Haiti will be here in 4 days and as I get final preparations ready for me to be gone (ie my husband needs a playbook) I can’t help but reflect of the extreme generosity of so many people who are helping me on my way.  Like I’ve said in some prior posts, it has been a long time since I have put a call out there to ask people for help.  And the response has blown me away.  From people who know me on a daily basis to people I have not seen in many years, so many have given gifts from   that have touched me so deeply.  I’ve been able to cover the cost of all the expenses that I have for this trip, I’ve been able to cover the costs of getting Angela our child through Compassion that we sponsor to come and see me, I’ve been able to cover a 50lb bag filled full of stuff for Angela, her family, the missionaries we are are staying with, and I’m also alble to take every extra penny given down in cash with me so that we can purchase food and distribute it while we are there.  So I am ready and now just anticipate getting there.  I felt I needed to do a shout out to the journey of this trip… so here it goes……

To my dad and mom who 15 years ago first encouraged me to visit Haiti.  That trip changed my life and how I viewed my role in this world.  Thanks for always believing in me and challenging me to look beyond myself.

To the Wayfarer Wives… Thanks for allowing me an open table in our journey of To be Told.  This trip was prompted out of our time together.  Thanks for loving me, challenging me, walking life with me.  Thanks for the safe place to trust again in friendships.

To my husband who supports my individual dreams and desires.  Thanks for encouraging me to make this trip and for being my biggest fan.

To my in laws.  Debbie thanks for coming to watch the girls for me and for taking time away from work.  Dad.. thanks for letting Debbie come and for surviving with Kayleigh.

To Emma my ebay partner and dear 5 year old daughter.  It was much fun taking many trips to gaffney and selling our items so that we could then go out together and buy medical supplies for my trip. I love you.  I love that you are excited for me to go see Angela too.

To Izzie who has no clue that I am about to leave her for 8 days.  Remember I love you and try not to be too cold shoulder to me when I return.  Know that it is terribly hard to leave you behind.  I don’t think there is ever a good time to go and do these things when my children are at home.  but I hope you always know how much you are a part of this journey. 

To Wayfarer who encourages these types of things.  Although I’m trying to remember if I ever asked for the time off?  I  love working for a place that wants to help me pursue my “win” in life. Thanks for letting me take time away.

To Lori and Licia and the Livesay family in Haiti.  Not sure if you know this or not but reading about your lives in Haiti over the past year really awakened my heart again for the country you so dearly love and serve.  Thank you for all you do.  I can’t wait to meet you.

To the Ivey family… Aaron and Jamie…. Thanks for making space for me on this trip.  Thanks for being the best bloggers I know.  Keeping up with your journey and your walk through your own passions for Haiti and your process in adopting Amos and Story has boldy challenged me, inspired me, humbled me and blessed me. 

To the team of people I get to meet this Thursday… I’ve waited for such a long time for this week to come.  Some of you I feel like I know and others I know I will soon get to know.  I can’t wait to serve with you this coming week.  I hope our lives will be forever connected from our experience together.

To the people who mailed or contributed money on line for me for this trip.  Who send me clothes to take with me.  You know who you are.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It is because of you that it’s possible for me to make this journey.  Thank you for giving me the freedom to ask and thank you for responding how you felt called to.  You are as much a part of journey as I am.  Thank you for giving and for having impact on the people I will pass by.

And to Haiti.  My first time I visited… It was about me.  And this time it’s about you.  I can’t wait to see your beauty, hear the roosters, taste the dust, smile on the people I get to pass by.  Thanks for never leaving my heart and for calling me back to serve.

So how do you say thank you?  You try, you think you can’t and wonder if you can.  I hope that one day I’ll be able to return the favor.  Because in the end the best gift you can receive is to cherish it and then learn a way to give back the blessing.