That’s A Thing?

thatsathing“You mean, that’s a thing?”

That question is asked often around our house. Our three kids (one teen, one tween, and one very smart 9 year old) are often amazed at what goes on in life. When something new crosses their path, something they haven’t conceived as possible until that very moment, they ask:

“You mean, that’s a thing?”
Chili in a bread bowl. “That’s a thing?”
Throwing away underwear in a public restroom (if need be). “That’s a thing?”
Having ice cream for supper. “That’s a thing?”

Our kids have had the benefit of much love, care, and encouragement in their first decade of life. We live in a home where food is consistently provided. Our beds are warm and they don’t have to share. If they have a problem, David or I come to the rescue. They are by no means coddled, but they know we are here.

January 12, 2010 the worst earthquake recorded in the Western Hemisphere struck the country that had the fewest resources to handle it. There were already thousands of Haitian orphans; the earthquake made thousands more. There was already much sickness and death; the earthquake upped the numbers tremendously. The government already had challenges; the earthquake amplified them. Haiti is a beautiful country, and tucked within the beauty is much despair. Unfortunately many Haitian children don’t know that things could be better. They don’t know that regular meals are “a thing.” They don’t know that reading and writing is “a thing.” They don’t know that parental love and care is “a thing.” They only know day by day survival.

David and I have developed a vision to make nutrition and education “a thing” for Haitians. Yes, there are many orphanages already in Haiti, but guess what? They are overcrowded and there are children who will lose their caregivers this very day, this very hour, from malnutrition or disease and those children will need a place to go. Through our non-profit we want to change things for the children God will place in our path. Change begins with a vision for a new “thing.” It begins with even knowing that change is possible.

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This month, as Haiti marks off 6 years since that horrible day when the earthquake struck, I will share more news and faces from Haiti with you. Thanks for reading.