Picking berries was on our Summer Bucket-O-Fun List, so on a rare and treasured "free" day we all headed out to Blacksburg to visit 3 Birds Berry Farm and made a family day out of it...

We last left off on our walk...

We kept walking and walking...and it truly was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. A little excerpt from my journal later that evening:

"We traveled out to Mirabelais with Pastor Anuel...and it was beautiful and lush and green. We walked the village road through the community afterwards and I met another Momma to three with a brand new 1 month old little girl. Her home was small but clean and graced with little touches that revealed pride of ownership - and a yard that was shaded by a kanip tree. It was a lovely little spot where I was just a mom talking to another mom."

We stopped in the shade of a large avacado tree and listened as Pastor A shared his heart and vision for his community...

A few more pictures from our time there...

And finally, we headed home...
On our way home we had a brake caliper lock up.
But, you know, it's not really an authentic trip to Haiti until you've had a breakdown and been stranded on the side of the road.

More pics of our trip to come...

Jeremiah and I just returned from Haiti, again. 

This trip I made it a point to document a day that we traveled outside the city. Any day that you can get outside the noise and dust bowl known as Port-au-Prince is a good day in Haiti.

We traveled for a couple hours until we turned onto a side dirt road and followed it for a few more minutes. We finally pulled into the church "parking lot". We've been friends and partners with Pastor Anuel for years now and love his heart and vision for his community. This is his recent church plant building.

We were greeted by curious stares.

We didn't waste any time, as there was already a large crowd gathered inside, waiting for us, hungry for teaching and instruction and encouragement.

Pardon my mush for a moment: but I grew in my love and respect for my Jeremiah this trip. He's my favorite.

I made friends with a young Momma that morning and loved my time holding her sweet 1 month old little girl. 

Okay, maybe I loved my time with all the kiddo's.  I was trying to get this one to tell me her age =)

We had over 120 kids in attendance that morning.

Praying after our kids Bible study and before our meal together.

After our meal, we took the kiddo's outside to teach them the ultimate game of Death-ball. 
They caught on super fast. And we're amazingly competitive. Good thing we decided to play with beach balls and not volleyballs as there would have been some broken noses.

After our teaching and kids camp time had ended, Pastor Anuel insisted on a walk through the community.
And so, we set off...

Our team from Thaxton Baptist Church,
our good friend and IMB missionary to Madagascar, Tim Norton,
full time missionary in Haiti, Makayla Price,
Summer intern to Haiti, Taylor Jones.
Pastor Anuel,
and our friends and interpreters, Clark and Daniel.

We walked, and walked, and talked, and talked...and made new friends, prayed over needs, admired gardens, and got a beautiful gift of a glimpse into province life in this tiny community.

We stopped to pray and deliver medical supplies to this man with a badly mangled leg from a recent auto accident..and he prayed to receive the ultimate healing that afternoon as he asked to make Jesus the Lord of his life!

Part two, to come...

In a rather last minute (because that's how this control-planner-oriented-who-deep-down-is-more-of-a-free-spirit-than-she'd-ever-admit) decision, we sent the kids off (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and Jeremiah and I are headed to Haiti today.

How's that for a run-on sentence.

Yep, back to what first got us into trouble opened our eyes and hearts to a tiny island - just me and him. We will be leading a team from Thaxton Baptist and have a jam-packed week of ministry planned.

I've charged up and fired up the camera...so stay tuned for pictures upon our return!

Jeremiah is back from Haiti.
Again, just for a few weeks then he heads back down the end of this month.
Then, we head back to Haiti as a family in August and September.

It's a bit crazy, all this coming and going...but I truly wouldn't have it any other way.

The Spirit of the Lord is really moving among the people in Haiti, specifically, among our very own neighborhood at the House of Hope. We have seen many trusting in the Lord, be baptized, and get involved in a local church!

Jeremiah's most recent trip involved work with a small team from a local church from Amhurst, VA. They were able to help with our favorite kids from Have Faith Haiti Mission, converting and making ready a transition house for the older girls. I think they may have fit in a few games of chubby bunny as well. Priorities, people.

While he was there, the House of Hope hosted two other teams...for a grand total of 45 people for the week. This week has a large team from Global Partners at the HOH...the Summer season is definitely in full swing!

Speaking of Summer swing...the kids and I made up our Summer O' Fun bucket list 2016 this past week. I left it entirely up to them and love the list they came up with:

And, of course, we wasted no time getting right to it...

Sno-cone tongues as proof of completion of this bucket list item.

Happy Summer swinging!

Ella's last English assignment of the year was to write a play. She decided to do an adaptation of the Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.

But, she didn't stop with the writing of the play. Instead, she and her favorite partners in creativity, decided the play needed a proper producing...including auditions, costumes, hair and make-up, and props and scenery.

Introducing the cast:

Ellie as "Jackie" the Hare

Eli as Tortoise

Zoe as the Owl's assistant, baby owl

Please don't mistake him for Harry Potter. This is Ezra as the Wise Owl.

And my amazing Ella, playwright and director, with her entire cast of characters.