Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy 13th Birthday Athulia!

We were able to sing Happy Birthday to Athulia today via Skype.  Hope you have a great day sweetheart.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Things People Say To Transracial Families

funny you tube....

My personal favorite was arguing with a lady at Target,
"They MUST be twins; they're wearing the same sweatshirt!"

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dog in the classroom, digger in the driveway....

Schoolwork is really gonna suffer this week, but more bedrooms here we come!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

They are safe from the winds of Isaac.  Now pray for protection from disease.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Grace Turns 4!!

Happy Birthday Sunshine!

New Camping Friends

FFFWUMP -the giant bullfrog who landed on his face when he hopped


The Blandings Turtle

Chippy and the fuzzy red fire loving bug (in bottle)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


NO MORE HIP BRACE DURING THE DAY!!!!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Josh played his last baseball game Thursday night.  His team was 8-2-1.  A GREAT season!

Monday, June 4, 2012



The HIS HOME children at the ceremony at the mayor' s palace with the Haitian president, his wife, and the director of IBESR.  Can you spot a future VanBerkel in this picture?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sam is 13!



I thought having a teenager in the house would mean we were past buying large pieces of bright colored plastic. Guess I was wrong. Check out Megan's "Eye of Sauron" cake she made for the celebration.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Our Amazing Goose Dog

video
Look out Canada geese, Cali is back on duty...

Monday, February 27, 2012



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Donalson, Dana, Bruce & Sam

We met this cockroach's cousin in the airport. He was twice the size of this one.
Sam & Sedene

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

and then there was the bizarre...





Home




We are home safe, sound, and healthy.
I thought this trip would be much easier than my previous ones now that my daughters are not being left behind in Haiti. I thought I would fly home without the tears. Instead I find myself weeping for 136 kids who aren't being tucked in by their mommies tonight. Some have both biological and adoptive parent who want to be with them, but just can't be. Some are still just waiting. I saw 20 toddlers jumping up and down yelling MOMMA trying to get my attention. I had a young man pass me a note saying he loved me. I held a 13 pound little baby born with a deformed respiratory system fighting for every breath. I finally got to meet a young lady rescued from living alone in the tent camp. I've prayed for her for 1 1/2 years. She asked me to teach her to swim and we took a lap around the pool together. She told me my children are beautiful. We have only been home 3 hours and it is wonderful to have our family back together but....
I miss Haiti already.