I actually love that she is entering her teen years in Haiti. We have a lot of time together as a family. She plays with little children, does crafts with them, feeds them, and does endless "photo shoots" with them. And she loves it. She has made friends in the village of Lagossette and has learned more about their culture and way of life. She interacts with people of all ages....other international kids, our aunts, nannies all over COTP, international staff, and volunteers. Over the past two weeks she has helped our volunteer nurse hand out meds almost every night because she does not know Creole or the children very well. She appreciated Jade's help and it gave Jade a chance to serve in a different way. The week before that she was able to help a volunteer make videos of our special needs kids on campus. Jadyn loves making cakes and decorating them and she has done so on many different occasions. She now has our aunts and girls in the village asking her to make cakes for them. She still loves to read, draw and paint, and write. She is a busy girl.
Obviously I am not saying that Jadyn does not have any struggles. She misses friends and family in America. She gets lonely without girls her age. She doesn't obey her parents perfectly and she argues with her brothers. We are praying that God will use Jadyn as He sees fit here in Haiti and also wherever she goes from here. That she will stay close to Him through each stage of life and will glorify Him in her thoughts, words, and actions.
I am going to share a few photos of Jadyn that our friend Emily took recently here, and then she is going to put out a blog post of some of her recent photo shoots of the children soon. These are shots of her with her horse, Noel. Happy Birthday, Jadyn!! We love you!