How on earth can I follow Keith’s blog of Monday “Nar bit ah blog today bye”?    I had the best laugh ever yesterday morning when I read it.  I laughed throughout the morning at the school but did not know how to explain to others what I was laughing at.  I reread it at noon and laughed again.  I am still laughing today.   “Laughter is good – like needed medicine”.  I feel very well medicated right now.  I have also been greatly enjoying the comments people put on the blog.  I have gone back and reread those a few times as well.

Keith is a ‘comical nut’.  He is ‘nuttier than a fruitcake’ as we would  say in Newfoundland when we were growing up.   I have to admit that my siblings and I all fell from the ‘nut’ tree too.  Not only my siblings though – Sandra married a ‘nut’.  Being together means a lot of laughter-  which means a lot of medicine for us.   One example of the ‘nut’ that Keith is can be see below.

When I wanted to take the four day break with friends, Maxi and Laurie in Florida, Keith was quite willing to cover for me here on the mission.  He nicely informed me that it would be ‘a piece of cake or some thing like that’ as he was going to take all the kids to the beach resort ‘Club Indigo’ for a week, returning to the mission on Saturday – even though he knew I would be returning on Thursday.

See the emails and responses from Keith while away with this photo from him.

On 2014-01-21, at 5:56 AM, Keithwrote:

Glad you are having a good time.


The Gang

Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:08:45 -0600
To: Keith

Good Morning Keith,
I have been enjoying myself in Panama City Beach with Laurie and Maxi, relaxing and walking on the beach, eating, laughing, chatting, etc. which is exactly what I needed.  I see that, while I am doing this,  you, true to your word, are taking care of my kids and also enjoying yourself – at the Indigo beach resort.  At least that is what I first thought.

Upon closer inspection of the photo, however, I saw that I need to return home immediately. Obviously you have already lost two of my precious ones – maybe in the ocean??  I was greatly appreciating your help for awhile but no longer feel that way.  I see that I am needed there asap so you cannot lose any more of the children.  My return ticket is being changed at this time by Maxi and she wants you to know that she is not a happy camper about this.  She and ‘One of We – Laurie,’ do not want me to leave early.  I, however, am heading home!
On 2014-01-21, at 1:16 PM, Keithwrote:Karen,

Relax, everything is under control. When the photo was taken the “missing 2” were taking their turn at the bar -distributing warcrys and tracts and sharing the Word –  evangelization in Haiti!!

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:29:31 -0600
To: Keith

Good Morning Keith,

Okay then,  I will see you on Saturday when you and the children return from Club Indigo.  I trust by then everyone there will have heard the gospel.  Since this good work is going ahead, by Ti Fi and Jonathan,  I will force myself to stay and return on my original ticket.

Mama Karen being on the war path Monday was well rewarded yesterday, Tuesday.  I am now trying to figure out if I need to be on the war path every day or if just every few days will do.  On Monday, I, the school administrator and director of the mission that runs the school, was approached by several teachers advising me that recently my children were greatly negligent in doing their homework and knowing their lessons.  Oh boy! Was this mama a little embarrassed and a tad upset with her monkey doodle kids?  You got it!!   Yesterday, after my war path stint of Monday, all my children knew all their lessons, and all of them had done all their homework and had done it extremely well.  The compound was extremely quiet at an early hour Monday night, as shortly after homework was done the children were sent to bed by the housemothers.   Yesterday was affirmation day.  They heard Bravo, thank you, and received lots of hugs.  Safe to say the kids will ‘toe the line’ for a couple of days at least now.  Hopefully until the weekend anyway.

The war path against EDH was done by “THE MAN” of HATS and beautifully handled on Monday.  When Luckner was leaving to handle it he told me he might end up in jail that day.  He wanted me to be prepared.  He was going in fighting and was coming out with proper results no matter what!  He did and he got results!!

The war path against the lawyer for me to receive Ti Luc’s passport in his proper name continues.  I will continue to wage war there until I get the passport so I can get a visa for my boy.

The war path against the cockroaches will need to be tread constantly I am afraid.  They want both of these missionary houses and I declare they will not get them.  I have been here a very long time and I still  “do not do cockroaches”.  Safe to say I never will.  I will always be on that war path.

Yesterday a trip to Sogebank in St. Marc was necessary.   Seeing as how Vladimy is not in school right now Mama Karen decided this would be a good time to take him with us.  Needless to say Vladimy was thrilled to come and very interested in how banking was done.  He has always been in school during trips to the bank.

Vladimy in St. Marc with Mama Karen & Keith -taking the photo


Our little mango eating welcome back from St. Marc committee

Mango season has started at HATS.  Monday was the first day the children all sat around happily filling their tummies with mangoes from our yard.  Positive side – Kids love the mangoes and less food will be required as more and more mangoes become ripe.  Negative side –  A lot more time needed in the bathroom and more accidents for the little ones who don’t make it to the bathroom in time, due to eating mangoes.  Fun and games!!

Mango time again

Keith gets a lot of work done around here.  Actually he does not know when to stop.  He was sitting just outside the compound and painting the main gate.  The gate was opened for me to drive out so he sat there and continued to paint.  As I said “nuttier than a fruitcake”.

Keith was painting the gate. It opened for me drive out so he just sat there and kept on painting

An early morning walk with five of my kids recently was very enjoyable.   It is always a good time for mama and kids to chat about lots of things and a good time for them to ask questions.   I do love these times with the children.

Early morning scene of a young boy in our school


Looking at huge frogs at the end of the canal


Get your butt up there Moise. I can’t hold you any longer.


Our Sat morning walk

I have been here almost 19 years – for children.  The children in my immediate care;  The children in our school IMKH; The children throughout the Artibonite Valley and beyond.  Children are in need of our help.