Friday, January 21, 2011

Life update:

I have come to love the crazy times in life... the times when I travel between 4 countries, 2 states, and 4 cities over the course of 3 weeks... The times when I get to say hello to my amazing family and friends but have to say goodbye to 62 of the craziest and most amazing kids I have ever met... The times when I have more fun than I could ever imagine...

Since my last blog, this is exactly what my life has looked like!

- As the date of my flight home for Christmas approached, Haiti decided to get a little crazy. After airports closed less than a week before our staff's scheduled flights, we all began plotting our escape route through the Dominican Republic. While many of us thought that would have been a great adventure, we were so excited when the airport reopened and we were able to fly out for Christmas!

- 2 days later... I hopped on a cruise ship with my parents, aunt and uncle, cousins, and grandparents. This was a Christmas like never before. We sailed to Nassau, Bahamas and Grand Turk! So beautiful!

- Christmas time in Jax looked pretty different too... My brother got to play in his first bowl game with FIU on the 26th! While I missed him being home on Christmas day, watching him win a bowl game on ESPN was a highlight of my Christmas break!

- A few days later... I was off to Tallahassee! After spending about 36 hours there, we headed north to A-town for the FSU bowl game and New Years Eve celebrations! The Noles winning a bowl game was, needless to say, one of my favorite moments!

- After all of this craziness with family and friends, I was itching to get back to the country I love. I peaced out of the U.S. and headed back to Haiti January 9th. Since being back, things have been moving full speed ahead. Life in Haiti is nonstop!

Pierre, the baby I wrote about several weeks ago, returned home from the hospital just in time for Christmas. He seems to be doing much better than when I visited him in the hospital. They found a cyst on his brain which will need surgery. We are currently working on getting him a medical visa so that he can fly to the states to get the surgery. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

- LIFE IN HAITI UPDATE!!! A couple days ago, I heard that I have been approved to continue working at Mission of Hope for an additional 6 months! I feel so blessed that I get to be a witness to the amazing work that God is doing in Haiti everyday. I am literally living out my dream and, right now, I can't imagine being anywhere else!

THANK YOU to everyone that has been supporting me both financially and prayerfully. It means more than you know. I am constantly in awe of the support from family and friends in my life.

Love & Haiti,

P.S. I have been capturing some of the crazy moments in Haiti with my graduation/Christmas present; a Nikon D3000. I hope to be able to use it as a way to raise some extra financial support for my time in Haiti. Be on the lookout for more info on how this will look in the near future!