Yes indeed, we survived the flight 🙂 Some of you are patiently waiting for a Haiti post. I’m getting there 😊 This is the longest break I’ve ever taken from blogging 🙂 Guess I needed time since we came home, and it’s been a bit busy. I often do my blogging at night after the children are in bed, but for some reason, I just felt like sleeping instead. That warm Haitian weather definitely left you feeling more motivated than this arctic blast around here 🙂
So I’m doing at least 2 posts on Haiti, because you know me, I took LOTS of pictures!
I just want to say a big thanks for all your well wishes and prayers for our trip! I am convinced your prayers brought us back home on time. More on that later, maybe another post 🙂 Right now, Dale and I are sitting in a dr.’s office, waiting to see if Tristan qualifies for vision therapy. We are so hoping they can help our little man! He struggles so much with learning, and we are hoping this helps him out!
My alarm went at 12:45 a.m., Friday morning. We took 2 suitcases full of frozen things, so I packed that up, and we were off. We were enroute to JFK by 2:30, if I remember right. Traveling went well, as did our security check in. We boarded the plane on time, but then ended up waiting on the plane for more than an hour, waiting to get de iced. I have to say I loved takeoff! That feeling of power, and then the slight lift. Flying was not my favorite part of the trip, but it sure was pretty up there! And it gave us some time to catch a few much needed winks 😉So pretty!Descending into Haiti. And then the chaos 🙂 Lots of offers, let us help with your bags. We turned them down. Uniformed men ushering us through the crowd. We spot Harold and Sherita. Quick hugs and a few tears. I’m thinking, these guys are helpful. And then one grabs my bag. Let me help you. Yes, so kind. And then we get to the truck, and the asking for money begins. So I give the guy a bit. Then the next guy wants some, too. He was carrying another suitcase, not mine. I told him, I paid the one that had my suitcase. He put on his puppy dog face, please some for me. Welcome to Haiti!! 🙂
And then riding on the back of the truck to the mission. I loved it. All the sights, smells. An eye opener. And every now and then, Harold’s driving opened them a bit wider 😉 There is no system to the driving there. Well, yes, there is. It’s grab gears and go. It’s fly and be ready to stop quick. It’s each for his own 🙂 When we ride on the back, we ride in style.Mindy and I. My barn bandanna came in quite handy. Sherita had the nice scarves. We had this terrible joke about the scarves. We called them “The Glittery Jewels”. But we said this in our best dutchy accent. “Glichree Chewels”. Maybe we were tired 🙂 Anyways, I still laugh about those scarves.
When we got back, we were served a Haitian meal that their cook made. I didn’t care for the bean sauce, and the picklies ( I’m sure that’s spelled wrong), but the rice and vegetable sauce were sooo good! I just made myself hungry 🙂 I don’t think I got a picture of the cook. Her name was Milan. That’s probably spelled wrong too 🙂 But she was a sweetheart!
Love these cuties! Little Owen fell asleep on the way back from the airport, so he wasn’t on the picture.Brandy: best beggar around 🙂 She loved any table scraps. And when she’s in protective mode, Look out! I heard her run against the gate quite a few times 🙂Couldn’t get enough of this scenery!Picking a flower for his mommy.They loved all the gifts that we brought along!The young guys night for games.BreakfastSo good! I even added their powdered milk to my oatmeal. A little hard for the farmer’s wife 🙂 It wasn’t bad 😉These 2! So stinkin cute! They got lots of kisses whether they wanted them or not 🙂That is the last one for this post. I knew it would be hard for me to end a post when I started 🙂 I have so many more pictures to share with you. We’ll see when I get that accomplished. Have a great weekend!!