I've spent the past couple of weeks on a complete high. Going from Christmas party to lunch date to movie night to sleepover to celebration dinner to... You get the picture. My schedule has been jam-packed full of wonderful family times and memorable and crazy times with friends. I know it probably sounds crazy but when I got back to Canada it kind of felt like I never left. Everything just clicked back to Canada mode in my mind, and so thankfully I was able to make the most of these precious days of being with the ones I love.
It was also so awesome to catch up with so many of my prayer partners and express my thankfulness. I kind of wish it would have never ended.
Even the snow was fun!
Yes, I will say it again. It has been the best Christmas ever.
But it's over now and life has to move on. I have to go back to reality.
This reality brings mixed feelings. I was confident that it wouldn't be hard for me to return to Haiti when I left in December. Haiti is finding a special place in my heart and I was sad to leave, so I thought I'd be able to come back quite easily.
However over the past few weeks I've been reminded of all of the things about my Canadian home that I don't have in Haiti : comfort like clean water (hot or cold) straight from the tap and no bugs or critters pestering me, but most of all, a congregation of friends and supporters encouraging and loving me beyond what I could ask for. I am really going to miss all of you and I am trusting the Lord to provide for me in these lacking areas in creative ways, just like He has been doing in the previous months. It's easy for me to get discouraged when I am not encouraged in Haiti like I am so blessed by the support at home, but it prompts me to remember who I am doing this service for. I'm doing it for the Lord, not for anyone else, and so my reward will come from Him someday. I am thankful for the joy of serving Him in Haiti and the blessings I've already been rewarded with in this new place. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers in the coming weeks.