During this season God has taught me so much already about my heart - but He's also provided a lot of surface level blessings I have failed to share - - but they are blessings from Him, and blessings from Him, of any kind, are to be shared for His glory. So here are a few 'superficial' blessings about living in Haiti…
Sunshine. So much sunshine. A constant loop of Spring & Summer. More sunshine that you could ever want and I love every minute of it.
Coke in glass bottles, made with sugar cane.
Homemade peanut butter. and bread. and cinnamon rolls. Pretty much everything is homemade - and delicious.
Pumpkin soup. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin is a celebration food in Haiti - I know, I know, they so have the right idea here.
A dog who loves when I pet her, begs for food and often brings me comfort by sleeping inside my house.
For lack of a better description, Colin is a handy man. Living in rural Haiti, you need a handy man.
Lots and lots of coffee. Grown here, cooked here, ground here, consumed here.
Choirs practicing within ear shot. The Haitian choir is a gift from God.
The Haitian sense of humor. They'll laugh at just about anything, and everyone is more relaxed when laughing is involved.
Missionary Flights International. We get mail because these rockstars fly it to us, it's an amazing ministry that helps each of us feel closer to home.
How often I'm told I'm pretty. I know, this is really and very literally superficial, but seriously, it doesn't hurt the self-esteem that these people treat me like a beauty queen.
Then there are the things I am endlessly thankful for that so many Haitians don't have: a bed (to myself at that), a mosquito net, blankets, clean water, food (three times a day).
This unique season of life full of challenges is also full to the brim with blessing beyond blessing - even on the hard days, the sun shines bright, the smiles are plentiful and grace flows.
Thank you Jesus.