Thursday, March 29, 2007
Please check out the beautiful waiting children on Until All Have Homes. There is also a UAHH blog that you can visit, the links are below. The twins listedon the Haiti page really need a family soon. Please consider opening your hearts and homes to these children in need.
Things around the homestead have been crazy. We are working hard at getting home schooling done in April and May so that we have the whole summer to have fun. In April is also spring break week and a week where the kids have standardized testing, so that cuts out two weeks of the FEW that are left. We have a required number of hours to complete and we are getting close. Summer will serve as a great time to do more hands on experential learning. :) I can't believe the school year is winding up already. The past two days we have done nothing but math. My children tend to get worried about testing so the better I can prepare them and boost their confidence the better off that they feel about the tests.
We (my sisters and Mom) are talking about a major cross country trip this summer with the kids. So we may end up being gone most of the summer once again. The list of "places to go" is growing by the day. My sister Nina and her two children would do the Eastern route with us, and then my Mom and/or sister Tisa would be doing the Western route back. (We would spend some time in Ohio visiting family, friends, and Angeline's Doctors would LOVE to see her again I am sure!) But of course there are many things that need to fall into place before we can commit to this trip. Namely the OK from Angeline's docs here to be gone for 6-8 weeks or so. (The time in Ohio wouldn't really be an issue, it would mainly be the traveling too and from that we would want to be sure that she doesn't get sick! Plus we are planning on lots of camping and outdoor time!) The places that we are thinking of visiting are Mt. Rushmore, Old Faithful, Crazy Horse, the Lewis and Clark Trail, American Girl in Chicago (of course), Indoor water parks of Wisconsin Dells (several on the list), and every minor road side attraction is always a hit, even if its just for laughs. The west bound route we will likely drive through the mid US and head into L.A. then back up the coast to WA state. Big dreams, big plans... I do realize! If anyone else has other suggestions of great places to see along those routes, please do let me know.
I am still working on the slide show from my trip to Haiti. It is really long and I don't know if I will be able to get the OK to share it or not. I should be done with it in the next couple days and find out if I can share it next week I would think. Sorry! There have been problems in the past with pictures of the children but its definitely something that would interest all the adoptive parents at COTP so hopefully I will be able to share it with those who would enjoy it the most.
Side thought: How do I put the "blogs that I read" on my main blog page? I see everyone else with this feature and I am not sure how to do it. If anyone knows, please email me and tell me:
Guess what? My husband comes home tomorrow! And next week as of right now looks like it might be the last full week out of town for awhile. Phew! I am trying to plan some special things for this weekend for us all. :) It has been a long week.
Tomorrow we are off to have Angeline's casts changed. I am really hoping that she doesn't get too upset this time. The last time was so traumatic for her. (The "sawing off" part especially.) Its been WEEKS and WEEKS since she has had her legs washed and ALL of her toe nails cut so I am hoping to have about 20 mins tomorrow to get those things taken care of before the last set of boots go on. Angeline will also get fitted for her leg braces. :) We can't wait to start aquatic therapy!
No more news or thoughts on moving right now. Just praying, waiting, and watching. :)
Something really wonderful happened this week. Friends of ours are planning to adopt from Haiti and may even be adopting from COTP! They had not given much thought to adoption but then after getting to know Angeline and our other children the Lord softened their hearts for Haiti!!! I am so excited for their family as they embark on their very own adoption journey. Many blessings!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I have some weekend updates but first I wanted to clear something up. Angeline is "legally" ours. We can re-adopt her here in the US. However, that won't give her citizenship. There are two ways for her to become a US citizen from here:
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Robert has been working out of town during the past couple weeks. Last night he came home so I can finally sit down and get my thoughts together. Its been wild week. Big decisions never can get made in a hurry when we are many miles apart without reliable cell phone service all the time. But he is home now and I am most thankful. (Just for the weekend, then we have a couple more weeks of this before they start a new closer job where he won't have to be away.) I have missed him so much and I can't say enough how happy I am that he is here!
OK the Sonic... well I was all ready to put my initials on the counter, counter, counter offer. :) And I had a moment of panic and thought that I had better call our lender and see what they thought about giving a conventional loan for the sonic. They called six banks and got big no's from them all. It is technically a home, but not really, so no one really knows what to do. We have had Mindy our realtor and Michelle her sister (a loan person) working on getting things together with the current bank. I talked to them yesterday and they don't see a problem with financing it again. Since they hold the current financing. So the only panic's left are the insurance, which we will hopefully know more about that on Monday, and of course then there is the issue if we ever want to sell it. Will we be able to do so? We had thought that with the work we are going to put into it and with the area that it is in, we wouldn't have an issue. But we didn't think about there being any issues with financing and insurance and that sort of thing... so now we are wondering how long will we actually be there?Realistically how much work will we do? Can we really put lots of money into this place and will we really get our return on it? Those are things that we are praying about. AS of right now we are in a bit of a holding pattern. Maybe there will be more clarity once we hear from the insurance people on Monday. Perhaps we will just wait? Neither of us really has any kind of answer either way.
Angeline... miss purple boots goes to get her casts off this Friday and she will get fitted for her leg braces. Then in a couple weeks we will go back and she will be officially cast free and able to wear her leg braces. I can't even say enough about how resilient she has been. Thank you God for that! I am hoping and praying that they will be able to get the braces done really fast and maybe in time for spring break because I would really like to be able to take the kids swimming, and her too during that week. Maybe even to the hot springs... but that is two weeks away, so I don't know if they will be able to do it or not.
Angeline has been really getting into a toddler stage. While I was in Haiti she learned how to say NO, which sounds more like DOE, and is very cute right now. She even practiced telling DOE to the speech therapist many times when she was here this week. (She gets the speech therapy to help with her swallowing, I honestly don't think we will need it much longer because she is doing great with eating despite STILL not having any teeth!)
Angeline's current favorite song is I'M a Little Teacup. :)
Well I am off for super clean day and then I have to start tackling the paperwork. It's time already to re-do Angeline's medical Visa extension. This is a bit of a bummer that we have to do keep extending it but the choice is to do so until she has been with me for two years or to go back to Haiti in order to get her citizenship done. The USCIS right now given how much medical treatment she is still getting, advises just to wait and see... but that it really would be risky to take her back to Haiti right now. We are thinking that maybe once Isaac is ready to come home we could take her then to Haiti and get them both done at the same time at the US Embassy. Time will tell what the right thing to do it.
I don't have any news on all the children and babies that were going to the traveling doctors this week. Please pray that most of them were able to get the care that they need. If not we will start working on MV's for the most critical. I will update once I hear anything. There is one baby named Christela that has Spina Bifida that could really use some extra prayers if you have a moment. I am hoping that she was able to get her surgeries and that she is enjoying some time with her Mom pain free right now.
Have a great weekend!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thanks for your prayers!
Friday, March 09, 2007
Sorry that I didn't take a moment to blog before now. I just felt like I was so wrapped in the moment (of course) that I wasn't able to wrap my head around the past couple days.
I miss my family so much, but its SO good to be here finally. It is great to meet in person the wonderful people who took care of Angeline and to finally meet Isaac and his friends and nannies. My time here is just too short and now that we are on the days until we leave countdown I find myself dealing with all of the feels and emotions that go along with that.
Isaac... WOW! I so wish that my husband and children were here to also meet him. He is so a part of our family it isn't even funny. He is really laid back and likes to be a part of all the action. I am really impressed with how well he is talking! He knows a lot of words and will try to repeat most everything that I say... he especially loves to say BYE BYE and BRAVO! He is really into music and loves when they get to watch a video, especially if it involves a lot of singing! :) It will be so hard to leave him here.
About being in Haiti... it feels really good. Mind you I am not going without many creature comforts here so it isn't hard to be here... I just feel great to be here and be able to enjoy this time. The last time was such a whirlwind with getting everything done I wasn't able to take it all in.
Everyone here has welcomed Kelly and I with open arms and have been so gracious. I will write more specifics when I get home, but I just can't say enough about how many roles the long term volunteers and directors here have.
I have been able to have some good conversations with Antonio and to show him and the nannies Angeline's pictures and give them lots of updates. This morning Katie took me to Milot Hospital where Angeline was found... more on that later. (Pictures too!)
I love all of the children, its really hard not to. They are all so beautiful of course. Speaking of the children, I had better go and get back to them. I promise tons more updates once I am home. (Next week.)
Hey family, I miss you all so much and love you so much too. Email me soon.
Adoptive Parents who are waiting: I encourage you all to come and visit here. It really helps give your heart peace to see where you child lives and meet the people who love them.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
One day until I leave for Haiti. I won't actually arrive in Haiti until Tuesday since I live the absolute furthest point away from Haiti in the continental USA. :)
Please keep Baby Jesi and her Mom Margie and their family in your prayers. Jesula has taken a turn for the worse with her health and there are MANY questions as to what her future life will be like. There is a small glimmer of hope that things may work out just fine with her health situation and we really need to surround this baby and family with love and understanding and PRAYERS! So please lift them up with me!
P.S. Short update on Josiah... he made it to Maine for his surgery. He is being very LOVED at the hospital of course and had his surgery yesterday morning. Keep him in your prayers as well and keep his host Mom in your prayers too!
Thursday, March 01, 2007
We have Angeline's first post surgery follow up appointment tomorrow. They will be cutting off her hard casts this time. It will be the first time that we didn't take them off at home so I am hoping that she isn't too scared of the loud noise that the machine makes. I am also praying that her legs, ankles and feet look great because to me, they look fantastic before the surgery! I can't even imagine them any better! I believe that she has dissolving sutures but she might be getting the rods taken out tomorrow, so just keep her in your prayers. The re-casting in itself is at the point where its traumatic for her... hopefully we have two more casts and then leg braces and can be done with the casting forever! (Praying that we can be diligent enough and that her feet don't turn back!)
Angeline has been such a trooper since her surgery. She has had some trouble sleeping and tends to wake up in the middle of the night about 2am and want to stay away and then maybe have a cat nap before breakfast. I think that she is just ready to be done with the casts! She has been kicking her legs a ton and gets frustrating that she can't bend her knees to try and crawl.
Take note of her blowing kisses picture. That is her favorite past time, she even holds her hand to her mouth and BLOWS the kisses. :) Too cute.
Thanks for the prayers once again!
P.S. We had some snow today and the snow needs to stay away for her appointment tomorrow! Since I am leaving on Monday for Haiti she HAS to make it there tomorrow!!!