Monday, April 27, 2009

Musical Monday

Meg over at My Edition of Gab is doing her favorite song of the week. Mine is "The Motions" by Matthew West. I've been hearing this song a lot lately and it really inspires me to be all that I can, giving God the glory.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Haiti Trip, Day 8 - April 10

Today was our travel day to come home!

Sunrise the day we left

We woke up at 4:30 to finish packing and eat a bit of breakfast. I woke up with a sore throat and the sniffles. We left at 6 am to drive over the mountain to Port Au Prince. CJ and I rode in the truck and everyone else in the van. It was a blessing in disguise because Sarah got car sick and needed a barf bag! I would have needed one too if I had been in the van!

Last picture at the orphanage!

Waiting to board the plane in Port Au Prince

Our plane was delayed leaving Haiti so we were late getting to Miami. By the time we landed we had less than an hour to go through immigration get luggage, go through customs, and recheck bags. Luckily our plane was delayed an hour so we made it, but we still spent that hour literally RUNNING through the Miami airport.

We made it to Dallas and had a chance to sit and eat. Finally we landed in Kansas City at 11 pm. We were greeted by Glenn's family. They're so sweet! One of our bags got left in Miami. The airport is delivering it tomorrow... I hope to be sleeping! :)

It wasn't fun traveling with a cold and a fever, but I made it! I slept through the car rides and plane rides. All in all the trip was great and I'm very glad I went.


I hope you've enjoyed reading through my 'journal' of the trip. A couple things I miss about Haiti... the porch! Life is so much more simple there. I miss the quietness of just sitting. Still not sure I would want to repeat the trip any time soon, but I'm so glad I had the chance to experience it. I would highly recommend going on a missions trip if you ever get a chance!! Missions are definitely not my calling in life... but kids are, so this was a good one!

My blog will now return to it's regularly scheduled program. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Haiti Trip, Day 7 - April 9

Today is the last day of work. We painted the last house and mopped. Drex said it should be ready in a couple of weeks. After lunch we all went to the market. Then Michelle drove around so we could see Jacmel.

Sarah is a pro painter! :)

CJ, me, and Jarret painting... nice views don't you think? lol

The house after we were done!!! :)

For dinner we had pizza and then one last sit down on the porch. For tonight's devotion we wrote in each other's journals. There is talk of coming back next year. I think I would need some time before making that decision.

Walking through the market was quite the experience...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Haiti Trip, Day 6 - April 8

The wall is nearly complete for the most part. Jarret and Glenn spent some time digging space by the garage. Then we all went to the one house that's not yet livable. We swept out all the dirt and rocks. After it was all out we had to power wash the mud off the wall. While some did that, some of us scrubbed the walls with bleach. Others swept the water out and off the porch.

The kids are on Easter break this week so today they had chores. They picked up trash, washed chairs, etc. After lunch we went to see the souvenir lady. She had some of the most beautiful stuff for cheap! I bought a box, 2 bracelets, and a painting for $12 - US.

Buying souvenirs

Michelle and Larry took us to town for dinner. It was at a hotel that serves the 'elite' - very nice with a wonderful view of the ocean. Good food too - I had a cheeseburger. :) CJ had goat, which I tried... pretty tasty!

Our group at dinner

I'm getting to the point of the trip where I'm ready to get to sleep in my own bed. One more work day before we fly home. Tonight's devotion was from Jarret. He gave his testimony of growing up Lutheran. God put us all here for a reason - tonight we shared our stuff and our similarities.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Haiti Trip, Day 5 - April 7

Today we worked until lunch time. I threw rocks for a bit and then helped Michelle with activities for the kids. For lunch we had rice with bean sauce, something that tasted like potatoes (can't remember what they called it), banaan , and chicken. I was kind of scared, but it was good!

After lunch we took the school kids to the beach. It was so beautiful! Nothing but sand and water for miles. The kids enjoyed it as well. It wasn't too far either, but it seems like a whole other world.

The kids getting ready to swim!

All day Friday is a travel day - so really we have two more days. Tomorrow the souvenir lady is coming AND we're going into town for dinner. I don't even really miss the 'stuff' and getting bogged down by it all. It's been nice to just hang out on the porch instead of running.

Glenn's devotion tonight was Matthew 6:1-4, which says, "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

After he read this passage we went around and shared the motivation for coming on this trip, and also what we've gained. I felt the tug on my heart and followed what God said. I've gained a far more humble heart. I don't ever want to forget this feeling. The way they live - and the people have sacrificed their own lives to be here....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Haiti Trip, Day 4 - April 6

Today the girls cleaned the depot and played with kids. the guys helped the workers haul rocks. It was hot today! So far it has rained every day, which is ok because it cools things off.

Drex says that wall should be done tomorrow, so hopefully we can work on the kid's house. Also, today, Missy helped shave the boy's hair. That was fun!

CJ and I went to the market with Michelle and Jo - very interesting. A lot of people milling around, shouting, meat hanging from the tents with flies all over. I made it without gagging, so I'm good!

Michelle, me, and CJ took the older kids to the soccer field. They love it! Saw some neighbor kids, had a little contest to see who could make a goal. Then we took a little walk around, then came home.

Some of the kids playing soccer... or futbol :)

We had an awesome devotion tonight from Andria, talking about how even though we all suffer, Christ died. We all come here broken, yet needing to do a bigger mission. We all have our 'stuff'. There must be a reason God placed this group in this place...

Tomorrow for lunch we're getting a real Haitian lunch and then going swimming. Yay! Dishes in cold water are odd too. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Haiti Trip - Day 3, April 5

Today was good! We woke up and had breakfast, watched the kids go to Sunday School. We sat around and talked on the porch until it was time for church... oh, and went to the roof to see the view! Church was good to experience even though I only understood one sentence and one song. There was a guy that sang "In The Secret" and he was great!

The kids leaving for Sunday School

After church we came back to the orphanage and had lunch. We're eating pretty good for where we are... it's good we brought our own food! :) The afternoon was spent looking around the property. It rained again, but it was a nice break from the humid air!

The orphanage has 38 kids and 3 dogs - along with 6 nannies. Each nanny has 8 kids that she's responsible for.

Before dinner we went for a walk up the street. It was interesting to see this part of town. Michelle kept calling Wayne Jerry. That was a riot! Sarah calls Keary, Casey. I think by the end of the week we'll all have different names... :)

During the week we'll get to go into downtown and experience the market. I was kind of disappointed that we didn't go to the beach today. I would have loved to see it - I hear they're beautiful!

I love our group - we have so much fun together.

Tomorrow the work begins. The women are going to be helping Michelle with some things and helping Jo with the food program. This is when they have people come in to get milk and rice and beans to feed their babies.. giving them an opportunity to keep them instead of giving them to HAF.

The guys will be moving rocks. There's still much damage from the storms.

Bunk beds are evil! Last night I slept on the top bunk - tonight we pulled my mattress to the floor. :) It's weird taking cold showers and washing dishes in cold water.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Well, now that there's only a few hours left in Monday... :)

Not Me! Monday was created by MckMama. Her son Stellan is still in the hospital and they definitely need your prayers. Please check her blog for updates!!!!

In the last week I did NOT spend a lot of time hanging out with kids when I should have been hauling rocks, helping build a flood wall.

I did NOT just about gag while walking through the market...

One day last week I did NOT wake up at 3 am and take a 30 minute nap at 5:30 am, before waking up at 6 to cook breakfast for our group. I do NOT love good conversations at 3 am!!

I did NOT get used as a jungle gym for kids... when I should have been hauling rock... :)

I did NOT miss my church kids while I was gone and I did NOT just rejoin the gym.

What have you NOT done this week?

Haiti Trip - Day 2, April 4

Today we flew from Miami to Port Au Prince. We sat in the plane for 2 hours because some guy checked his bags and didn't show up. So they had to search all the luggage to remove it from the plane. That was a good time!! There was an irrate woman sitting behind us that was constantly yelling in French - apparently she was more annoyed that everyone else that we were delayed. :) The airport in Port Au Prince was interesting - full of people yelling (in French Creole)... a LINE of people waiting outside; made you feel very uncomfortable. We had a woman from the orphanage traveling with us. She had been in the states visiting her family. That was a definite blessing!! If she hadn't been with us, it would have been more interesting than it was.

The Jacmel Airport

From the Port Au Prince airport, we drove a couple minutes to the smaller airport so we could fly to Jacmel. The plane was tiny, but the flight was beautiful... the ocean is so blue! At the Jacmel airport we met Drex & Larry. They loaded all the luggage and drove us to the orphanage. It started raining just as they finished tying it all down.

When we arrived, the kids were there waiting to greet us. After a short meeting and then dinner, we all sat on the porch and sang songs. The kids were loving all over us and taking pictures of each other. Such different personalities, they're all precious!

Drex, Jo, Larry, & Michelle are all at the orphanage full time and are g
reat! Ever since seeing the video about The Hands & Feet Project, I felt the tugging in my heart to come. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity. Even in the short time we've been here I feel humbled and guilty at the same time. We are fortunate to have what we do.

The kids waiting to greet us

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Haiti Trip - Day 1, April 3

Today we met at Wayne's at 11 am to pack our supplies. We'll be wearing flip flops when we aren't working, so CJ and I went and got a pedicure first. Love starting a vacation with a pedi! We flew from Kansas City to Dallas to Miami. It was interesting with 7 of us and all the luggage!! We met the two other people in Miami as they were flying from Chicago. It was hard to get a cab to the hotel... we had to take three (3). CJ and I rode in a taxi and the guy claimed to never have heard of our hotel. Even after we gave him the address...CJ turned on her GPS and suddenly he knew where he was going. It was a long day of travel and tomorrow we leave for Port Au Prince. **As I wrote this in my journal, it was 1 am and we were waiting on pizza. :)* I'm anxious and nervous for the unknown, but very excited to meet the kids.

*There wasn't much to write this day as all we did was travel to Miami. It'll get more interesting I promise!!*

The KC portion of our crew - CJ, Jarret, Sarah, Glenn, Wayne, & me

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Six Word Saturday

Well... it's still Saturday, but I'm posting this a little later than I normally do. It's been a crazy day! :) Visit Cate at Show My Face to get started! :)

Swollen ankles, nasty cough, updates soon!

Welcome back to me! I've been gone for a week and have been having a good time catching up on all your posts. I'll be posting updates and photos of the trip soon.

Friday, April 03, 2009

The time is here....

See that little counter over there??

Go on. Take a look.

Yup. It's time.

As you're reading this, my flight is leaving Kansas City to Dallas and then on to Miami. I'll be gone until next Friday, when I arrive back in KC at 11 pm. I will definitely blog about the trip when I get things in order - and some sleep I'm sure! :)

I'd like to once again thank you all for your prayers of support and encouragement. At times this adventure has been nerve racking. I've felt God's presence during the journey and can't wait to see what He does with our group in Haiti.

Thanks again... and I can't wait to catch up on all your postings next week. :)

God Bless!

My Life in Pictures, Day 5

Go to Everything Except the Grill to join the photo challenge! Today's challenge: Something Old

I love old buildings, especially churches!!! Cute little country churches are the best! :) This picture challenge has been a lot of fun... kind of a crazy week for me, but I managed.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

My life in pictures, day 4

Go to Everything Except the Grill to join the photo challenge! Today's challenge: Something you do every day

Eat. I love food - obviously. Maybe I need to learn to dislike it. :) I didn't have time to take a picture today, so I had to pick one I already had. This is me and CJ on a train ride in Colorado. Love it! Tomorrow's challenge: Something Old. We'll see if I have time to post tomorrow before I leave. :)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

My life in pictures: Day 3

Go to Everything Except the Grill to join the photo challenge! Today's challenge: View from your Front Door

This was the view I saw on Saturday afternoon. Giant snowflakes abound!! :)

Tomorrow's challenge: Something you do each day