Wednesday, August 1, 2012

mission trip to Haiti

I have been meaning to do a post on Ryan's trip to Haiti and timegot in the way , Ryan spent 7 days in Haiti as a medical team person. When he approached me about going, I was very hestitant because it was so far away and we have never been away from him overnight, let alone 9 days. I knew this was something he needed to do and that God was calling him to do it. As he prepared himself and took classes, I was preparing myself and getting ready to not have him around for a bit. The day seemed so far away when he first mentioned it,but the day came. All day on Thursday I was a ball of nerves and was holding back tears, as I did not want the kids to see me upset. I knew he was going to be ok and that he would come back, but the what if, was always lingering in the back of my mind. The time came for the drive to the airport and I was not looking forward to it. We pull into the drop off area of the airport and he gets his luggage out and the tears begin to roll down my cheek. Why am I crying? It is just a mission trip. The fact that my hubby will be in a different country and we cannot talk to him for a whole 9 days could be why.
Thursday night was tough and I had trouble sleeping because it was just me in the bed, so I went to grab Cadence and snuggled her in bed with me, for the week.
My parents were fortunate to be able to come and stay the whole week so we were blessed to have them. It was a huge distraction for the kids and I. We kept busy and it made time fly.
The time came to pick the hubs up and I loaded all 3 kids in the car around 1245am and went to the airport to see this skinny, bearded man sitting on the bench waiting for us. Lol! We were more than thrilled to see him. I was not sure how Kaelis(22 months) was going to react after not seeing daddy for 9 days, but he opened the car door and she screamed daddy. Yep, she remembers him! What a relief.
The kids and I had made a welcome home poster and chocolate cookies for him.
Now for the Haiti part. Ryan said it was one of the best experiences and one of the worst experiences. He said the humidity and the heat was awful. He was sweating for 24 hours straight . It has been over 100 here and it does but bother him at all.
He prayed at least 30 times a day with the Haitians.
  It such an experience for him and when he came back he felt guity for the luxary we have here in the states. The haitians are so happy go lucky people because they do not know any different. The little orphans are the sweetest things ever(from what I saw from pictures.) it is amazing what God has planned for missionaries and he works in so many different, powerful ways. I know one day he will call me to do a mission and I cannot wait. It is so powerful to see God work and continure to work. Ryan will never take the little things for advantage again.
  What a great experience for somebody and if you have the chance to go, GO!!! (Ryan's words)









This little girl was one of his favorites. He would have taken her home


this one too!







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