Saturday, August 30, 2008

Kendra and Kaylana

Kathy asked me to take some photos of her girls today and I had to post these two while I finish editing. The girls are so cute! I met Kathy in Haiti 2 years ago in October when she was picking Kaylana up from GLA.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Aug 21

Aug 21 2006--Karla and I left for Haiti. She was staying for 6 days, I was staying for 3 months.Aug 21 2007--I left for Haiti and stayed for 9 monthsAug 21 2008--I didn't leave for Haiti :(

I've missed the Fall season the past 2 years while I was in Haiti but will be here for it this year. I still don't think I've fully adjusted to being in Michigan. But maybe that is a good thing.
The leaves are starting to change color already and the nights are very cool (48F tonight!) and I'm already dreading the cold weather that is to come.
Classes start a week from tomorrow. yikes. Soon my schedule will be crazy! When my friend is off of maternity leave I will have her baby from 6:30am - 4pm MWF, 2 little boys on Tues, and 2 other little boys on Thursday. Then class is Mon, Tues, Thurs evenings til 9:15.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Jessica, Laura, and I surprised Emily in St. Joe for her 21st Birthday Party!
Emily, me, Jessica, and Laura
one of the three tables we had.

at the zoo

We had a good time at the zoo today even though it was hot and muggy!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Marie Pierre

I received emails today from both Beth and Sheila asking for prayer for Marie Pierre. She is very sick. She is swollen and her face is covered with these pus filled bumps. Marie is HIV+. She as a 2 week old, healthy, 10lb baby boy. Please keep Marie Pierre in your prayers along with Beth, Sheila, Lisa, and everyone else working to help her.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Help send Maddie and Parker to school!

email from Sheila this morning:

Good Morning!
Maddie and Parker started school on Tuesday and are very excited not to be the new kids any more. Being new was a hard one for them but they have done great and have lots of new friends and have connected well with our life here in Haiti because of school. In the past I have mentioned the need for a sponsor for Maddie and Parker to go to school here. To be honest our support has not been enough to cover our cost of living here and school. The school (QCS) has been very kind to us about our payments and is also willing to put our feelers for a sponsor for us. So far, we have not come up with any leads. Maybe you guys now of a family, a church or a business that could sponsor them for school? Here is what we need: Help with school for Maddie and Parker - tuition is $885.00 per month including a hot lunch. If you would like to learn more about their school you can find them on-line at Quisqueya Christian School. Thank you for your help!! Blessings, Sheila God's Plumbline Ministries - Dan, Sheila, Alyssa, Madisen and Parker If you'd like to help send Maddie and Parker to school you can email me at or Sheila at


Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. --Mother Theresa

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Haiti Bound!

I am SO excited! My friend Jenelle and I will be heading to Haiti right after Christmas and staying for about two weeks. I can't wait to see everyone in Haiti again and love on all of those little kids!!!! (this picture was taken in a hospital room when we took a camper to the ER because she had a high fever)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mom and Baby

All of these women are in the women's program. I miss seeing them every Tuesday/Thursday! Vanette and Michael
Fonia and baby
Elamide and baby
Estacey and Jean-Wayford
Guerda and Samuel
Jocelyn and Annie
Marie Noelle and David
Nadia and Salinda

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

FINALLY together again

The 5 of us met our Freshman year at Cornerstone University three years ago. It's pretty rare that we all get to hang out at the same time since we have such crazy schedules (and one of us may have been in another country for the better part of a year...) but when we finally make it work it's great to be able to catch up with everyone. Yesterday was another bridal shower for Laura and afterwards we all went to the beach.

Sanderson is in France!

I received an email this morning from Catherine. I met Catherine in 2006 when I was working at GLA. I worked with Sanderson those first 3 months at GLA and he was definitely a favorite of mine!
Dear Jess,I hope everything is okay for you..... I just picked up at the airport this morning.... your baby ;-)..... Sanderson ! His mom and I are friends and I drove them to the train station to go home. He is soooooooooooooo cute, looks very happy, shy but happy !Hope to read you soon.Catherine

Friday, August 8, 2008

Congrats Brendon and Sarah!!

Sarah and I have been friends since...forever. We knew each other in elementary school (she's a year ahead of me) and hung out some but didn't really start becoming good friends until the summer before my freshman year of High School. We became best friends and did everything together. Throughout the last seven years Sarah has always been a great friend and I love her dearly!
Tonight was Sarah's wedding and it was BEAUTIFUL! It was a pretty surreal feeling watching one of my good friends get married! She looked amazing and I couldn't be happier for her and Brendon!
me, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Peggy
Sarah- I love you and I'm so thankful for your friendship!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Photo Shoot

I would love feedback...especially from those of you that are photographers (Rebekah!)