Friday, August 20, 2010

Today is by far the hottest since I've been here. For those of you 'back home' in MN/WI, take the days they had the heat advisories, add 10 degrees, then go sit outside all day. Then laugh at the meteorologist at the lame heat advisory. I now understand - we do not know true heat back home.

The UN is here right now. No clue what's going on, but I want to go take a picture of the truck. I don't think that would be a good idea for some reason. :-) There's never a dull moment here at COTP.

My bum hurts. One other thing to expect if you come here is that Irlene will bite your rear. My first day here I was helping brush teeth in the evening. All of a sudden my ass was on fire. (sorry - that's the only way to put it) I looked down and these beautiful little eyes were looking up at me, waiting for a reaction. In my pain I had to laugh. It was her little initiation. A bruising, painful initiation.

Sweet little Josette is not allowed out of my room now. I've had her in the common area and would rock her outside under the mango tree. But now, due to being frail and ill, she can't leave the room. Makes it super challenging when I have chores to do, other kids to play with, and her to tend to. I could totally do twins now. Piece of cake. Ooh...chocolate cake. That sounds really good right now. Can you tell it's just about lunch time?

The stomach rage has calmed itself - thankfully. I'm sure it was the meat. I'll do my best to avoid it. Today it's burritos. Homemade tortillas and everything. The cook, Maude, is amazing. I want to hug her every time I see her.

For those of you wondering about Guerlin, Heather's comment to the post was right on. That's exactly what he's got. And Heather - I never knew that about you! You are Guerlin are kindred spirits. :-)

Hopefully I can get back on here tonight. My phone is working like a charm, which means Internet is a challenge. Just know that I'm doing well. Hot, teary, in love, hungry, headache gone, loving the kids - well.



  1. Bud and Jan Bonnema
    Agape Flights CAP--11952
    100 Airport Ave
    Venice, FL 34285

    Is the address for sending items to them. Correct?


  2. I am moved to tears every time I read your posts. Your words bring you and the children right to my mind. We will help as much as we can when you get home to continue to help all these children. I admire you so much for doing this--you found your mission in life. Prayers for all of you and your family here at home. Roxanne

  3. Irlene! So funny because I fell in love with her picture on COTP website, and that my daughter Michelle was the same way at her age.

    Funny thing about God. We go around thinking we are doing things for this reason or that reason, but really He's directing our paths, planting seeds, and setting the scene for His greater plan.

    What I'm trying to say is, I believe God's using you for many more and even bigger miracles as he orchestrates your path.

    "Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

    Your good work today is amazing, and I'm excited about what God has in store for you and for everyone our Lord touches, through you.

    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

    Sending much love to you in Haiti,