Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Four Generations

Jacqueline, Emacula, Wilthinyia, Michaela

Jacqueline is 72 years old. She was born in Jacmel, Haiti. She gave birth to 12 children. Eight of her children have passed away. (If I ever get the time to sit and talk to her again, I would love to hear all about all of her kids. Today didn't allow for the full history.)  In 2014 Jacqueline got a visa to be allowed to visit the United States to spend six months in Florida with her niece.  She said she can't and won't go back to the USA now, but she hopes her niece will decide to come visit her in Haiti.

Emacula is 54 years old.  She is one of Jacqueline's four living children. She has five children.

Wilthinyia is 30 years old. She is Emacula's oldest child.  Wilthinyia's first husband died. Her two daughters from that marriage are 3 and 6 years old.  She got remarried and just welcomed her third daughter. 

Michaela was born four days ago. Her Momma was really nervous about the birth. She started thinking she was having labor pain on March 23rd, even insisted she needed to sleep overnight at the Maternity Center that night. Turns out the birth happened April 23rd.  

Right day. Wrong month.  

Welcome to the world, Michaela. We pray it will be kind to you.

Most everything that I share and post about Haiti, Heartline, and life in general is now on my Instagram account. When I moved to this island a decade ago, the blogging thing was *the way* to communicate. 

Life happens fast and now the 700 to 1000 word blog post has almost become a thing of the past. Ain't nobody got time fo' that many words.  BUT - If you want to catch more (short) stories and photos and follow along with what is happening in Haiti - see my Instagram feed.


running toward the ambulance to greet her Momma