Friday, January 15, 2010

A Long Week

I was with Jafta, India, Tanner and Peyton at my mom's house when I found out that there had been an earthquake in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. I talked to my friend Jen and she was telling me about it. I called Kipp and he said that he read on Facebook that Kristen was alright. Then I went on with my afternoon of hanging out with 4 little people that I love so much.

About an hour later we talked to Mark on the phone. He wanted the kids to stay at my parents house so he could go home and figure out what was happening. That night after dinner I took my kids home and put them to bed. That was when I got online and started watching the news. Kipp and I sat in our bed watching the news and tears just streamed down my face.

I felt helpless. I brought pictures of Kristen, Karis and Keanan to school and asked my friends at work to pray for them. (Not my best teaching day). My parents brought Jafta and India by to have lunch with me at school. I felt like by loving Kristen's kids that I was loving her.

I took my kids up to Mark's house to play. A friend of Mark's helped me take all 4 kids to McDonalds for lunch and play time. We stayed there for 2 hours giving Mark a break at home. We took the kids back and I took India home with me. After naps we went to Tanner's My Gym class.
Circle Time Questions? What is your name and what is your favorite song?
Tanner-"My name is Tanner, my favorite song is ABCD."
India-"My name is India."
Tanner-:That's my girl."
India- "My favorite song is The Boys Are Back. Actually it's my brother's favorite song."
So cute. They had a great time playing together.
Home for baths and bedtime. I love combing and braiding India's long hair after bath. We put Tanner to sleep first. When I took India in his room to go to bed I asked her if she wanted a bear and she said that she wanted me to snuggle her. I did just that. I laid with her until she was asleep just rubbing her back and praying. She cried out at 4 and I just snuggled her again.

Woke up and Kipp and I got 3 kids ready for the day and we were out of the house by 7:45. We dropped Kipp at work then we took India to preschool. Mark and I met up then dropped her in her class. That is when Mark told me that Kristen would be home TONIGHT! I have tried to have a happy face this week because I was with the kids so much. But after hearing that news I just held my brother and couldn't stop crying. I am so thankful that Kristen is coming home. She is such an amazing woman and such a great mother. I can't imange the reunion that will take place tonight. Thank you Jesus for bring this mother home. For bring this wife home to her husband.

As I read The Livesay's Haiti blog I am reminded of the prayer that needs to continue. This is far from over I know. Please keep praying.


Andrea said...

thank you for sharing. our hearts have been heavy and prayers many.

the soderins

Kristi said...

You are one of the most loving people in the whole world. The way you love kids is like no one else I know. The way you treasure your family is priceless. Your desire to help is so selfless.

I can't imagine what you have been going through this week. It has been hard enough on me. I have cried many tears with you, and now I'm crying tears of joy.

I have also said "Thank you Jesus" so many times... can't wait to hear about the reunion. I know you are with her now and that fills my heart with joy.

Emily said...

Love you Sarah! We are so thankful!

johnsonandjohnson said...

So glad that she is home! I forwarded her blog to all kinds of people at work and they were busy praying for all of your family. I'm sorry that you guys had to go through this at all, but I'm so relieved she's home...

The Montgomerys said...

we have been following the howertons and livesays blogs through this tragedy. my heart goes out to your family. we're praying that keenan is home soon.

Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN} said...

I love you Sarah. Thank you for loving on my kids!!