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It'll Keep

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"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is fixed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For the Lord God is everlasting strength." Isaiah 26:3-4

I shared this verse in my last blog and it has continued to be my anthem for the last six weeks. I'm constantly putting this verse back in the forefront of my my mind.

It's easy to let life get you bogged down. 
To-do lists are never ending.
Kids are constantly calling your name.
There seems to be meetings for this thing, that thing, and the other thing.
Responsibilities become overwhelming.
You feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. 

Many of these things might not feel unfamiliar. 
Many of these feelings have been familiar to me over the last several months. 

It's a lot. It's heavy. Overwhelming sometimes doesn't begin to describe it. 

But, I have good news. It'll keep.

The last four things on your to-do list. They'll keep until a later date.
The meeting that you t…

Ayiti Cheri Toujou

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About seven months ago, I wrote a post titled "Ayiti Cheri." This means beautiful or darling Haiti. It's an expression used by many to describe Haiti. I have titled this post "Ayiti Cheri Toujou," translating into the idea that Haiti is still beautiful.

Seven months ago, Haiti was experiencing unrest. The general population was distraught over a spike in gas prices surrounding subsidies. Some Haitians chose to take to the streets as a sign of protest. Some Haitians chose to burn tires and shoot guns as a sign of protest. Other Haitians chose to shelter in place, waiting for the unrest to past.

They have resiliently been living their lives for the last seven months. Doing the best that they can to survive. To feed their families. To send their kids to school.

But tensions remained. Fuel shortages began to happen frequently. The Haitian currency, the goude, has been depreciating at an alarming rate.** The price of staples goods is increasing. Economic crisis star…

grounded in chaos

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What a few weeks it has been. Here in Haiti, we've been meeting ourselves coming and going. That trend doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon.

Passing the holidays in Haiti wasn't quite what I expected.
It wasn't necessarily better or worse...just different.

Christmas doesn't hold the same weight that it does in America. Much more attention is given to New Year's Eve and Day as January 1 is Haiti's Independence Day. 


On Christmas Eve, Wood and I went to church (which wasn't packed to the gills like in America) and then we went to a party. Christmas Eve was difficult. It was tough not being with my family for the first time in 26 years! I did get to phone in for prayer time at my grandparent's house which filled my heart with gladness.

On Christmas Day, Wood and I headed to Kaliko Beach Resort to spend the day and night with the Brouwers. Moses was SO excited to have ALL his people at the beach. Before we arrived, he had been signing for Wood. ((We'…

pray. wait. trust.

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Life has a funny way of making you wait.

But is it really life that's making you wait or is it God trying to teach you something?
God has a funny way of proving that the waiting is all worth it. 
Six months ago I was making myself over-anxious about decisions that I had no control over and that weren't even relevant at that point in time. I was pushing far too hard. I knew that I needed to sit and wait and that it would all work out when it needed to. However, my flesh didn't want to let go. It wanted final decisions. It wanted action. But it still wasn't the right time. 
So, I had to take a pause. I had to take a step back and focus on the things that I could control and wait for the rest. 
What's the biggest thing that I can control?

My PRAYERS.

God hears us when we talk to Him. He hears our concerns. He hears our desires. He knows our hearts, more so than we could ever imagine or begin to understand. He also knows the best timing. Rather than worrying my fleshl…

Red & Yellow, Black & White...

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They are precious in His sight. 
Jesus loves the little children of the world. 

I don't really know exactly where to begin today. So, I'm just going to type and see where it goes...

News channels, magazines, Facebook, newspapers, Twitter, and Instagram seem to always be filled with the latest reports of people acting against someone different from themselves. 

Beliefs. 
Race. 
Gender. 
Age.
Politics. 
You name it...someone has done something malicious. 

It's heartbreaking and it is NOT OKAY. 

I can hardly stand to watch the news or scroll my Facebook because it's honestly so depressing and it makes my heart sad to know that people would act in such ways. 

God created us to be in relationship with people -- and not just people that are like us. He created us to be unified in His name. Serving Him TOGETHER as ONE BODY

"Diversity is a gospel matter." 

This quote comes out of a devotional written by Kristin Schmucker titled Chosen: A study on the book of Ephesians. I've …

Wanna Hang Out?

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It's been a few weeks since we last heard from one another. To say that life in Haiti has been a little bit hectic, would be an understatement. Between school, English, meetings, people making various trips, and overall life, we seem to be meeting ourselves coming and going. 

So, today, I have a short update about all the things happening as well as some exciting news! 

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School has been rolling since August 1, but it's been filled with many four day weeks due to our schedule and things coming up. We're finally starting to (sort-of) get back into a five day swing. The kids are off to a great start. They've already finished their first piece of writing and are headed into persuasive writing now. We are learning more in-depth about poetry and geography this year and are making plans for our economic unit. 


Micah has faced the weight of a high-school work load this year as well as the struggles that come with technology. (Our Biology videos haven't been working, but w…

Hitting (RESET)

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This post has taken me a little bit to figure out. I've had many thoughts and emotions over the last several weeks; lots of ideas about what I wanted to be able to include, but I just wasn't in the place that I could write it yet. I've known the title for a while, but didn't feel reset. I finally got there -- with a little help from my friends and a whole lotta help from Jesus. 

I've been sitting in what I will call a dark place for the last month. This summer has been hard. 


EXHAUSTED. LAZY. HOMESICK. LONELY. UNCOMFORTABLE. OVERWHELMED. NEGATIVITY. STUCK.
These are the words that have plagued me and I struggled to find my way out of them. The idea of 'resetting' was in the back of my mind, but that required energy and work -- energy I didn't have and work I honestly didn't really care to do. I knew I had neglected the things that make all of those feelings and emotions go away. My quiet time with the Lord in His Word was sporadic, I was relying on mys…

Ayiti Cheri

By now I'm sure that many of you have heard...things in Haiti got a little bit tense last week and especially over the weekend. I thought that I would give you an "official" update of how things are and also a little perspective. The last thing in the world that I want is for anyone to think that this place is dangerous or a "lost cause." One thing I know to be true, is that social media and other news outlets do not always portray the full story, or for that matter, the full truth.

So, let me give you a little bit of background...
Last week, the government made an announcement that they would be increasing fuel prices on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. These fuel increases varied anywhere from 36-49%. That's a huge increase, right? It would be a large increase in America too. Just as any American would be enraged by an increase that steep, so were the people of Haiti. Fuel is a huge part of life here -- transportation, generators, many forms of work, and s…

Taking A Rest

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It's been a whirlwind month since my last post. If you haven't read it yet, pop on over to check out my plans for next year (Cheers to Year Three!) The last four weeks have flown by....

I spent almost 3 weeks in America at the end of May/beginning of June -- the main purpose of my visit (other than just seeing all my peeps) ....my brother got married! This trip was filled with lots of traveling for wedding things (bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, a wedding) plus all of the travel I normally do when I'm home to see people. I didn't even keep track of the miles this trip...it was A LOT! 

It was a beautiful time home. I was ready. I was ready to take a rest from Haiti. That by no means that I'm miserable or unhappy (quite the opposite really...it's also difficult to leave). But, life in a foreign country is hard sometimes. It's not the things that you grew up with and have always known. Sometimes it's uncomfortable (physically and mentally). Sometime…