Top 10 Reasons I need a Shrink……

I believe it’s 3am right now! I’m almost afraid to sleep because it’s in the midst of sleeping that I wake up with these horrible headaches! I think it’s that and the fact I slept until 5pm today!

ANYWAYS – I was watching David Letterman tonight with his TOP 10 LIST and I told Jose – I should create one!  I actually think I could come up with about 100 of these but I just listed the first 10 that came to me.  Here is my best effort considering it’s 3am….

THIS IS MEANT ONLY IN HUMOR – –  If I’ve offended anyone – I’m blaming it on the fact that it’s 3 am and I’m on pain killers!!!


10) Jose spent 3 hours on the phone trying to explain and help those in Haiti figure out how to fix the internet dish so they can check email and post pictures on the mission website. One of the interns spent from 8pm til 2am just to get those 10 pictures done………ONLY to get hate email from people about how we’ve become lazy and how can we only post a few pictures with such a large group!

9) Sending out  the prayer chain list which is automatically generated with a push of a button on the computer…..ONLY to get an email saying I pray at 2am – I thought we were friends.

8) For the first time ever – being organized enough to send out Tortuga Air Lists where they know the order they are in for flying to and from the mission……..ONLY to get an email that says – WHY AM I ON THE 3RD FLIGHT AND NOT THE FIRST ONE?

7)Living in Haiti full-time, being completely up-to-date on what’s being built and what programs the mission is and is no longer doing……ONLY to have return travelers argue with you on the mission tour as if they actually know more then the person who lives there full time!

6) Spending hours of time making lists, important trip information, hotel room rosters, lists of people going to Haiti and emailing them out weeks in advance………..ONLY to get an email two days before they leave asking when will the receive that information and what flight are they on again?

5) Rules and Regulations are set up because of problems the mission has had in the past…..ONLY to have return travelers believe they are an exception to that rule and actually help others break them!

4) A group of 30 decides to fly to Haiti less than one month out. Reluctantly, I book their last minute reservations, their airline ticket prices are high because it’s less than a month, I have to completely re-do all my lists to fit them in……ONLY to get an ugly email that says – I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW EXPENSIVE THIS TRIP IS!

3) Spent several hours booking tickets for a group/person – Trying to keep three things in mind: making sure they landed late enough their bags could be checked to Port-au-Prince but not too late so they sleep well, looking at prices to find the best deal, and making sure they had long enough lay-over times where they don’t have to run to catch their flight. It doesn’t always work that way but I try. I actually meet those three criteria……..ONLY to get a return email saying MY SCHEDULE IS A MESS!

2) Spent months organizing what a group will do in Haiti – sent out schedules more than a month ahead of time and spent hours with emails going back and forth between group leaders……ONLY for them to get to Haiti and say I never said my group wanted to do this – what’s this schedule about!

1) Getting emails from travelers who just went to Haiti who tell me this was their best trip ever….ONLY for me to have to email back telling them that their behavior in Haiti was inappropriate enough that they are now on our NO FLY LIST….meaning that was their last trip with the mission!

The funny thing is – you laugh about it – but you’re probably one of the repeat offenders on my list above! It’s okay though – I still love ya! 🙂

If I can’t sleep tonight…maybe I”ll create one about our family!

8 responses to “Top 10 Reasons I need a Shrink……”

  1. Dear Jody: It has been almost a year since I last saw you at the mission office in Kentucky in action! There has not been a day that goes by that I don’t pray for you and all that you deal with – whether it is at NWHCM in your job, or with your own health issues….it is no wonder you are under such stress! I fully agree with all of your top ten reasons….perseverance = steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. By persevering you will continue in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
    Walking in SONshine
    Jeanie Hess – Iowa

  2. Jody,
    I’m sorry about all of the frustrations and less than classy email replies.
    I can relate to both sides of the fence and would offer a general apology to any time I unknowingly added to the stress.

    I totally appreciate the logistics and the amount of time spent on setting up trips. You all do an amazing amount of work. I realize you have taken more on recently with travel planning.

    Also, I was concerned on hearing about your recent health issues and pray that there will be relief there.


  3. so glad to hear things are getting better for you and the family. can’t tell you how much of an impact my 12 days with you all have had. hope you get back to the mission soon and everything gets back to your normal.

  4. The funny thing is it’s not so funny because we all know of people (if not ourselves) who’ve been unappreciative of what all of the missionaries over there do. I was in Haiti this summer and saw Janeille out west for days, come back late at night, hasn’t even had a chance to see Heather – only to be snapped at from a group member.

    I have always admired you not just because you’re one of the funniest people I’ve ever met but also because you’re very real. You put it out there good or bad! I’m sure all the missionaries could post a top 10 list!

    I’m so glad you put this out there so that maybe next time someone will think before they type!

  5. I read your blog every day! This has been my favorite post – although the one with you going to jail was really good too! I just love you guys!

  6. Keep blogging – I am sure it relievs a little of the stress and it is HILARIOUS to read! You do so much but we know that the ONE who sees all appreciates what you do for HIS kingdom! You are the best! I was apppaled to read what some of these people said or complained about – shame on them! Stay strong!
    April Butler, Savannah

  7. Jody,
    I think you have found your second calling…to be a writer! You are such a hoot! You have a real gift. Thank you for posting this top 10. Its good to know what you all deal with the organizing of the trips and it makes me appreciate all of you even more. There is always going to be someone who has to gripe about something, but I hope that whenever I am tempted to complain that I remember the time and energy that has spent on my behalf. Praying that more good days are on the horizon. Love ya, Tracy and Crew

  8. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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