A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. In that spirit, I am just going to shut my mouth and show you the transformation this house has taken. I think we deserve the attention of Extreme Makeover if you ask me! This place went from creepy dark haunted house with varmints and critters a plenty, to clean and inviting with varmints and critters not as plenty.
Oh, one more thing, before I shut my mouth. I’m thinking of re-naming this place. I don’t when, why, or how it started, but I’m tired of the word compound. Almost every single person living in Haiti calls the place they are living in a compound, us included. I have no idea why really, and neither do they. Most of us would just call it that because, well, that is the name. It’s a loose term for the place you live, a place that has a few buildings, and a wall around it. It conjures up images of a rough prison yard. In fact, the most interesting part about it, is that no where in the definition of compound do you find something that describes a place of dwelling, a collection of buildings, or anything like that! Either way, I’m not a fan, and so I’m going to change it. I’m not sure what yet, I’ll let you know.
You will note that most of the photos here are of our little section-that is because everything else isn’t just perfect yet, so as we finish the rest of the house, I’ll put those pictures up.
Welcome to our home.
In this gigantic house, we have designated a small area for ourselves. We have found, in our short tenure here, that a place to call home is essential. And after a year and half of living in Haiti- in a tent, in a compound with a school of 600 with a kitchen and other Haitian families, and then living in a small room with nothing but a short hallway between us and teams-we are so thankful for this place. It feels like an oasis, a get away spot, a provision directly from the Lord. He knew we could endure through those other places, and we are that much tougher for it,and more thankful for this beauty! But we also need a season of rest and a place to just ‘be’. In this house, we have our very own living room and bedroom, along with private balconies. We feel like the Lord has blessed us beyond what we could have dreamed of living here in Haiti. Come on and take the tour, but leave your shoes off!
There she is.. doesn’t it make you wanna come and visit?? 🙂