My trip kind of feels like that old movie, “If it’s Tuesday,this must be Belgium!”. It is about someone on one of those tours where you see Europe in 14 days!
That is what my trip kind of feels like. I have no idea of the day of the week or the date on the calendar now. My eyes are starting to get dark circles under them too! Now don’t get me wrong, I am having a great time. It is fun to meet new people and see old friends who have visited Haiti or adopted children from Haiti! I’m just tired. Flying is never easy for me. I don’t like it very much. So I always get stressed whenever that plane takes off, is in the air, and then landing! Yep, I pretty much have to pray the whole time to keep that airplane in the air!
Sunday’s church visit in Edmonton at St. Paul’s Anglican Church was great. The service was very nice and everyone was so friendly! From 12:30 to 2:30 was a lunch and then I shared about Haiti. Three GLA children were there and had grown so big since I last saw them. Jazmyn (sorry if I didn’t spell that right!) was adopted by her parents in 2000 and was just a tiny baby when she went home. She is now 11 years old and is so much bigger than when I last saw her in 2008! Regula who used to be an associate pastor at this church, had brought a couple of teams to GLA to volunteer and she also adopted twin boys from GLA.
We went directly from the church to the airport in Edmonton. Glenn Thamer was my “chauffeur” while I was there and he took good care of me. He even drove me around after 10 PM one night trying to find a fast food restaurant that was open and everything was closed in a city the size of Edmonton! Neither of us could believe it! Finally, we went to a Tim Horton restaurant and get a sandwich for me to take back to my hotel. Tim Horton coffee shops are open 24hours a day.
The flight to Winnipeg, Manitoba was great. The pilot said we might have turbulence but thankfully we had none. I arrived in Manitoba to rain mixed with snow. Melissa Friesen’s , our adoption coordinator in Haiti, parents met me at the airport. Emily and Lauren has been to Haiti and will be returning in March of 2012. It was nice to see a familiar face waiting for me. We drove the 1 1/2 hours back to their home town of Steinbach. I was so glad to get there and take off my shoes. I bought some new shoes for this trip and I will probably be giving them to my daughter, Kate, after my trip is done or just leaving them in Colorado for those occasions where I have to wear “real” shoes! I tell you truly, I have become a “flip flop” type of person!
The next morning, I woke up to SNOW covering the ground! For all of those people that made fun of me in my hat, mittens, and scarf, I just want you to know that they came in handy during my stay here in Manitoba! I did have to rethink the stocking cap after I took it off for the first time and the static electricity in my hair made it stand out all over my head! Sometimes fashion does mean more than comfort!
Monday noon, I was interviewed by the local radio station and then last night, I spoke before a crowd of 150 to 175 people at Ridgewood Evangelical Mennonite Church. This is Melissa’s home church. We have had a lot of volunteers and support from this church. it was so nice seeing people that I knew and there were lots of people interested in adoption and wanted to talk to me about the adoption situation in Haiti. I had a great time and I was so “off” my diet last night. Melissa’s mother made the BEST in the WHOLE WORLD, Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting, that I could not just have one piece! My pants still fit but won’t if I eat too many sweets like that!
The tables were decorated with the most unique decorations. They had taken sticks and painted them white and then found teeny tiny clothes pins and pinned pictures from GLA on the sticks. I thought they were wonderful!
Today, was a nice quiet day for me. Emily took me out for lunch to a nice Christmas shop/restaurant and we had soup. it has taken me all day to write this blog. Since I got online this morning, people from GLA in Haiti and the USA office have wanted to talk to me. I leave tomorrow afternoon to travel to Winnipeg, where I will be sharing about GLA with Grant Memorial Baptist Church at 7 PM. I will also be meeting with someone from CAFAC, an international adoption agency located in Manitoba. I used to work with them years ago but haven’t done adoptions with them for quite some time. Will be nice to renew our relationship with the agency.
Then early Thursday morning, I am off to Ontario! I have never been through Toronto before, so will be great to see another new city.
Posted on Tue, November 8, 2011