A week has already gone by since I arrived to Haiti. I had intended to write about the week, take time to reflect as I shared with you. Before doing that I wanted to help Natashel with laundry this morning. Our teachable moments were interrupted by Patchouko’s wife, who had a horrible headache today. Of course I was glad to change plans and help out!
Three kids, ages 10, 6 and 3 were just beginning to move around the house. I LOVE early mornings with kiddos, don’t you? Incredibly precious moments as they slowly wake up. Jesula asks me to please make fried eggs for breakfast, she is struggling to even stand straight. After first meeting her needs, I set out to prepare breakfast.
Ah, yes, now I remember that we ran out of LP gas in the kitchen yesterday. Let’s see…matches, yes; charcoal, yes; starter sticks, yes. Perfect – I can make coffee. I mean, let’s get real here, eggs will happen but everyone will want me to have coffee first.
Eggs turned out well, coffee was delicious as Haitian coffee always is, and the kids were content. Our 6 year old made me giggle when she took her first bite of egg then raised a pleased and surprised eyebrow that Tricia could actually do this. Bonding is wonderful!
When the others run off to play Teka chooses to stay back with me. In one big confident stride she grabs the mop and says, “Jesula is sick, we will mop the floor for her.” Yes!! I didn’t even have to ask her. Breakfast, dishes, sweep, mop, read books, laundry, replace LP gas, lunch, sweep, dishes, oh – baby peed on the tile floor at least 5 times by now. While wishing that Jesula was not feeling ill I was secretly enjoying every moment of the time it gave me with the children.
There is just one thing. I am exhausted! I mean, honestly, I raised three children. Life was busy. How on earth did we do it, moms? While I enjoy a different season in life I will try my very hardest to continue in appreciation and admiration of the hard work young mommies are doing every single day. Granted, I had electricity and running water when I raised my kids. I didn’t cook on charcoal, haul water for everything requiring water. I had a washing machine and a dryer. Pull-ups were a thing and I wasn’t following a toddler with a mop in hand. I was blessed beyond my limited comprehension!!
I had to take a longer moment at the end of the evening tonight to appreciate the rest, the silence and a good, strong breeze. I will sleep well. Thank you, Jesus, for the privilege that it is to have a first row seat to life in a different place. Thank you, my Haitian family and friends, for opening your homes, your lives and your hearts to allow us that privilege. God is good, all the time. He is on the move in this place and we are doing our best to follow well, together.
Proverbs 4:25 – 27, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil”.