Friday, June 17, 2011


** This post was written several weeks ago, before I left Haiti**

She is 21 years old.

She is 27 weeks pregnant.


She is HIV+

This morning I took “F'” to a local hospital for an ultrasound. It was her first.

This morning we found out that her baby is right on track developmentally.

This morning we found out that she is carrying a little girl.

One of the programs we have moved forward with for Espwa Berlancia is a pregnancy sponsorship program. When a pregnant woman tests positive for HIV she is enrolled in this program. Through a sponsorship gift of $50.00 per month she is given private medical care, in the best hospital available. She is provided with nourishing food that is good for her growing baby and she is given vitamin supplements.

“F” is the first woman to enter this program. Before I even had a chance to bring her need before you it was met. She has been sponsored for the remainder of her pregnancy.

We are working to secure ARV meds to get her started on right away. The sooner that she starts the better the chances that she will not pass the virus on to her baby girl.

Even on the days where I feel overwhelmed, confused and filled with grief, I can not help but find hope in the work that is being done. Not because of, but in spite of me…

This morning I sat in a room and held the hand of a 21 year old girl who had no one else. I am the only person who knows her status. I talked with her as we walked home together and she shared her dreams. How excited she was to hear that she was going to have a daughter. How she prays that her baby will not get HIV. She told me the names she thinks are pretty and how she can’t wait to buy her dresses and socks with lace.

This morning I was honored to be allowed to share a sacred, precious moment. We watched as the grainy lump of a heart with 4 perfect chambers pumped rhythmically. We shared in fear, awe and hope over this precious little life. We wiped away tears at the same time when her profile appeared, neither of us needed the doctor to explain what we were seeing. The tiny rounded chin and button nose were perfect.


When “F” left my house she proudly carried the photo of that little profile, off to share her joy and excitement with her family and friends. Leaving her fear and aching to share with me.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Still Here

I’m still alive!

And I have 900 million (or 2-3) blog posts that are just waiting for photos to publish…

More to come!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lipstick in Haiti

last week I bought a new toy for Gup.

This piece of plastic, made is china, crap has been the best $20 ever spent.

He LOVES his walker.

The only thing I don’t understand is how, within 10 minutes of freedom he managed to find and somewhat accurately apply a tube of bright red lipstick.

Actually, the real mystery is why in the world I even own a tube of lipstick, let along a shade that can only be described as “whore-red”!Gup May 2011 (29)

Quick Change

On Saturday a wonderful woman will be flying into Haiti to stay with me for 2 weeks. While she is here she is going to help me begin this healing process.

On the 20th of June, I will fly out to the states to continue my therapy. I am so thankful for Rhonda making it possible for me to have time to tie up some lose ends before I go!

God is already providing for ALL of my needs!