Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Staying home (away from home)
The pictures are of Kerwin helping with the backpacks, the pump where we get the wash water, the cage on the back of the truck, Mike with some of the kids, and Kerwin playing in the rocks.
Not much news from today. We spent the day here at the village. It was hot in the morning, cooled off in the afternoon and rained like a monsoon this evening. The whole lane is flooded. Yesterday I hired one of the ladies here in the village to do our laundry. This morning, I just had a few things I wanted done so I thought I'd do it myself. I got a big wash basin, my laundry soap and went to the pump. I filled up the basin put in my clothes and soap and started washing. Well, apparently I was not doing a good enough job because the ladies that were sitting near by had to come over and show me how it was done. Eventually, a group of three of them ended up doing it all for me. And man, do they ever scrub those clothes. They used up almost all of my soap, plus used their own and they scour each garment for several minutes. So, I got an education in hand washing today.
Kerwin played outside at the playgroud in the afternoon. We tried to keep him inside this morning as it was so hot. He has learned how to play "Crazy Eights" and we taught some of the other kids to play with us. Also, there has been a young man who has been here at the village helping take care of the children. He is a friend of LaWanna, one of the Americans who is staying here taking care of the babies. His name is Evens and he is also deaf. He loves Kerwin and he plays and talks with him alot. He is a nice kid. He was going to the deaf school here in Port-au-Prince but they tell me it has closed. So now is he is bored. He comes here to help with the babies and do whatever else they ask him to do. Sometimes they pay him a little if he does some manual labor. And he has also got free meals,clothes,and eyeglasses out of the deal. He is helpful with the kids and nice to be around.
We are hoping to take a little road trip tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the prayers. We had a very happy and peaceful day today.