Hello Sweet Cheer: March 2012

3.21.2012

Where do I even begin?

I just got back from Haiti.

I am sitting at a desk with clean hair, shoes on my feet, an expensive laptop at my fingertips and a full belly. These are things I cannot process just yet. I am struggling to understand how I come home from the incredible trip that we had and continue on with my everyday life. At this point I don't have a lot to say. Over the next few days I'm going to continue to process everything and attempt to figure out what to write here on this blog.

Thank you for everyone who followed this trip, supported me and prayed for me. I am so grateful! God is doing big things in my heart and I'm excited to write about them soon! Thanks for reading :)

Peace & Blessings

Meredith

3.12.2012

WE'RE IN HAITI!!!

WE ARE HERE!

Today I'm blogging over at molehaiti.wordpress.com so go check it out!  I just wanted to post here quickly so y'all would know to read the Haiti blog today and for the rest of the week!

If you have a chance leave comments over on the Haiti blog! Jody (the missionary we are working with) reads them to us everyday! I'd LOVE to hear from you guys!

Peace & blessings

Mere

P.S. I'm not sure when the post will be up from today so if you go over there and it's not up yet just catch up on our week so far and then check back for my guest appearance! :)

3.08.2012

March 8th, you're finally here!

     It's incredible to think about how quickly this day has come.  It's pretty surreal that I'm FINALLY going back to Haiti.  After an entire year of missing, praying for, and loving those Haitian people I get to return!  I'm so so so so excited!  Today we drive to Dallas, stay the night there and fly out of DFW in the morning.  I will have my phone and continue to update on Facebook as I can.  Once we leave the country I won't be able to blog or Facebook until we get to the mission and I'm HOPING I will get to blog one night on the mission blog and link it to my blog here!  Even if I don't, you can keep up with our team via the NWHCM blog.



     Today is nerve wracking, exciting, scary, and an entire slew of other emotions.  I'm ready.  I feel prepared.  Thank you to everyone who reads my silly posts and thank you for your prayers & support!  I cannot explain my appreciation!

Peace & Blessings!

Mere

3.02.2012

Le Môle Saint Nicolas, Nord-Ouest, Haiti

Happy Independence Day my sweet Texas! You've been so good to me all my life!

Prepare to read as I pour my heart out :)



HAITI.  HAITI.  HAITI.

Wow! I cannot believe we leave in just SIX days!  And in just seven days we will be IN HAITI!  I am beyond excited!  

     Going into the trip last year I was excited, nervous, anxious, curious and a SLEW of other emotions.  This year is a little bit different.  At this point I'm just impatient!  I want to be there now!  I'm so ready to reunite with the kids and teenagers that I met last year.  I can't wait to see their precious faces and just love on them.  I have been dreaming, picturing, and imagining what those moments will be like as we drive into town for the past few weeks.  I don't even know how I'll feel!  I'm not sure if it will be nostalgic, emotional, or just downright exciting!



     Now, here's the thing... as excited as I am for this trip, I know it won't be all rainbows and butterflies.  To be honest, when I went last year, I didn't really expect God to move in my life.  That's so silly isn't it?  Anyway, I don't know if my heart was fully prepared for what I was going to experience because I didn't really expect big things to happen.  Boy was I wrong!  I was broken, my eyes were opened and I was changed.  The Lord moved BIG in my life and looking back I am THANKFUL for the work He did that week.  So this year, my heart and mind are in a totally different place.  The Lord has been preparing my heart for what I'll witness and experience in Haiti this Spring Break.

     Something I've been praying and dwelling on lately is James 1:2-4 which says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  I know this trip with come with trials.  I know I'll be stretched and challenged.  But I will consider it pure joy, because I KNOW that my Faith will be strengthened and I will grow closer with Jesus in each step we take together.

     Sometimes I feel like I bore you guys with the gritty details of my life, so I'm sorry.  I write best when I'm passionate about the topic.  And feel free to comment on any of my posts!  I would love to hear from those who keep up with my blog!

STAY TUNED *************

I promise I am planning to do a review of the book "Completely His" by Shannon Ethridge!  I just finished it yesterday so I'll be working on that and posting it soon!



ALSO!  (Double the good news today!)

I'm THINKING of occasionally posting video blogs either in place of a blog post one week or along with a blog post.  What do you guys think?  Good idea, silly, any thoughts?  Have a great weekend!  And HAPPY FRIDAY! 


Peace & Blessings

Mere