the five surrounding islands and think, “Wow, I’m not on vacation, I live here!”. Something happened today that doesn’t happen everyday. My brother Ben and his wife Angie are on a cruise in the Caribbean. Unfortunately their ginormous cruise ship didn’t port on Saba to visit the 5 square miles of beauty this tiny island has to offer. However, he called from the cruise ship to say they were just leaving Saint Kitts, a neighboring island. As we looked over the horizon, we watched his cruise ship sail away and realized that this experience would never repeat itself. How many people have actually seen cruise ships just sailing by and then how many people actually know someone on the cruise ship they see passing? This little experience made us feel special today. Now if Ben and Ang would have just skipped the whole cruise thing and come to visit us, then we truly would have been special.

We spent time on Sint Maarten and Anguilla this Christmas break. Our dogs came along with us out of necessity not out of choice. That was interesting and inconvenient. While they were being traumatized by having their teeth cleaned and pulled out at the Vet’s office, we spent the day on Anguilla. Anguilla’s beaches are ranked number one in the world. They are amazing! You don’t have to take my word for it, come down and see and feel for yourself. The sand feels like baby powder. the water is so clear and turquoise. There is only one draw back, the trade winds are not as strong on Anguilla so it is very hot. I thought Saba was the hottest place on the planet, but I am pretty sure Anguilla has secured that spot.

Hannah loved the sand. She loves textures and she just had a great time squishing the sand between her little fingers and toes. The water startled her as the waves gently rolled in over her feet. It is so fun to see her discover the world around her. She has been on the number one beach in the world, visited four countries, has six stamps in her passport, and flown first class six times. You would never guess we were poor medical students!

We rang in the New Year here at our house. We were very impressed with ourselves that we actually stayed up until midnight. We had some friends over for dinner and games and then we watched fireworks on Saba and two neighboring islands, Sint Maarten and Saint Barts. The fireworks were so teeny from our vantage point. The fireworks being so far away on the other islands lost their “wow” factor and they gained the “cute” title. They were cute to see and that is the best way to explain it.

I can’t believe we have lived on Saba for a year. One more to go and we are back in civilization! You know you have been out of the states for a while when you have to mentally think about which side of the road is the correct side to drive on and which side of the car is the correct side for the driver. It is a pretty crazy feeling to be driving on the wrong side of the road with the steering wheel on the correct side of the car. We are going to be pretty messed up when we finally return to the states.

We are looking forward to a New Year on Saba. We will live our Saba way of life which includes getting up at 6:00 AM and going to bed at 9:00 PM. We hope our cable works more months than not, and that the power doesn’t go out during the hottest part of the day leaving us without air conditioning. We really don’t demand a lot.

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