Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Countdown BLAST OFF (a little late)

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness." 
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, 
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

  • Our two day pause in Florida was much needed.  My sister Mariah and her family are just a whole lot of fun and her hospitality was a welcomed gift.
  • Getting our luggage weighed out at 50 lbs was a funny sight according to Mariah and David.  Jason sang a little while we shuffled and packed late into the night.
  • Saying, "Good-bye", just gets old and yet it is so important.
  • Our flights went very well.  Connections couldn't have gone better.  We knew that many of you were praying because we felt His perfect peace carry us to Haiti.
  • We took our friend Bert's advice and strapped our luggage down with smart-straps once in Haiti.  When you're pushing 400+ lbs of luggage on rusty carts over broken sidewalks and persistent unwanted help it can add to stress levels BUT...this time we breezed right on through with a kind but determined, "No, merci!"  (No, thank you).
  • Pastor Joel called out Jason's name while we were pushing luggage.  Oh the familiar face is a tremendous relief.  Jason bear hugged him, then we saw Sergo and soon Sadrack.
  • We loaded our junk into the 'Caged Truck' and headed for our house.
  • Sadrack climbed in the back with the kids and I.  It was good to catch up on his latest happenings. He has a job (hooray) and is applying at a college in the U.S. to which he was preparing to take a verbal English test for yesterday.  I kept reassuring him that he had nothing to worry about.  His English is very good (he taught himself).  
  • Will and Julie did such a good job making it move-in ready.  Seriously, this house (all set up) is a major blessing.  It would be so, SO much harder without their help.
  • We unloaded and began to unpack when the neighbors invited us over to their party and supper. 
  • Instead of eating granola bars for supper by ourself God provided new neighbors and a Mexican fiesta.  God is good.
  • We were all seriously tuckered out and a tinsy bit homesick.  Reality is setting in.  It comes in waves.  Sometimes we are all chill and anticipating this new adventure and then there are other times when we can't believe we just did this.  Ethan, in particular, is struggling.  
  • Today another nice neighbor took us to the grocery and the open market.  I was impressed with her Creole.  She lived in a village for awhile to which she picked up culture and language quickly.  For only being here a year she is well adjusted!
  • Everything is running good so far.  We need to get some fuel in case we have to use the generator.
  • None of us are used to the heat and this is cooler for Haiti.  My feet look like I'm 9 months pregnant.  
  • We all decided that we show signs of not drinking enough water.  So tonight we turned on the only window a.c. in the house (just for a little bit) and chugged water.  I know those of you in Nebraska are lighting up the fire places about now, making famous chili recipes and sipping hot cocoa.  However way down South we're enjoying the opposite luxury! :)
  • Tomorrow we need to set up our school area.  Hopefully, school will resume tomorrow.    Other than that all of our luggage is unpacked.
  • Ethan had a much better day today.  Thankfully!
  • Makayla is quietly writing and processing a lot.
  • Jason is being a great leader.  Tackling all of these loose ends, figuring it all out (there is so much to get your mind around) and providing a positive outlook for us to lean on.  Thanks Jason.  We need you.
  • We climbed up on the rooftop and drank in the view.  It is good to get above the fences and noise. It is a breathtaking 360 panoromic view.  The ocean, big mountains that just drop off into the water, Haitians about their day, houses upon houses, the sunset and the neighbor's beautiful front yard.  It was worth the climb.  I will try to remember my camera the next time we ascend so that we can share it with you.
  • It is becoming abundantly clear that we really need to learn Creole quickly or at least get a Creole foundation and purchase a vehicle.  Both of these would afford us great freedoms and progress in a foreign land but neither of these two things happen easily.  Pray for connections and sharp retaining minds.
  • Tonight the bed promises more sleep.  awwwh.
My sister gifted us pedicures.  It was our first time ever.  Splendid!
Amelia Grace has a great smile...
...and super great big brown eyes!
...and lots of baby chub.
Makayla enjoys her Auntie absolutely.
Saying good-bye.
Last starbucks on our way to Haiti.  "Here's to a new chapter!  Cheers."

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