Summer 2016.

Summer 2016 was my 4th summer in Haiti & it was filled with moments I’ll cherish forever.

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Gig ’em, Ags. 👍🏽 Great day at the Olympic Training Center with the Texas A&M Aggies! 5.14.16

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well okay, that view will do. 5.16.16

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Sometimes, the best thing is a sunset & a sugary soda. 5.20.16

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Orientation with new friendly faces! 5.22.165-22-16

Onward, friends. 5.29.16

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breathtakingly beautiful: both the sky & the promise. 6.2.16

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AYITI 🇭🇹 adventuring through the streets of Port Au Prince. 6.3.16

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I donut (<–😂) know how to make donuts for #nationaldonutday so instead, pretzels. #lifeinhaiti 6.3.16

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my Friday night:
🎨 watercolors
🎧 Bethel Music
🙌🏽 truth the Lord has been teaching me ever so slowly but surely. 6.4.16

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I personally think every country should have pretty plants for sale on the side of the road – it certainly makes traffic more beautiful. 6.5.16

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Sidewalk games on the walk up from the office. 6.6.16

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The best airport crew around. 6.8.16

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A+, Lord. 6.10.16

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Patio lights reflecting in rain puddles on the front porch. Oftentimes, the simplest things are the prettiest. 6.10.16

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S U N D A Y || C E L E B R A T I O N. 6.12.16

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My home church – @gfcfamily– in Haiti & I’m clearly ecstatic!! 6.16.16

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman! 6.17.16

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Rachel Durban: baby whisperer. 6.17.16

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I loved spending time with the GFC team that served in Haiti for a week. Home churches are the best. Beach days are nice too. 6.21.16

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Praise the Lord for sweet roommates who bring home pineapples! Caribbean living at its finest. 6.22.16

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From Haiti 2012 to Haiti 2016! Goodness I love these friends! 6.23.16

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The cutest dinner date. 6.25.16

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4 years of friendship with Tiff consisting of floor-length skirts & covered shoulders. Haiti friendships are gold (& you always share bad tan lines!). 6.26.16

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bffs. 6.28.166-28-16

h a n g i n. 7.1.16

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Tap-tap that. Love these friends, a weekend off, & their willingness to indulge in the silliest of photos. 7.2.16

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Watching a breathtaking sunset while my toes are in the ocean is like medicine to my soul. 7.2.16

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Love these friends. 7.2.16

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Salt in my hair & sand between my toes make for a great weekend. 7.3.16

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The 4th of July was full of fireworks, the most hilarious lip sync battle, a freaking hilarious dance party, fresh cut French fries & grilled burgers, & so much laughter with my Haiti family. The 4th of July party in Haiti has easily become one of my favorite traditions. So very thankful for freedom! 7.4.16

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Going to sleep tonight really grateful for the thoughtful, kind, intentional, selfless, & FUN group of family & friends the Lord has graciously given me from all over the world. I’m excited & expectant for year 25 & have loved celebrating today with my Haiti family! Thank you all for the birthday wishes & kind words! 7.6.16

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Love this little guy & some snuggles. 7.7.167-6-16-b

Just some mid-twenties friends twinning from head to toe. 👯 love this friend dearly! 7.7.16

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Jesus – be near. 7.8.16

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I sure love these people. Our Haiti family celebrating Katie & the gift she’s been to this place & this family. Katie, you will be deeply missed here! Friendship is a sweet, sweet gift. 7.15.16

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7.16.16 While there are many photos I could post with Katie, I choose this one because it makes me laugh through the tearful “bye for now” that happened at 5am. Katie, you’re a joy & I am forever grateful for your friendship & living this Haiti life together for many years. Keep shining bright, beautiful friend! Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for you next.

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“Mom, cancel my 3 o’clock appointment & pencil in a nap.” – 👶🏼💭 7.21.16

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Port Au Prince grocery errands are way more fun with these friends & the new Need to Breathe album. #belekippart2 7.22.16

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1. I’m labeling myself an honorary Donnelly sister, so there’s that.
2. I love that these 2 are in Haiti & that we got stuck in Leveque in the middle of a pouring rainstorm & that we laughed our way through it all. 7.24.16

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🐐👶🏼🐐. When there are 1-day-old baby goats on campus, you catch them & go take a picture with baby J. 7.26.16

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💪🏼 thankful for early morning workouts & the people who join them each week. Sometimes it’s a small group, other times it’s a large group – every time it’s worth it. 8.3.16

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👶🏾👶🏼 What a fun afternoon seeing these ti-best zanmis meet! And also, Amanda – you’re the most beautiful & radiant mama! 8.7.16

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#notallbabiesarescary – I mean, lots still are but J isn’t. 😉 8.9.16

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I’m continually reminded that God is in the business of redemption. And what a gift that he calls us into that work with him! This was is a day in Minoterie I’ll never forget. 8.10.16

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bffs in Leveque (the next 3 photos). 8.12.16

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🍌 plantain lessons. after 3 years of #lifeinhaiti, I have finally learned the art of plantain making. 🙌🏽 8.14.16

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some of the coolest people. loved 3 months with this intern class & all the memories. 8.18.16

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checkers & coffee: my kind of Thursday morning. ☕️ 8.19.16

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Friday afternoon bath time. 8.19.16

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Matthew is onto something genius: one shoe to match the shirt, one shoe to match the shorts. 👌🏽 8.21.16

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What a summer!

Update: Spring 2016.

Below are some highlights & favorite moments from this Spring. I’m deeply grateful for this life, this country, these people, & these memories.

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What better way to celebrate the MOH 2016 spring intern class than hiking through the mountains & soaking in this beautiful place? When you’re hiking up the mountains & they say it’s time for a mango pit-stop, YOU SAY YES.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.22.39 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.22.48 PM

A favorite little coffee spot in my home that is filled with gifts from thoughtful friends who know my love for coffee & tea.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.23.35 PM

April 21, 2016. 6 years, 3 months & 9 days after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti & created massive devastation for many all across the country, 615 houses are now complete to help alleviate one of the many problems caused by that earthquake. That’s 615 families whose lives have been transformed by having a place to live, a place to send their kids to school, & most importantly, a church on top of the hill for people to praise God for what he is doing in Haiti.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 5.10.19 PM

A (very real) day in my life. I can not be trusted to hold anything in the mornings.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.23.59 PM

Bird’s nest outside my door.
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Flying back to my Haiti home.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.24.35 PM

Truth, shadows, & light.
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Wisdom & jokes from Mr. Marc with the Austin MOH office.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.25.42 PM

“Can you turn up the volume? I love this song!”
Taking Texas by storm with some of my favorite Haitian friends.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.25.50 PM

Girl’s weekend 2016. “Do you guys have any training? Like are y’all professional paddle-boarders?” – random guy in Austin. We totally looked like pros y’all.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.26.26 PM

Jungle babes.
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Friday morning strolling downtown ATX with Jess & Stanley.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.26.51 PM

Meeting Josiah (Matt & Amanda’s little one) for the first time! Days of snuggles in Florida were so so sweet.
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He has risen, as He said. || Matthew 28. Oh, the promises fulfilled in those words & the implications of that empty tomb! Rejoice, friends!
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Easter Sunday: A mighty fine afternoon in leveque sitting on my fav porch with my fav peeps. See what I did there? #easter 🐥 Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.27.44 PM

J O Y. What a gift to show these little athletes at the olympic training center how strong & beautiful they are.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.28.44 PM

I didn’t get their memo.
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Dinner with a view.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.29.54 PM

goats all over the place AKA my front yard.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.30.42 PM

When our boss comes to the morning workout!Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.30.59 PM

I’m not normally down by the school in the mornings, but one morning I was & I loved watching all these littles in their red uniforms file into school.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.31.20 PM

Day off Port Au Prince adventures with our new friend & driver Junior. He liked listening to Ben Rector & when a song came on talking about a beautiful girl, he turned to me & said, “you?” 😂👏🏻  Good day with good (charming) friends.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.31.39 PM

And you think your carpool is rough.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.32.10 PM

Fresh Florida strawberries hand delivered by the lovely Sarah Hall! What a gift!Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.32.28 PM

Beach photoshoot for Three Cords 2016 Spring lineScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.33.03 PM

Beautiful friends, boat rides to the island, snorkeling, & lots of laughter!Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.33.41 PM

That time we took a boat to La Gonave & snorkeled.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.34.08 PM

Front porch sittin’ is a favorite of mine in any country.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.35.12 PM

Camp Gladiator: Haiti style! It’s grown a little over the past few months. I sure do love these people, these early morning workouts, & watching the sunrise over the mountains each day. What a life!Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.35.30 PM

Soudline just had to get a shot of Matthew & I planking.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.35.54 PM

Sunday strollin’ in Leveque.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.37.01 PM

Love these friends! Jean Marc learned how to play Adele’s “Hello”, so naturally we sang along & were entertained for a while. It’s a joy to work with this team!Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 4.37.47 PM

 

 

Christmas in the USA (part 2).

I sure do love the people God has placed all around me. From family to friends, to all the in-between…you guys add so much laughter to life & I’m thankful for each & every one of you.

These women in the below few photos? They’re my homegroup girls: my best friends from college & our fearless leader, Kim. As soon as I landed in the states, we all went to dinner at Kim’s. We love this woman & the wisdom she’s shared with us over the past 5 years. Also, Caroline is clutch for bringing her selfie stick.

Breakfast with my dad – it’s a tradition & it’s a favorite.

Loved being in town for Grace Fellowship’s Christmas service!

The day I wore this outfit I’m pretty sure the people at the Apple store put “grey shirt crazy pants” as the note on my appointment.

Friends that wear plaid together stick together.My beautiful mom treated me to a spa day on Christmas Eve – so relaxing!Torchy’s Tacos. Need I say more?
I spent Christmas Eve with this fun Burnett crew, my mom, & Wes. Lisa made Javanese dinner (one of my favorites) & we prayed, sang, & laughed quite a bit.
I’ve loved these girls for over a decade. Time is flying!Javanese dinner. ❤
Christmas morning outside at my mom’s house (basically in the middle of the woods)! It’s quite beautiful out there. We went & watched Star Wars on Christmas Day (Happy Birthday Jesus!) with all of the family & facetimed Ryan & Jessie in Greece while we were waiting to go into the theater. It was great getting to see their faces for a second & share with all of the family. Also, isn’t my Grampy adorable in his Texas A&M hat?
I know I mentioned it in my last post, but Christmas lights are simply lovely. This house had tons of hanging snowflakes!On Christmas night, Alanna & I lost 3 games of marbles in a row…but hey, in Steve Harvey’s book – we’re Champions. 😉 Too soon?

Life may be crazy sometimes & it might not always look like I would have planned, but I’m unbelievably grateful for the journey & the Lord’s faithfulness in every step.

Merry Christmas friends. May your hearts & minds be focused on Christ & the joy of His coming!

Christmas in the USA (part 1).

My new Christmas tradition that I decided to start this year? Christmas pizzas. 

  
    
After Christmas pizza, the best thing to do is drive around town with some of your favorite people & find Christmas lights. Today was a day filled with reminders that relationships are to be cherished, no matter the distance. I’ve known these 2 girls for over a decade, & I’ve had the privilege to walk through many stages of life with them. The past few years have looked different since I’m not in the States, but the times we do get to spend together are cherished. Today was a sweet day to add to those cherished memories! We can also add some pretty great dance moves to those memories. When the 3 of us get together, it gets hilarious. 

Cheers to making memories, friends. Merry Christmas! 

   

Haiti Christmas Party 2015

I believe the Mobilization team Christmas party is one of the greatest events in Haiti!

From laughter, cake, games, recreating iPhone emojis, gifts, & sparkling juice – I sure do love this team!

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EB & I: 👯

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I’m looking forward to some time in the States this Christmas, but I sure do love this team & the chance to celebrate Christmas with them.

T H A N K S G I V I N G.

Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays. I LOVE Christmas, but I find that Thanksgiving is the necessary “reset” in my heart & mind to truly prepare me for Christmas.

The heart of being thankful is something I desire to define my life 12 months out of the year. However, in all honesty, I’m thankful for the cultural reminders & the “reset.”

This year, Thanksgiving day started with a worship service down at the Church of Hope with over 1,000 people! The church was FILLED with MOH employees, school children, & North American team members. What a perfect start to the day!

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Each year, we celebrate Thanksgiving “traditionally” as a staff family! I’m talking the whole spread: a turkey, all the delicious sides, & dessert. It’s always a favorite evening of mine! Full table, loads of laughter, & delicious food.

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Love these people, this place, & this holiday!

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