Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ground Breaking!

For the past 18 months Nick and I have lived on the Compound at COTP.  There have been times where this has been a huge blessing and times where this has been a night mare!  Living here has been a way to really learn the ins and outs of our mission.  Its helped us get to know the kids, staff, and volunteers much better as well.

But, as you can imagine, living at work can only last for so long before it begins to burn you out!  For instance, tonight, we had two different sets of 4 nannies come up to our house needing help with minimal things during our family time.  It's not uncommon for me to get interrupted multiple times a week while brushing my teeth as there is always someone on my balcony screaming my name!  And you can only imagine how well nap time goes with all these interruptions.  Family time can be almost impossible here more often than not.

We are excited to announce that the construction has finally began on our Direct House (which we will live in) in the back property.  Although it will still be on the COTP compound, it'll be in the far back corner which will allow us some space and privacy.  For the first time since moving to Haiti, we will be able to go home from work!  We can't even begin to express how excited we are for this!  Having space to get away from everything, to focus on our family, and to relax, will greatly help keep us from getting burnt out and allow us to do our jobs much better!  This house is going to be a huge blessing to us and our family!

Every night the four of us walk out to the back property to check on the progress!  It has come so far already and with every new development, we get more and more excited!  It still has a LONG way to go, but even just looking out back and seeing that something is there, brings a glimmer of hope to us!  We are beyond excited for this change.  We are so excited to finally have a yard that our kids can play in!

COTP will be building a series of houses on our property to house our babies, but there will be more information on that later.  For now, check out some pics of the progress we have made!  It may not seem like much to you, but we think it's pretty dang amazing!

Nick drawing up the house plans with the guys!

The site of our future home!

What I'll see out my bedroom window!

We had to build this road to get to the back property.  We even had to build a bridge to get over one of the trenches!

The crew digging out the foundation of the house!

Laying the Portals for the perimeter wall!

Our future home!

We will be looking for groups to come down and help with various stages of construction for not only the Directors House, but all the other houses as well.  Or if you are unable to make a trip down, but would like to be involved, we would always appreciate your financial support.  For more information please contact us at cotpfielddirector@gmail.com or Jamie Groen at cotpdirector@gmail.com.

1 comment:

  1. SO EXCITED for you guys!!!! Congrats!