Posted by: learningis4ever | September 18, 2008

Summer is over and school is back in session

As if you didn’t already know, right?  Well, around here, that means that outings are cut back and it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to work.  This year, we are being much more scheduled with our school day.  With one in high school, one in preschool and the other one in upper elementary, there is no way to survive without scheduling.

I’ve never been much on schedules, being more of a freespirited type of person.  But I have learned that this discipline of scheduling is a very powerful tool.  I have so many things I want to do: learn French, fundraise for the school in Merger, Haiti, begin an Orphan Ministry at church.  The list could go on and on.  Without a schedule and advance planning, I wouldn’t be able to get any of this done.

For those of you who are this way naturally, I hate you!  JUST KIDDING!! God gave each one of us gifts.  Your gift makes your life that much easier.  I’m praying, REALLY praying, that this particular gift becomes second nature to me. 

As for the adoption, it’s coming along.  Adopting a child from Haiti is very much a waiting game.  Jim was able to visit him at the end of August.  He’s a great kid and they had a lot of fun together.  We cannot wait to have him home.  Jefthe wrote a letter about the guest house where they stayed.  He said, “It’s like the US.  They have electricity all the time!”  I’m not sure he knew it was from a generator.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and it lacks basic infrastructure.  A LOT of what is there was damaged by Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike.  The only land route to Gonaives was lost when the Mirabalais bridge collapsed from the flooding brought by Hanna and Ike. This is a humanitarian disaster on the scale of Katrina, but no one even notices when it’s just a poor country in the Caribbean without much to offer the rest of the world at this point in time.  The truth is, though, that Haiti has a lot to offer the world once she is back on her feet.  I’m trusting that this current disaster will serve to catapult world attention to the needs there and bring much needed assistance of the type that will allow this counry to grow and develop into a premier destination in the Caribbean.

I look forward to the day when my Haitian son is standing in front of the Presidential palace, a grown man with a family of his own who he will be able to raise in his home country with economic policies and infrastructure in place that allows him and his fellow countryman to flourish.  Ah, now that’s a dream worth pursuing. . .

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