Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beate and Vivienne Here

Would you believe that we have totally lost track of time? We keep saying “what day is this?” But we don’t really want to know what day it is because that would mean knowing that we could be half way through our trip. Which means that we will have to leave soon…which means…sigh….okay, enough of that! I guess what I’m trying to express is how much Vivienne and I are totally enjoying our stay. Don’t get me wrong…it’s been hard work too (at least for some of us!!!! Hmmmpff)
One Sleeps
And One Works
Mind you Vivienne is getting up extra early each morning to work on Karen. She happens to be an Osteopathic  Therapist and is treating Karen each morning at 6:30 while I’m still up in the tent having my beauty sleep.  She treats Ti Luc at bedtime, and it only takes him 20 seconds before he is sound asleep.
Beate, perhaps Vivianne could be left behind
Osteopathic therapy for Ti Luc
But mostly it has been such a treat to hang out with the kids. We are constantly reminded of the blessings we all have and take for granted. You should have seen the joy on the kids’ faces when they received a wee bag of Cheesies as a treat, or the glow sticks that Anthony (Vivienne’s hubby) insisted she bring….Good job Anthony, the kids were ecstatic.
Treats - Fun time with Vivianne and cheesies
We had a lovely day staying at home. Karen gave us a tour of the school and the new church/meeting hall. It is amazing, and a big BRAVO & MERCI to the Brentview Baptist Church in Calgary who paid for half of that construction.  What a great and generous gift you gave HATS.
Checking out school and church construction
Checking out our nice big church building
Beate, a board member, pleased to see our library room for text books and supplies
It gets very hot in the afternoons, and today I spent a bit of time with Ti Luc teaching him how to use PowerPoint…yes…I said PowerPoint! He created backgrounds, inserted clip art, and composed in English his version of “1, 2, Buckle My Shoe.”  We even figured out how to use the voice over and added sound to his story…Ti Luc read the whole story in English and I recorded it for each page. This little boy is amazing to say the least. He is totally tri-lingual (Creole, French and English). Maybe I can teach him some German too? He manages his special key board and mouse pad using his toes only. I CAN'T believe what a smart guy he is.
Ti Luc doing a new book with Beate - with sound even this year
Just before dinner, we joined the kids at the school for a game of “Haitian football,” (soccer) but that didn’t last long as we were easily distracted by the almonds…I have never seen a real almond tree, and almond in the raw. It took a lot of pounding to finally get one open (think of a mini coconut). All that work for just a wee crumb….
Kids giving lessons to B & V on how to open almonds just taken from our tree
After dinner, Ti Luc practised his printing...this time he tried to teach Beate to use "his" technology...not so good on my part.
Ti Luc has had a lor more time writing with toes than Beate
Okay, one last thought for today. You know, when I take my school kids to a winter camp, we disallow any form of technology, so that the kids can actually enjoy nature and socialize…hmmmmmm…what do you think? Should I try to enforce that rule for these two kids????
The 'techies'
Okay, we are signing off now…Vivienne is a horrible typer so she handed over this job to me, but is hanging over my shoulder supervising.  She says hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…….
Beate and Vivienne


Dickie MacDonald said...

Thanks for the update. It is nice to see Haiti and HATS through other eyes.

Sandra said...

So good to get your blog again. I look forward to it. I am pleased that Vivienne can "work on" both Karen and Ti Luc. What a blessing for them...mind you one needs more "working on" than the other!!!! I won't tell what day it is, just enjoy each day to the full. Thank you for all that you are doing.

Anonymous said...

looks like you guys are having a great time!!!
- Kathleen

Keith said...

I think you should disallow any form of technology for those two....
Were they texting each other?
And K keeps saying it is all about the kids.............
Looks like you are having fun. Enjoy. Wish I was there.

Katherine Cornacchia said...

Hey ladies! You are all doing such a great job helping around the orphanage. You are all so inspiring and I can't wait to join you in the near future. Be safe and see you soon! xox Katie & Brock

Katherine Cornacchia said...

Hey ladies! You are all doing such an amazing job helping at the orphanage. You are all very inspiring and I can't wait to join you in the near future. Be safe and see you soon xox Katie & Brock

Anonymous said...

It's me, Beate. I want to test this out since I seem never to be able to comment...TEST