Roanoke, Part 2

We had such a sweet reunion with our brothers & sisters from our home church in Roanoke!  Despite their 6 hr road trip from Port to Cayes, they were still full of joy when they arrived at the guest house,  (maybe some not so joyful about the pumpkin soup tho😉)!    As a family, we really enjoyed the evenings of devotions, praise & worship, and chatting with team.  

Here are a few pictures from the 1 day job at Ducis.  

Ladies working on the school benches 

  

This little guy was Bev’s quality control

  

 These tough ladies helped build trusses.    

   

Boss Ezekial patiently showing Meg where to hammer a nail 

When we needed to find Rachel or Chloe, all we needed to do was look for the group of kids, and there they were!  

      

Brent and his “helpers” 

 

Hon cutting the last piece 

Megan stayed back with Chloe, Gab, and I, when the rest of the team went out to the second job.  We enjoyed showing her the market, visiting the orphanage, the clinic, the nursing home, the hospital, and walking through the country side. 

  

    

  

 

Our last day together was spent visiting the domestic center, singing at the nursing home, then hiking the falls.    Someone even got to cross “cliff jumping” off her bucket list!   

 

   

Thanks for visiting and blessing us! It was an awesome week, one we won’t forget!  Wish I had more pics to share. Check out Bri’s blog for a few different pics @ lovingpeopleinhaiti.com

I will leave you with my favorite pic from the week!   

 

 

Love from Roanoke, part 1

We have been blessed to have 2 special weeks in a row!  The first week was a visit from my parents, and the second from our church family!  We had so much fun and soaked up lots of love!  It is always a joy to share our life here with those we love! 

Our week with mom & dad was relaxing.  They have been to Haiti  before, and have seen a lot of the sites already, so we were able to hang out and do stuff at home. Most of the Haitians remembered them from their visit last year, and were happy to see them again!   They arrived just in time for Bri’s birthday, and brought in steaks to grill for her birthday dinner!  

  

A day at Rainbow Beach 

  

Lots of games! 

 

Reconnecting with Lolo & Dan and Mamize & Shelovema

       

 

A hike up the Rivye Glas 

    

Dad hard at work, helping with Scotts to-do list and helping Jean-Lukner practice his English!

  

 

A visit with Phaniel and his family 

  

It was hard to see the week end, but we have so many good memories!   Thanks, mom& dad! 

To come, Part 2, the Roanoke team!!!!!! 

 

 

A family pet

For those of you that know Chloe well, you know she LOVES dogs.  Ever since we left Maizy in Roanoke, over 1.5 yrs ago, Chloe has been asking for a dog. In Haiti, there are an abundance of dogs, but most of them are ugly, mean, and they all look alike.  It has been obvious, that a Haitian dog is not what our family wanted or needed.  (It’s not like the states, where you can pick any breed of dog, and have it shipped to you the next day.)

On Christmas Day, our fellow missionaries the Wagenbachs’ dog had 6 puppies!  Chloe spent countless hours playing with the puppies, taking care of them while Brent & Alisha were out on teams, and learning their different personalities. The Wagonbachs let her have first pick of the puppies. She choose one of the females, and decided to name her Izzy.  The preparations began! 

Chloe and Scott building Izzy’s dog house. 



Painting the dog house. 



Playing in the dog house



This dog is so spoiled, it received toys, shampoo, treats, and even a bed from Grandma Jean and Maizy. 



Chloe is so happy to have a dog, and can’t wait to take her to the beach. Izzy seems like a good fit for our family. I am reminded of Gods perfect timing, as I would NOT have been able to handle the stress of a new puppy during our time of transition to Haiti last year!







Missionary Retreat

This is the second year in a row, that we have had the privilege to go to missionary retreat.  Our retreat took place at Kaliko, a resort 1 hr north of Port au Prince.  We spent Thursday through Sunday, relaxing, spending time with our family and fellow missionaries, as well as being spiritually renewed. We truely enjoyed our time away from the stresses of everyday life.  The adults had classes every morning and evening, while the kids had VBS type activities. All of our afternoons were free!  We were blessed to be taught out of the book of Colassians, by an amazing, God-fearing pastor. We learned so much, and feel spiritually refreshed. 





The youth VBS program







Bri & Trinity enjoying a few last minutes in the sun before leaving. 



We had some gorgeous sunsets! 





Catching up!

Its been awhile since I posted an update! It’s been a busy, but fun few weeks! Our family is doing well and has lots to be thankful for. Everyone is healthy, the weather is gorgeous, and we are looking forward to our annual missionary retreat, starting tomorrow! Here are a few highlights from the past month….
The girls had a fun week with Jay! He is a good friend and was here with a team from Lake City, FL.

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Chloe painted some canvases for Scotts office.

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Bri & her friends getting ready for the weekly Friday nite praise and bible study.

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A day of fun at Camp Mahanaim for Katie’s birthday!

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Bri playing Battleship with Elijah via FaceTime.

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A day with Daniel, Mdm Lolo’s son!

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A visit to the orphanage.

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A puppet show.

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Looking ahead, we are excited for time away from the mission compound, a little R &R, and spiritual encouragement (in English, not Creole, which makes it even better)!!!
When we return, we will have our new puppy!

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Projects….

Our family has had thoughts of starting a garden, since coming to Haiti. When we lived in IL, we planted a small garden every Spring, and we were pretty successful. In Haiti, we can buy tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, green peppers, and carrots, but we have been missing fresh spinach, zucchini, corn, and a few other vegetables. We were warned by a few missionaries, that the seeds we bought in IL, wouldn’t grow well in this climate. But, we had already been given seeds, so we thought we would try for ourselves. We even planted a couple different varieties of spiniach and watermelon. Instead of going to the work of tilling up a big area, Chloe had the idea to start with a pallet garden. Basically a little plot, that could be easily watered and cared for, kinda as an experiment. If it didn’t work, then there wasn’t a lot of time or money wasted.
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The results…..
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The green stuff you see is only weeds! Nothing sprouted up at all! Guess we will work on improving our soil and buying different seeds for next years growing season! Just for the record, the only success we have had, is with growing basil and cilantro!
Scott & Chloe’s next project…… a house for Chloe’s new puppy, coming the end of February. Hope this project is a little more successful!
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Memories

This past week, we had the privilege of hosting our close friends, the Knepp & Leman families! This was the first time any of them had been to Haiti, and the first time their kids had flown! I think it was a memorable trip for everyone! They got a good look at the beauty of the island, as well as experience some Haitian culture. The 4 hour road trip from Port au Prince to Cayes was quite an eye-opener for everyone! It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells of a 5th world country!
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Relaxing on the back porch after a long day of travel.
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Port Salut
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Hiking to Tet Lakil
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A day at the orphanage for the ladies and a day with the “bosses” for the guys.
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What’s a visit to Haiti without a tarantula hunt?
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Rainbow beach
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Thanks for blessing us with your visit! It was a privilege for us to share our life here with you, and we will not forget the time we spent together!

A busy month!

December has flown by…. We have been really busy, had lots of fun, and have enjoyed some special visitors too! We were blessed to host 2 construction teams this month, a team from Bluffton IN, and a team of Scotts family/Eureka Bible Church team. Enjoy a few highlights from this month!
Fun weekend with the Walder kids!

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Christmas baking

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Receiving special gifts!

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Fun with the Yordys!

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Lots of painting!! Our living room, kitchen, and hallway are finished!

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Homemade cookies and Christmas caroling at the local nursing home.

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An afternoon of art projects at the local orphanage.

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Quality time spent with people who have impacted Scotts life. (Lots of work accomplished too!)

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A day of relaxing with the Wray family

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A Christmas dinner shared with Brent, Alisha, the bosses, and their wives.

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A pallet garden project for Chloe & Scott.

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That’s a long post! For further details on our construction teams, check out the constuction blog: http://www.godisinhaiti.com. For a glimpse of life through Bri’s eyes, check out her blog: http://www.lovingpeopleinhaiti.com.

I want to leave you with one last picture. This is one of my favorite pics, since being here in Haiti. I feel it captures genuine love and joy.

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Thanksgiving

For the second year in a row, we had the privilege of having Thanksgiving dinner at the Thompsons house. Rob & Becky do a great job of hosting, and they had 138 missionaries this year! We had all the traditional thanksgiving food, including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. A huge thanks to Agape flights, for providing us turkeys! Every November, Agape provides a frozen turkey (and sides), for every missionary family! It was a good day, as we reflected on how God has provided for our family. We are blessed, and have so much to be thankful for!
As a side note, Scott & Brent gave all of our Haitian bosses the day off. They were very curious about our Thanksgiving holiday, and requested we cook them a Thanksgiving dinner, so they could try turkey too! So, maybe we will be sharing our turkey this year😉. Here’s the whole group! (Thanks for sharing your pics, Rob!)

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Since we are talking about turkey, I will share an interesting bird story from earlier this week. While working at the guest house Tuesday, Bri called and asked me to come home, because I had a visitor waiting for me. I came home, to find the mom of our sponsor child, Guerline, sitting in our living room waiting for me. I sat down, and we chatted for awhile. As we were finishing up, Guerline told me she had brought me a “little gift” from Phaniel, the child we sponsor. Madame Lolo, our cook, walked out to our back porch, and came back in with a real, live chicken!!!! I was very surprised, and a little shocked to have a squawking chicken inside my house.

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Guerline is in the middle, proudly holding the chicken. Md Lolo is on the right, trying to get the chicken to look at the camera. Madame Enoch is on the left. They are all laughing at me, because I would not hold the chicken.

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The chicken was tied to the table on our back porch, to keep it from getting away!

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Madame Lolo was more than happy to kill, clean, and cook the chicken for us, but we chose to regift it instead…. Md Lolo, was very thankful to take the chicken to her house. Her plan is to “plump” it up a bit, before enjoying it with her family!!
Have a blessed weekend!