Well friends, here we go. I Gotta give a big shout out of thanks to our awesome community here in Airdrie & Calgary. I've been so blessed to see the response of friends and church members and community members to the needs in Haiti. Thanks to donations from my fellow singers of the Airdrie Interdenominational Christmas Choir, Girl Guides AIRDRIE, and our Classical Conversations homeschool group, I've got four bins packed up to the brim of hygiene and school supplies (hoping that American Airlines will waive the fees for baggage since it's for disaster relief). I even got a wedding dress for a Haitian bride.
Tomorrow I head to Haiti. I get to join my husband there for 10 days on the mission field and leave the kids behind in the care of a wonderful network of caregiving friends and family. To tell you the truth, I'm pretty excited to have a mini vacation. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and it will be work on the field, but I'm honestly looking forward to the trip and that I'll get to read a book or two from cover to cover while I ride the plane by myself! And my books of choice?
So besides the precious moments of alone time as I travel, what can I expect on this voyage? Well, this time will be a bit different than past trips. I don't plan to do admin work. Since Haiti has endured yet another disaster, my role this time is to go capture the stories on camera, document the unsung heroes who've demonstrated unthinkable resilience throughout their lives of challenge while holding tightly to their tremendous faith. I hope to paint the picture of beauty rising out of ashes for you through words, expressing the marvellous lessons we can glean from the Haitian people. I'll be traveling throughout the communities that have been devastated to find that resident hope that springs to life amidst tragedy, to hopefully encourage our brothers and sisters there, to come alongside them and let them know that we are with them. Though I will help distribute some needed supplies to students and food to families and maybe even swing a hammer to help fix some roofs, my desire is to just be with our beloved Haitians and love on them. I'll share encouraging notes from our homeschool kids group and work on getting some Christmas update letters from our elementary school kids there. And of course, I'll hug my Haitian boy, Kiki and get after the lawyer to advance this adoption process. (Pray for this one!)
So, friends, maybe you can't journey with me to Haiti on this trip physically, but you can follow along by jumping into my daily journals of random thoughts and experiences through this blog. I'll try my best to post something each day so you can feel, hear, see and taste life in the Carribean soils that have just been severely shifted by Hurricane Matthew. So let's go! Boarding in 12 hours-not first class unfortunately. Not even priority seating. Nope, I'm not a platinum, gold, silver, bronze or copper member. My seats will probably be in the nose bleed section, with my knees up around my chin. But if I can read a book without interruption by a little one, it'll still be worth it. This homeschool mom is on a mission.