I am finally writing a blog post from Haiti!! It’s hard to believe we are actually here spending time with our little girl. This is day 6 of our trip, and we have 9 days left. It has definitely been an adventure. Haiti is a lot like we expected it to be and then a whole lot more piled on top of those expectations. It is sensory overload. Everywhere you go there is so much to look at. There are bright colors everywhere. There are people carrying crazy amounts of stuff on their heads. There are chickens running around. There are cars, both broken down and running, everywhere. There are pedestrians everywhere. There are motorcycles everywhere. There is noise all the time. There are beautiful mountains, and there are concrete slums built one on top of the other up the hills. There are open air markets with vegetables, freshly plucked chickens, clothes, shoes, and charcoal for sale. There is trash lining the streets. There are school children walking home in their uniforms holding one another’s hands. There are these crazy contraptions called “tap-taps”, which are pick-up trucks with covered backs used as taxis. So many things are unfamiliar, but there is so much life. People may have different cultures, but they are the same at the core. They are all made in the image of God. So many things are familiar. There are parents walking down the street holding their children close. There are children laughing and playing. There are people trying to earn a living for their family any way they can. It is the fabric of life, and it is beautiful. Thus far, we have not had a moment when we have felt afraid. It is a privilege to experience another beautiful place and culture.
Then their is our sweet little girl. Our time with her has been so sweet. She is very shy, as we were told. However, we see her opening up to us a little more every day. It has been sweet to see each new little step of trust. We actually got her to laugh today, and it was music to our hearts. We are having so much fun getting to know her. She has really loved bubbles and lollipops and coloring. Every day we go to the orphanage around 9 in the morning, and we leave to come back to the guest house around 3 in the afternoon. Our days at the orphanage are full of playing with and loving on these sweet kids. They are all hungry for attention, and we are having lots of fun giving it to them. It has been such a joy to watch Grant, Brayden, & Tailyn play with the kids. They are so good with them, and they tirelessly allow them to climb all over them. It’s so fun to watch! It is also really sweet to watch them with their new little sister. They all love her and spoil her already. She will not lack for attention! 🙂 Every day we spend with her is a blessing. We are trying not to think about leaving her when we come home at the end of our 15 day trip. We are relying on the strength of the Lord to face that when it comes. We know that we will need His strength and His grace to endure it.
We are praising God to finally be here. We are so thankful that we have FINALLY made it to this point. There is still a long ways to go, but He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it. It is so real now that we have seen her face and held her in our arms. She is the one meant to be in our family. Every minute of hard has been worth it to see this sweet little girl begin to believe that she belongs. I can’t wait to see how God works in her heart until she really knows that she is forever loved!