Saturday, June 28, 2008

ROAD TRIP!

I'm heading to Indiana tomorrow to visit my friend Mary K. I can't wait to see her although I'm not really looking forward to the four hour drive to get there. I'll be coming back to Michigan on Tuesday and volunteering at Beechpoint (the camp we worked at) for the rest of the week and the week after!








(photos from camp last summer)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Haiti Style

video
Imagine having a bridal party of about 8 couples and having them dance down the isle like this. This video is from a wedding we went to in February. We heard the song that is playing at least 5 times in a row by the time everyone made it down to the front.

BTW-it's totally acceptable to take photos/videos during the wedding....especially during the bride and groom's first kiss as husband and wife. At that point it is totally acceptable to run up and crowd around them with cameras and cellphones to take their picture.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

drunk driving?!

In the last 5 years of driving I've been pulled over twice by policemen. Once for speeding and once for drunk driving. Now, before you freak out about the drunk driving, let me explain!

The first time I was pulled over was when I was driving through Hopkins a couple of years ago....a small town where you can only go 25mph on the main road. I had some of the staff from Camp Beechpoint (where I worked for 3 Summers) in my car and was warned to not go past 30mph or I would get pulled over. Well...on the way home I went 32mph. Thankfully, since it was my first time I didn't get a ticket.

Dancing in the park
The second time was on Saturday night. Ironically, I had a car full of Beechpoint Staff with me and we were heading to Nurse Karla's house (Karla visited me in Haiti!). As I pulled onto Karla's street and started to park I saw flashing lights behind me. CRAP!
We had NO idea why I was being pulled over! The cop came up and asked for license, registration, etc. I gave him my license and he told me not to worry about the rest because he could tell we hadn't been drinking or anything. Apparently the car that was behind us said we were "swerving" and called it in. Did I mention that this was at 12:30am?! The roads were foggy and I'm sure I wasn't driving in a perfectly straight line but everyone in the car was pretty confused as to how someone could have thought we had been drinking. Anyway....

Since we are parked in front of Karla's house all the rest of the staff that were inside were watching the whole thing. SO, Nikki asked if he could make it look like we were really in trouble and search the car. He started yelling at us to get out and put our hands on the front of the car then proceeded to search my car telling me that my camera was stolen and that he found a joint under the seat... HA.

Nikki and me
By the way-by this time another cop car had pulled up with it's lights on. Talk about embarrassing!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Frustrating!

Circuit City currently has my computer...again. I went to turn it on and it gave me some blue screen and wouldn't let me do anything. I'm supposed to be giving a presentation on Sunday about Haiti and am not sure how that is going to happen. I did just talk to Circuit City and they are pretty sure they can get my photos and everything off for me tomorrow which means I have about 36 hours to make a new video.
Please pray that I get all of my photos and everything off of the computer even if it can't be fixed. I can't tell you how devastated I would be to lose nine months of Haiti photos!!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Long-winded prayers

videoI LOVE this video. The kids pray together every night before they go to bed. Whenever Nadia prays her prayers tend to be a little....long. I was gone for dinner one night and when I came back this is what I found. Nadia praying and the four older girls fast asleep. This prayer continued on for awhile even after we got there!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Misc Photos

Taken on our last beach day
Jeffy jumping into the pool
on the way to Jacmel
Erez, Clemita, and Estacey (holding Jean-Wayford)...these are 3 of our workers
Debi and I (and Annie in the sling!) at the Baptist Mission

I go through my Haiti pictures all of the time looking for ones I want to print off and just reminiscing about my days there and I am always finding ones that I never posted. There may be quite a few random posts like this coming.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hungry?

and people wonder why I don't like seafood. In between being teased with the fish's face I was asked about 20 times if I wanted to try it.....um thanks, but no thanks!!

This was Sheila's lunch on one of our beach trips......sick.
Apparently it was pretty tasty.

Mr. Potato Head

What child hasn't tried on Mr. Potato Head's glasses?

Monday, June 9, 2008

4 weeks ago



4 weeks ago I was packing up and saying goodbye. 4 weeks ago Sheila and I spent the day in the hospital trying to save Zeus. 4 weeks ago seems like forever. 4 weeks ago seems like just yesterday.











Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dancing the night away...





Dancing to Accidentally in Love

































Alexis













These really cute little girls danced to Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet
































Kendra's class danced to Footloose












Friday, June 6, 2008

Update on Chelor



I had posted previously about Chelor and her baby, Love-Kendy, about how he was so small and not gaining weight. Chelor didn't catch on to the breastfeeding and we tried everything to help her. She started coming to the baby's house and would sit there during the day while we encouraged her to feed him. She only showed up a couple of times and her visits to the women's program have been sporadic. Here is an update Beth just wrote about Chelor: Today was one of those days when the women's program did its job. It worked. I don't know how the end result will turn out but I saw women surrounding one of their own and coming to her aid with what they have learned. In our program we have two groups. Prenatal and then child development after the baby is born. A young girl Chelor (pronounced She-Love) has been coming on and off since she was pregnant. She lives in a hostile situation where she is clearly not welcome, neither is her baby. Her breast feeding efforts have not been going well and they claim her baby is cursed. She wants to go back to the village because she has no where else to go.Chelor is just a young girl who does not know how to be a mom and does not do well processing the information we give her. Her baby, Love Kendy, has gained little weight since his birth three months ago and he is failing to thrive. Everyone is frustrated. We try encouraging her, showing her how to hold the baby and so on. She is not getting it and he is not getting the milk he needs to thrive.Today was heartbreaking. She would put him to the breast for just seconds, he would fuss, she would be agitated, he would cry. They just weren't a team - weren't working together for the milk to flow.Several experienced breast feeding moms gathered around Chelor and helped her position the baby. It wasn't working. Another mom took the baby, put him to her breast and fed him. For a long time. It may be the only real meal the child has received. Ever. Wet-nursing mom showed Chelor how effortless and stress free this should be. All moms were giving opinion, encouragement and we gathered around Chelor to pray God's protection around her. This young girl is steeped in superstition, believes in curses, is too stressed out to feed her baby who is also stressed and pulling away from her. It is a dire situation. I hope and pray we helped her today. I cried because of how bad Chelor's situation is and I also cried because I saw women gather around her and function as a women's group - all helping another hurting woman. That's how this program is supposed to function. Women learn valuable information and life skills and pass it on to other women. Women in Haiti are often denied basic learning and growing opportunities. They are stuck in superstition and misinformation. Often babies die because a mom is missing basic care-giving skills. We are seeking to change this woman by woman week by week. Pray for Chelor and Love Kendy!


-Beth McHoul

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I miss....

  • watching Clernise literally jump into Sheila's arms for a hug when Sheila pays her for the purses she made
There are so many other things that I miss but that is a start. I can't wait to go back and see how things have progressed in the women's program. And, as much as I would LOVE to see all of the kids again next time I go down, I am praying that they all come to the States with their forever families soon.
Life was never dull in Haiti, that is for sure. I don't suggest planning for things more than a few days in advance because there is a good chance something will come up before that. Haiti is emotional and stressful and hard. But also amazing. The stress of the day could be erased by getting a hug from one of the kids or watching one of the women walk in with the newest purse they created...one that is different from all of the others and made them think outside their box.
Heartline is doing some amazing things in Haiti! I was blessed to be a part of it.