I know I know, I’ve been slacking on the blog. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a legitimate update. And this might be my last for a little while.
Tonight is my last night in a quiet house before a group of volunteers from New Jersey arrives for the week, followed by 5 more groups over the next 2 months. The groups range from 5-15 people in size, will be staying at our house in Jeremie, and are mostly a mix of people with backgrounds in construction or medicine who will help us with various projects related to the new clinic.
I have a mix of excitement and anxiety as I get ready for the groups. Excitement because I will no longer be one of the Top 3 worst Creole speakers in Jeremie (i.e. I will have more peeps to speak English with), because of the new friends I will make, and because I get to share my life here with so many others, including many from back home (Mom & Dad!). Anxiety because my life will inevitably be very hectic over the next 2 months as I help coordinate the groups in addition to my normal routine. And, frankly, I like my space, which I won’t have much of for a while.
Besides the anticipation of the next 2 months, my first week back in Haiti has been pretty low-key. I am truly glad to be back, and when I think about what I know now versus what I knew on September 15th when I arrived in Haiti for the first time, I…realize how much more I know now. That wasn’t nearly as profound as I was hoping. I guess I just feel so much better equipped for the work here, and I am thankful for the past 4 months of learning and growing, though I was not always joyful throughout that time. I am so excited to see what else God will teach me this next year, and I am glad I will be here no less than a full year. Just think how good my Creole will be! [Fingers crossed]
In other news, one of the 7 dogs on our property just gave birth to 5 puppies a few weeks ago. Our place is starting to look like the Humane Society.