Sunday, December 30, 2012

Two Days are Better than One

Christmas Day is celebrated on December 24th in Haiti. So this year, I got 2 days of Christmas! On Christmas Eve, we celebrated with Youv & our Haitian neighbors. Two magical things happened that day. One: we got power! We haven't had real power since the very beginning of November. And on Christmas Eve, Keziah decided to ask Santa (in Creole, he is called Tonton Noel, AKA Uncle Christmas) for power. Hours later, BAM! POWER. Two: pizza. Now, pizza may not be a big deal to most people Stateside. But it's a rare things here. So after sitting outside with our neighbors, I went to grab some coffee cake that I had made to share. Coming back, one of them said that they had called for pizza. Wait, what? Sure enough, 45 minutes later, a moto pulled up with a pizza box! Magic in the form of delivery pizza in Gonaives.
Christmas poppers from my Mom
Youv opening his present... full of Cars gifts!
Tug's present- leftover wrapping paper.
Christmas Crowns.
And on December 25th, American Christmas, we had a full day with our American community. Fluffy pancakes, a bonfire, white elephant gift exchange, skyping with family, & so much fun.
Merry Christmas Kisses!
White Elephant Gifts.
Roller Skates.
Cowboy Youv.
Brix chocolate & wine- sharing goodness from my Mom.
"Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness."
~Psalm 37: 3~

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bon Fet Noel!

The Safehouse decorating for Christmas.

Snow in Gonaives!
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
I am officially adding a new section to my blog. For my birthday, my sister-in-law & brother gave me a roll of Justin Bieber Duct Tape. So here begins the random uses of Justin Bieber Duct Tape. First, ornament hanging. Second, wrapping Christmas presents.

Justin Bieber Duct Tape
"O tidings of comfort & joy
Comfort & joy
O tidings of comfort & joy"
-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Snow and Salt Lake City

Things that I have been enjoying during my visit to Salt Lake City, UT:
Hot showers with water pressure
Hospitality of friends
Christmas lights
Snuggling under multiple blankets to sleep
Milk, cheese, coffee, spices, granola, butternut squash- good food
Live music
Re-introducing my clothes to the dryer
Seeing the beautiful growth in Missio Dei Community
Fast internet
Advent Conspiracy (check out this video!)
Friends- old and new
"There is no improving the future without disturbing the present."
-Catherine Booth-
Co-founder of the Salvation Army