Tuesday, October 28, 2008


These are some of the food bins that arrived in Haiti with us:

My silly spaghetti boy...

The food arrives at the Creche...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Next Time I Go To Haiti...

I can't come home alone. I think four visits is enough. I'm hesitant to say that because I love Haiti and I love the Creche, but this trip was particularly draining because Asa is getting older and is understanding more. I know he remembered our visit in July and how I had to leave him. He would cry when I'd take him back to the aunties at bedtime, and handing him over Friday morning was gut-wrenching. I don't ever want leave him again so we're hoping and praying that this lengthy process will be over by the first quarter of next year.

The trip, itself, went smoothly. After a few months of delays, the 84 tubs of food from the C4C box drive were on our plane and eventually made it to the Creche. Getting them out of the airport was interesting (and unexpected since we thought they were going to sit in customs for a few days). But we had and awesome group and everyone pulled together. Amber from C4C, April and her husband Mike (adopting Darline) worked really hard to make the whole thing happen and found favor with almost everyone they encountered (airport personnel, customs agents...).

The village road was noticeably washed out from the flooding which made the the ride.... bumpier. ;o) There is a new live-in director at the Creche and she seems to have things running smoothly. The children are looking so healthy and seem happy. It felt hotter than it had been last October but the evenings were lovely and the children have so much fun playing outside before dinner.

Asa's monthly reports have been accurate. He has definitely gained 3+ pounds since July. He now has a belly to match those chubby cheeks. He talks a lot - I can understand and speak a little bit of baby-Kreyol. He remembered a lot of the toys/books I brought back from last time and enjoyed carrying around his mini tote bag filled with crayons, stickers and sunglasses. He loved to be carried and did not love to be put down (definitely my child). He cuddled up and slept on top of me for a nap which it was sweaty for both of us, but I was in heaven. I think I've mentioned this before, but napping with a toddler is total bliss for me. Oh, and Asa has the BEST LAUGH EVER. Here are a few pictures from the trip. More to come in the next few days...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Asa's New Poster...

All the children at the creche have family photos over their beds, and I take a new poster for Asa each time I visit. This one is special because it was made by my super-amazing-brother-in-law, Gary. Isn't it cute?

Gary arrived today (he lives in Maryland) and is going to hang out with Jim & the kids while I'm gone. In addition to being a really cool poster-making uncle, Gary is a Haiti adoption expert. Seriously. He knows the terms IBESR, Parquet, Second Legal and MOI. He even uses them in the proper context. :o)

Thank you, Gary - I know Asa is going to love it!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Four Kids... Two Weeks... Eighty Tubs...

Four children from Asa's orphanage are coming home to their families this week (three sisters came home just a few weeks ago, too). What's especially exciting is that I've traveled with their parents on past trips so I'm incredibly thrilled for all of them. This gives us such a sense of hope: children do come home... eventually.

I'll be in Haiti with the littlest Pie in TWO WEEKS! One cool thing about the upcoming trip is that we'll be escorting the 80 tubs of food (from the box drive a few months ago) to the orphanage. It was actually scheduled to fly to Haiti in August, then rescheduled for September but the hurricanes and flooding caused numerous delays. So the food will be on our plane and will {somehow} be hauled to the orphanage - where we will help to unpack, sort and store it. The final count includes FIVE months worth of formula, hundreds of cans of fruits/veggies/tuna/peanut butter and massive amounts of rice & beans. This supply is crucial as food costs continue to be insane in Haiti and some types of items can't be purchased at all.

I'm getting so excited. It's kind of weird to imagine that one whole year ago, I was preparing for my very first trip to meet Asa. I never would have imagined that twelve months later, our little guy would still be in Haiti and I'd be making my fourth trip to see him. Wow. But what a blessing those precious visits have been.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Monthly Update... Already!

I wasn't expecting it so soon since it seems like we just received the last one. But, SURPRISE! After a busy Friday afternoon, we came home to find a new picture and a GOOD report from Haiti.

Look at how big he is - - 27 pounds!! Our teeny-tiny-little-guy is finally growing. This is huge news since Asa had been hovering in the low 20's for nearly a year. He has gained four pounds in the past two months. I purchased a few outfits for my upcoming trip back in August. It's funny because, even in Florida, they start stocking fall/winter clothes and I knew it was my last chance to buy shorts & summery stuff. The clothes I bought (based on his size in late July) might just be a little snug!

Now the really EXCITING news:

The status of our file is now listed as "in preparation to enter MOI." We've been told that it means we are either out of Second Legal or are very close to being released. Either way, this means we have an adoption decree (!!!!!) and supporting documents that have been authenticated, registered and certified. So, in Haiti's eyes, Asa is our SON! There is a bit of a lag time before entering MOI, though... it can be up to six weeks. I think this is because the file is heavily scrutinized in MOI and they are making sure there are no errors before its submission. But still - - this is progress. MOI is the last step of the Haitian process and it is currently averaging two to three months. After an MOI exit, the final step is US immigration.

I'm not ready to predict when Asa will come home. I'm not even willing to ball-park it because anything can happen. But our family has been praying some very specific prayers about God's timing in all of this and we're trusting that Asa will come home at just the right time. We've already seen some pretty miraculous things, timing-wise, and believe that there is a plan and a design beyond our own comprehension.