Isaiah 30:21 - Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!! It's hard to believe it's been over a month since my last post.  Time passes like the wind here; before you know it the month jumped from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  So much has happened, and I really should try and be better about updating, so I'll make that my New Year's resolution.
I stayed in Haiti for Christmas.  Part of me wanted to come home and visit, but the other part of me wanted to stay and experience what Christmas was like here.
On Thursday, we had a school Christmas play and party for the kids and their parents.  Though some are truly orphans, many have at least one living parent.  Teri, the school's principal, and I weren't quite sure how many parents would show up but we were pleasantly surprised when we went into the church and saw that it was full.  In true Haitian style, we started late but it was worth it.  The classes sang several songs and put on several skits.
Joel as Joseph and Magalie as Mary.
The scene right before Joseph found
out he was going to be a father.
One of the kids asked how Santa would come to Haiti since they had no roofs here.  I think I told him he uses the door.  It's funny how some things are universal for kids everywhere like Santa, or Chris Brown and Beyonce.  (The neighborhood kids asked me if I had met them). Back home when I was young I remember trying to stay up as late as I could to get a peek at Santa.  Much to my chagrin for the first 9 years of my life I never did catch a glimpse of him.

Sanette, Teri, Me, and Marthe after
the Christmas party
For Christmas, Mike and Laurie, a couple from Canada spending the week with us, treated Elsie and me to a nice relaxing day at Club Indigo.  It was absolutely gorgeous out with bright sunny blue skies and temperatures in the 80s and I remember thinking as I was sitting on the beach overlooking the Caribbean that it was hard to believe that it was actually Christmas day.  It was a blessing to have a relaxing and rejuvenating day.  Sister Gladys and Pastor Henry couldn't have summed up when they said:

Canaan Christian-Community Even if we don't get to see each other at Christmas, you still have a special place in our thoughts and hearts.
A time of joy, a prayer for peace and the gift of hope and a heart full of love.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Gladys and Henri and all the kids at Canaan