Flight

I’m finally back on the blogs… sorry for taking so long to post another, things have been hectic between power, accidents and kids haha. I don’t even know where I really last left off so I’ll start where I can remember.

A while back Emily and I decided to try out some Paragliding we were both really excited and couldn’t wait. The day finally came we got out to the mountain all saddled up… well Emily was, she was up first. They begun to take off and the conditions weren’t exactly favourable once they had begun to take off and the launch failed. Em went down and because the pilot was attached to her he landed on top of her and some bad gashes ensued. She was pretty shaken up and had some pretty nasty cuts and a hurting hip, we proceeded to bring her to the hospital, got her cleaned up and stable. In the end nothing too crazy was wrong, some bad cuts and a very sore hip. Emily spent the next few days in a Hotel to rest up to avoid the kids poking and prodding her. I made a trip the hotel to watch over her as she couldn’t walk, and spent a night or 2 as well… the food was pretty good I’ve got to admit. Emily came home a few days later and I was her personal assistant while she couldn’t leave her bed.

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At this point she’s walking with no crutches (just some aches) which is awesome! Now I don’t think I have to play countless games of Crazy 8’s anymore… it was actually kind of fun though. We also watched a whole bunch of “Lie to Me” a pretty awesome TV series… it reminds me of when I to investigation in college; I miss it.

I guess the past week or two has been kinda of event-less other than taking care of Em… although there was a night we went to Karaoke, oh what a blast that was… no alcohol was even needed.

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“Les Craazie Blancs” singing Barbie Girl

There’s a lot more in’s and outs while I was taking care of Em, like Lilly sleeping in my bed, calling me Papa and moto rides at night to go take care of Emily since no one was there to help her go  to the bathroom at night (I walked her in and closed the door).

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Recently the kids and I have been flying “Caps” (kites), I’ve seen them here and there travelling through Haiti but since the kids and I have started doing it, it seems all the kids around the house have started flying them… there’s at least 15-10 a day going up around the neighbourhood.  I guess we stimulated the Kite business in Haiti haha! When I think back I’ve never really flown kite’s before I mean I’ve handled them but never really got to fly them. This whole experience was such a blast because I got learn how to fly them well and how to make Haitian Kites!

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The other day I put the kids on the roof and we got the kites to a new distance something even I was really giddy about, I managed at one point to get one of them about 400 feet out… crazy right! Every few days the kids would run up to me and be super excited because someones kite got stuck in one of our tree’s and wanted me to get it down. Yesterday we went up to the roof and flew this awesome Cap we found in the backyard, well there was another guy behind us maybe 200 feet or so on top of another house flying his kite. When I found ours there was a razor blade on the end of the tales and I was wondering ‘why would someone put a blade on a kite? Well the guy that was flying his kite crossed our lines and the kids and all neighbours were all hollering and going wild… why? Because I had just entered into a kite battle! I finally figured out what the blades were for; you cross the lines raise you kite and cut the enemies string and the kite is yours… neet right? I guess this is very common in Haiti so I let the guy start to pull my kite towards him, getting him to think he was winning but I had the kite size and roof high advantage, he started getting excited then BAM, I went to war; tugged and mounted my kite eventually both kites came down and I had won. His string snapped and we had just earned ourselves a free kite… what a day.

Today’s Easter and Em n’ I made some bags with candy in them and the kid’s names on them, then hid em’ around the house while they were at church and made them go a huntin’ once they got home. The kids all scurried around the house and had a blast  finding the bags as well enjoyed the candy… Lilly was even kind enough to share her candy with the twins <3.

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The days are starting to count down I’ll be purchasing my ticket to go home soon and I’ll be leaving Haiti in May… I’m really going to miss the family I’ve grown to love but I will be back. I still have adventures to plan and things to do and Haiti will always be one of them. I hope everyone has/had a great Easter and just be thankful for the people around you and the things you have.

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I’ve got to go for now there’s some banana bread waiting to be tended too… eating.

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“The world is big but your troubles don’t have to be; enjoy what you’ve got, live in love and love will live in you.”

In The Rain With Nothing

So I’m finally back in talks with venues, unfortunately I’m pushing the date back to hopefully no later than Mid-September but I will keep everyone posted.

I find myself scouring the internet for blogs on Haiti to hear about what’s going on not just with Emily and her orphanage. I want to be educated on all the oppression, sadness and fear; also all the great things that have/ are happening  and blessings that God has/is giving. One of the blogs I follow by Megan Boudreaux posted recently about an article she written for SheLovesMagazine; Here is a little excerpt (once I read some of it I had to read the rest, just follow the link to continue reading.): 

Megan! Megan! Come, see! Someone is here for you!“ I heard my neighbor yelling from the front gate. As I tried to see who it was through the downpour and the dark, I decided to go outside and check. I ran through the rain and opened my gate. I looked down and saw six-year-old Michaelle, soaking wet, looking exhausted with some clothes balled up in her hand.

 …She finally looked up from the ground and said a sentence I’ll never forget as long as I live: “They said they don’t want me anymore … that you can have me.”

To read the rest of the piece and check out more of SheLovesMagazine,” click here!

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Thank you everyone for the support I wish I had more to report on but things are kind of in a Limbo state as for progress a lot of hurry-up and waiting.

Today’s quote doesn’t really tie in with the blog per se but I liked it because it reminds me of all the strong people around the globe sticking out the worst conditions giving up their luxuries to help those who have next to or even nothing! I feel these people put others opinions aside, do what they think they were called up for … to do what feels right and don’t need approval to do what they think needs attention; I feel all these Life Savers pretty much want is just respect for their choices.

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

~Albert Camus

Broken Bones But Not Spirits

Here’s a quick update on things recently Emily was in a moto(Motor bike) accident, and she had broken her foot, dislocated her knee and has some burns from the bikes tailpipe. Please keep Emily in your prayers along with Seanna who was in the accident as well who is working very hard to help people in Haiti also (please check out her site Haiti In My Heart also on the links page). Emily was able to get an “Air cast” and will be on crutches for a while. She’s such a tough girl strong spirited and motivated, prayers are much needed because she cares so much for these kids and will no doubt push her limits… if she even has any. Keep an eye on the blog for updates.

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On a side note Kurt from mosquitocurtains.com shipped out the boxes today and I will be able to send at least one of them off at the end of June yay! I also received some water purification tablets that I can send off as well for back up in case they have the water purification issue in the future.

We can’t hope for a better future if we’re not doing something to get there.
-Peter Parkour