Sunday, December 15, 2013

Haiti Trip day 1 and 2

This morning Mariah woke up and made our last minute preparations for leaving.  Mark was to come home around 2pm and we would leave shortly after for the airport.  That was the plan… but then we were Proverbed (yes I just made that up).

You can make many plans,
  but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. (Prov. 19:21)

Our original flights were to take us to Chicago O'hare and since I knew it was snowing up thataway I decided to check our flights.  It was about 10:30 and I put our flight number in an online flight tracker and see CANCELLED in big red letters.  Now in all my years as a military spouse you'd think I would have had a flight or two cancelled on me but alas, I have not.  I had no clue what that meant.  Cancelled and ????  But no, just cancelled.  I quickly call our team leader who advises me to call the airline.  41 minutes and 2 non-helpful customer service reps later we are still waiting.  Plan B was to head to the airport and try to get on an earlier flight that was going to Dallas and then Miami.

Getting to the airport could have been a problem since Mark was at work and we are a one car family right now.  BUT thankfully God knew our need and our good friend Kelsey had just stopped by.  We quickly threw everything in her jeep kissed the kids, called the hubs and took off.  Meanwhile our trip coordinator was working our flight problem with the airline.  As we arrive at Tyson-McGhee airport we get a text that the earlier flight was full but that we were able too book with a different airline for a LATER flight.  All that rushing seemed unnecessary.  Ahhh but no, it couldn't be that easy.  To spare you all the tiresome details, let's just say that we had about 2 hours worth of trouble actually getting both of us booked on the same flight.  It was almost funny, and could have been if my head wasn't pounding due to the lack of caffeine in my system, or perhaps the stress+the adrenaline rush of getting to the airport. Either way the end result is that we are know sitting at gate number 10 awaiting our flight to Charlotte and then Miami… and things can only get better from here… right?

Day 2--- Must say today was fairly uneventful.  Arrival in Haiti was something else… crowds and crowds of people and many of them wanting to "help" you with your bags.  We rode in a tap tap back to the hotel, stopping at the Delimart for a few groceries along the way.  We spent the afternoon getting to know each other and sorting through all the things everyone brought to share with the nannies and the kids.  Dinner was delicious… chicken, black rice and some super spicy coleslaw.  Jordan would have loved how spicy that coleslaw was!

We have great internet access and wifi at the guest house.  It hardly feels like we are in a foreign country here… well except for the FREEZING cold shower…lol.  There's no doubt though as soon as you get out of the guest house and into the city of Port au Prince.  Tomorrow morning we head out to our first ministry site… an orphanage with younger kids.  I heard tonight that most of the orphanages here in Haiti are not "official" and therefore most of the kids in them are not adoptable.  Only a small percentage of Haiti's orphans are actually able to be adopted.

1 comment:

Fe Adamsonn said...

Good luck with your trip in Haiti. Everything may have a reason on your trip I hope for your safety and more blessing to your family. Happy Christmas!

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