Sunday, January 17, 2010
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home and the swallow a place for herself, where she may have her young- a place near Your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King, and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ver praising You. Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autunm rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Hear my prayer, o Lord God Almighty; listen to me O God of jacob. Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on Your anointed one. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Foor the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You. Psalm 84 Amen
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Bijou Christmas 2009
What Bijou does when we are gone (or when she thinks we're gone)
There are a significant enough number of our "blog-followers" to justify this post!
Bijou returned with us to her hometown for Christmas. It was quite an adventure - one I don't think she cares to repeat. She was depressed most of the time, unless we were out walking, and it was too cold to do that too many times a day! We did get in at least one good walk a day.
And then, all the attention that was given to the new baby! Well, that just added to the depression! Bijou was so happy to get back home! She ran all over the yard, getting reaquainted with all the rocks, toys, holes, sand pile, etc. She wants to stay home when we go back in February for the coming of the second grandbaby.
At about 1:00 AM on New Year's Day, my phone rang. It was Sonia and all the kids at the orphanage calling to sing Happy Birthday and say Happy New Year! What a way to start a new year! New Year's Day is a huge holiday here in Haiti, as it is not only the start of a new year, but also the Haitian Independence Day, so even the youngest of the young stay up to usher the day in.
A day or two later I stopped in to visit at the orphanage. They presented me with a birthday gift! It is a handpainted, special made giant mug with a lid. They also enclosed a packet of chocolate drink mix with it. Gotta love it!
Around the middle of December, Mezo and his family moved into their new house (see earlier post)! We were in the States for the birth of our first grandchild (Jayda Nicole), so we missed the move into the new home. When we called from Charlotte to ask Mezo how things were going, we were so surprised to hear that they had already moved in! This house was built in a short span of time.
We got back to Haiti on December 28 and Steve came for a quick trip to do some planning on the school building. While he was here we went to see the house. Mezo says that people who walk by and see the new house all comment about his beautiful new house! The family is so grateful and so happy to be in their new home! Everyone is praising God, to whom all glory and honor is due.