“There are two ways to show love. One is with words and one is with actions. This weekend, you showed us love with your actions. I don’t know what we can say or do to say thank you enough for all the love you have given us.”
These are the words of one of our teenage girls, Marnelle, to the Ada women (+ Robert) last night. If you know Marnelle at all, you know that for her to 1) speak to a visitor and 2) say such heart felt words are a rare incident indeed. But last night, Marnelle’s heart was too touched to stay quiet.
This weekend the CHCH has been showered with love. As I mentioned in my last blog, the Happiness for Haiti group has been with us and bringing all of us happiness in every which direction. Just as Marnelle said last night, I don’t know how to thank this group for all they do for our kids. The relationships and bonds they have formed overtime with our kids are long-lasting and our kids are being forever changed by their love, generosity, and simple presence in their lives. Even Hunter and I have found great encouragement and fellowship with this group. We know without a doubt that God is loving on our kids through this group and we couldn’t be more thankful to Him for sending such amazing people our way.
In my 14 months of living here, I have never seen our kids as joyful as I did last night. On their last night here, The Happiness for Haiti team held an Oklahoma style Hoedown for our kids. Cowboy hats, bandanas, hotdogs, s’mores, piñatas, guitars, and line dancing filled the CHCH and our kids partied for hours under the moon-lit sky.
Before it was time to call it a night Hunter and I sat back and watched the kids dance in front of our house and all I could do was cry. I cried because I was so happy. I cried because our kids were so happy. And I cried because I never wanted the night to end. I never wanted the joy to end.
Obviously the party is over. Besides a few candy wrappers lingering on the ground and cowboy hats hanging in the kids’ rooms the Hoedown is now just a fun memory for all of us at the CHCH. But the love and joy that resulted from it will forever be engrained in our children and I am so grateful.
Thank you so much Happiness for Haiti. Thanks for loving us and serving us. You all are officially CHCH Family. May God continue to bless you and keep you!
~ The CHCH Family (Haitien side)
Here are some pictures of the CHCH Hoedown! Enjoy.
|Cowgirl princesses Laughina, Dalencia, and Biverly being way to cute.|
|Gina and cowgirl Naomi.|
|Jimmy hiding behind his hat.|
|Lil' Miss Chedline|
|Papouch posing for the camera.|
|Gerome's little girl Falon joined us for the party.|
|Cowboy Richard trying to look mean and tough (I still think he looks too sweet).|
|Brothers Alto and Sam having fun.|
|Ti Marie couldn't stop laughing all night.|
|Our party was put on hold for a few minutes. These men came back to present our CHCH soccer team with a championship trophy!|
|Fonrose handing our team captain, Andy, the trophy.|
|Time for hotdogs!|
|Everyone in line to eat.|
|Opa enjoying her first hotdog.|
|Josie and Evelyne.|
|Billy posing with the CHCH trophy.|
|Cowboys Gerome, Jonathan, and Claudin.|
|Lashun teaching Jenny how to line dance- she caught on so quickly!|
|My little ballerina/cowgirl/butterfly sharing a hotdog with Sadie.|
|Heather teaching Djooly how to lead a slow dance.|
|Laughina taking a swin at the pinata. At this point, nobody had a clue what was inside.|
|Hunter spinning Philus.|
|Jose got a good handful- or 2.|
|Wenchy with his candy.|
|Tina making s'mores.|
|Moise enjoying his first s'more.|
|Sam, Wengeline, and Davilma with their s'mores.|
|Willy trying to eat it in one bite.|
|Lil' cowboy Sony.|
|Margerie joined Robert for a dance.|
|Claude and the boys playing the guitar and singing on the back of the truck.|
|The girls trying to teach Hunter how to dance.|
|Jephte playing the guitar before bedtime.|