February 26th 2015

I have Internet at my new home for the next couple days! I am getting a different view of Haiti. Leaving the kids for a couple of days to experience something different is nice, but I am already missing them. 

We stopped at a coffee place and ended up watching Avatar. Which was not real exciting considering I didn’t understand the language. Then we were off to our next destination, the beautiful mountains of Haiti.

We complain about Michigan roads. They are no comparison to the roads of Haiti. The ride was an adventure it itself. The view on the way up was breathtaking though.

Getting here and being able to see the work that is being done with the medical missions is awesome. I am excited to be a small part of it in the next couple of days. I have no experience with anything medical except being a patient myself so we will see what kind of jobs come my way 🙂 

I am thrilled to witness this incredible view and be involved in this incredible ministry that is helping these people receive the medical care they need.

I have been able to learn so many people’s stories on this trip and am excited to learn more. Each time coming here gives us a new experience and all new feelings emerge. I continue to be blessed by this opportunity and am so thankful.



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February 25th 2015

Today we took five kids to the beach. It was gorgeous and the kids had a lot of fun. 

I had a blast too. We went to the cafe. While keeping kids seated in the cafe and making sure they didn’t play with the  knives on the tables, they did manage to spill ice and water all over me,Lol.

Most of the kids love the water. One refused to step foot in the ocean and another never shut her eyes when she went underwater so was constantly getting out to wipe her eyes. I managed to take all 5 kids to the pool and watch them for a minute before the baby needed to eat. Thank you Jesus there was a 14 year old girl among the kids who was more than willing to help out. 

Reality is, most Americans that visit Haiti see the fancy resorts and beautiful beaches but have no clue what lies beyond the gates of the beautiful vacation suites. Well let me inform you the beauty within these beautiful and grateful orphans of Haiti is something we all could learn from. Their hearts are so full of love for simple gestures most of us completely take for granted. There is no sense of entitlement that we as Americans so often expect. 

We are now on our way back to the village. Most of the kids are passed out, exhausted from this long day. If today is any indication of how good my mothering skills are, I think I could do pretty well. 

Tomorrow me and Erin are traveling up the mountain to do medical missions and will be gone for the next couple days. I am not sure if we will have Internet but I will take photos and try to update you on our days 





February 24th 2015

So yesterday started with me holding babies, and ended with kids climbing all over me and a precious baby singing One Direction. This place is truly amazing. 

You can feel the love here. Whether you are feeding babies, coloring, or just sitting and talking, each moment is precious. 
I have been able to reunite with some kids and it is amazing how much they have grown. 
This is truly an amazing experience to travel and see this first hand. Plus the fact that Haiti is nearly 100 degrees hotter than at home doesn’t hurt anything. 
We have typed up stories, scanned pictures, played with lots of children, and everyday is a new experience. 
Currently we are making cookies and melting the butter out in the sun. 
On a side note: no sunburn yet! And that is surprising with the red head complexion I have. 

Saydee Robinson





February 23rd 2015

So yesterday I woke up at 3:30 to head to the airport, got on a plane at 6, and landed in Haiti at 2:30. I got on a plane in below zero temperatures and got off the plane to high 80’s-low 90’s.

I was on the plane with a very loud and whiny child that really tested my patience and am now surrounded by children for the next 8 days and loving every minute of it.

I’ve already got to love on a lot of children and reintroduce myself to the wonderful bugs of Haiti as well.

Haiti is a place like no other. Where you go to bed at 10 and wake up at 6-7 and are wide awake.

I am excited to see what this trip has in store for us!

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February 21st 2015

I apologize for not posting today’s blog post as early as I normally do. Today I have been very busy

  • Packing
  • Taking midterms
  • Writing papers
  • Doing homework
  • Mentally preparing myself for the alarm clock going off at 3:30 in the morning.

I leave tomorrow to go to Haiti and now that I have crossed all of the homework off my to do list. I have a chance to get excited! I plan to keep you all updated as much as I can throughout this trip and post blogs when I can. Through videos and pictures I will show you the beauty that is Haiti. Before I leave, I would like to touch on some thoughts I’ve had the last couple days.

Throughout my life I have had the opportunity to meet several people with similar conditions to mine. One of the things that stuck out to me was the fact that the majority of them were homeschooled because their parents did not want them to be exposed to the bullying that takes place among peers. I was brought up going to public school, was introduced to sports, active in my community, and participated in numerous activities just as any child would be. I grew up seeing that I was different and exposed to the negativity in the world but also the positive.

There are so many positive things that came out of me going to public school. One of the most important things was that I had friends who accepted me for me. The other, which is the most important, is that I was not sheltered from reality. We look different. We have to be prepared for the world. Once we become adults, we are not going to be able to hide from the reality around us. People are going to stare and people may not take us seriously in the workforce because of our appearance. However, without the knowledge and the struggle of going through this at a younger age, how are we to deal with it as adults?

I have never once regretted the fact that my parents treated me like a normal child. I was able to dream big and believe that I could do anything I put my mind to. In reality I’ve learned there will always be people who judge me for my differences. That’s the truth. Maybe that’s Gods way of separating me from people I shouldn’t be associated with anyway. That’s just me thoughts.

Saydee Robinson

February 20th 2015

When we see a person for the first time the majority of us make assumptions about them. A person’s clothes, shoes, disposition and appearance mean something different to different people. There are the select few that are not phased by a person who looks out of the norm but for most of us we naturally jump to conclusions.

Understandably, many have made assumptions about me. I asked people on my social media to recall when they first met me and what was their first impression of me based solely on my appearance. I’m so thankful for the honesty in the stories I received. I found it interesting.

The majority acknowledged my difference and were curious. Others thought I was a special needs child. There were some that were nervous to approach me.
Imagine how people reacted after my major surgeries. Most people go through the awkward stages with bad haircuts, goofy clothes, crooked teeth, etc….My awkward stages were major reconstructive facial surgeries that left me with a swollen head ( the size of a watermelon), eyes that were swollen shut for nearly three months, and one resulting in the loss of many permanent teeth. If it weren’t for my curly red hair I would say I was not recognizable by many of my peers. Some even asked if it was really me because I looked so different.

One person I went to school with said they were nervous to say anything about my difference. They felt sorry that I had to go through my struggles but did not know how to approach me to say anything.

A member of my cohort in college says the first time she saw me I looked closed off and shy. She said that she could tell from my disposition that I was not confident with the way I looked and I had been treated negatively because of my appearance.

The people with the best reactions are children. While doing missions in Haiti, the children have never seen someone like me before so they are asking questions about my eyes being crooked and motioning me to take off my glasses to get a better look. One of the best reactions that I have ever received was a young child who asked me if I was attacked by a bear. This child was just curious and obviously had a very good imagination.

I asked my best friends the same question, what was your first reaction. All of them said that they didn’t notice and it never phased them. Maybe because they were on this journey with me. This blog post reminded me how amazing my friends really are.

My facial features are not something I can hide. Most people are going to notice. But it is how you react to your difference that will determine how people respond to you. A lot of people say once they talked to me and got to know me, they realized that I was normal.

I think this is the power that we give to appearance. One look and we create assumptions that will stick with us if we don’t choose to further our interactions with people.

I challenge you to look at people without judging them based on their appearance. I am not saying pretend not to notice, but don’t allow that difference to alter your perception of that person. Until you’ve walked in their shoes, you have no idea of the substance within their story. Chances are that person is so much more than meets the eye.

Saydee Robinson

February 19th 2015

Have you or your child ever pointed out someone who looks different? Most of us have. It seems to be a natural response to point out things that don’t appear to fit in. I’ve attached a link to the bottom of this blog that gives some excellent suggestions when being approached with this situation. I personally would have loved it if people would have done these things for me.

I don’t know if you have noticed how people with disabilities are portrayed in movies, but I sure have. Quasimodo was locked in a bell tower because of his unique appearance and was portrayed as weak. Villains are distinguished by their scars or “scary” facial features. The evil genius has an enlarged head and is wheelchair bound. The list could continue.

Does Hollywood realize that they have created a stigma? Do they realize that they have caused a lot of people to look at the disabled in a negative light? I personally have never seen a major motion picture where the disabled is the hero/heroin of the story.

I have also never seen an imperfect Prince Charming or Princess. Why can’t the character with the scars or the unique facial features have their own happily ever after? The characters with facial differences were many times the result of an evil spell cast upon them so it’s seen as a curse. We think we have made progress in the media having the first black Disney princess and the princess who doesn’t need the prince to come to her rescue. While we have taken steps in the right direction, we have so much farther to go.

I would like to challenge Hollywood to showcase the positive and beautiful being that person with the scars, the unique facial features, and the enlarged head. They have stories and I can promise you, they do not involve concocting a plan to take over the world, killing people, or destroying a city. Most likely their prince charming won’t look perfect either and that’s okay. Why does he have to be? Their stories are what I would like to see. The emotional struggles they face because of things like the media that put them in a negative light.

I have linked an awesome story to this blog. I hope you are inspired and are able to think about the story of this young child. This mom’s suggestions, regarding how to react when your child is the bully is spot on.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5890164

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