Friday, January 30, 2009
Posted by Sister Haiti at 5:10 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Our journey with the girls began when I saw their photos on the MAT blog, and saw that the doctor that had volunteered his care was in our state... I thought the chances were slim that the doctor was actually close to us, but I inquired about hosting the girls, and sure enough, their doctor was only 15 minutes away from us. It seemed like a sign from God that we were supposed to be the ones to care for them while they were here. Unfortunately at that time, we were trying to finish up the adoption of our Haitian son, and didn't feel comfortable working on 3 visas (one for our son, and the medical ones for the girls) at the same time, so we had to pass on hosting them, and my heart was so heavy.
At that time, another family who was adopting from Haiti signed up to host the girls, and they also live near us so I was excited to be able to at least visit the girls while they were here in the US.... well, things such as this rarely go as planned.... time moved on, and the girls still were not ready to come to the US (paperwork wise). In the mean time another family signed up to host the girls, because the first family would be bringing their boys home from Haiti very soon.
Long story shorter... time once again went on, and that family had other things come up that would make them unable to host. We were given the opportunity to get our paperwork together so that we could be the host family.
We were so incredibly excited. We picked up two brave, beautiful little girls from the airport, and within the week started going to appointments to prep them for their surgery. The doctor who provided his care, and his office staff who did all of the scheduling were so sweet, and had everything under control. We just needed to show up when we were told.
The surgeries went off without a hitch, and we were in the hospital about 4 days.... the rest of our time together has been recovering, taking antibiotics to avoid infections, and getting to know these darling little girls. They and their parents have definitely been a living testament to us about what REAL faith, and trust are. Their parents had to trust complete strangers (us!), they had to trust a doctor who they had never met or spoken to, they had to trust that it would be safe to put their daughters on an airplane, and trust that everything would be ok.
The parents were able to receive updates via Real Hope for Haiti, and they were also able to print off pictures to give to the parents as well. While I am sure that has helped ease a little of the worry, I can only imagine how much they miss their girls..... In only 6 days they will be reunited. Our family will be so sad to say goodbye, but we only have to think about how joyful the reunion with their families will be.
We ask that you pray for the girls and their families as they get reacquainted with each other. That their transition from the cold North Carolina winter weather, back to the heat of Haiti won't be too rough on their little bodies, and pray that God will continue to watch over them and their families. We will be praying for safety as they travel as well.
Our hosting experience has been awesome. Since we had just brought our son home from Haiti in July, all of the "parenting" Creole was fresh in our minds.... we have been able to communicate with the girls from the beginning. There have been many times when the girls were telling a story and I could only pick up on bits and pieces of what was being said, but as long as I was being attentive, and smiling and nodding- they didn't seem to care if I really understood or not. The girls have fit right in with our 6 children, and I have taken comfort in knowing that these well rounded little girls come from and will be returning to their loving families. They are smart, funny, silly, cuddly, playful, brave, beautiful little girls, who I know are going to grow up to do big things.
We want to thank the MAT Team here in the US and those other hard workers (Lori from RHFH- and her family) who did all of the initial paperwork and running around. What they do is not considered glamorous on many accounts, but I think it is some of the most precious, "noteworthy" work. I feel like we had the easy job of hosting and caring for the girls, and they did all of the hard stuff!
Posted by Momto16 at 11:18 AM
Monday, January 26, 2009
Posted by Sister Haiti at 1:13 PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Posted by Sister Haiti at 12:47 PM
Posted by Sister Haiti at 12:43 PM
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As long as his recovery goes well over the next 48 hours- he will be having surgery again on Thursday for a VP shunt for his hydrocephalus and also repair of the hernia in his groin. For the next three days he is on his tummy and as of right now we are in the ICU.
Surgery yesterday went very well but because of having to get several blood transfusions- we are in the ICU where he can be monitored more closely.
Thank you all for your continued prayers for Baby Bear. He is a very sweet baby and is eating so well- despite being on his belly- it is truly amazing.
We will try to update the blog later today with pictures of his back.
Posted by Momto16 at 6:53 AM
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Posted by Momto16 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Please pray for all of our hearts to remain steadfast and strong.
Please pray for the passport people to get it done TOMORROW.
Please pray for us to all forge ahead with plans and not let anything stand in our way.
Please pray for Bears personal round the clock caretaker (shown above).
This is it. This is just in the nick of time.
It HAS to happen tomorrow.
(Then he will get his Visa on Thursday and travel on Friday.)
Please pray and please pass this on to everyone you know to have them pray.
Bear continues to eat well, gain weight, and is doing OK.
His bump is still changing and thinning in some parts.
He has been fever free.
His head circumference is getting larger...
He is a strong baby and fighting so hard.
Psalm 107:1-4 (The Message)1-3
His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
from the four winds, from the seven seas.
looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down parched throats;
the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.
Posted by Momto16 at 2:44 PM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Baby Bear's passport is in the works. The application was able to be made yesterday and it is being processed. The best case scenario is that they will be able to have the
Sweet Fedna had a full day of traveling yesterday. Thanks so much to Jessica and Jamie (escort and host mom) for helping to bring Fedna to her final destination- TEXAS. And thank all of you for helping with the cost of her plane ticket. What a tremendous blessing it was to be able to have Fedna travel so quickly! Today she is going to see the wonderful Doctor and also to receive some pre-operative testing. On Monday she will have her surgery. What a blessing!
Adorable Saintana was released from the hospital yesterday and is now back at home with her host family. She will need another surgery in February and then recovery time and if all goes well- she will be headed home shortly after that! You can read more about her journey here:
Posted by Momto16 at 12:49 PM
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Posted by Momto16 at 1:59 PM
Monday, January 5, 2009
Posted by Momto16 at 10:05 PM
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tomorrow we are hoping and praying that Bear's passport is able to get fixed so that he can go in for his Visa on Tuesday. Can you please pray with us? It would be wonderful if it was fixed tomorrow and then they gave him the actual Visa on Tuesday instead of making him wait. There is a chance that everyone might not be in the passport office who is needed there to fix the passport tomorrow. (They are coming back after vacation and maybe won't all be in until later in the week.)
We are still waiting on an update about Saintana and we will post one as soon as we have them.
We have three children who will be returning to their families in a few weeks, what an amazing blessing each of their journey's have been. We will be posting more soon.
And... the great news is that Fedna will be coming to Texas FOR SURE this week. We have coordinated several wonderful volunteers schedules and it is all going to work out beautifully.
Posted by Momto16 at 12:32 PM
Friday, January 2, 2009
Posted by Momto16 at 11:25 AM