Haiti Day 8 & 9

Day 8 – It’s funny how fast you forget what you did each day. It’s now Sunday (day 9) and I hadn’t wrote about saturday day 8 yet and I already forgot what happened! After breakfast we went over to see J and we knew another family was coming today. We played for a little while at the crèche and then they came. They were the family of a little boy (we will call him B). B is friends with J they are the same age.  So once that family came we all came over to the guest house together and J and B played and we got to chat with them for a little way. It’s nice having another couple here again. They aren’t staying at the guest house with us but during the day they were here.  Emil and I played lots of cards at night and that was about it for day 8. Missed Owen and Emma A LOT today. Owen had a baseball game and did really good! We got lots of pics from family and friends. So thankful for so many people who love our kids!

 

Day 9- Sunday. We decided to grab J and come back to the guest house this morning while everyone else went to church. A went home for the weekend to Oregon to see her mom for her b-day (hope your having fun A, we miss you). So we decided since she wasn’t here and no other adoptive families or missions teams were at church we would just have some alone time with J. We just played and hung out all morning.  Around 12:30 we took J back over to the crèche for a rest and lunch.  Then we went out to lunch at the same restaurant we went to last Sunday. We went with the other couple (B’s parents). It was nice to get out and get some yummy food.  We walked to the restaurant from the guest house. It’s only about a 5-10 minute walk but you have to be careful to dodge motorcycle. I swear they would hit us and keep going if we didn’t move out of hte way. On Sundays the cooks are off so we are on our own to eat! After lunch we went back to the crèche to play again.  We played with J for a while and I got to talk to and know some of the nannies a little better. Over the week I’ve tried to talk to the nannies in Creole a little. A had told me they really appreciate if you atleast try to speak to them and they don’t speak much English. So I’ve learned a little creole from them.  I kept thanking them for taking such good care of J. They do seem to love kids and keep them clean and well kept. One of them that also makes the jewelry that is sold by chance for children. She gave me a bracelet today. I told her I would pay her and she said no I want you to have it! Then I did tell her I wanted J to pick out one he likes for me to give Emma from him! So he picked out a yellow one for Emma and he picked out another one a green one and he said “for Owen”.  So Owen got a bracelet too from J.  After that we headed back to the guest house and since no dinner tonight we just ate cookies and pretzels for dinner. This is the first night we have no electric or water. We aren’t sure what’s wrong. The maintenance guy who lives here at the guest house isn’t here tonight so we tried to ask the guard and he just said “no gas in the generator” so I guess the city has turned the water and electric off for the evening and our generator isn’t working. We did bring a flashlight and the guard actually brought us his lantern. So we are sitting here in the dark playing cards.  Maybe you would think it’s romantic or something but it’s not! there’s mice that live in here lots of flies and mosquitos. It’s only 6pm and it’s pitch black dark. No street lights or lights anywhere to be seen. Very different than in the U.S. where we always have electric and running water! Thankful for the small things today!

Here’s some pictures of the creche.  J’s room he sleeps in, the livingroom areas, dining room for big kids, dining room for little kids and outside play area.  Also a pic of my kiddos. Thanks Steph for taking them out for cake pops!

Haiti day 7 & 8

Day 7 – This morning we had breakfast and then we went over to the crèche to play with J.  The community center was there so we stayed for a while because they sing songs with the little kids while the big kids are at school. J didn’t really want to participate. All he wants to do once we come is come back to the guest house.  So after about an hour we did come here.  We played legos and cars and swords then at noon we were going with A to the Baptist mission to their gift shop and café so we took J back over for his nap before we left.  It was about a 15 minute ride to the Baptist mission and once we got there it was closed.  It looked like a missions team working inside. We spoke to a guy outside and he said they were closed until mid October.  That was the only shop around here I was excited to go so we could get Owen and Emma a little something (oh well).  So we got back in the truck and came back to the guest house.  We let J nap for a little while and then we went back to the crèche to play.  Emil played a lot of soccer and basketball with the big boys today.  I played outside with J and his little buddies.  We played basketball and keep away and I took a bunch of pics of J and his little friend on the stairs doing all different poses.  He’s really becoming silly and funny (everyone here kept telling us he’s so quiet, but he’s not with us anymore).  The hardest part for me right now is knowing I have to leave J here when we come home.  A lot of these kids have been left at the crèche by their biological parents and they were hurt. Now I have to do the same thing to him.  We come we play for two weeks give him gifts show him love and then leave him with no communication for a very long time.  I just can’t wrap my brain around how this is best for the kids. Why Haiti’s adoption process is like this.  I don’t want him to feel like we have abandoned him as well. But I don’t know how to make a little kid that doesn’t even understand English all that well understand we are coming back.

Day 8 – Today we had breakfast and then we went over to the crèche to get J for a few hours to play.  We brought him over to the guest house right away because we knew we only had a few hours today to play.  I wanted to look at the jewelry that the ladies here make and sell.  Was able to find a few cute necklaces and bracelets to purchase.  I couldn’t understand completely but I think from what I could make out there’s about 30 ladies in the community that make the beads and sell them for income. They are made out of old t-shirts.  You can purchase them online so I’ll get that link for you if you want to help support the community here in Kenscoff.  After that we had to take J back to the crèche because we were riding down to port au prince with A and some other guys to pick up wood (for Emil to build some tables) for some new couches for the guest house and to go by the store we needed more half and half and coffee (can’t survive without coffee). So that ended being an adventure.  We had to go by IBESR to pick up C4C worker who goes into IBESR to advocate for our families.  He had to go with us to get the couches.  So that took about 3 hours. We waited on the couches forever.  Finally we got them loaded in the truck and our driver decided there was no way we could fit the wood in as well. So we headed to the store to pick up the stuff we needed and head back to Kenscoff.  Let me just say Port Au Price is unlike anything I have ever seen.  There are people everywhere.  A was telling us that it’s a 13 square mile area with 1 million people in it.  There’s not really stores or shops, everyone just sets up what they sell on the side of the road. So if you need clothes or a purse or shoes or a cell phone charger you just walk down the road and purchase whatever you need. They sell everything even a whole chicken a guy was knocking on our window trying to sell us. And I don’t know if there is speed limits or driving laws but if there are they are definitely not enforced.  People drive on any side of the road they want. Pass anyone they want to and motorcycle are going between cars as fast as they can. You have to be a good driver to drive in port au prince or you would hit another car or bystander. There’s people walking down the middle of the road and tap tap’s stopping to pick up people and cars swerve all the time.  There were a few times I was actually really scared in the car! But we survived to tell the story tonight! Safely back in kenscoff.   We got to go see J for a little bit when we got back and we will head over again tomorrow morning.  Hopefully they will get wood tomorrow so Emil can have his project to do next week. He’s going to build some tables for the sewing room.

Haiti Day 6

Day 6 –  Is getting to be a little more regular and routine I guess.  We had breakfast this morning and then headed over to the crèche. We brought some paper and stickers for the kids to play with.  All the older kids were at school because their uniforms finally came in so they got to go for the first day today. So it was just toddlers and babies at the crèche so it was pretty quite.  We played stickers and then made paper airplanes with the kids.  They ate their breakfast/lunch (not sure which one it is at 10am) and then we brought J over to the guest house to play. When we go over in the morning he kind of whines until we bring him to the guest house and then he opens up and is as happy as can be. He likes to have alone time with us. We did puzzles and ate snacks (his favorite thing to do) then at 11am we were able to get a tour of the medical clinic that’s on site here with the guest house. It’s pretty nice.  I didn’t get any pictures but they have a triage unit (well little room) One doctor and one intern doctor.  They have two nurses (one is American or maybe she’s from Canada – can’t remember) Anyway she did grow up in Haiti her parents were missionaries.  She married a Haitian man and now lives and works here.  She was very nice to give us a tour.  She was showing us all the rooms they have an xray machine but it’s not working currently so they are waiting on the guy who fixes it to come.  Also they don’t have a lot of medications like we do in the US.  They have a volunteer that comes in occasionally for dentistry so they had a room for that when he comes.  Going there makes you realize what all we have in the US at our fingertips.  We have everything so accessible for us.  The nurse was telling us once a week they have to go out and look for medications to purchase to keep them in stock. It’s a pediatric clinic so the kids at the crèche are checked there when needed and any of the kids in the community until 18 years of age.  I was reading my devotional this morning that put a lot of things into perspective for me. You can get so down being here in Haiti where it’s so different than our life in the USA. You can feel so sorry for the people and kids and just want to cry all the time.  This devotional was very good. It was talking about how this moment isn’t intended to be our destination, but it is what God’s using to prepare you for your final destination. Haiti is very poor and a lot of things I am seeing here are very sad and God is truly giving me a heart now to help by serving the Haitian people and helping them in certain ways that I can but this isn’t my final destination and it’s not theirs if they know the Lord. So more than anything while I’m here sharing about the Lord is the most important thing I can do.  Another quote from new morning mercies in the same devotional said “a sound biblical doctrine of the future is the only way to arrive at a sound biblical understand of the present.  If there is a final glorious destination for all God’s children then this time is not a destination but a preparation for a final destination. There is meaning and purpose in everything we are going through. In a real way, God is using all the difficulties of life in this fallen world to change and mature us, making us ready for the world that is to come!”

Today after one week in Haiti I am so thankful for Jesus dying on the Cross for my sins, for my salvation in Him, and that someday I will spend eternity with Him, not because of anything I’ve done but because of everything His Son did. By living a holy perfect life and dying a holy perfect death for my sins. I know what this means and I’ve always been thankful for it but especially thankful today!

On a side note my stomach is starting to feel upset. Please pray it will get better quickly and I won’t get too sick.

Some pics playing stickers with the kids, hanging with our buddies and me getting my hair done.

Haiti Day 5

Day 5- This morning the mission’s team left early so it’s just Emil and I at the guest house now. It’s a big quite guest house. So we had breakfast by ourselves and then headed over to the crèche to see J.  He was upstairs hadn’t got changed yet so I helped change his diaper and get his clothes on.  I just assumed he wasn’t potty trained since he always has a diaper on but later today found out he actually is potty trained. I’ll get to that in a minute.  We came back to the guest house and played for a while. He loves to come over here and he’s pretty crazy and funny here. He’s really rough and tough. He loves to beat up daddy.  We played here for a while and watched curious George on my phone. We decided to give him a bath since he looked like he could use one. I had been told the culture in Haiti is to give a sponge bath even adults do it a lot of times. I’ve also seen him get a sponge bath at the crèche so I kind of assumed we would do that. I walked in the bathroom and Emil had the shower turned on and J LOVED it.  He was screaming and laughing and jumping up and down.  I think it must have been his first shower ever.  When it was time to get out he wasn’t happy about that he probably would have stayed in there for hours.  We did have clean clothes but no diaper for him over here.  He told me he didn’t need one watch me go potty and he did on the toilet.  So I didn’t put a diaper back on him the rest of the day and he went to the bathroom multiple times! Yay for one less thing to do when he gets to come home!  After that we went back to the crèche to let him eat dinner and play with all the kids for a while. We have made some good friends with the little boys and girls.  Also the older girls gave me a hug today so I felt like that was a good break through. I also bribe with snacks and gum so that helps! Whatever works right?!  After playing for a little while I had one of the older boys tell J we had to leave for dinner and would see him in the morning. He jumped down gave us each a hug and ran to play with his friends without crying that we were leaving so that was maybe the first time he did that. I guess he gets it now that we are coming back.  I did talk to the man who runs the crèche today and he was aksing us how it was going. I told him that J was so much fun we were having a great time and he said to me “J has always been a quite kid and an observer and a little sad but this week you can tell it’s his week. I have never seen him so happy”.  That made my day! We were here alone in the evening for dinner just me and Emil. We ate dinner, read a little, and played cards and I beat Emil two times at rummy.  Today is really hit me how much I miss Emma and Owen.  When we facetimed them today I started to cry when we got off. I think Emil teared up a little too!  Miss them so much glad they are in good hands and having fun with friends.

these are some pics of some of our little friends we have made. My sunglasses got passed around today for a photo op. J took the pic of me and Emil and he said “mommy daddy stick out your tongue”. So glad my kids have so much family and so many friends at home that love and care for them. Owen’s first baseball game was last night.

Haiti Day 3 & 4

Day 3- Sunday in Haiti. We went to meet the kids at the Creche around 9:15am this morning to walk to church with them.  On the walk to church I had tears in my eyes. It was pretty emotional just walking there with the kids and looking around.  The walk was on dirt roads with lots of rocks. The church isn’t too far away but watching all the small kids walking up the hills on rocks to get there made me realize how tough these kids really are.  J rode on Emil’s shoulders the way there.  He liked that he thought he was big stuff! We got to hold him the whole service. For the beginning of the service for songs and worship we were up in balcony, which didn’t even have a rail on parts of it. The mom in me was scared all the little kids were going to fall off.  Also it was super hot up there (no AC).  Before the sermon started we moved down to the front with the missions team because Noah who runs the crèche was going to translate the sermon for us.  J liked to twist my hair (which he thinks is braiding) and button and unbutton my sweeter that was over my dress during the whole thing.  After that we headed back to the crèche and dropped J off for his nap. We went back to the guest house to have lunch. After lunch we went back to the crèche to play with J and the kids again.  We played for a while and then we helped the missions team a little. They were sewing shorts for the feeding program they leave to work at on Tuesday.  Emil and I just cut out the fabric for shorts.  On the weekends the cooks are off so we decided to go out to dinner with the missions team, Noah and his wife, and A and her boyfriend at a very nice restaurant down the road also in Kenscoff.   It has been so nice making new friends here.  We also got to meet Kathi today the founder of chances for children. She lives in Arizona but was in Haiti today so it was fun to meet her.  Overall another fun day. Between church and J having a good nap we didn’t get any alone time with him today. Tomorrow morning we have an appointment at the embassy we have to leave the guest house at 5:30am and then we should be back in the afternoon to spend time with J again.  I had one of the older kids tell him we wouldn’t be there until the afternoon so I don’t know if he understood or not. Pics of walking to church, the church building inside and the restuarant we ate dinner at.

Day 4 – This morning we had to leave the guest house at 5:30am and head to the US Embassy in Port au Prince.  There is a sibling group of five kids that had their visa appointment the same day (today) so they came to the Embassy with us.  So the driver, the two of us and the five kids piled into the truck to head down the mountain for the 1 hour long drive to port au prince.  We got to the US Embassy around 7am and got through the line pretty fast. The guy who handles this part for chances for children seemed to be well known at the embassy so that may have helped us.  We did have to sit in a room of about 200 people or so for about an hour or two waiting.  It gave us some time to chat with the kids. I was thankful they were there. The boys are 6 and 8 and the three girls are 12, 14 and 17 (I think).  The boys have been friendly and easy to get to know the whole time but the girls have been a little harder to talk to.  Today was nice since it was just us it kind of broke the ice.  Once we were finally done with our interview (which was easy and went great) and they were done with their visa appointment we headed back to Kenscoff.  I asked the drive if he would stop at Giant (The American store) on the way back so we could get the kids a snack.  We took them in with us they had never been in there before and let them pick out some snacks for the way back. We also got them snickers ice cream bar they had never had that before either.  So that made our Embassy trip much more fun.  Once we got back we went over to see J. He was happy to see us. We got to bring him back to the guest house and play most of the day.  We also got to facetime Owen and Emma so they could meet J on facetime. After a while at the guesthouse we took J back over to the crèche for dinner. They do an early dinner between 2-3pm.  After dinner he was so exhausted he really needed to go to sleep but he didn’t want me to leave so I held him until he fell asleep. Once he was asleep I laid him down and we went to an orphanage that’s down the street from Chances for Childrens with the missions team.  I honestly have never seen anything like this in my entire life. It was dark and dirty and really bad living conditions. There was maybe double the amount of kids that are at chances for childrens and a third of the living space.  I couldn’t contain my cry while we were standing in the middle of the orphanage. I had to step out so I could try to get control of what I was feeling.  I think leaving J here when it’s time to go will be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but just knowing that he’s in a good living condition, with nanny that take care of the kids and feed them well is reassuring.  I can’t even really process what I saw today at the other orphanage. Some pics of the kids who went to the embassy with us and Emil and J playing.  we can’t show J’s face yet so that’s why it’s covered:)

Haiti Day 2

 

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Day 2 is coming to an end and I feel like day 3 can’t get any better.  Today was a wonderful day for so many reasons.  We started the day off with breakfast around 8am with the mission’s team that’s here. Then Emil and I went over to the crèche to be with J.  J was eating spaghetti when we got there and he is maybe the messiest eater I’ve ever seen! I got some cute pictures of it.  He also eats a lot!!! We played with J and all the kids for a little while and then a team from the community center came to sing songs with the younger kids and read some books to them.  I asked J if he wanted to join in and he did but he wanted Emil and I close.  He kept checking to make sure we were standing right behind him.  After the people from the community center left we were allowed to bring J over to our guest house where we are staying and have some alone time with him.  We weren’t sure how it would go but ended up being the highlight of our day. At the crèche he was quite and liked us to hold him a lot.  When we brought him to the guest house we had some toys we gave him to play with cars, bouncy balls, blow up swords. He was in heaven.  He loved playing with Emil, sword fighting and racing cars and throwing the balls against the wall. He has a good arm and likes sports a lot. I can already tell he’s going to be a daddy’s boy. We felt like we got to see his little personality today and it was cute and fun! He is a very fun and happy boy and he laughs a lot.  We gave him some new clothes and shoes to put on but he didn’t want to pick one outfit so he put on a t-shirt, two shorts over top of each other and a jacket. We were only allowed to have him over here for a couple hours so then we went back to the crèche and he laid down with the other little kids to rest.  We helped do a little unpacking of the donations we brought in the storage room and then Emil and I played dodgeball with some of the older boys.  That was very fun.  When J got done resting we spent a little while longer with him until we were heading out with the missions team and A.  They kindly invited Emil and I to tag along with them this afternoon to Wynne Farm.  We all piled into a tap tap (truck) and rode up a HUGE mountain. He took us most of the way up and then we got out to hike and take pictures the rest of the way.  We were going back down a huge mountain to get to the farm.  We had a guide who showed us around Wynne Farm. It’s an organic farm that grows just about everything.  It’s also a place that a lot of the schools bring the kids to educate them about farming. We walked up and hills it was just beautiful! After an hour or two there we had to walk back up the hill to get back to the tap tap.  I barely made it back up and of course Emil ran up it because he couldn’t miss a day to getting some training in! We were so thankful to see this part of Haiti.  It’s really beautiful.  When we got back it was too late to see J again so we had dinner with A and the team and then after dinner they were doing their devotionals and again kindly asked if we wanted to join. It really is so nice to be in fellowship with other believers. You have a connection with someone you don’t even know just because you both know and love Christ. It’s really amazing! We are making some friendships here that will last forever but sad the teams going to leave us on Tuesday to head to one of the feeding programs that Chances for Children’s runs.  Overall this trip has been so wonderful so far.  We are so thankful to God for everything that has taken place he is so good

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Made it to Haiti Day 1

Yesterday was a surreal day for us. On our plane ride to Haiti I kept thinking I can’t believe we are really headed to Haiti to meet J.   When we arrived into Port-au-prince we got off the plane and made it through customs pretty fast.  We went to get our bags we had checked (we had alot of bags thanks to all the donations) which seemed like it took forever.  Emil finally got all our bags and we piled them on top of each other and tried to make our way out to find whoever was picking us up from Chances for Children creche.  It was very crowded and a little overwhelming as everyone wanted to grab your suitcases from you to help you to your taxi.  We walked all the way to the end of the walk way before you were in the parking lot so we assumed our ride hadn’t come yet.  We stood there for awhile waiting and two haitian men stood with us. Kept offering to let us use their phone to call who was coming for us or telling us they would take us where we needed to go.  We assured them our ride was coming for us! After about a 15 minute wait an American girl found us and that was our ride! Yay she understood english:) Kenscoff is only 14 miles away from port au prince but the ride there was about an hour. So much traffic and so many crazy drivers.  The elections for president are supposed to take place soon so some roads were blocked off their rallys (or whatever they call them) and we had to turn around and go different ways to make it out of port au prince.  We stopped at the grocery store on the way to Kenscoff called the gaint.  It was very nice.  Not sure if I can say her name (the girl who works for chances for children helping us around) so we will call her A.  A told me it was the one of two american grocery stores. I wondered why it was so empty no one was in there at all.  After the store we finally headed to Kenscoff. It is up a mountain. It’s much cooler here than in Port au prince which is very nice. A told me that 90% of Haiti’s vegtables are grown in Kenscoff on the mountainside.  I couldn’t get a good pic but it was beautiful.  Once we got here we dropped our bags off at the guest house (which is across the street from the creche) and then walked over to the creche.  We only had about an hour at that time before visting hours are over and the little kids head to bed so we wanted to go meet J right away.  There’s an armed guard at the gate of the guest house and at the gate of the creche.  When we walked in A took us up stairs to the little kids room.  And that’s where we got to meet J.  A had asked me if I wanted her to video us meeting him so we did catch the sweet moment on video.  He came to us right away.  I was told by some of the older boys they had told him all day you get to meet your mom and dad today.  He didn’t let me or Emil put him down the whole time we were there.  At first all the little kids were all over us.  J loved my watch so he wore that the whole time. He wasn’t happy the way I put it on so he got off my lap went to his nanny and had her do it correctly then he quitely came back to my lap to sit down again.  when you sit down about ten little kids jump on your head so I learned quickly let’s just stand.  We decided to take J downstairs to see if we could have a little time with him. Then we met the older boys. Their english is so good so I was able to ask them alot of questions about J. They loved watching a video I have of Emma playing the guitar on my phone and laughing at her.  One of them said J’s sister is so cute and funny! Then he told me we love guitars here next time you come bring five.  They seem to love music.  The song emma was signing to on the video was 10,000 reasons and they knew it in English so we sang it together (the older boys did). J stayed in my lap this whole time.  Emil played basketball with 4 of the older boys (2 of them were 16 and the others maybe 11).  The girls weren’t as talkative so my goal this week is to hopefully get to be friends with them too! All the older kids know english. J actually understands most of what I’m saying to him. I said do you like basketball do you want to play and he said No you hold me.  After an hour A said it was time to leave so we had to put J down and he cried. One of the older boys told him dont worry they will be back.  We came back to the guest house and ate dinner with A and a team that is here for missions work.  We got to know them a little bit so it was nice to have them to chat with. Then we headed to bed early! Breakfast is in an hour….to be continued until tomorrow!

FINALLY, the day has come!!!!!

Let me just start this blog with God is so good! Sometimes it’s so easy to forget in the waiting but he is good, he’s in control and he knows what’s best for us when we really don’t.

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Yesterday was abit crazy! I got both kids to school, Emil headed down the street to work on a house in our neighborhood and I satdown at my computer to work. My phone rang and I looked at the caller ID which said “Lifeline” (That’s our adoption agency). I knew in my heart this was the call we had been waiting on for years. Recently Morgan (our social worker) doesn’t call she emails because when people see her calls they think their referral is coming. So needless to say when I saw her call I got pretty excited. I had Emil rush home so we could pull up his file and see his cute little face together!!! We started this adoption road about 3 1/2 years ago and it honestly seemed like this day may never come.  We are so excited to finally be heading to Haiti to meet our little guy in person.

So the next steps for us are a 14 day trip to Haiti just Emil and I.  After that we come home (sadly, without our little guy) while Haiti and USA finish their paperwork and approvals (there is technical terms for all this but we will leave it at that) before we can go back to pick him up. At this point again we will wait. But this time we will wait with our arms and hearts so attached to this sweet little boy that the wait(although it may be even harder) will have a renewed strength and fight to wait forever if needed.

We haven’t even left yet and there is so many thank yous already in order to family and friends! I’ll save those for a little later.  But we would appreciate your prayers. Here’s some things you can pray below:

  • Pray for Emil and I as we physically prepare and pack to go to haiti for 14 days. It will be out of my comfort zone, Emil will be fine he always is.
  • Pray for our hearts as we are prepare to meet and love on  J for the next two weeks (let’s call him J until I can share his name).
  • Pray for J’s heart to prepare to meet us and for all the changes he’s about to have in his precious little life.
  • Pray for my parents and Owen and Emma as we leave them here for two weeks. Mostly for my parents taking care of two crazy kids! (thank you Mom and Dad this wouldn’t be possible without you – love you)
  • And last and most important that God would be glorified in all of this adoption story. That our time in Haiti we would be a light to all the kids and creche workers and everyone we are around that we would shine for Jesus.

 

He knows exactly what we need

I just finished getting a pedicure at Aqua Stone and I’m sitting in my car with tears in my eyes! I was just humbly reminded how loving our God is. How he personally cares about me and what I need each and every day. The last few weeks all I can think about is going to Haiti soon. For those of you I haven’t got to tell in person we did hear from our agency that hopefully (fingers crossed) we will go to Haiti in the next 1-3 months to meet our son. I’ve been excited, discouraged, anxious, and nervous all in one day (maybe all in one hour) for this possibility. But sometimes we just need a little reassurance from the Lord when he calls us to do something that He will give us the strength to do it.

Today getting my pedicure a young girl named Nee was my technician. We started chatting and I found out she’s from Thailand. I asked her lots of questions as I was very curious when she moved here, how it came about and how she ended up in Clearwater. We ended up chatting for over an hour about “her story”. She was from a poor town in Thailand and she had a family from Boston that sponsored her all growing up. If you don’t know what a sponsor is look into Compassion International and it explains what ministries like them do. A family can sponsor a child for about $35 dollars a month and that helps pay for books, shoes, clothes, cost of going to school and things like that for a specific child in a poor area. Nee had the same sponsor for 20 years. She ended up moving to the US to go to college. She met a guy here and long story short they fell in love and got married. Nee eventually after 20 years of sponsorship got to meet this family in Boston and they are Christians. She heard about Jesus all growing up from this family. And now Nee has given her life to the Lord. Her and her husband attend church here in this area now. She couldn’t say enough about how God used her sponsors to help change her life. Her sponsors were also an adoptive family, they adopted a boy from Ethiopia when he was about 3 and he’s now 18 she said.

I got to talk to Nee about us adopting a little boy from Haiti and how we currently sponsor a little boy in Haiti as well. The encouragement I gained from Nee today has been something I will never forget. When I was leaving I told her “thank you so much for sharing your story with me” and she said “I know God had me share with you today, I don’t always talk about it but for some reason I knew I was supposed to with you”. I gave her a big hug and when I got to my car I couldn’t contain myself any longer I just started to cry.

I’m so thankful for a God who knows exactly what I need each and every moment. I needed to be encouraged that no matter how long the wait, no matter how hard it is when our son first comes home, God’s got this. This little boy’s life will be forever changed because God is going to do something wonderful with him! Nee is proof of that for me. Because of this family that sponsored her for 20 years she heard the Gospel, she moved to the U.S., met a Christian husband and she gave her life to Christ. Now she said she loves to tell people her story so that God can be shown in it!

Now I want to sponsor like ten more kids immediately! If you don’t sponsor a child already, look into Compassion International or an organization like them or sponsor a child at the Crèche where our son is called Chances for Children in Haiti.  They are in need of sponsors (https://www.facebook.com/Chances4Children/). Nee is living proof it changes lives.

Praise Him In the Hallway

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Are you guys still adopting? People are curious. Everyone around us that says they are adopting actually brings a child home. We haven’t and it’s been 2 years since we started. Are we still adopting? Sometimes I wonder myself.

Lord willing, we are still adopting, for those of you wondering!

Sometimes I read blogs from other Haiti adoptive moms and then stop reading blogs because I’m frustrated. I join the Haiti adoption facebook groups and then stop looking at posts because I’m frustrated.  I start doing my lessons to learn Creole and then stop because I’m frustrated.

But this blog I read today actually made me think, okay this isn’t good and it doesn’t fix it but maybe it will help me explain to others why we don’t have a child yet. And help me come to the reality that Haiti has some a lot of problems but someday this will be a distant thought and our son will be home.  Haiti is trying to fix the problem of children being sold for bribes. Parents giving up kids not realizing they are giving up all their rights. Or maybe just giving up their kids for money to put food on the table for their family. I think the system may have good intensions but they definitely don’t have the personnel or man power to put the correct systems into place.  This blog I think helps explain a little bit of the Haiti adoption system from someone who has seen the system for over 20 years.

http://www.glahaiti.org/the-adoption-system-in-haiti-is-a-broken-system

If you have a chance to read it please do! Maybe you will know better how to pray for Haiti as a country, their adoption system and for us while we wait for our son to come home.

But until God opens the next door, we will just praise Him in the hallway!