Sunday, November 01, 2009

Haiti Trip #2

In case you missed it, we, along with several other families, had to go to Haiti on short notice to appear in court, in order for our adoptions to proceed. We were told we would meet with a judge, but if he was in the room, we didn't know it. We all signed blank pages in a notebook...a smidge unnerving! Thankfully, folks were discussing how many times they signed while we all waited and it turns out that both spouses were to sign TWICE per child that you are adopting. Two families, us included, discovered that we had not signed enough times and we went back in. We are so glad that this was discovered while we were still in Haiti. Can you imagine if we hadn't caught that?

Regarding our case, we are not going to share it all on the blog. If you want to know more, please email us privately and we will be happy to discuss it with you, but for the purposes of this open blog, we are simply asking for prayer over our kids and their adoption cases. We were told that they were likely about six months from coming home, but with some recent developments, their homecoming date is unsure.

Here are our photos:

Arriving in Haiti
A school girl, in uniform, walking home
Philippe swimming with Mama - by the last day he was going underwater and was much more gutsy
Three of us - Patricia learned how to swim on our last trip and she did great again, even wanting to take off her water wings...we let her but she had to stay by the edge in the shallow end!
Love it! This is one of our favorite things - watching our kids sleep. Can't wait until they do this at HOME
Our babes...We had a rough start, with lots of attitude and them pretty much flat out ignoring us. Even though we know they understand a lot of English, we asked a translator to sit down with us for a moment, just to make SURE they understood. We asked him to please explain to the kids that we know it is hard to have us come for such a short time and then have to leave. We know it must be confusing. That we want to take them home right now, but we have to wait for the paperwork. That we have only TWO days together and that we can make it a great two days, or it can be miserable. We expect them to look at us and answer us when we speak to them. We want to have fun with them. That we want to have a wonderful visit, but they need to help make that happen.

I guess this worked, because they were totally different after that!
I was asking one of the older girls about how to do Patricia's hair, and then before I knew it, I was actually DOING her hair. Here it is in transition...

Self-portrait by Philippe - eating a gummy worm
Another self-portrait :)
Philippe took some (many!) pictures of his gift from us...
Philippe pushing Patricia out of the bed! Just like last time!
Our dear ones...once again, check out that hair...those twists were done by me! Not too bad for a "blanc" lady! I need to get better, but when I finished, Patricia said, "Thanks Mama!"


Overall we had a great visit with the kids, those representing us and other adoptive parents. We left a bit downtrodden over our adoption process, and a few other things that happened, but the Lord blessed us with safe travels and good health. Last time we ended up in the ER upon returning home!

Please, PLEASE lift up our kids, their orphanage and the staff, and all the kids waiting to go HOME. We need to pray for paperwork to MOVE as it is such a WASTE to have children who are matched with families sit in institutions. Blessings to all the waiting families and thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers!

18 comments:

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Oh my... and I thought it was bad enough with China... hang in there... which I know you will... hugs to you all

Jinglebritches said...

Lovin you!! Call me!! I need to hear your voice.

Katy said...

HUGS to you and many prayers....I know how hard it is, and I thank you for your request for prayers for all the families. We WILL hang on, even when we are at our weariest. I am glad you were able to explain more to them with a translator and they understood, because I tried that in July and Patricia especially looked so confused and sad. She looks very happy with her Mama and Papa. Nice job on the hair, and beautiful photos! Praying your kids home...

Kathy C. said...

I'm glad it worked out and you were able to enjoy your time with them.

Bill and Christina said...

Thank you for posting. So glad that you cuaght the error brfore leaving. The pictures are great! They look so happy.

Jen said...

Praying for all of you and that the process would pick up and waiting children would be united with their families much faster.

kayder1996 said...

I'm sorry you have hit a snag.

Rachelle said...

Praying those two get to come home soon.

Lisa said...

I can't imagine a process harder than China but Haiti seems to be much more challenging. You are in our prayers. May God bless your wait in unexpected ways.

Gorgeous pics!!!

Maddys Mom said...

Praying for you & your kids. What is impossible with man is possible with God. I am believing that things will turn around quickly.

I love the last picture. what beautifu outfits & yes, you did a good job blanca on her hair.

Greg's Wife said...

Great job on the hair, Mama! Glad you're home safe. Praying for forward movement.

Tracy said...

Adorable photos, Dawn. They are just so cute. I am sorry the process seems to hit another rought spot for you all. If it's not one thing it's another.
Looks like P and P had a great time with you both!

Tracy said...

Adorable photos, Dawn. They are just so cute. I am sorry the process seems to hit another rought spot for you all. If it's not one thing it's another.
Looks like P and P had a great time with you both!

Megan said...

Just sent up a prayer for your kiddos!

Lisa said...

Praying for you, Dawn. I sure hope it is no longer than 6 months. These kids need to be with their forever family!

Anonymous said...

prayers prayers prayers coming your way! i know olivia needs her siblings home! love to both of you - angel and richard

Stacie said...

PRAYING IN TN!!!!

Jenna said...

oh my! that last picture of them?! i love it! i read this post a long time ago in google reader, but am just now commenting. i pray for you and the kids, the process, their salvation, for family bonding. i think of you all often and have great hopes for the future of your family!!

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