Happy New Year from Haiti! The first of the year here does not only mark the beginning of 2014, but it is also Independence Day. This is a much larger celebration than Christmas. Days leading up to December 31st, the market is hopping! Streets are full of vendors, bustling shoppers, and noise- everyone out to buy new things for their families. As we walked around the square before midnight last night, the market booths were still selling, lights blazing. We rang in the 2014 with fireworks and enjoying a gift from an unlikely source.
|The new house. Well, just the top floor.|
Our gift came from someone we call "The Big Man." We had the privilege of moving into a new house this fall. Living on the same street, still enjoying our neighbors, but a new house. Plus a new landlord. We refer to him as "The Big Man." He lives on our street and owns a very prosperous soda distribution center. I'm not going to lie, we have had our ups and downs with The Big Man. Bugging him to get us running water, power that actually runs our appliances, ect. It has been quite the adventure.
So yesterday, Chris & I took an Independence Day gift to The Big Man. Homemade Banana Bread. He smiled at us, thanked us, then asked if we could wait for a minute. He went into his depo and brought us out around $35 U.S. in drinks. 7-Up, Pepsi, and a case of Prestige (Haitian Beer). Despite our ups and downs, we may win over The Big Man yet.
|Independence Day Gift|
So as we enjoy a cold Prestige on a cool, breezy evening in Gonaives, we are thankful for friends, new & old, near & far.
|Enjoying glow sticks from my Mom.|
|Two years in a row celebrating Christmas with this little guy.|
"Life's a game made for everyone
And love is the prize."
-Avicii- "Wake Me Up"