Friday, June 17, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Home to Haiti

It's Friday, and it's time for a quick 5 minute post. Why? Well, because, weekends are busy, and sometimes you only have 5 minutes. Plus it is kinda fun to just write without a lot of excessive editing or fussing. At least that is how we do it with Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama. She picks a topic. We write a post about it on our blog, and then we just link up and love on the fellow Five MInute Friday-ers! :) It DOES sound pretty fun, right? Cool...when you should link up OR just go and visit some other peeps there. There is some cool stuff that comes out in 5 minutes of unfiltered writing.

Okay...enough already, right?

Here we go....

Today's Topic: Home


Tuesday, I am going home. Well, one of my homes, anyway.

The place of my birth.

The home of my first breath.

To the place where mangoes and avocados are ripe on the trees and where laughter and hand-holding, even among men, is just the way friends greet on the streets.

I am heading back to the place and to the people whose lives were ravaged a year and a half ago....

And yet they stand.

The earth quaked. Floods swept the land. Chlorea continues to plague the nation.

And yet, the people remain...strong.

Affected - yes.
Heart-broken - yes.
Scared - of course.

RESILIENT - you better believe it.

It might seem funny to some to see this freckle-faced, green-eyed, Irish-blooded girl call this place home.

But every time I go......

...I SEE....I HEAR....I UNDERSTAND....His heartbeat...just a little more.

How He loves us....oh HOW he loves us!

Oh yeah....I'm going home!




mamselleduroc said... Best Blogger Tips

How blessed you've

Sarah R. said... Best Blogger Tips

nice. i can relate! i am an MK from Nigeria, but haven't been back since leaving over 20 years ago. my other home is the Netherlands, and now a quiet southern town.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah, how cool!  Would you mind popping back over and leaving me your blog URL.  I would LOVE to visit you, and read about your adventures!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww...thank you so much!  How sweet are you!  Are you stopping by from The Gypsy Mama?

Anna said... Best Blogger Tips

Going to "the place of my first breath" (beautifully put!), to your home in Haiti; it doesn't seem funny at all that you consider that home! How long has it been since you visited? May this trip bring you even closer to His heart!

Kasi said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect words to describe our home, my Sister! Love you!

Beverly Brumbley said... Best Blogger Tips

Waiting for you at "home".  It's always good when you come "back".  See you Tuesday!!

stephsday said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd love to hear more about your childhood in Haiti. What kind of house did you live in? Where did you go to school? Who were your friends? When did you move back to the States? I'm intrigued.

Safe travels!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!  You have lived in some pretty diverse places!  Would you mind popping back over and leaving your website/blog, please?  I would love to read about some of your journeys!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much!  We had a fabulous trip!  I SO appreciate you stopping by!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww...thank you so much!  I went last October to help my parents continue the process of re-building, but before that, it had been 3 years.  Thank you for your beautiful wishes!  We had a great trip!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank, sis!  We had a FAB time there, right?

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yeah!  Did you like our surprise for you?  LOL!  Good times!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Steph!  We had a great trip!

I think I will have to blog about how I grew up a bit more.  The house was concrete on the top of a 3 story bldg with the school and church below.  I went to English speaking schools with the ACE curriculum all the way through high school.  I had friends in school as well as in my neighborhood growing up, but as a teenager the social difference of being an American traveling abroad began to separate us from the close childhood connection.  I moved back to the States the summer after my junior year and lived with my aunt while I graduated from high school, to ensure that my diploma would be college-accredited.

Thanks for all your great questions and possible post ideas! :)

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