What should I blog about?!
Everyday I live in Haiti is another day that deserves a blog post. There are at least 10 things a day that I could blog about…but I don’t because I don’t have the time. It is crazy though, ever since I began blogging I experience things with judgement of whether I believe that they are blog worthy. Nothing can ever just happen…it has to either fit in the blog worthy or unworthy category.
So, I decided to give all my underdog experiences a chance at acknowledgment by blogging a bit about them. It is not like they wouldn’t get credit back home, but I live in Haiti where everything is a bit more extreme.
Here it goes…..
We currently have 60 children here, and that mean 60 birthdays we celebrate this year. 60 cakes, 60 beautiful birthday outfits and 60 special days. When we celebrate a child’s birthday, we bake and decorate them a cake, pick out our best birthday outfits, and have a party with all of their friends. Here are some of the birthdays from the last 6 months.
In the month of October we had an amazing Fall Festival. We made treats, got the kids dressed up and had a super fun sugarcane ride (instead of a hay ride). The children had such a fun time.
Every Christmas a church will volunteer and sponsor our children so that every one of them gets a christmas present. Then, the staff spends one whole night wrapping and labeling every gift. We have a tree set up with decorations and then stack all the present under it. Each child gets to come in, find their gift and open it. They are always so excited to see what they get. It is so much fun for them. If you would like to sponsor for next years just let me know :)
We have so many construction projects going on all the time, but our baby floor project was the most challenging. None of the children could go into the baby house for 2 days, which is very difficult since that is where they live. Where do you put 60 children? Well, the first time we made beds for them all outside under the pavilion but it just so happened that, that night was a night of downpour. So, we scrambled to get the children to dry locations which was a difficult task. Half of them ended up staying in the volunteer house and the other half were upstairs on our living room floor. What an adventure.
There are times when a person naturally attaches to a child. Whether it was because you took care of this child when they were sick or they just wriggled themselves into your heart. Well, I have a few of those. One of which recently went back with his mother, who absolutely adores him, and the other two will be going back to their dad this week. I know that this is what needs to happen, but the knowing doesn’t stop the missing. I love these three boys with all of my heart and I pray for them daily. For health. For strength. For Love. For survival. They made an impact like no other and they will forever and always be in my heart.
Every person turns 16 and most of us have a sweet 16. Here in Haiti it is very difficult to have the perfect birthday and to celebrate it sweet 16 status, but I was determined to make Emily Moxon’s birthday the best she had every had! I was determined to give her an amazing Sweet 16, and that is what happened. She LOVED it.
Our nannies are such a vital part of Children of The Promise’s survival. These ladies care for these children so much. They wake up with them every night and are concerned when the kids are sick. These children LOVE their nannies and their nannies LOVE them right back. It is always so amazing to see the interaction and care between them.
Water day is by far one of the best days. The kids love it. The volunteers love it. The nannies love it. It takes a lot of preparation, but it is so worth it. The kids are so fun to watch.
There were a lot of us single ladies at our Valentines Dinner this year, so we all grouped together at the end of the table while the couples took over the other table. We thought that we were not going to get Valentines but our friend John hand-made all the ladies hearts made of wood. They were so beautiful and wonderfully hand crafted. Best V-Day.
Emily Moxon and I have sleepovers every friday and we invite some of the children. We have a white board in my living room with EVERY child’s name on it and when they will be joining us for our next sleepover. We have almost gotten through every child here. Soon, we will start the list all over. On our sleepovers we have snacks, watch movies, have dance parties and then we all pass out from exhaustion.
We currently have an amazing preschool teacher named Mateja. She does so well with our children and they are learning SO much! We are all so thankful to have her here with us! The children absolutely love going to preschool and love all the activities that they get to do every day.
Emily Moxon and I LOVE taking pictures!!! We take pictures all the time. We love getting the children dressed up in beautiful clothes, cute shoes and always bows and just taking them outside for photo shoots. The children love dressing up and just running around while we follow them with a camera.
We recently got two new special needs wheelchairs in, and our kids LOVE them. We have 6 special needs boys and they all love to be wheeled around in them. They are always full of smiles. It is such a joy to see these boys so happy.
We had a finger painting with pudding day and once they realized they could eat it, then it was less about creating a picture and more about dumping the bowl on their heads and eating it. Their favorite part was when they got washed off with the hose. They had such a blast getting rinsed off.
At Children of the Promise we have a few different outpatient programs. One of which is our prenatal program. Our goal is to educate pregnant woman and to get them ready for when their babies come. We offer classes, vitamins, food etc. It is an amazing program and I just love going over there to see the moms bring their babies in to get checked up or come to get their supplies. It is hopeful.
Sometimes when we don’t have much to do and we need to keep ourselves entertained…then we make things up. Like, create scavenger hunts for Emily ;)
Last but not least, our illnesses. Since being here I have had an infected finger, an infected eye that was swollen and red, an infected nose that has spread into my lips, many infected bites and some stomach issues. To me that is getting off easy! Some people here have had it much worse! So, I just need to thank God every day that he keeps me strong and healthy!
Alright, hopefully these events feel less left out and are now just part of the blog gang. Welcome to the team here at http://www.chantefox.com. Try to be a bit more exciting though so you don’t have to be the second strings.