Since my last entry (back in July!!) led me back home for the summer I’ll start there…

I spent the summer at my parent’s house (Crescent Beach, BC, Canada) and was there from July 15th – October 1st. It was a longer stay than normal but there was a good reason … parents must hate hearing that their kid is coming to stay with them & there is an agenda :) I spent the summer working at the Wired Monk coffee shop and doing other odd jobs to earn enough money to put a roof on a house in Haiti so Renel & I could get married in October. For those of you who just dropped your coffee mug (sorry, no more secrets, I promise!) here’s a quick summary to catch you up …
Renel & I met during my first year at H2H and starting dating quickly after that. He is originally from Bouva and grew up under Pastor Luc’s care at H2H. He has long since moved out and is making his living as a welder, but also does some electrical work & fixes small engines. We were officially engaged in March 2009 (while my parents were here visiting) and have been working hard on finishing the house that Renel had started several years before.
My parents came with me when I returned to Haiti in October. We had 2 intense weeks working on the house… only to be interrupted by another bout of typhoid fever, but MUCH less severe this time… and their trip ended with our wedding on October 18th. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but I will say that it was a great day… even after sitting in my wedding dress for over an hour waiting for the photographer to show up!

Assembling the cake the night before…

Waiting for the photographer to show up…

The 3rd attempt at getting a picture of the kiss… thanks to my dad…

Us with Renel’s parents…

Returning to the house that night…

The wedding guests setting up the bed…

The next morning… taking advantage of my dad’s last day…

We went to a hotel in Jacmel (southern Haiti) for a few days after the wedding and have been living in our new house ever since. We’re not quite unpacked & we still have a few jobs to do around the house (like figure out why there is an electrical current running through our shower!!) but it already feels like home and we are very happy :)

The hotel in Jacmel…



The rest of October has been busy as a team was here from Alberta, and just left this week. We also poured the cement roof on the 2nd floor of the school and are getting ready for another team to arrive on Saturday. If this doesn’t seem busy enough… we have 9 new kids at H2H!!

While I am now living “off campus” my role with H2H will not change… except for my sleeping quarters, which isn’t all that different as our house backs on the H2H compound. I thought I’d miss sitting around the yard at night with the kids but I hear their conversations better now through my bedroom window than I did staying at the Guest House within the compound :)