Good morning from Haiti! I laugh at myself when I look at the clock and it's only 9:00 and I have been up since 6:00 and think that back home I would easily sleep till now. And then I think, wow, it only takes me half an hour to get completely ready in the mornings. I don't know if all of this will carry over to when I get home, but it has definitely given me some perspective on what I use my time to do at home! We got to sit and have a nice breakfast of peaches and cream oatmeal with Grandpa this morning, I can't even explain how nice it is to have him here with us! We left the house at about 8:00 and went right over to order a big tanker truck of water to be taken out to the job. Grandpa needed a part for something today so we stopped downtown and Kelly and Rob ran out to see if they could find it. When they got back with the part Kelly asked me to come out and see something quick. So all four of us ended up hopping out of the car and into the hustle and bustle of everyone selling their wares and crossed the street to a certain ladies little "store" which consisted of a blanket and umbrella with all of her things to sell. I have been wanting another cooler because we have the one really big cooler and one really little cooler, I have needed something in between. This lady was selling one that was used but in fairly decent shape so we asked her the price. 400 hundred Haitian or about 50 dollars American! I was like there is no way! So I asked if she would take 200 Haitian which she said no. So we turned around and started walking away and I was thinking she wasn't going to budge but we hadn't taken five steps and she was calling us back agreeing to the price. Lol I guess I'm getting my bargaining skills on! Now I am the proud new owner of a dirty little igloo cooler! Yay! On our way back to the car I got a couple different offers that were a bit more strange then usual. A couple of ladies asked Rob if he would give me to them, and one lady even offered that I could marry her son! Haha! Don't worry to much, I think between my grandfather, brother and Robinson I won't be marrying a Haitian man any time soon or ever for that matter! We are now out to the job and the guys are busy working away. We will go back home for lunch, Naromie is making some fried chicken for me to serve with the boys sandwiches, then we will be back out here for the rest of the afternoon.
Something else little I have been thinking I should write about is Kelly. He just absolutely shines in the Haitian culture in anything he goes to do. He is so outgoing, especially with the language. Most of the time he ends up saying something completely different then what he meant to but the people just love him for it! I on the other hand am a lot more shy, a neighbor lady even came to Rob and asked if he was helping me with Creole at all because she never heard me say anything! I actually feel like I am getting a pretty decent handle on the language so I have gone to greater strides to try and use it with everyone:) Because of how amazing Kelly does with everything I have constantly found myself thinking, Krystle you need to be more like Kelly, more outgoing and talkative and whatever else. I was praying about it, for the Lord to show me if there were certain areas I needed to change and work harder at when it all of a sudden it became perfectly clear. I am not Kelly, I will never be quite like Kelly or anyone else, God wanted me to come here to this country to help as Krystle because He knew I have something to offer these people. Whether everyone understands who I am and what I am doing doesn't matter as long as it's what God wants me to be doing. Don't get me wrong, there are always things to keep working on and changing in yourself to make you a better person and I am constantly checking myself for those things but this goes right along with something I have learned all my growing up days. Be who you are, not anyone else because as cheesy as it may sound, God made us all special:) So keep praying that Kelly and I will do what God has sent us here to do! Have a blessed day!