Friday, November 29, 2013

Christella

Today, all over the United States people set out to do something that to me, sounds much more terrifying that living in a “dangerous third world country”. This morning millions braved the cold and the crowds that had gathered to get their $119 Keurig, $299 Ipad and $700 55inch TV.

Now, lest you think I am getting up on my high horse here, I spent several hours looking at ads and making a mental list of all the things I needed, all the things that would make my life “so much easier”.

Until… I saw her pale floppy legs poking out of a stained and tattered blanket. Her tiny body rested upon the swollen, 9 month pregnant belly of her impossibly thin faced mother.

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Christella weighed 10lbs when I placed her gently on the scale. I asked her mother how old she was and she told me that she would be a year old on the 29th of November. A few seconds later I realized that TODAY was the 29th of November. Happy Birthday sweet girl.

Christella’s mother will deliver her 3rd child sometime in the next week or 2. She is 27 years old. She desperately wants to keep her baby. She wants her to be well. She is sure of herself when she speaks, she tells me about her struggles with a matter of fact clarity that is rare. She is not ashamed to admit that she needs help and yet, she doesn’t demand it. She expects nothing but her heart fully accepts what she is offered.

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Until her mother delivers her new baby, Christella will stay with Annabel and I. She will hopefully gain a little bit of weight and strength. Her precious personality is already coming out, her smile and sweet giggle can capture and entire room of otherwise self controlled adults.

I have no idea what the next few weeks mean for Christella here in our home. I have no idea the plan that is the big picture of her life but I do know this, I am blessed to hold her tonight. My life is richer and sweeter because I am allowed to know her for this time. I can only thank Him, again, for allowing me a front row seat to watch His purpose unfold.

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*If you would like to sponsor Christella’s recovery and time here with us please use the paypal button in the right sidebar to donate. $100 covers the entire cost of her care, every little bit is a blessing!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

"Live" Thanksgiving from Haiti

I Thought it would be fun this year to do a "live" update of our Thanksgiving. Being so far away from family, I often think throughout the day "I wonder what they are doing right now". I thought this would be a fun way to stay connected to Nana, Grandpa, Jake, Kacey, Travis and Kerderns this Thanksgiving day. 
So, as we go about our Thanksgiving celebration today I'll be posting photos as they happen. 
Hope you enjoy this little peek into our Haiti Thanksgiving. 
Right now it's 6:00am. I am awake way too early and thinking back on how LITTLE Annabel was last year! My little turkey, Thanksgiving 2012: 



7:15am Started getting the Christmas decorations up. Annabel is jumping out of her skin excited.

9:40am Coloring Thanksgiving pictures 

10:00am Borrowed the neighbors stove to heat water for a much needed and long overdue bath

10:35am Bath time


11:15am Snack to hold us over until turkey time.


12:00pm Annie is dressed and ready to celebrate!


12:30pm Arrived at GLA and I officially stopped remembering to take pictures, like completely! We were able to spend a good long time skyping with everyone back in The States which was a huge blessing. We did some crafts with some of the older babies in the nurseries, had a blast cooking up a storm with great friends and ate as much as our bellies could hold. Thankfully our friend Molly shared some of her photos from the afternoon with us. 


We are so blessed!




Happy Thanksgiving!