Friday, January 27, 2012

{Friday Favorites} - January 27

 1. I said yes!!! On Tuesday, Claudy asked me to be his wife! I am so excited....Excited to see how God will use us in marriage, in missions, and in life!!!
The day started out with me being really frustrated, we ended up taking 18 people with us to the beach and I couldn't figure out why, and I just wanted to get there to get sun! So we finally sat down at the beach and I was ready to take off my cover and Claudy said, "lets go for a walk." I
 reluctantly agreed.  (Thank you Claudy for not letting me go for a walk in my bikini or I wouldn't be sharing these pics :) ) As we walked, he started telling me how happy he was, told me what he loved about me and our relationship, and asked me to share the same. He than started talking about his dream was to get married on the beach, but since he didn't think that would happen, he wanted to ask me to be his wife by the beach!
 He got down on one knee and said, "will you be my wife?" I said yes....then came to find out my friend Laura was behind us in the bushes and had captured it all!! What a great friend and great planning by you two!! So thankful to have it all in pictures!! We were than able to walk back to group to be congratulated by some of our family and friends!!Isn't the my ring gorgeous!! Great job!!!
 2. Meeting the Family: On Wednesday, we were able to spend some time with Claudy's mom, Odette. She couldn't be happier for the two of us!! It was a joy to spend time with her. I was also able to meet Claudy Sister. I'm excited to be part of their family!!!

 3. Visits with Cory and Shannon's Family: On Sunday, my brother Cory and his family arrived. It was a blast to spend time with them, share with them what we do in Haiti, have them get to spend time with Claudy and to see their family serve. We visited a lot of orphanages and schools. The kids did a great job playing, and sharing with the other children! They even did a skit of David and Goliath! Super fun! Thanks for coming.

 4. To top off the special week, the sent Claudy and I out on a date and painted my bed room!!! It looks great!! Thanks for the fun color :)

   6. A special thanks to Laura, for being sneaky, and capturing the special day and moment!!! I so appreciate your friendship :)

Sorry for all the pictures this week, but had so much to share :) 

Friday, January 20, 2012

{Friday Favorites} - January 20

1. Hot Water: One of the things I disliked the most about living in Haiti, and it's really superficial, is the cold water. I hate shivering during my showers. My dad researched and found a small water heater, perfect for Haiti. He installed it last week when he arrived!! It has been such a blessing!!

2. I really like change. I was getting tired of the way my room looked, so I decided to rearrange. Please don't mind the gray walls. I need to repaint, hopefully I'll do that this week.

3. Funny stories: We have had a really funny week here in Haiti. I wanted to share with you three funny things. All of these are taken from other people!

a. Upon the groups arrival on Saturday, the team leader got out of the truck, and said I didn't get my luggage. I told him, that we could send Miguel to go get it on Monday. He then replied, "they told me they would deliver it." That may not seem funny to you, but they have never once delivered a piece of luggage from the airport, in fact they make you search for it in this small room.

b. One of the orphanages we work with, is a middle-aged married couple. We just found out that she was pregnant (she is 41). Donna decided to take her to a clinic to make sure everything was ok, since she had some cramping and swollen legs. It took Donna about 3 trips to the clinic and on the 3rd trip she was so frustrated and couldn't figure out why they couldn't diagnose her. Our friend Maxo, leaned over and said, "Maybe they just think she is a fat women, not pregnant." Awww! We love medical care here. :) Why that wasn't the first question they asked her, we don't know. However, Jim and Sandy at HHM saw her today...We are so thankful to have a good clinic right next door.

c. My mom has been working at HHM, with Jim and Sandy, this week. She came in last night and told us an funny story about a patient (no Hippa rules in Haiti). The guy walked in and said he has gas, gas everywhere. He has gas all the way from his heads, to his toes... I didn't know you could have gas escape from your toes, but I guess anythings possible in Haiti!

That's all for today!! Hope you guys have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 
Isaiah 58: 10-11

I moved to Haiti almost 8 months ago. It's crazy how fast the time as gone. Prior to moving, I thought by this point I would understand how to handle the poverty, what the Lord requires to us as we are serving. I couldn't have been more wrong. The more I am here, the more I struggle with what is means to pour out myself. In fact, there are many times, like this week, where I am left feeling un-compassionate. One of the hardest parts of my day, is when I have to look into someones eyes, that is jobless, hungry, and desperate to feed their children, and tell them no, I'm sorry I don't have a job for you. I wish I could help them all. In my mind, I know the right answer, that I'm not called to help them all, but that doesn't help when I am staring into the eyes of the hungry.

My prayer today is that God will multiply what He is doing here. That He will speak to me when that "no" needs to be a "yes" and that I will always be ready to listen and hear His voice!