We are very very excited about our new home in Jacmel, Haiti. The place is not only big enough for us, but it is also big enough for a handful of children that we hope to house in our home. We took some pictures of the home so that you could see what the home looks like and what the future children’s home look like.
This is the front of our little pink home. And that’s Cody and I, the happy renters. The house has a lower terrace on the left side. There is also a larger terrace on the second floor. The house is made out of concrete just like most large homes in Haiti. There is only electricity in the home for twelve hours from 2pm to 2am.
When you come into the house, you will enter into the living room. That’s the front door that you are looking at.
Please excuse our mess!! This is the living room. You are looking at it from the front door. The room to the left (your right) is the first bedroom. That room will become the room for the children we will be hosting. The door to the left leads to the lower terrace.
Here is the living room with a few couches and chairs on it.
This is the lower terrace. You are seeing it through that door from the living room that I just showed you.
This is the lower bedroom, our future children’s room. Yes, I know… I already made it messy. 🙂
This is the bathroom in the lower bedroom.
Here is a view to the living room from the dinning room.
This is a view from the dinning room to the stairs that lead to the upper rooms and kitchen area.
Here is the dinning room. Pretty soon we’ll have many children eating at our table. 🙂
This is where the magic happens! The kitchen!!!
Here is another view to our kitchen. No, those are not your fancy quality cabinets. They might look like it, but they are actually made out of plywood.
This is the bathroom on the second floor. We will share this bathroom with our girls.
I hate to confess that I took this picture of the girls’ room when they were sleeping. I just couldn’t wait until the next morning. 😉 So, here it is. This is their bedroom which is located on the second floor, right across from us.
This is the hall that leads to the bedrooms.
Here is the upper level terrace. It is actually big enough to have picnics, gatherings, worship times, and for the kids to ride their bikes. No worries, we already covered the steal bars that are sticking out. Those were left by the owner for future expansion.
Here is a view to our front yard from the upper terrace. Can you spot Susana down there among all those fruit trees? We have guavas, coconuts, papayas, almonds, peas, lime, oranges, avocados, and who knows what else.
Here is our bedroom. I won’t hide the fact that we have no bed frame. We do have mattresses and nice coverings that were donated by some nice person in Asheville. Our bed, however, is mounted on some blue bins. That’s is actually Cody’s idea. One that I am still very opposed to. Every night I have to pray that I don’t fall off the bed ten feet down to the ground. I hope that one day Cody realizes that concrete blocks will do just as well.
Here is our closet. It is also made out of plywood. Hey, like they say in Haiti, “degaje” which means to make it work or make do.
Here is a closer look to our backyard. There are more fruit trees in the yard. This is where Casey and the kids play.
Here is our cistern. Basically, this is just a large concrete box that collects non-drinkable city water to pump it into our home. I have to say the water in our home is actually warm. It feels good to take showers here.
Here is the tank that the water gets pumped into. This tank holds over 200 gallons of water. And the reason why our water is warm is because this tank is on the roof of the house and is made out of plastic which gets warms and warms up the water for us.
Here is a view of our home from the gate.
Here is the gate closed. The gate is actually made of steel. And we actually have a house number. Can you tell what that number is? Most homes in Haiti don’t have addresses. In fact, some have to make up their address whenever they are asked for one. There is no postal service here.
For those of you wondering if we live in a secured place, this is our security system. The house is wired all throughout the gate and walls with these razor blades. Unless you are Elastic Man there is no way you can climb through these.
These babies are pretty sharp.
That’s our neighbor’s cow. For some reason we are back living next to cows. This time the cows are actually many pounds less and they don’t look very happy. Haitians tie their animals to whatever they can find. This cow is tied up to the palm tree. Pretty sad.
And there you have it! This is our new home in Jacmel. We truly love it here. And we are truly excited about what the Lord will do in and through us during our time here. So, now that we have a permanent home, why don’t you come and visit?–Maria