I went hoping to help, but I honestly think I was ‘helped’ instead.

Conclusions after going:

1. I actually CAN live without Callie and Jared. I used to think if something were to happen to them, I would just die. Like I could not go on. I became OBSESSED quickly. I know now that my life can’t be 100% about them…and It’s not, now. (there’s nothing wrong with being in love with your family, but it’s not good to find 100% of your own identity in them, ya know?)

2. There is no rule that you have to live in a X square footage house. That you need one room per kid. That you have to make $XX,XXX per year. This is all American crap that we think is true. These Haitians live in 10ft by 10ft tents with like 13 people in them. And get this….they’re….HAPPY…like they don’t know what they’re missing!!!!

3. Callie has too many toys. These kids played for HOURS a game we made up by drawing a LINE IN THE DIRT. Literally.

4. We have a PERSONAL God. Like one who really does know us INDIVIDUALLY from the masses. Like things that YOU say day-to-day make him laugh. Like when he created the color turquoise back in the day, he said “Man, Katie Day is going to LOVE this color someday.” (I have a HUGE explanation for this that borders on supernatural, so I’ll save it for now)

5. God enjoys seeing us happy. We’re not meant to be full of guilt all the time. Yes! We are meant to do good things and help people. But not out of guilt or in attempt to earn his love. We should be HAPPY givers. We are not required to do anything! But wouldn’t it be cool if you just WANTED to do stuff because you know how blessed you are and want to pour that out on others! How cool!!!

In keeping with the giving theme. I have a challenge for all of you! Yes , YOU, reader! Mission of Hope has hundreds of kids that need sponsors. You can provide their schooling, meals, and clothes for get this….$35/month! That’s less than that stupid pair of jeans you just bought. Yeah, YOU digging into that Panera sandwich, that’s like 1/3 of the way there this month!

So let’s do this, Guys! Supposedly there are around 1000 people reading this thing (according to google analytics, though i’d never know b/c you’re all silent creepers) so what if just 10% of you did this? That’d bee 100 KIDS that have food, education, and CLOTHES! (There are a LOT of naked butts in Haiti, friends!!!)

To sweeten the pot! If you go to the link below and choose your kid to sponsor. Comment below with your name and the name of the kid you’re sponsoring and their favorite activity. And I will draw a name for a…..


WITH disc of images to be redeemed in the kc or springfield area. You can use it or give it to a friend as a gift!

Here’s the link right here!

And now for more photos….

This is the Mission’s 500 homes in 2 years project. We painted these houses all week. They’re pretty small by our standards, but there’d be about 10-15 people living in these puppies.this is where they go to the bathroom. tell me you don’t want to open an investment savings account in this bank.this is the Mission of Hope where we stayed all week.Don’t forget to take your malaria pill!And tuck in your mosquito net before bed!! 

And I believe in leading by example, so meet Dooty Jocelyn. Loves playing with dolls and singing, and wants to be a nurse when she grows up. : ) (and yes! I mainly picker her because her name is Dooty!) She’s precious!!! Here’s the link one more time and don’t forget to comment below for the chance to win a free photoshoot!!! Tell your friends!!

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just oneMother Teresa


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  • JenMay 3, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    Amazing pictures, Katie! They remind me of the times I’ve been to Brazil. Being around people who physically have nothing but are genuinely happy people is a very humbling experience. God Bless you!

  • Kathy and Ken FenstermakerMay 3, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    We sponsored Jordanny who loves singing and Kettelene who loves drawing. We are very excited about sponsoring these beautiful children who have little hope for the future without help. If we can help feed, clothe and educate the children, hopefully they can grow up to become leaders who will change Haiti and maybe the world.

  • Steph HagenMay 3, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    My name is Steph and Haiti changed my life! So excited for this opportunity! Thanks, Katie!

    The little girl I am sponsoring now is Adline St. Louis because MY grandmother-in-law is named Adeline and I’m from Missouri. No-brainer. Also, she’s super cute. And she doesn’t have favorite activities listed where I can see them, so I’m going to pretend that she likes to draw, like me.

  • Megan WestMay 3, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    These photos are just beautiful. I’m sure this was a life changing experience for you. Thanks for sharing the photos! The photo of the children swimming is my favorite!

  • TaraMay 3, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    It was beyond impossible to pick just one kid to sponsor, but I chose Djouman Fleurisma. His favorite activity is playing with his friends. (We’d get along great!)
    If I win this photoshoot, I’m going to gift it to my brother and his family, who don’t have a lot and a family to support, though still have so much more than these kids.
    Thank you for this beautiful post, Katie.

  • StephMay 3, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Haiti changed my life last year and I’m thrilled to be going back this year! So glad you had a great experience too.

    I sponsored Adline St. Louis and her profile didn’t have any favorite activities listed, so I’m pretending she likes to draw… like I do.

  • Josh StewartMay 3, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    I sponsored “Jude Wedson Camille.”

    Can’t wait to go back so I can see the little guy (again), and let him know how much he impacted me 🙂

  • Kelly BellMay 3, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    We are so excited to sponsor a little girl named Berline. She has the sweetest little smile, loves to play with dolls, sing songs, and wants to be an accountant when she grows up. She reminds us of our own daughter. We are so excited to show our own daughters what it means to give to those who need it the most. As a mom of two girls, this is one of the most rewarding moments I have had has a parent. We can’t wait to write letters and share pictures with Little Berline. $35/month seems tough at first glance…but when you boil it down…its one less dinner out,One less pair of shoes, one less toy. It was a no brainer…one less “Want” to give a child a month full of “needs” and a lifetime of hope! Thank you for pushing me a little to do this…My heart is happy!

  • kdpMay 4, 2011 - 11:36 am

    you all are amazing! thanks for your hearts and encouragement! you make me cry!!!

  • Joy LemonMay 4, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    I have been following your photos for awhile now, initially your use of color was what had caught my attention. I have enjoyed “attending” all of the weeding you shoot, and seeing gorgeous teen, new babies and happy couples, but this shoot of Hiati is beyond awe inspiring. These shots are so personal, so real, and so beautiful. I was drawn into each shot, and every picture is dripping with a raw emotion that I can not explain. I would love to adopt a child, but my one year old, Cali has just had open heart surgery so at this time we are financially strapped, Since Cali’s surgery I have also had an experience similar to yours. Cali got the surgery to help her, but it helped me. It made me realize how little we need in life. As long as you are happy and surrounded by people that make you happy everything else will fall into place. I vow that once we get back on our feet and Cali is fully healed I will sponsor one of these little angels. Thank you for sharing your photos, I may never get to travel to places like Haiti, but today I felt like I was there thru your photos!

  • Meg PiercyMay 18, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    I just had to comment. I am a friend of Lauren Gallegly’s and that is how I found your blog. Your photos are inspirational, your story moving and your humor contagious. I just love it. I too am a Jesus freak and love being creative, in just about every aspect of life. Your point about how God wants us to be happy and not feel guilty, so true. I am trying to live that way more and more everyday 🙂 Keep it up! You are awesome!

  • Hannah RunnelsJanuary 26, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Ahh!!! These pictures are amazing! I miss being there so much. I cannot wait to return this spring break with my whole family! 🙂

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