I’ve adjusted well to Haiti at least I think so. Things seem to have become routine, whether it’s a new problem appearing each day that Emily and I are trying to figure out, dealing with crying babies or laughing hysterically at something one of the kids did.
To date I don’t really have anything to complain about, it’s been a blast so far. The kids sometimes do get under your skin but then 5 minutes later they are doing something ridiculous.
There’s been a lot of progress since I’ve been here. Emily and I and Val have gone over some more rules and are making nice signs for the kids/ staff. I’ve been working on one of the gardens which are filled with rocks and I mean FILLED.
I spent the past 2 days trying to clear our one of them, at least a section of one at the very least. I think the one part is ready for stuff to be planted… Hopefully something grows. During the whole process of making the garden plant-able I attempted to make a rake… I worked! For like 5 minutes then broke. It was a valiant effort I must say I’m still proud of how I made it with nothing but what was in the yard.
Emily and I have been talking about some things that we can do/ build and save us money; there’s a chicken that roams around our yard, I’ve been telling her it’s got to be laying eggs somewhere where, it has to… right? Well the other day we found a corner where it was laying those eggs. Em and I have talked about making a chicken coop and letting the eggs hatch so we can have lots and lots of chickens. If our plan works as we hope we’ll have free eggs and sometimes chicken to eatJ.
We’ve started to clear out the front yard garden area’s and plan on clearing the back yard which looks like a jungle, and a war zone of garbage… well the garbage isn’t that bad, but still needs some cleaning. We’re… Emily rather is expecting a bunch of volounteers in the next coming weeks and we plan on using them to help clear the yard and make her pretty.
Our electricity has still been troublesome but it’s supposed to be fixed soon. Luckily we have a generator so that we can run the water so we can cook and take showers… cold ones. I have to say I’m still adjusting to the cold showers but hey what ever gets you clean… plus it saves water because I’m in and out in 5 minutes. In Haiti saving water is actually important, if you don’t save it than you run out.
The other day Emily and I discovered some plantains and other fruits in the backyard that we’re not sure what they are; so despite all the hardships and non-sense the shows up every day there are some great things that happen too. With the plantains in the back yard and the garden ready for planting fruits/ vegetables there should be some good money saved (if things grow).
The little girls we picked up Jodline and Jodnice (1yr 2m) are starting to laugh and be lively. When we first picked them up they were pretty lethargic and didn’t like each other much, we’re assuming because they probably had to fight each other for food. The girls are now laughing and even talking… as much as they can talk for being one. The girls seem to play with each other and are probably the best babies I’ve ever seen. When the girls cry the stop about 15 seconds later, they also love to roam around. They can walk but have to hold onto something.
Today (Dec 5) the kids from the tent city came over to play with our kids. It’s a lot of fun when they come but things can get kind of crazy. After a while the kids can get to be a handful and things usually start to get out of control at the end of the night so we usually end up sending the kids home.
Today Emily and I sat out on the balcony to eat our dinner because there was no power in the house. Later Emily went to figure out how to turn on the generator since Val the one who usually does it was gone to school. Good news we got it figured it out and I was able to charge my computer and finish my blog for you!
Sorry about the delay in posts, things here are very relaxed well to an extent but also our daily routine isn’t very exciting I’ve just become accustomed to it. I have to keep remembering it’s not the norm for most people and is rather intriguing to others.
I want to thank everyone for the support to-date with donations or even just the likes on Facebook or views on my blog page.
So far I love it here and definitely see myself coming back in the future. A big thanks to Emily for making me feel welcome and not making me work TOO hard. Although she does make me give her a massage at least once a week :P.
Emily has started an Indiegogo champagne to raise money for a vehicle. Please check out the site and donate if you can, there’s even perks for how much you donate!
**UPDATE** Oh one last thing a friend of Emily has posted a request on Ellen Degeneres’ page requesting assistance, if you guys could click LIKE that would be great.
“Play hard or work hard, you’ll be tired either way; the rewards are usually the same”