Saturday, March 28, 2009

Grace enjoyed a recent visit from Vanessa, director of Angel Mission Haiti. Angel Mission Haiti helped Grace get the care she desperately needed after she was found last August. Read more about our baby girl...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

El Roi

Our God continues to be a God who sees. We were told that Grace should ideally begin treatment for her feet before 9 months old. She is now 7 months old. Doors closed as far as getting a medical visa and bringing her to the states for treatment, but Chris has found Canadian doctors willing to provide braces and therapy in Haiti. The Xrays mentioned in a previous post showed that the bones in Grace's legs are straight! She will begin wearing braces to turn her feet around and have physical therapy on her hands. Surgery may still be needed on her Achille's tendon, but that can wait until after the braces. Please pray for our little peanut, as this process is sure to be uncomfortable. This "parent-in-waiting" phase where we see and talk to the girls via Skype every two weeks, but only hold and hug them once a year is certainly a challenge for our hearts. It is so good to know that we have a God who sees their needs and loves them.

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.
We received this from Haiti a few days ago.....

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

Hey Everyone
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).