Friday, May 29, 2015

Paperwork Warning!

Busy secretarial days with a few breaks for hanging laundry.

Or talking to people at the door or on the phone.

At missionary retreat, some  of the paperwork fell under the category of art and fun!

But current paperwork falls under necessary and can be divided into some major categories:

  • Adoption
  • Starting a new term of service with Global Partners
  • Eli graduation and starting Calvin
  • Correspondence with supporters
  • Setting up appointments and church services for our time in the USA
  • Getting ready for one last team before our USA trip 
  • Preparing to leave
  • Connecting with the Haiti missionary team
  • Packing list
  • Shopping list
  • To-do list
This Sunday we will enjoy Fauche's special Sunday of the year 'Harvest Festival' where they invite lots of other churches to join them for a special service with a special offering, which for this year will be going toward the new church roof.

On Wednesday we plan to host a party in the afternoon for our Haitian family and friends to celebrate Eli's high school graduation. While we did not plan much beyond sharing some food, the three ladies who cook for our teams let us know they will be singing and presenting a bit on Psalm 91.

Now I learn that there will be two locations-the program in the church [with at least 6 groups/representatives talking] and then the meal.

Should be interesting since most of the planning has been taken out of our hands and the party keeps changing in unexpected ways. Praying everyone has fun and no one gets offended by anything we did or didn't do.

Eli and Anna continue to wrap up a few loose ends of their school year and both continue to work hard on their math classes.

With the laundry now completed from our trips the preparations will turn to starting a list of items to pack for the USA. Only two weeks left!

Been waiting for some translation work on adoption home-study update only to learn yesterday that our translator experienced a computer crash.

So she should be getting our papers done this weekend.

Very thankful for Cory's help with the paperwork as we attempt to divide and conquer. Without his editing and the computer spell check I'd be in trouble. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Retreat update and apology.

Sorry for the silence. I'll try to do better now, but the next three weeks may prove to be as crazy busy as the last three.

May 5 - our referral papers were signed, but we did not know until May 6th.

May 9-18 Our socialization visit and Becca joined us on May 14.

May 18-our second interview with the social worker, returned home.

May 19-20 Adoption paperwork, paperwork for missionary retreat, laundry/packing and school.

May 21-25 Missionary retreat: Morning meetings, afternoons with fellowship, and some meetings.

Exciting to meet the four new families, now in team development and all planing and working to move to Haiti.

Some will be moving this summer or fall.

Days started and ended with team worship!

 I also started to set up some of our needed USA appointments: eye doctor, dentist, oral surgeon...

Lots of good food, fun, but I didn't sleep well at all-fell asleep great but awake at 1:30-3 a.m. and too few naps!

May 26th Embassy visit. We dropped Konsey II books off at a Christian book store, Cory bought some garden tools, and then the five-hour trip back home.

Last night, I slept sound for nine hours! And I am still looking forward to a nap.

Our USA trip countdown now stands at only 15 days!

The to-do list includes major items like:

  • finish school year
  • a Haitian graduation party for Eli
  •  organizing house/staff for us to be gone
  •  packing for the USA
  •  getting needed appointments/church visits lined up
  •  hosting a team for our last four days in Haiti
  •  adoption paperwork
  •  updates and correspondence
  •  good-byes, especially for Eli...

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Busy, busy, busy..

Writing this from the comfort of my own living room, as we returned from our unexpected but greatly anticipated trip last week.

We received our adoption referral late Thursday afternoon, made plans on Friday afternoon for our socialization trip and left for the trip on Saturday.

Praising the Lord! , our adoption blog about the referral.

We enjoyed the week at the other mission.

Activities included: playing with F's foster family and the children who live with them; helping to educate the hostess responsible for  visitors about life in Haiti; Eli and Anna connected with the other missionary children; Cory worked a bit on book editing; I spoke to a pre-natal class of moms as well as a class of young people about their health.

We traveled to Cap Haitian once for paperwork and a second time to pick up Becca.

Becca, on the Global Partners member care team, specializes and focuses on the children of missionaries, MK's.

The mission we were visiting contains 15 MK's at this time. On Thursday, we will head down for missionary retreat and the Haiti team kids attending the retreat this year should number 16, if Becca counted correctly.

Today we finished unpacking, did laundry, will start repacking, worked on paperwork and office work. Cory checked the gardens with the gardeners and did some planting. Will be more of the same tomorrow as we plan to leave on Thursday morning.

Now with our socialization visit completed we can continue to work on getting needed appointments set up for our time in the USA.

Only 23 days remain before we fly to the USA.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cross-post update

Sorry for not blogging. I thought I posted the information below on this blog but just found out that I accidentally posted it on our adoption blog.

 For those of you who don't follow that blog here's the post.  [Short update at the end]

And a few pictures from Anna's games last week.

Late last week we learned of a trip we needed to make and it fit best in our schedule to travel the next day.

So on Saturday we headed out. Anna played on two volleyball teams (15-16 year olds and 17-18 year olds, younger kids can play on the older kids teams, they won one and lost one) in Cap Haitian and then we continued on our trip.

Everyone is doing wonderful and making memories.

Some down time, some scheduled time as we interact with other missionaries as well as have a chance to help by teaching some Haitian staff and neighbors.

Internet is slow. Becca, Global Partner's member care person for missionary children, will be joining us on Thursday.

On  Monday we plan to return home. Depending on an appointment we're trying to set up in Port-au-Prince we will either travel on Wed. or Thursday. [Wed. if we get a Thursday appointment]

The area retreat will be starting Thursday night as we join all the current Wesleyan missionaries living in Haiti as well as 4 new couples/families working on their support to come.

Thank you for your prayers. Will update when we can but may not be until next week.

A bit more update as a few days now have passed. Becca made it without problem. 

We set up the needed appointment in Port for the day after retreat so will be going to the retreat site on Thursday which gives Becca 2.5 days to enjoy Fauche and for us to do laundry and repack for retreat.

Enjoying meeting new friends. Did a couple home visits and spoke to a pre-natal class on Thursday. Tonight I'll be talking to a group of young people about general health issues. 

Monday, most Haitians will be celebrating Haitian Flag Day with celebrations and lots of parades. We will head home after a short morning meeting.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Thankful for rain!

peanuts, better soil in front.
We enjoyed a quiet weekend, preparing our next newsletters to be sent tomorrow to our supporters via the mail plane and the E-mail version ready to go on Wednesday.

Eli and Anna continue winding down their school year and I finished up most of Eli's transcript and course descriptions. 

Sunday we enjoyed church with almost every pew full.

The users squeezed in 'just one more' in a few of the pews which makes for a hot service when sitting side to side.
Sunburned peanut field from drought

After a month without rain we enjoyed our first thunderstorm of the season.

During the storm we pray for the electric and isolate everything to protect the appliances and the inverter.

This morning the rain gauge showed that we received 5 inches. The dry ground soaked up most of the moisture with only a few small puddles on campus.

Corn with beans and peanuts
Cory visited the garden across the river and reports:

The local peanut crop in the sandy floodplain was stunted badly by the drought but almost all is still alive.

The higher ground clay-soil gardens looked good.

The rental garden with 70 peach palms

Young peach palms in full sun get rather yellow even when well watered.

We are glad we can stop the weekly irrigation for now.