Wilson and I have been living in the Promise House for 4 days now. This morning we had a meeting with all the nannies in our home, the Haitian employee manager and our program director who is visiting from Canada. Most of the nannies seem open to the idea of change, as many of the changes will make the house nicer and their jobs easier, but we know some changes will meet resistance and push back as we will be expecting more from the nannies than they are used to.
The kids? How happy we are to be back with our kids! We are getting to know them each a little better, how they like to be held, what makes them smile or laugh, and what we need to spend a little more time working on. I might end up with a lot less hair if we don’t figure out how to get Monel and Jerry to stop pulling it out. Ouch!
A lot of Wilson’s time right now is spent getting paperwork done to get the bus and its contents through customs. Though it left California months ago, it arrived in Cap Haitien the day after we did! The process includes a lot of hours sitting and waiting in different offices. Back at the house, he is currently working on shelves for our bedroom so we can get things out of the boxes we packed in. He is also spending time with LeLe, our 9 year old, working on good manners and waiting for the rain to stop and the grass to dry a bit so they can get outside and play a little futbòl.
So far, I have primarily been observing the nannies, the kids, and their routines so we know what our starting point is. I play with one of the kids while I watch the others, and am hoping the nannies will catch on to some of the things I’m doing just by watching. We were not really “in charge” until after the official meeting, so I have just been making small suggestions like turning on the lights so it doesn’t feel like we live in a dark cave. The kids spend most of their time indoors, so I’m on a mission to get them outside as much as possible. The rain has been making that difficult, though the cool, rainy season makes it much easier to sleep at night, but I try to take someone outside whenever there is a break in the rain. We’ve discovered the Adirondack chairs Wilson made many years ago that sit under the mango tree are a perfect base for the special tomato chairs a lot of the kids sit in. Capturing smiles in pictures can be difficult, but Joshua and Herlande enjoyed their time outside.
There is so much to do, so many changes that need to happen to reach the level of excellent care that we desire for these kids, and I honestly don’t really know where to begin. But God gives peace that surpasses all understanding and we will take it one day at a time.
We have not yet reached our monthly financial goals and there is a bit more than we were expecting that needs to be done in order to make the home livable for the long-term. If you are able to help financially, please visit http://childrenofthepromise.org/donate