The second floor porch has become my favorite place in the house. I love to sit there and listen to the sounds of Port-au-Prince. They are so different from home, and always changing. In the span of 15 minutes I’ll hear the sizzle of city power cutting out and the rumble of the generator coming to life, a mix of dogs barking, roosters crowing, children shrieking, and gravel churning as cars work their way up our mountain of a street. It goes on and on. The noises of life being lived. Beautiful.
It’s hard to believe I’ve already been here a month. I’ve heard a few people comment that the days in Haiti are long, but the time flies by. I feel like I’m definitely coming to understand that comment. It’s not that the days are difficult or bad, they’re just hot, and dusty, and they start at the crack of dawn, so by 7pm my body is ready for bed. This month went quickly because it has been busy since I landed on the 1st. We’ve hosted four families and one mission team so far. It has made for a steep learning curve and a LOT of corny, the-sun-fried-my-brain-hours-ago, jokes. Fortunately, we have a wonderful group of people working at the guesthouse and they put up with all of the ridiculous things that come out of my mouth…plus, when I ask our property manager to drive me to the grocery store because I need gatorade and chocolate chips, he actually does it. PRAISE THE LORD!
Praises from this month:
– Since we have several families coming to visit their kids, I’ve had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time at one of the many orphanages here in Haiti. Just one day there is physically and emotionally draining, but I’ve met some pretty amazing kiddos. They are endless balls of energy!
– My coworker (friend!) and I got a chance to escape for the day to a beautiful hotel called Karibe. It was a wonderful mental health day for swimming, eating and relaxing in the sun.
– Three weekends in a row going to Pizza Amour for a dinner out and delicious pizza. It’s a little slice of home away from home.
– One of the little guys I’ve fallen in love with at the orphanage just turned 1 an he is fully blind. Just a few hours at the orphanage can leave you with so many thoughts and emotions. I’m not sure exactly what I’m asking you to pray for here, I just fell for him in a special way and would love you to pray with me on his behalf. That he would get the resources he needs as he grows older so he can be in an environment where he can thrive. I’m just not sure what that looks like at the moment or how to best help.
– Continued prayers that God’s glory would shine through me, even in the most mundane days.
Drink a pumpkin spice latte for me and enjoy the changing colors of Fall!