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!
A Haitian man showed us this fellow. So much beauty! It was hard to believe how beautiful this beach was, and then to see the filth elsewhere.Yes, flipflops all weekend. Now, its long johns 🙂This 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 🙂 So much cuteness!Only the Creator could make something so beautiful! The flowers were like therapy for my eyes 🙂 Just stunning!! Have 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! Trying to occupy little Owen.My 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 🙂Sunday morning before church, burning off some energy 🙂So much cuteness!Dealing 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 🙂 In the afternoon, we went to visit the little twins and there sick mama. I really could have brought them home! They were such dolls!Everyone wanted to hold them 🙂 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. Some of her wash line was barbed wire. Really, it made my heart break seeing their poverty. These girls. Beautiful! The one in the white dress told Sherita she was thirsty. She said she had nothing to drink. So sad! Beautiful child. I gave them smarties. I think they liked that 🙂We 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! This was their “yard”. They had 2 pigs. This 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 🙂