Ok…I am not gonna lie…day 6 STRETCHED us beyond words. We said our goodbyes to family late the night of day 4 and left the hotel to move into the orphanage on day 5. The kids were so excited to see us and asked about “Lody (Lori), Avi, and Faith.” The sweet staff made us dinner since they knew we “Americans” are accustomed to full meals in the evening…we were treated like royal guests! (For any of you foodies out there, we had rice with sauteed fish and gravy, with a side of fresh julienned green beans and carrots.)
But sleeping was a bit of a challenge…heat like no other and no electricity (apparently in Haiti, even though you pay your electric bill each month, you just never know when they will choose to put it on)…plus 60 chickens and several roosters living outside our window who began cock-a-doodle-doing at 3:30 am. Following my 1-2 hours of sleep I awoke with the stomach uglies….grrrr. I sent Bree on errands with Rock, since she needed an outing and I took 2 tylenol pm’s and laid on the floor in Rock’s office for a nap. The hours ticked by endlessly that day….
Thankfully Ms Naomi made us plantain porridge for an evening snack….the electric company decided to put the electricity on ALL night long…and my ear plugs worked like a charm! I woke up this morning feeling like myself. Praise the Lord!!!!!
So we began the process of painting! The classroom is now a beautiful green! (I will share a true color pic of Bree and Stanley to give you an idea.) The day was full of blessings…
- the internet guy came…and went…and came and went…and came again…and now we have internet! Hallelujah!
- the boys are charming! I have begun to say “Hello Riky (or Stanley, or Ecclesiaste)” every time I see them…and now they reply “Hello Sara” it is wonderful….they wait outside our bedroom door…and peek in our windows…and sit right with us EVERYWHERE we go…we had to kick them out a bit tonight for a little time with the computer 🙂
- the food has been an interesting adventure…we had bananas with peppers, onions, and fried herring for b’fast this morn…the boys sit at the table beside us and eat quietly (and then we share our leftovers)
- the generator kicked in just in time for an afternoon nap….I did a little dance and quickly crawled in bed with my kindle
- we are masters of Uno…it is a PERFECT game with minimal communication necessary…everyone giggles when the “skip card” is played
- “working out” with the boys was a blast…they were copying my every move! sweet lunges and step ups and running the stairs…
- and time with my girlie is PRICELESS…we have had such amazing conversations…I am so grateful to be sharing this experience with her!