More of Haiti

I’m telling you folks, it is winter for real around here! Winds, snow, cold, cold, cold. But I’m cozy right now, and I’m thinking about that time we went to Haiti 🙂 If only I could have brought that weather home! Church was cancelled today. So we are spending time at home. This morning, I put pictures in photo albums. Now, it’s the middle of the afternoon, had a 1/2 hr. snooze, and I’m blogging 🙂

Are you up for round #2 on Haiti? Here goes….

I believe the last post ended on our Sat. morning there. We ate our breakfast, and readied for our trip to the beach. It was not a super sunny day, but nice and warm. Our drive took us an hour and a half. The back was where I rode. We stood the whole time, and it didn’t even seem long 🙂 Too much to see!

Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 171_edited-1A Haitian man showed us this fellow. Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 173So much beauty! It was hard to believe how beautiful this beach was, and then to see the filth elsewhere.Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 180Yes, flipflops all weekend. Now, its long johns 🙂Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 170_edited-1This trampoline was put to good use while we were there 🙂 I was only on it for a bit. I’m too much of a klutz to stay upright too long, but it was fun 🙂Hati, Owen, Misc 040 Hati, Owen, Misc 044 Hati, Owen, Misc 046So much cuteness!Hati, Owen, Misc 050Hati, Owen, Misc 035_edited-1Only the Creator could make something so beautiful!Hati, Owen, Misc 049 Hati, Owen, Misc 052_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 058_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 060The flowers were like therapy for my eyes 🙂 Just stunning!!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 172 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 178Have I made you sufficiently jealous?? 😉 Yes, our time there went too fast. I just couldn’t believe I was on the beach in another country, while my people back home were trying to stay warm.

All too soon it was time to pack up. and head back to the mission. We wanted to go out for supper, and Harold doesn’t like to be out on the roads after dark too much, so we headed for “home”.

Ok, back after a little break to help hubby milk, make supper, and bathe little miss.

It was neat eating out at a restaurant in Haiti. The food took maybe a little longer to come out, but it was presented very nicely, and the waitstaff was great!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 189_edited-1 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 190_edited-1Trying to occupy little Owen.Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 191My salad. It was beautiful and yummy. But I do not like tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, or quite that much cabbage, so it was passed around and the plate was cleaned up 🙂 I just realized I sound kind of picky 🙂Hati, Owen, Misc 063Sunday morning before church, burning off some energy 🙂Hati, Owen, Misc 071So much cuteness!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 194Dealing with a drunk man at the gate. He was crying and saying “I love you” 🙂 He was hungry he said, so they offered mangoes. “No, no!” He didn’t want that. Harold decided he was not hungry 🙂 Hati, Owen, Misc 081In the afternoon, we went to visit the little twins and there sick mama. I really could have brought them home! They were such dolls!Hati, Owen, Misc 090_edited-1Everyone wanted to hold them 🙂Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 196 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 197 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 200Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 204Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 205Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 202 The mother was skin and bones. Her face looked healthy though, and she was beautiful. But she is too weak to take care of her babies, so her mother and sisters help. You can see their home. Simple block walls. Dirt floor. 2 rooms. I was astounded. We have so much in America. Too much. But they hung curtains at the window. The beds looked clean. Her mother (the twins Grandma), was washing clothes when we came. And she may have been using a dishpan and scrubbing by hand, but the clothes hanging on the line were clean! You could tell she worked hard. Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 207Some of her wash line was barbed wire. Really, it made my heart break seeing their poverty. Hati, Owen, Misc 080 These girls. Beautiful! The one in the white dress told Sherita she was thirsty. She said she had nothing to drink. So sad! Hati, Owen, Misc 085Beautiful child. I gave them smarties. I think they liked that 🙂Hati, Owen, Misc 087_edited-1We couldn’t understand each other, but I motioned if I could take her picture, and she nodded and gave me this lovely smile. If only she grows up to follow Jesus. She is just precious!Hati, Owen, Misc 091_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 092_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 093This was their “yard”. They had 2 pigs. Hati, Owen, Misc 097_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 098_edited-1This was where they cooked. Just totally opened my eyes. You can read about it. You can picture it. But until you are there, you just don’t really see how some people have to live. And to them it’s probably all they knew. I had to think, why did I grow up where there was always plenty? Why do they have to struggle? So many things go through your mind. You just feel like giving all your money away to them. The Grandmother said they were hungry. They had used the last of the rice. Do any of us have any idea what that would be like?! To not know when you can eat again. We did give her something then to help, but this is not just their family. So many more! I know it’s something Harold doesn’t always know how to handle. When so many have need, but you have to watch how much you give as well. There is always those that will take advantage.

I must close this post. I still have more pictures, but we shall have to do a 3d post 🙂 I best get to bed. Tomorrow morning I’m milking, and that alarm goes pretty early 🙂 It is supposed to be below zero, and windy 😦 Ahh, the perks of farming 🙂

12 thoughts on “More of Haiti

  1. So many precious memories from your week-end here ! We hold them very dear to us . 🙂 We loved seeing how you captured life here on your camera ! Give all a hug from me !!!!!

  2. Sharon Horst says:

    Thanks for sharing more pics from Haiti! Those dear Haitian twins are so cute and the girl is wearing an outfit I gave. It just blesses my heart to be able to give to someone so in need. I just pray their mother can heal and be able to enjoy her twins while they are little. We have so much more than we need and always wanting more.

  3. I’m heartbroken and yet want to see more, longing to help and feeling powerless all at once. That is a question I ask myself often, why do I have so much and others have so little? The pictures really brought to life all those Haiti updates and newsletters we read. Thanks for sharing this remarkable trip.

    • Thanks, Monica! Yes, only God can answer our whys, but I think since we are blessed with so much more, then it’s also our duty to give more. Maybe duty is the wrong word? After seeing how simply they live there, we should be excited to help those less fortunate.

  4. I am finally getting to catch up on my reading. Oh, these pictures! I can see how you could want to bring those babies home! This is just heart-wrenching to see how they have to live, and that poor, sickly mama! Oh, dear Lord, have mercy on her and make her well! “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Believing God to bless the prayers you all prayed for her and bring her healing to pass. May she live to raise those precious babies! I think I would be crying 24/7 if I lived in a place like this. So much pain, sickness, poverty, and sorrow. God bless you for sharing and giving us a glimpse into the reality of their everyday lives. Thank you!

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