Confession #102: Tennessee/Family/Comfort

It’s 5:15 am and I am currently sitting in an airport.

Let me go ahead and repeat that for you: 5:15 am.

After 12 hours of travel we should make it back to our home in Cap Haitien with our kids by 5:00 pm.

In other words…it is about to be a loooooong day.

I can’t decide how I feel about heading back to Haiti this time around. It’s weird. Normally, I get homesick for Haiti and count down the days until returning. Especially because of my kiddos. But this time around has been different. Perhaps it because I was simply home the whole time (something I have never done). Maybe it was because I was around so many good friends and family. Or it is possible we can, like most things, blame the weirdness I am feeling on pregnancy.

I took a shower last night- as in a HOT shower. I was in there for 30+ minutes just watching my fingers turn into prunes. It was late and I knew I needed to get into bed, but I just couldn’t move. I just couldn’t make myself turn the HOT water off.

I drank three glasses of cold milk before going to bed and a 32oz sweet tea (with real ice). And it wasn’t that I was thirty, I just don’t know when I will taste those things again.

And let’s not even talk about the air conditioning.

Comfort.

That is what it all comes down to.

You’d think after three a half years I would have become accustomed to the lack of. And for the most part I have, that is until I get a taste of it that is…

Our trip home was wonderful. It was the first time we have ever come home and stayed home. We didn’t have to travel. Didn’t have to work. We just spent time with family and friends, which was so refreshing.

Here is a glimpse of what we have been up to for the past few weeks in the beautiful state of Tennessee. Now, back to Haiti!

Hunter and I spent July 4th on his parent's house boat. it was a beautiful day!

Hunter and I spent July 4th on his parent’s house boat. it was a beautiful day!

Our family relaxing around the lake.

Our family relaxing around the lake.

Hunter's grandparents came up from middle TN to visit us for lunch one afternoon. Here we are with them and Hunter's sister and husband who we miss dearly!

Hunter’s grandparents came up from middle TN to visit us for lunch one afternoon. Here we are with them and Hunter’s sister and husband who we miss dearly!

The ladies from Central church of Christ loved shopping Emmaus Works and supporting our girls.

The ladies from Central church of Christ loved shopping Emmaus Works and supporting our girls.

Kassie (my sister-in-law) and I posing at my baby shower which was lovely and so helpful!

Kassie (my sister-in-law) and I posing at my baby shower which was lovely and so helpful!

We went to see the doctor and found out we are having a BOY! Baby Benjamin "Jake" Kittrell is due November 25th.

We went to see the doctor and found out we are having a BOY! Baby Benjamin “Jake” Kittrell is due November 25th.

My brother got married on the 12th. Here he is about to kiss his beautiful bride.

My brother got married on the 12th. Here he is about to kiss his beautiful bride.

My with my new sister-in-law Kirsten.

My with my new sister-in-law Kirsten.

Alright…time to plan my “last meal”. I’m semi-considering stuffing McDonalds in my bag to treat the kids for dinner. I mean, Micky D’s in Haiti…how awesome would that be? Think I should?

~ Jillian

2 Comments on “Confession #102: Tennessee/Family/Comfort

  1. So proud of you and the decision to serve our Heavenly Father in Haiti! May God bless you two with a healthy baby and many more to come! Love, Audra, your long ago neighbor and sister in Christ.

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  2. Julian we are so pround of you and your husband. For the work you are doing Haiti! may God Bless You both. We are so excited for upcoming baby. I know the little ones you have now will be so excited and helpful. We are proud of Steven too. Both of you are fine Christian examples. It was good to see your Dad and Mom at the 50th. Our prayers are with you all! In Christian Love Shirley

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