Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
In the middle of a season that just feels extra hard I'm thankful that there is the hope that comes with Easter morning. As I read through my devotions during this season of lent I was consistently reminded of how God used (to me) seemingly impossible situations to bring about redemption. He took things that were beyond broken and put them back together. Yes, it's easy for me to get overwhelmed at the injustice in front of me and at how I hate watching the hearts of my kiddos get pulled in different directions. And yet, this day reminds me to hold on tightly to the Hope that only He can bring. It reminds me that in Him all things are made new. I'm thankful that this Easter Sunday was one spent with my kiddos and the other missionary families on campus. I'm also thankful that I was able to talk to my family back home and that I got to see lots of pictures of my nieces and nephew looking all cute as they hunted eggs too. Sweet new traditions were started this year and so many fun memories were made!
|Rose and Davidson LOVED searching for the eggs!|
|Rose found a money egg and couldn't stop giggling! |
She has BIG plans as to what treats she wants to buy!
|Discovering that the eggs were filled with candy led to LOTS of squealing!|
|Douvens looking chubby and adorable!|
|The kids table at our Easter lunch!|
Saturday, December 31, 2016
And just like that it's time to wish in another year! I hope you enjoy looking back at some of my favorite pictures and memories from 2016. Thank you for joining with me on this journey. So many of you support me financially, in prayer, and follow my blog/facebook/instagram etc. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to live this life in Haiti and I can't thank you enough for helping make it all possible. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
|You know you are the fifth child in your family when you clutch your mango tightly even while napping. Oh this sweet girl has my heart and I love nothing more than spoiling her rotten=)|
|This sweet girl lost TWO teeth this year and I feel like we have been waiting yearrrrsss (literally..) for her to lose these teeth so naturally it is a favorite memory of 2016=)|
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The Christmas party is the day that the students look forward to ALL year long. It's this day that the children dream about because they know it's one filled with a fun program (skits, dancing, singing, etc), a BIG lunch (rice and beans, chicken, salad, plantains, and a bottle of juice), and we can't forget the best part- each student receives a gift. My kiddos spent the last few weeks planning out what outfits they would wear. And Davidson was concerned about if I had batteries--because somehow he just assumed his gift would need batteries:) It was ALL the talk of the school when the presents started to arrive the week of the party. I heard that one of the boxes had cars in it and another had toys for girls! These events always leave me an emotional mess because it makes my heart just burst at watching my kiddos get loved on in such an extravagant and fun way. At the end of the day my kiddos and I were playing with their new toys in my house when one of my sweet girls told me how her sponsor was the best because she picked out and sent her the best present ever. My other kiddos joined in too telling me just how much they loved their toys and food too. This years Christmas party will be one my little ones talk about for a long long time!
Thursday, December 22, 2016
My kiddos (and me too!) were counting down for weeks until my parents arrived and oh were they excited to finally meet them! In a lot of ways I have two very separate lives. One with my family and friends in Indiana and then another in Haiti. It's not very often that these two lives cross paths so when they do it's extra special. I was so excited for my parents to actually meet and get to know some of the people who are so dear to me. I was also excited for my Haitian family and friends to meet my parents. The days went much too quickly but I am so thankful that I was able to show my parents off a little and also show them a glimpse of what my life is like in Haiti. My kiddos all voted that they should come back SOON and are still talking about everything that they did with them=)
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The new space for the malnutrition program was officially dedicated over the summer but it took a few more months for the container to arrive with all the tables, chairs, toys, and other materials. It was SO fun setting this space up- dreaming of different ways to have the flow work for mommas and kiddos to come into the room. I wanted to create a room that has a specific medical purpose but is also comfortable for the children so they aren't nearly as afraid to explore and play. As I went through tub after tub of toys I realized just how many people have loved and given towards the program.
Watching the children play and explore in the new space has me so excited to see just what all is in store for the program in 2017. Thank you for joining with us in prayer and financial support throughout 2016--so many little ones are no longer "little" anymore and it has been such an honor to walk this road with some amazing parents!
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
"I will praise the Lord at all times, I will constantly speak His praises" Psalm 34:1. There is something extra special about the month of November. I love reading posts and blogs on what everyone is thankful for. In so many ways this season is one that truly causes me to reflect and look back on what the Lord is doing in my life and in the lives of those around me.
As I sat in the village this week my emotions were all over the place. While holding the chubbiest and sweetest little one I realized just how much of a blessing and answer to prayer her little life has been. I'm so thankful I have been given a spot to watch as her momma has learned to be an amazing mother and truly embrace this role in her life. I watched as my kiddos proudly sang a long list of songs that they have learned in school and I couldn't help but be thankful that even against a long list of obstacles these kids are learning so much. They are going to change this community and they give me so much hope. And over the last few weeks I have been challenged by the heart of my little man. When he prays he goes through a long list of things he is thankful for. That list includes everything from food and school to the names of every single person he knows. I'm so thankful that the Lord has used this little five year old to show me how to pray because while I have been caught up trying to figure out the heavy and just mess of these relationships- He is showing me that really I need to just pray and turn so much of that back over to Him. This season of "thanks" has shown me so much of His heart and for that I am try thankful.