Yes, again. Seriously, you can’t keep me away from there ๐Ÿ™‚ I went for my third time a month ago and regret nothing (meaning one of my classes suffered because of it). I have been eager to return to Haiti since my two trips inย 2015, but midwifery school has prevented that. Due to other circumstances, I took the summer off from school and decided to take this opportunity to go back to Haiti!

I flew out of Indy withย Whitney, one of our 10 team members. Weย were all scheduled to fly out of Atlanta together to Port Au Prince. I had been up since 3 that morning for us to catch our flight and when we were all boarded and ready to go, they announced that there would be a delay due to mechanical issues which wasย a button that was “required to work to fly the plane” wasn’t working so they glued it but then informed us that wasn’t FAA approved so they had to fly a part in from Atlanta. Super glue, people! They told us they used super glue. *gulp*

Our flight ended up being two hours late which caused us to miss our connecting flight. To say I was freaking out would be an understatement!ย 3 hours of sleep + miss aย connecting flight = disaster ๐Ÿ™‚

But, it turned out to be okay (imagine that?!). The day turned out to be a fun adventurous day! We met two guys who were also flying to Haiti and ended up spending the rest of the day in Atlanta, GA with them exploring, eating, and just having fun! Our flight out of Atlanta was the next day and we met the rest of our team in Port Au Prince and the week went on as scheduled. I was bummed that we missed going to church on Sunday in Haiti since that turned out to be the day we did most of our traveling, but I’m glad we had that “cushion” day do we didn’t miss any of the week’s activities.

 

{exploring downtown Atlanta, GA}

 

{Whitney, Bobby, Jeff (aka “Dad”… he introduced himself as dad because he was basically babysitting us ๐Ÿ˜€ ), and me}

 

 

So once we finally arrived in Port Au Prince and survived getting through the airport (which is no picnic!), we boarded the bus…

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…and finally got to meet the rest of the team that we would be spending the week with!

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The bus broke down which caused us to arrive at our final destination really late that night. (I think it is time to start scheduling in time to allow the bus to break down, cause it seems to happen every time ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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Monday was our first full day in Haiti which was VBS day 1 for the kids!

It was awesome having so many eager helpers to carry all our heavy bags!

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We had two days of VBS for the kids that consisted of coloring, snacks, bubbles, outdoor games, and a Bible lesson and craft.

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VBS

Onย the first VBS dayย I was on coloring duty. And on day 2, Whitney and I were on lesson and craft duty ๐Ÿ™‚

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We took turns giving the lesson, teaching through a translator, talking to them about the Fruits of the Spirit.

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painting

{showing off her bracelet that she made during craft time}

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They thought it was great fun to have me read all their name badges. I imagine it was great entertainment hearing me try to pronounce their names ๐Ÿ˜€

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Monday evening was a graduation for the moms in the in level 1 literacy class:

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Wednesday (day 4) was a topsy turvy day that didn’t go as planned. It was supposed to be a vaccine clinic day, but we weren’t brought the right amounts and kinds of vaccines. So it turned into a mini clinic/check out the moms and babies kind of day.

 

baby check up

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That afternoon we took a motorcycle ride and got to enjoy some beautiful views of the mountains!

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My motorcycle ride partner, Emmalee ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thursday (day 5) was teaching classes to two groups of women. Morning classes were for the moms of newborns/infants/toddlers, and the afternoon classes were for the currently pregnant moms (I taught some of the morning classes):

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{teaching them how to care for their new cloth diapers}

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We had a little bit of an obsession with climbing up on the roof ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Several of us were afraid of this ladder, but climbed up anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

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The view from the roof was stunning!! view 3sunrise

{the cooks “kitchen” in the background}

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{our bathroom which is basically a cement hole ๐Ÿ™‚ }

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{the house we stayed at to the left}

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The view of the back of the church. This building has come a long way since I was last here when it was just a roof on poles!!

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Common view of transportation…

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This was our shower, which is quite the upgrade from last time I was in Haiti! This shower was INSIDE (vs. last time it was outside in the same little “building” as the “toilet”)! But we still had to dip water out of the bucket…

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How adorable is this baby?

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SERIOUSLY?!?! <3 <3

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{LOVE ’em babies!!!}

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This guy was just outside my bedroom. We also had one in the shower, and another by the head of my bed. Yikes! We also had cockroaches in the house, but I’ve dealt with those before. But scorpions? This was a first.

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{the walk back to the house from the church}

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{the walk to the church}

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{one of our 3 translators…church bathroom in the back ๐Ÿ˜€ }

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{the front porch}

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{during down time I loved sitting on the porch with the Haitians just talking and getting to know them, or attempting to talk because there wasn’t always a translator there!}

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{I’d often catch the kids feeling my skin ๐Ÿ™‚ }

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{food!!}

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{I loved all of the food!}

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{my boys}

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{we had an AWESOME team!! I love every one of these girls!}

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We spent a night at a resort on the way back to Port Au Prince…that was a refreshing time for reflecting on the week!

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And that, my friends, concludes my Haiti story. If you would like to learn more about the organization I went with, you can check them out here: Breath of Life Haiti.ย They also have a Facebook page, Breath of Life Haiti where you can check out the new design of the birthing center that they are fundraising to build down in Haiti!!

 

I will no doubt jump at the next opportunity to return! I love this country and these people!! <3

 

 

 

 

 

(Congratulations! You just read the Seven Sister’s first post in 6 months! But this is to say that I promise that you didn’t die and go to heaven, you are very much still on earth wishing for more fabulous content. Comment what specifically you’d like us to post about and I’ll try to bribe the sisters to write a little something…) ๐Ÿ˜€

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10 thoughts on “Haiti (again?)

  • September 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    Thanks for your post, Susannah! I enjoyed reading it ๐Ÿ™‚ and miss having regular blog posts from you ladies to read (I’ve been following your blog for years ๐Ÿ˜€)

    Some things I think would be interesting for you to post…

    A ‘day in the life of’ post for each of you (some other bloggers do this and it’s always fun to read/see!)
    An update from Cassia on her EMS-learning journey
    A flying adventures update from Jessica
    An update from you on your midwifery journey
    An update from Anna on her long Guatemala trip
    Just a general update on your family’s summer
    Something about what Rebekah plans to do in the future. Is she 18 now?
    How your brothers are
    How you celebrated birthdays/other significant family events this year so far

    Lol sorry for all the suggestions…think I got a little carried away! Feel free to ignore any or all!

    Best wishes,

    Kate

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    • September 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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      LOL! We’ll see what we can do (and what I can get the others to do) ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Susannah

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  • September 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    I just thought of something else…the 4Hers among you could do a post about how they did this year. And I’d be interested to hear about any canning you guys have done so far (I love making preserves etc with fruit I’ve picked wild or got from my Mum’s garden) ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • September 12, 2017 at 9:09 am
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    What an awesome adventure. Would love to read updates on everyone. Maybe any of the other trips the family has taken. Very inspiring!!

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  • September 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm
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    Hey,
    I read your blog quite often because my family is very close knit too!!! Something I’ve wondered about is how the older girls feel about not dating much snd not being married. I’m older and not married…it’s hard to accept that it just might not be in the cards. I just wondered how you feel. It might be too personal to write about.

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    • September 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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      It is a struggle and we all want to be married (unless one of my siblings changed their minds and haven’t told me ๐Ÿ™‚ ), but we go through phases as anyone would from REALLY wanting to be married or in a relationship to being perfectly happy being single. As we get older we recognize the realities of marriage and that it isn’t all fun and love. It is a relationship that will take a lot of work (which will be worth it, but just realizing that it isn’t all about fun). It is also important to not think that your life is on hold until you get married. Some of us have found a niche or thing (whatever you want to call it) that we love and am pursuing that for now. If you are doing what God has called you to do (be it at home taking care of siblings, going to college, or moving to Africa), then it helps with contentment (I kinda hate that word ๐Ÿ˜€ ). But I agree, it’s hard to accept that it might not “be in the cards”, but that is worrying about the future. How can we further the kingdom of God today?

      Susannah

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  • September 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    +JMJ+

    Yeah!! I’m so glad the Seven Sisters are back. I’ve been a loyal reader for a couple of years now and I quite missed your blog posts. I, myself, would love to hear about the following:

    *day-in-the-life-of……
    *life happenings
    *dreams for the future
    *life lessons you’ve learned

    I’ve missed your cheerful posts! God bless!

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  • September 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm
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    We are so glad for your post,we miis you all!

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  • September 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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    Yay! Thank you for posting and sharing!
    Ashley

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  • September 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    I am a new reader and am enjoying discovering your posts – would like to ready anything more!

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