Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Don't hate, Innoculate.

Dear friends, did you know that you need shots for

Hep A
Hep B
Yellow fever
Rabies
Tetanus booster
Typhoid

to go to Haiti?

PLUS anti-malarials recommended?

Poor sweet husband got 5 shots yesterday (they were out of rabies), as he was off of work for Yom Kippur (apparently his company is headed by those of Jewish faith?). When I got home he was pitiful and pathetic, and probably also covered in swine flu germs, having spent his afternoon in the local clinic. I'll have to go get my shots soon, too, although I only need yellow fever, rabies, and typhoid.

We're telling my parents tonight about the move. Prayers, please.

Monday, September 28, 2009

LONG AWAITED OFFER CAME  TODAY! WE ARE GOING TO HAITI!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No Creole at Half Price Books

We are still in the highest state of confusion. No offer, no firm plans...but my heart still aches to go.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ugh. Dragging on. No decisions. More complications!

Again.

Ugh.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Getting Started On This Adventure

If you are going to follow along with us, I think it would help you to be in the same mindset as us. Let me share with you how I got to the place I am now; ready to sell or store all of my things and move to Haiti.


To me it is all about Grip. I have lost mine.


I am not talking about a dead-fish handshake or a grasp of reality, but rather my grip on my life. I never wanted a corporate job. Never planned for it. Never considered it. I hate suits and ties (though I do look great in them) and I find that my focus is often drawn towards people, not profit. I was enticed by what a corporate job offered; money, identity, success. But it was all about me. Like a child trying to clutch sand, the tighter I squeezed the more what I sought seemed to pass though my fingers.


It’s not fair to say that “I lost my grip”, that gives me too much credit. It is more accurate to say that God wrestled my life from my grasp before I made an even bigger mess of it. First there was a lay off. Then there was a business mentor telling me, that there was more to life than what we had been striving for. Followed by a new job which made me question why we get up and worked at all… And after months just emptiness in my hands.


But if I am not holding on to this life with a death grip, then my hands are freed up to receive other blessings. If I am not hammering out the details of my life then I am free to use my hands to address the needs of others. I think the experience of getting ready to leave has taught me that Faith is about not holding on so tight. It is about accepting a certain unknown to what lays ahead. That unknown is counter to our Western notions of security and in insecurity all a faithful person can do is rely on the promises of Christ.

So that is where I am. Blessedly empty handed and ready to go.


B

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shots, flights, and dates.

Things I Learned this Week:

1. Shots required for Haiti are hep a, hep b, typhoid, rabies. If you plan to travel to Argentina, Brazil, Panama, or Peru, you should also have yellow fever.

2. Haiti is at high risk for malaria. You can buy treated bed nets at travmed.com or travelhealthhelp.com.

3. It takes two days to fly to Haiti from Dallas on American. American flies to Port-au-Prince from Miami twice each day, in the 6 and 9 am hours, and they don't offer any flights from Dallas to Miami that get you there early enough to make those two flights. So you have to fly to Miami the night before and then catch the early-am flight out.

4. We received a 2009-2010 school calendar from Quisqueya. The spring semester will start on Tuesday, January 5. If we wanted to move a week early, we would leave on Monday, December 28 (and arrive in Haiti on Tuesday, December 29). Yikes! That makes it all feel very real, and soon.

Other notable calendar info: February 15-19 is "Carnival Break", there are 4 days off for Easter, there is a day off in May for "Flag Day", and Quisqueya graduation is Saturday, May 29. That Monday is Memorial Day, so I imagine we would fly home for the summer on Tuesday, June 1.

Fall 2010 first day of school is August 17, 2010. That means we'd be off from June 1 to early August- 10 weeks! What to do during that time? Work, save, ministry, travel?

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