In the Summer of 2010 I was one of many lucky people who had the opportunity to take a short trip to Haiti. I fell almost instantly in love and just can't keep myself away. I've spent about 11 months in Haiti since the first time I went two and a half years ago and my time there isn't over. I'm exploring my options on where to take my life from here but it WILL include Haiti in one form or another. This is where I record stories and thoughts about my experiences.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Stress

Since all the workers had family member who died and left, a lot more troubles have happened... It's been a very stressful time couple of weeks.

One of the other workers had to go home for a while because her 15 year old nephew got hit by a car and died. She's been gone for the past couple of days. The Laundry lady finally came back which is good. She had a TON of laundry to catch up on over the past few days but with help from the kids, she got it done! We have a ceramic water filter that we use. That stopped working about a week ago. Now we have to go out and buy water and carry it every day. During the holidays all the stores were closed so we almost ran out of water a few times. Somehow it always worked out at the last second and we could buy one more jug. Not only did we have a hard time finding water during the holidays, we also almost didn't have dinner for the kids a few nights. The workers had to walk all the way to town (no taptaps during the holidays) just to try and find bread. Hungry kids are cranky kids. In the midst of all that Sue got sick. One  day she stayed in bed the whole day which never happens. I was really worried and almost took her to the doctors. She ended up feeling OK after a day but she said it was the worst her lungs have ever hurt. On the day that Sue got sick, we got four visitors from the U.S. They're a college group from Florida. The next day, 14 more people came to visit. They're all staying for about a week. Currently, there is a total of 41 people sleeping in this house. The floors are literally covered in people. Did I mention that all these visitors are sharing our ONE bathroom with a door? That's one shower, one toilet, and one sink for all the visitors and us to use. Luckily most of the kids don't use that bathroom... I don't know how we all end up getting showers. Luckily, I'm up with the babies before everyone else in the morning and can sneak and use the bathroom first. I had to brush my teeth outside last night because I got sick of waiting for the bathroom after an hour. Craziness!!! 

Lucky for me, I am leaving for Leogane today. I am feeling a BIT guilty for leaving Sue during this crazy time but hopefully it will be OK. I need the break. I'm most looking forward to a guaranteed 8 (or more!) hours of sleep a night for two whole weeks. Oh, and I get to see the girls and Amy! ;) I'm very excited. I'm worried about leaving the babies with Sue for the whole time. That's a lot of extra work. But Katie came back so she will help out. 

Please be praying for...
-Sue to stay healthy
-Amy and I's trip to Leogane to be productive and fun
-Things not to be too crazy for Sue while I'm gone
-For calm in the house even though there are so many people packed in!

1 comment:

  1. Colin and Shannon BulmanJanuary 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    We will pray, but me (Im Colin) and my mom(Shannon) are going to help out in a few weeks
    we hope to see you there

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