Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
October 31 was the one year annivesary of our dossier's arrival in Haiti. It feels like a huge victory to have completed a full year of waiting. On our imaginary timeline (though in truth it means absolutely nothing), we are halfway through the wait. Thoughts start coming like: this may be our last Thanksgiving without the girls here... the last Christmas... Geoff finished the girls bedroom. We are ready and eager for their arrival.
At the same time we found out a close family member has stage 4 cancer. Quite a surprise. Once again we find ourselves surrounded with new senarios and terminology. Not nearly so fun as trying out Kreyol. Thoughts start coming like: this may be our last Thanksgiving... the last Christmas...
How is it possible to want to miraculously speed up and miraculously slow down time all at once.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today- we went to the beach. A two hour ride in the back of the caged truck. We saw alot of Haiti out of the back of the truck. First time out of Port au Prince- so we got to see rural life. Some corn farms, alot of skinny farm animals and garbage all over. Roads are filled with taptaps, buses, trucks and motorcycles- all seemingly using their horns all the time. The beach was a nice change of pace- lunch on a cabana overlooking the ocean, playing in the water with the girls (and crabs, octopi, jellyfish and fish)- all the while dodging garbage drifting in from the ocean- okay, not club med, but something to see anyway. The girls are feeling alot better- Gracie giggling and laughing and grabbing all the time, Daphna a little quieter by the cutest little shy smile you have ever seen coming more and more often.
Tommorrow off to the Haiti Baptist Mission I think- another couple hours of bumpy roads and hard wooden benches.....
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
No good internet access yesterday, and pics are really slow to upload- things seem quicker today so I hope it works. We spent most of the afternoon and evening at HIS Home yesterday working on the sponsorship project. We fingerprinted and took pics. of 66 of the kids- about half. Hopefully we will finish up today or tommorrow. The girls are feeling better- fighting their colds off and eating a little better. They are definitely getting more comfortable with us. One of the families here had to travel to the immigration offices yesterday with the mother of the two girls they are adopting, and we rode in the car with her on the way to drop her back off. The reality of life sinks in when a mother is willingly giving up her daughters because there is no food or hope here for them- our hearts broke at the hardship- we can't even imagine....
Also met a couple yesterday who signed final papers and took their kids home- which was an encouragement to us that there will be an end to this journey at some point.
We are soaking up the time with Daphna and Grace- playing, swimming, and travelling. They are pretty much worn out at the end of everyday.- I am watching Daphna's huge eyes roll back in her head right now as she fights to stay awake- and yes- her eyes really are that big. Gracie is feeling better and is certainly becoming more affectionate and active (grabby little thing)_ have to watch her every second.
Thanks for you prayers- specifically that we can finish up the sponsorship project, and for babies Joey, Gaelle and Lydia as they are all pretty sick right now.
Monday, August 17, 2009
After church it was off to His Home for lunch-got to spend alot of time visiting and playing with the kids. We were all pretty hot and tired by about 3 pm when we got home so the pool at the hotel was full of white parents with Haitian kids- kind of a spectacle. Gracie LOVES the pool- splashing and giggling the whole time- Daphna was not impressed at first but warmed up quickly to it- even splashing a little.
We are finding out Gracie is a VERY strong willed young lady- I think that is the only reason she could have made it through her first month of life. She lets us know exactly how she would like things to be. Look out Megan- you will have your hands full with this sister! Daphna is very quiet, shy and compliant- she just looks at you with those huge eyes and is very delicate about everything she does.
Some good storms came through last night- couldnt get internet- it is better today. Haven't seen the weather yet to see what else is on the way. We are off to His Home this afternoon to start the ornament project- we are going to need some help with names!
Pray for Grace and Daphna- both are fighting colds and they arent' feeling all that great. Jude and I are good so far. We love you guys- we feel your prayers. God is good all the time.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thanks for praying us through customs, although you were all praying a little early.....We were asked about the large bags- showed him the top one- strategically filled with formula and no vitamins, and were waved through. We pray we can be a blessing to Chris and Hal and all the kids with the things that you sent with us.
Try to get pics tommorrow- God bless.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Happy Birthday Grace! Today our baby girl turns 1. 6 more days till we can spoil her rotten.
We have officially collected enough donations to fill all our luggage to the max!
74 cans of formula, 123 bottles of vitamins, a pack-n-play, sheets, rubber pants, bottles, underwear + $780! Thank you.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Hal and Chris
Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Here is a snapshot from our Mothers Day skype visit with Daphna and Grace. Grace has new braces for her feet. At night the braces are connected with a metal bar between them. As you can imagine, she is not so happy about this. She is still going to get braces for her hands, but this was delayed with all the riots around election time.
We have finished school for the year and are starting to get excited about our summer trips. In June we are travelling to Ohio to meet up with Chris and Hal and other HIS Home supporters to celebrate HIS Home's 10th anniversary as an organization. Then on August 15, Geoff and I are flying to Haiti to celebrate Grace's first birthday and Daphna's 2nd birthday. Start praying now for a quiet hurricane season! We hope to bring down 200 lbs. of supplies for the orphanage. If you would like to help, we are collecting cans of Walmart brand baby formula. There is also always a need for cloth diapers, plastic pants, vitamins, and pack-n-play sheets. Thanks!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
After months of struggling with our adoption agency, we received word that we are free to pursue our adoption independently. The agency has decided to end their contract with the Nungesters and to close their Haiti program. This news brings a bit of sadness as we would have liked to see more children find homes near us, but it is mainly a huge relief. The fear of our adoption being terminated is over. Our orphanage donation money is being delivered to Haiti after a long delay. We were given back some of the fees we had paid. A weight has been lifted. We are so thankful.
Just wanted to update you that we are having Grace evaluated at Healing Hands ofHaiti, a Canadian ministry that provides physical therapy services. I was therewith another child on Fri., and when I inquired about getting her into therapythey suggested that we bring her in immediately as they had an ortho specialistthere. Dr. Anderson did see her and ordered x-rays of her feet which were donetoday. Should have them back in a couple of days, then he will see her againFri. to give some advice about treatment options. He agreed that she hasvertical talus, as opposed to club feet, but wants to see the x-rays beforegoing any further... She is doing great with her hands, moving her fingers,grasping things, and while riding around town today going from doctor todoctor's appts with several kids, she spent a lot of time styling my hair. Sheloves playing in my hair! So, will keep you posted about what we find out Fri. Blessings! Chris
We got to Skype again with the girls last week- first time we saw Grace smile!
Please pray for HIS HOME- there are pre-election riots and violence going on in the city. Chris and Hal have "insider" gang members who they can call to find out the areas to avoid while running kids around.
We are looking forward to our new hairstyles.....
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Sorry there has been no posts for awhile. We have run into some pretty serious roadblocks that seem to be heading towards some possible legal actions and are in some serious need of prayer. The last few months have been full of ups and downs. I can't really get into details because of the possible pending legal actions.
We have started "Skyping" with the girls- twice a month we do an internet video phone call. We talked to them last night- they are looking great. Daphna is learning to walk (we have pictures) and Grace has started using her hands in a somewhat functional way, which rules out some really bad stuff. The doctors are guessing a possible syndrome that has some serious long term effects, but we won't know for sure until we get her here and do some genetic testing. Pray for us as we continue to pursue a medical visa for her.
Thanks so much for following along with us on this journey- it has been one of the hardest things we have ever done, and we often know we are being lifted up by our prayer warriors.
Please keep Judy's folks in your prayers as well. Dad has Alzheimers that seems to be progressing quickly- Judy is in Chicago this weekend to begin looking into Dementia care for him. Mom's heart is damaged and she is having lots of difficulty breathing (she had congestive heart failure 11 years ago).
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
2008 was quite an adventure, we can hardly wait for what 2009 has in store for our family. Some rather discouraging news on medical visas. Apparently the American Embassy in Haiti is getting reluctant to issue visas for children who are in the process of being adopted. There has been some problems with children not returning when the visas expire and the adoption is not completed yet. As of last week getting Grace to our home for treatment has began to look doubtful. It is possible that she can go somewhere else in the country with a family willing to host if suitable people and medical care can be found.
We are definitely looking to God to do His will here, so please be praying that His perfect plan for Grace would be done. Who knows, maybe He has plans for her in His kingdom in another family for awhile before she come to us? Our responsibility is to wait patiently and watch and listen as His will is unveiled at the proper time. Oswald Chambers spends some time in his book "My Utmost for His Highest" exploring what it means to wait quietly and patiently for God to move and then always be ready to go when He asks. That is our prayer right now, that God would give us peace and calm as we wait.
Our dossier is moving through the appropriate offices in Haiti. All seems well and on track as far as the adoption goes. Word is that Daphna is moving around great and is happy as anything with all the kids in the orphanage. Apparently Grace is beginning to use her hands a little bit, and is interacting (smiling, cooing etc.) with others. These activities are great indicators of proper developmental progress for a 5 month old- so we continue to pray for her health and body as she grows.
Thanks so much to all who have been praying for us in the last year, and God's blessing on you all in this new year.
What an awesome and surprising God we serve!