Lori’s group left this morning. We were sad to see them go. They’re always such a blessing to us and our staff when they’re here. And, Lori is a Clean Water for Haiti board member now, so it was doubly encouraging to us.
I know I’ve said that I enjoy doing clinics because it’s an opportunity to bless our staff, their families and some of the people in our community. It’s a blessing to us as well. Every time we do the clinic God uses someone to encourage us.
On Monday morning a young man named James came in to see Lori. When he was done he came over and shook my hand and said, “Thank you Madame Chris, for doing this for us, thank you.” I told him we were happy to do it and that I was happy he was able to come in. I asked who he was related to and he said he lived in the group of houses behind the mission. I told him again that I was glad he came and he once again said thank you and that he was happy we were here. His sincerity and quiet manner were so sweet.
Lori and the ladies asked if they could take our family out for their last night, so we piled in the van and headed down to Club Indigo. When Bryan and Kelly were here they found out that if you go to CI after 5pm you can eat at the snack bar without having to pay the entrance fee. It’s much cheaper and really relaxed. We pulled a bunch of tables together and ordered our burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets and fries and enjoyed each others company under the date palm that looked like a giant umbrella.
Lori, Katie and Kate.
Ruth and Lydia.
Lydia and one of the most beautiful little girls on the planet.
The sun set and we watched a storm move in over the mountains. The contrast between glowing colors over the ocean and black, ominous clouds over the mountains was breathtaking. After we stuffed ourselves with fried food we headed to the bar area for ice cream. It’s really more like gelato, and it’s amazing.
Storm moving in.
It started spitting rain while we added extra padding to our hips. We did manage to get to the van before the storm hit full on. Our family likes to go “krapo” hunting on the way out of Club Indigo at night. The toads like to hang out under the driveway lights where the bugs fall. Lori’s group was familiar with the weaving and swerving that normally takes place as we check out the quantity of krapos under each light, however, last night Chris must have been on a high from too much fried food because he actually got out of the van and started poking and chasing the poor little critters. I guess it’s better than accidentally running over one.
By the time we pulled in the driveway the storm had hit full on and the only way to get through the several inches of water was to go barefoot, so barefoot we did! Some of us have better traction than others (*cough*…Lori).
It was a fun way to wrap up a great week with friends.