One of the hardest things for me has been the cooking. Not because I don't cook often at home, but because when I go to the cupboard, I have to make sure I de-ant our food before I serve it. When we first got here and I found that ants had gotten into the Vanilla Waffer snacks, I tossed them out and said, Oh well! The kids won't have that snack anymore! Well, if I threw away everything that was infested with ants, we wouldn't be eating. I got out some noodles and had to rinse off a TON of ants before boiling them. I still found a few in my water and a few on the plate, but they were dead...just a little protein, right?! It really is just a mind change, but it's hard.
Last week, we had a team from our home town here. It was nice to have people here from home, but it also made me miss home. Jaron woke up one morning last week and came to our bed and snuggled and out of the blue started listing restaurants he missed! :) He must have been dreaming - "Bdubs...Applebees...Welcome to Moes!...Culvers...! Then it came time to say goodbye to our friends. It was really hard seeing them fly off the island. Morgan had a really tough time and it was hard to see her so sad. Jaron on the other had said, Can we stay here forever and ever?! Love him.
Morgan saying goodbye to Mrs. Sneed Jaron and some boys found some shade!
A swing, and even a pavilion/picnic area behind me - we have plans to have a family picnic there SOON!
Our family the day our friends left for home.
Another "up" is that we are definitely making great strides in creating strong relationships with some of the workers at the orphanage. Friday, Joanne asked us to join her at a soccer match that afternoon. We were already planning to go, but we were super excited that she wanted to spend that time with us! We also invited Faby. Faby just moved to Anse a Galets from Port au Prince a couple months ago. She told me that she doesn't have any family. Both of her parents are dead and she doesn't have siblings. She lives at the orphanage to help care for the kids. She told me that she is very lonely. We traded phone numbers at the soccer game and that evening, she texted me, "I don't know what to say but thanks cause you're my friend. Now I'm not alone. God bless you. Everything is okay my friend. I'm happy cause you gave me the answer."
Ann, Joanne (secretary at the orphanage), Faby, Renee, Morgan - at the soccer game
Today, I will be attending a funeral. One of the long time cooks at the guest house died pretty unexpectedly on Friday. The women here have worked together daily for almost 20 years and they are like sisters. I know this is a very hard time for them. I'm thankful that their load is a bit lighter right now since we don't have any teams here at the moment. God knew ahead of time that they'd need this week for a break! Haitian funerals are very emotional. It is cultural to wail for your lost loved one. There will be a service followed by a processional to the cemetery. A lot of the missionaries have taken their summer leave already and so I will be going to the funeral just as a "white face" to give support to the family. Mme Gelles meant a lot to the people who live here. I hope that just by being there, we will be able to give some sort of peace to them. Just praying that God will use us today.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We really do need them. Morgan woke up one morning last week and asked if Craig and I were going to the orphanage again. I told her that that was what we were here for. She was pretty sad and was missing spending quality time with us. So - we cancelled our plans and had some family time. Pray that we are sensitive to our kids. They are doing so well, but Morgan more than Jaron goes through that same pattern of highs and lows. Pray that we are open with each other and attentive to each other's needs. This week is a big week. We will be meeting with Mme Solliette tomorrow to start looking through her books and records. Pray that communication would go smoothly with our new translator Bee. Pray that Mme Solliette would be open and sense our hearts to help her.
Love you all!!