**Photo's uploaded...(Tried post on October 26th from my phone with pictures but wasn't able to. Photos to come..Internet has been down for days..)
Feeling so blessed here in Haiti with all the birthday loving I've been getting! Got my hair done, massage, serenaded by many, goofy photos, chocolate, lunch made for me by Kathy, she even a mini pedicure and lots of wonderful pictures from the kids! Blessed to be able to spend my birthday here in Haiti but am missing my loved ones back home and all the loving from them! Thank goodness for Facebook ;)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Snapshots of Life Happening at Grace Village....
So much has been happening its hard to keep up all the time!!
|THE KIDS HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD!!|
WE ALSO HAD A DAY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO BLESS SOME OF OUR ELDERLY WITH FRESH HAIRCUTS! :)
|SCHNEIDER'S GETTING THE LESSON ON HOW TO PROPERLY CUT HAIR.|
WE BROUGHT 4 OF OUR ELDERLY UP THAT DAY TO KEEP THEM ALL LOOKING SHARP WITH NEW HAIRCUTS AND OF COURSE TO KEEP THEM NICE AND COOL TOO! :)
EDMUND LOOKING SHARP AS EVER!! :)
WHO DOESN'T LOVE TO PLAY WITH SNACKS AND PRETEND THEY ARE TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE!
IT MAKES MY HEART SO HAPPY TO HAVE KIDS ASK ME ALL THE TIME IF THEY CAN COME WITH NEXT TIME I GO VISIT THE "GWO MOUN" (ELDERLY) :)
EVEN WENT OUT TO EAT AT A REAL HAITIAN RESTAURANT!!
SOME PLANTAIN AND A COCA COLA!
IT WAS DELICIOUS! THEN BEST PART WAS I DIDN'T EVEN GET SICK FROM EATING "REAL" HAITIAN FOOD! I THINK I'LL FIT IN JUST FINE HERE! ;)
UNFORTUNATELY WE HAD TO TAKE ONE OF OUR ELDERLY DIEUFORT TO THE HOSPITAL. HE HAS BEEN NEEDING A SURGERY FOR A LONG TIME AND WE WERE JUST BLESSED WE COULD FINALLY GET HIM IN!
ALEX AND GERNO WERE SUCH A BLESSING TO HIM! THEM SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR JUST PRAYING AND SINGING TO HIM! IT WAS GREAT TO SEE HIM SIGING ALONG!
PRAYING OVER HIM AND LISTENING TO THOSE BOYS PRAY IS ALWAYS A GOOD REMINDER TO ME. THEY PRAY WITH SUCH MIGHT AND COURAGE! IT GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS! THEY HAVE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IN THEM AND IT SHOWS!!
WE WERE ALSO BLESSED BY HAVING THE BROBERG BOYS COME AND BUILD US A PIZZA OVEN! NOW WE JUST NEED TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT! :) THIS WILL BE A BLESSING NOT ONLY TO US BUT ALSO TO THE COMMUNITY AS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO USE THIS TO BAKE BREAD FOR THEIR FAMILY OR TO SELL AT THE MARKET TO EARN SOME MONEY! IT'S A WIN WIN FOR ALL! THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR HEARTS FOR HAITI!
AND HOW COULD I FORGET......THE NEW BASKETBALL HOOP!! YES THIS REALLY IS A BASKETBALL HOOP....YOU KNOW HOW HAPPY THIS MAKES ME!! CAN YOU PICTURE IT NOW....BASKETBALL CAMPS AND PRACTICES ALL YEAR LONG!! START DONATING BASKETBALLS PLEASE!! :)
THIS WAS A PERFECT END TO A WONDERFUL DAY! THIS HOOP WILL GET LOTS OF USE I'M SURE OF IT!! :)
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE OF YOU WHO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY FOR ME. I AM SO BLESSED AND FORTUNATE TO BE LIVING IN HAITI AT GRACE VILLAGE. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I AM IN MY 'HAPPY PLACE' EVERY SINGLE DAY!!
JUST A FOREWARNING...WITH ALL THESE AMAZING BLESSINGS WE ARE GETTING HERE (AND OF COURSE MY KIDDOS AND MY ELDERLY) I MIGHT NOT BE COMING BACK TO THE STATES FOR AWHILE :)
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING AND LOVING ME!!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
These are the things that I love about having a quick night stay at the guest house....
who wouldn't love seeing these smiling faces....
Who wouldn't love hanging out with these two lovely boys
And of course seeing my buddy Mackenley....
Hanging out on the rooftop with his family and friends and enjoying this wonderful view...
and of course being able to spend the morning in the kitchen with Fonese and her beautiful self! She is such a joy and a fantastic cook as well!!
Look at that beautiful smile! :)
Needless to say....I basically love every place I stay and the people there!! So thankful for such wonderful people in my life!!!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
WELL WE MADE IT TO AND FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR A LITTLE REST AND RELAXATION...BUT MAINLY BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN IN HAITI FOR 90 DAYS AND IT WAS TIME FOR US TO GET OUR PASSPORTS STAMPED.
WE GOT TO THE BUS STATION AT ABOUT 7AM AND BOARDED THE BUS AROUND 8:15 WE FINALLY TOOK OFF AROUND 9....
THE BUS RIDE WAS DO-ABLE ONE...IT WAS QUITE CHILLY BUT OVERALL IT WAS GOOD; THEY EVEN GAVE US SOME FOOD AND DRINKS. WE STOPPED AT THE BOARDER GOT OUR STAMPS AND CONTINUED TO HEAD INTO SANTO DOMINGO. OVER ALL IT WAS ABOUT 7 HOURS TO GET THERE.
ONCE WE ARRIVED WE TOLD THE LADY WE NEED A TAXI. SHE POINTED US TO THIS GUY WITH A TAXI SHIRT. HE HELPED US WITH OUR BAGS AS WE GOT INTO A RUGGED OLD CAR. IT WAS A LITTLE SKETCHY WHEN WE GOT INTO THIS BEATER OF A CAR AND THEN HE TOOK HIS 'TAXI' SHIRT OFF....WE LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND WERE A LITTLE CONCERNED....
ALONG THE WAY WE HAD ENCOUNTERED ANOTHER LITTLE ADVENTURE....WE OF COURSE HAD A FLAT TIRE..THANKFULLY IT WAS ON A BUSY ROAD SO WE WEREN'T TOO CONCERNED. HE GOT IT ALL FIXED UP AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY..
WE WERE BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS VIEW EVERYDAY...
YEP WE DID IT....WE KNEW THE KIDS WOULD LOVE IT SO IT WAS WORTH IT. I DEFINITELY FELT LIKE I WAS 15 AND WAS 'THAT GIRL ON VACATION' :) IT WAS ALL GOOD THOUGH. HAIR BRAIDED AND A MASSAGE ON THE BEACH WAS A GOOD DEAL TO ME!
WE SOAKED UP THE SUN EVERYDAY....
EVEN DID A LITTE KAYAKING AND SNORKELING IN THE LITTLE BAY....IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE LITTLE ADVENTURES FOR US AND GAVE US MANY GOOD LAUGHS!
THIS BASICALLY SUMMED UP OUR EVERYDAY ROUTINE..
WE ENJOYED THE LITTLE THINGS AND TOOK IT ALL IN...WE LOVED BEING ABLE TO TAKE SOME TIME TO REST AND RELAX BUT I WAS DEFINITELY READY TO COME HOME AND SEE THE KIDDOS! WHILE WE WERE GONE THE KIDS STARTED SCHOOL...I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD BE SO BUMMED THAT I MISSED THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL BUT WE WERE AXIOUS TO GET BACK HOME AND CHECK IT OUT.
THANKFUL FOR A SAFE AND RESTFUL TIME IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND ALL THE LITTLE ADVENTURES ALONG THE WAY.