Monday, January 30, 2012

4 months in a list

We have been in Haiti for about 4 months now.  The first three months we unbelievably challenging.  But, it seems as if in this last month we have found our groove.  Today, I was reflecting on some of the things we've learned so far:

- With enough of an arch in your back, you can wash your hair while keeping most of your body out of the stinging cold water.
- Children are excellent teachers of language.
- Challenges become much easier when you stop struggling against them and instead try moving with them.
- If it looks like stewed brain, it probably is stewed brain.
- You can eat just about anything if you think its chicken.
- Assuming is much different than knowing.
- It is sometimes the things that you don't remember saying or doing that have the biggest impact on another person.
- I am stronger than I thought I was.
- My children are stronger than I thought they were.
- My husband is every bit as strong as I have always believed him to be.
- A reasonably effective bath can be had with a bucket and about 20 oz of water.
- Never, ever discount the simple joy of ice cream.
- Kids are kids.  They all want comfort in their pain, and really enjoy when adults act silly with them.
- A single person cannot represent and entire culture.
- Communication is vital to mission, but can be as simple as a smile.
- A pleasant greeting is the best bridge over the language barrier.
- A spider is only as creepy as you let it be.
- God never fails to provide exactly what you need.  Sometimes I need to be shaken up.
- Make a plan.  Expect it to change several times.
- Patience can be increased by frequent use.
- Life lived outside brings all sorts of adventure.
- It is hard to hold onto negative feelings when you are clapping a crazy beat and singing "This is the day the Lord has made" with 50 kids.
- There is so much I still have, and want, to learn.