Haiti | Day 4 | 08.20.10

Today was pretty hot. We still have a slight breeze every once in awhile which I'm extremely thankful for but boy is it hot! I'd say we did the most work today. We painted and sealed a couple houses and the men put roofs on the houses that were already up.

At one of the houses a group of women began calling me over. I went over to them and they wanted me to hold their baby. He couldn't have been more than 6 months old. The woman began telling me something and the only word I could understand was "go". Woody (he's one of the Haitian workers who speaks both English & Creole) came over and asked me if I understood what she was saying. I of course didn't so he told me she was giving me her baby. They wanted me to have him and take him back with me to America. I instantly began crying. I could not hold back the tears. She was giving her child away like it was a gift. The part that got me wasn't that she was giving me her child but knowing why she was doing it. She knew that whatever life I could give him would be better than any life she could. That's what real love is all about. It just broke my heart.

Tonight (while I was in the middle of journaling) a HUGE spider was in the corner of the church on the stage where us girls were sleeping. Lemme tell you it was gross. Needless to say I'm out on the porch NOT sleeping. Randy killed the spider, or so he thought. He was walking around showing everyone the "dead" spider and it all of a sudden jumped out of his hand and started running away! Talk about freaky! haha He luckily got a hold of it and killed it, again! Hopefully I'll be able to get to sleep eventually! I'm exhausted!

Dear Lord, thank you for this day and the blessings you have given us. Please be with me tonight and help me not think about the spiders! Be with us tomorrow and please give us the emotional and physical strength we need to make it through the day. I love you so much. Help me draw closer to you! Amen.

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  1. OMGosh Steph! I have loved reading your journal. I keep crying! It touches my heart so much. Okay the spider situation....forget about it! I don't think I'd have enough big girl britches! I love you and am so thankful that God is using your sweet loving caring heart to help in this way.
    xxx xxx xxx
    Aunt Christie

  2. Stephanie.. the tears will not stay out of my eyes... the girl w/ the baby.. oh my .. breaks my heart...please help them Lord.