Monday, June 27, 2011

Multitude Monday - #246-260 - Haitian Edition

Every day is hot.

We wake with the sun high, and temperatures well above 80 degrees as the morning breaks open.

Without air conditioning to break the cycle, the body heat rises warming the skin to a sometimes oppressive climate.

With daily summer temperatures in the 90's or 100's with a hundred percent humidity, the people march on - selling their wares, building new buildings, teaching the next generation, cooking their meals, loving, living, moving forward....

The earthquake has changed so much in Haiti, but the resilience of the people is just astounding. God is still so amazing, still on the throne, still in charge.

Oh, why did I ever doubt?

This past week as we, in a practical sense, make order in the chaos, I find myself wanting to count my gifts....

Gratitude - a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favours;
the state of feeling grateful


~Surprising my parents by bringing my sister along with me to Haiti
~Being in Haiti with my sister for the first time in 9 years

~Showing my friend, Chloe, Haiti for the first time

~Painting NEW-ly built shelves in the NEW-ly built depot

~Moving boxes and supplies from ALL OVER my parents house into an organized NEW home

~Making new memories

~Laughing over old ones
~Screaming over the surprise of bugs and rodents in "unexpected" places
~Taking pictures of new experiences, new moments, new memories

~Tasting one of my favorite Haitian drinks - fruit champagne {not really champagne, of course!}
~Eating one of my favorite meals - Haitian rice & beans
~Helping fellow missionary with my parents, Carole, move back into her NEW apartment

~Eating a mango "Haitian style"

~Seeing "my" tree - the beautiful flamboyant tree

~Playing with Carole's new kitty, Tia

I have joined The Gratitude Community -- a place to be inspired by others and what God is doing in their lives, a chance to share my own journey of gratitude, and an opportunity to REMEMBER to be grateful in ALL things. So on Mondays, I will add to my list of 1000 gifts of all the graces God has provided in my life. Would you consider joining me? Even if you don't blog, you can join the gratitude community by starting a gratitude journal, mentionning your gifts on Facebook, or sending e-mails to your friends. Let's work together to help in creating a more thankful, joyous world!!


hyacynth said... Best Blogger Tips

I will be praying for you as you are in Haiti! {Sorry late to the game -- just catching up now!}

Anna @ path of treasure said... Best Blogger Tips

Your list is full of some of the joys of being back to your "home"... so glad to see that, happy for you! Blessings on your trip, friend.

Alida said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your list!  And we eat mangoes like that here in Belize too!

stephsday said... Best Blogger Tips

Are your parents moving back to Haiti? Or are they still living there?

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, friend!  I appreciate the prayers!  We had a beautiful and blessed time!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Anna!  We had a hard-working AND yet marvelous time!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, yummy!  What are you doing in Belize?  Are you originally from there?

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

They are still living there....for almost 40 years now!  Crazy, right? LOL!  They are die-hards! :)

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