What a week and a half!! Dani came back from America on Sunday. I took her to the BelVille house and hung out there for most of the evening. Julia had spent the whole weekend there, and came home with me. Lucy and Peterson moved to a new house. Six of the team members had to leave early, so they wanted to have a beach day on Tuesday. They invited a few of us to go and even paid for us to go to Club Indigo, one of the nicer beach resorts here. It was such a relaxing day! Julia and I swam out to a raft and laid there and talked for a while, then went in and laid by the pool until the lunch buffet opened. It was a nice long day of no responsibilities and relaxation.
I went out with the Peru team several times. One of the guys, Pablo, cooked Lomo Saltado, which he says is the second most popular Peruvian meal, one evening. It was SO good!! I went to Cite Soleil tent city and got to see most of my kids there. I went to New Life once, I think. It is always good to get to see them. Sherry, who lives and works at New Life, invited Julia and I to go out to eat with her on Friday night. We had a good time!
Then kind of a last minute thing, I ended up going to St. Marc on Saturday and came back on Sunday. Jude went with me. We took a public bus van, or that’s what I call it anyway. It’s like a 15 passenger minivan that actually fits 19 people. It wasn’t bad, even with the Haitian stranger falling asleep almost on my shoulder most of the ride. It was really great to get to go up there and see all my Haiti sisters there. Fourteen of us went out to eat on Saturday evening. It turned out to be quite the ordeal as you can imagine with that many people in a Haitian restaurant where it already takes a long time to get the food. Sarah and I took a moto to the grocery store while we were waiting for our food. It was really good. I had barbecue goat and fries. Sarah and I had a nice long chat after we got home.
One of the teachers, Rose, brought back quite a few Starbucks paper cups and some Via coffee. So we had a Starbucks coffee morning, complete with challah break and scones with butter and strawberry jam. It was perfect.
Rachel, Florine, Me, Chrissi, Sarah, Stacia Rose
We made a big lunch, and by we, I mean Anne and Sarah made food and I made my second batch of successful Meringue cookies in St. Marc. Mr. Bo also came from Lubens 4 and started on patays (a Haitian, bread filled with different kinds of things like hot dog pieces and vegetables, then deep fried). Jude and I had to head back before there were no more buses to get home on. We chose the wrong one though. It was so SLOW!! All the Haitians kept complaining that we were taking a wheelbarrow. It was comical at first. By the end I just wanted to cry because of how much my body hurt. But, I would do it again to have a weekend like I did.
Today, as well as several other days, I did office work, which isn’t as exciting, but still has to be done for our base to function.
Tonight, Julia and I were planning on going on a “date” for Valentine’s Day. The van, our only vehicle for the moment, was whisked away just minutes before we were leaving. So we had to just sit patiently and wait. While waiting, Pablo was telling me and Julia about all the good food and Fruit in Peru. We want to go there! We actually did get to go out to Visa Lodge. We at pepperoni pizza and sort of watched West Virginia play Syracuse on ESPN. I realized the KU game was happening tonight, but didn’t know when. I figured out it was after the game that was on. It was starting at 9pm, which was too late for us to stay and watch it. I really wanted to stay and watch it. I think part of it is because I know so many people at home are (still) watching it, so I would feel a little bit more connected if I watched it too. Julia is a good Valentine.
Weird thought: I didn’t eat a single bit of chocolate this Valentine’s Day..
Remember in all this talk about love (mostly worldly love) to remember what true love is about. I’ve been reading 1 John and it talks a lot about love.
1 John 3:16 – We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay our lives down for the brethren.