Last night (received from Dr. Lawson on 10/31/14 at 5:17 AM)

Bon matin!  Last night we had a nice visit from Dr Francise, Thalene and Thamar.  They walked about forty minutes to our compound.  I had to explain to our rifle carrying Gait guard that we were expecting company so they would be let in.  We had a nice reunion and Thamar will try at another time to get a visa to come to US.  She is at Notre Dame, the Catholic Med School and will do some of her clinical a at the rebuilt St. Francis de Sales which will reopen in Jan 2015.  It has been completely rebuilt by Catholic Health Association because it was destroyed after the earthquake.  We were worried about the three women walking home in the dark but Berline our hostess offered to drive them so I went with her so she didn’t return alone . No street lights in Haiti but the roads are much more quiet at night. As soon as we got back I got a call from Tharlene making sure we were home. Today we will go to Arcahaie and visit the park and here about Dessaline and then go to work.  We may go to shop in Titanyen and to museum in PAP if it is peaceful down there this afternoon.  Have a great day.  These two weeks have passed in a blink of the eye. See you all soon! Ellen

Another stormy night (Received from Dr. Lawson on 10/30/14 at 6:04 AM)

Had a pleasant evening on the roof with the team last evening.  I am reading a book about the serenity prayer: Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.  This prayer has taken on new meaning for me in Haiti…when medications so needed are taken from us, other times we are able to help so many sick children with the medicine from the other seven cases.  There is always another way to get things done and when we have less to work with God helps us more, gives us what we need.  Our last bread got moldy so the goats shall eat today.  We have granola bars for lunch.  Last night I fell asleep as soon as I hit the bed.  A violent storm came so quickly I was soaked before I knew it.  My pj’s were wet, my sheets and mattress were wet.  I jumped up and moved my bed to middle of room.  Since both I and the bed were both wet I just got back in …wet.  70 and wet and a fan makes you cold so hot coffee is good this morning. Vlad was in PAP yesterday trying to get a plane ticket to go to US week after we return. We haven’t seen him since Sunday but we are able to get the patients seen and allow him to get things done that he needs to before he leaves.  Today we work in Tent City which I call the holy place because it is among the poorest of the poor. After four years their church has a tin roof with no steps and no benches or seats. God is in this place and with these people and I am glad to be with them. Beni swa l’Eternel!  Ellen

Wednesday (Received from Dr. Lawson on 10/29/14 at 6:36 AM)

Bon matin!  We had quite a storm last night:  lots of thunder and lightning and rain. The front rooms of our compound flood in the rain so we had a lot of puddles and wet towels.  I threw a towel over my phone last night.  The temp dropped from 97 to 70 in minutes. I actually turned the fan off and slept under a sheet.  I wonder what the road up the mountain will look like today.  Last Oct it was good; last week it was terribly rutted.  Need to ready clothes for kids to take with us this morning.  Have a great day!  Ellen

Rain at last (Received from Dr. Lawson on 10/28/14 at 7:25 PM)

After eight days in the nineties it is finally storming and raining tonight and it feels heavenly.  Tomorrow we make a second visit to Tapyo and this time we will distribute clothing after seeing patients.  Then in the afternoon we will go to Caberet and maybe to the orphanage near the clinic.  Tonight we had pumpkin soup for dinner and home made bread.  I am having too much fun with this team; what a great group. We even had the patients at the clinic laughing. I am learning more and more kreyol. Little Berthone realized I can speak French so ever since he speaks only French to me.  The kids are so sweet.  Good night all!  Ellen