Paul sent me these pictures last night so I could see what Chris was up to all yesterday…
Aside from a few of the tools, the welder and the water pump, most of the stuff that’s going on the container was donated to the mission by our friends and the wonderful people at Dupage Vineyard. They’re a little church with a huge heart. When Chris emailed to ask if they could find a vehicle for him to use they responded with not one, but several offers, and asked for a list of other stuff. Chris wasn’t even quite sure about what would be coming to church with everyone yesterday so I think he was a bit blown away at their practical display of love. I am too, but I think it’ll hit me more when the container arrives and we bring it all back to the mission and start unpacking. The people of Dupage are great and we feel so blessed by them every time we see them. Thanks Dupage!
Chris and I have some other news and I was waiting to throw it out there to the blogosphere until after we told friends and family. That has been done now so I can tell you.
I’ve mentioned that we want to start our family by adopting here in Haiti. We made some decisions a couple weeks ago and have some plans now. We want to officially “jump in” in January after we return from our Christmas break. We’re excited and scared and hopeful and confused…there are so many things we don’t know and so many questions to ask. We have plans to meet with some people here in the coming weeks to start talking through the process and finding out what we need to do. Because nothing in Haiti is normal and regulated consistently the biggest challenge will be navigating through that and having to deal with the inconsistencies.
It seems strange to think that we’re actually starting a family. It’s just been this thing that we’ve talked about abstractly until now. I’m feeling a lot, some of it hits me unexpectedly. Yesterday when I told our other missionary friends I did it through tears because stuff just rolled over me and I realized they were the first people that were told face to face, not through email or an update letter. The day after we made the decision I was working in the kitchen and almost started crying when I realized that maybe that little person that God’s got in store for us is already on the way. I know this is going to be a huge time of learning and growing for us, and I know parts of that will be hard, but I’m looking forward to seeing who it turns us into as people.
Have a great day!