Monday, May 27, 2013

It's the Little Things...

When we arrived in Haiti on the 15th, we were blown away by the welcome, house, and love that we received! It was a blessing to see familiar faces in the airport. Throughout the first few days, we found things that we take for granted so easily! We realized, it really is the little things that make such a difference. Upon arriving on campus, the entire staff was standing outside our door to our new home so they could welcome us. We stepped in to a finished house, with curtains, decor, dining table and chairs, beds that were already made for us, and bathrooms prepped and ready for our family. While this was an immense blessing, the little things hit us. The staff prayed for us in our new home. They carried our luggage into the house. Then they gave us a couple bits of info we needed, and left so we could rest and start to get settled. These things made the house feel like home very quickly. The following day we received a gift basket of fresh fruit. This too was an immense blessing as we knew we would not make it to the market for a while. Our main meals are served in the dining hall, but there is rarely any fruit at all. When there is fruit, it is canned. Anyone who knows our family can imagine what a gift like this would mean to us. While it was simple, it was a huge blessing. After we began to get more settled, we found many "little things" that made a difference. We shopped on the 17th and bought some fans for the bedrooms. The one a/c unit in the house is in the living room and the bedrooms get rather warm at night. The fans we purchased were stolen from the back of the truck when we got stuck in a traffic jam. So, one of the other staff members when searching and found 3 fans for us. This has kept the house much cooler in order to allow everyone to sleep well. We also purchased towel bars which was so exciting! It is something so simple. After having a few days of trying to stash 7 towels someplace and keep them clean while keeping everything else dry, this little thing was great! We found it exciting to be able to have a small fridge in our place. It is also a blessing to live in 1100 square feet! In fact, I think I could do 800 with our family of 6. Some of the other little things are that we did not lose one bag in the airport. We arrived and had every single bag that we had checked. The kids were troopers! They carried luggage, walked all over, and were fairly excited to do it all! We have learned more Kreyol, made new friends, and started to learn how to get around somewhat. We learned that we can splurge on a case of sprite (glass bottles) for $19 USD. When we want our next case, we can return the glass bottles and pay only $8! While we do not drink a lot of pop, this is a great splurge for us to have. We keep praying for simple things that will help the kids not be so homesick. The tips we are getting (such as the Sprite) are priceless! So, we have learned to thank God for the little things. We thank Him for the breeze, new friends, laughter, fans, snack food, clean water (even if we can't drink the water in our home), strong children, adaptability, books, safety, electricity, and a dry place to go when the rain is pouring down. We would thank God for things like that in the states, but now we really mean it! We have reaped the blessings of NVM and our support team. We thank God for our support team every time we remember them. What an immense blessing they have been to us! Until next time...thanking God for all the little things! Cathi

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy for you guys! I read this with tears in my eyes... but not just tears of sadness because I'm missing some if my best friends, but with happiness and excitement that you guys are there and doing something amazing! Something God called y'all to! I'm almost jealous that y'all are there, in a foreign country, with no a/c in the bedrooms....Haha! Love you guys!!