2 1/2

We leave for Haiti in 2 1/2 days and I am filled with emotion. Our plane leaves Nashville at 6:00 am. on the 30th and we land in Port au Prince at 3:55 EST. I don’t know how long it will take us to go through customs then be taken to the orphanage, but I think by 6:30 pm we should be meeting our 2 1/2 year old little boy. Just typing that leaves a lump in my throat. I will be so thankful to give him a hug, look into his eyes, love on him. ❤
I’ve been packed for at least 2 weeks. I keep adding little things to the suitcases that I think the children will enjoy. I’ve checked the weather, tried to check the political climate there, double checked my tickets. There is nothing left to do but wait until Sunday.

I read a blog post a few days ago by someone describing their experiences on a mission trip to Haiti.  I can’t seem to get her final words out of my mind:

The vast disparity between where we lived in Haiti for a week and no matter where we live in the United States is difficult to comprehend. It wakes up a part of your being that rarely gets stirred and leaves you stuck between two worlds.

That’s really how I feel.  I can’t wait to get there and meet my little boy, of course.  But I also can’t wait to get back to that simple world and feel the Caribbean breezes, see the Haitian smiles and, believe it or not, even to feel the humidity that causes me to never stop sweating.  There is something in my heart that keeps pulling me to Haiti.

2 1/2 more days!

Haiti’s Orphan Crisis

Facts on Haiti………. Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere (430,000 before the 2010 earthquake). 1 in 7 children die before the age of 5. 1 in 5 are born with a disability. 25-40% of children under 5 suffer from malnutrition. …

Life expectancy is 50 for men and 53 for women. 80% live under the poverty line. Average annual income is $480. Only 53% can read and write.

Our Big Surprise

(taken from our Facebook pages this morning)

BIG NEWS!!!!      We are adopting…
At the beginning of this year our thoughts were about getting our youngest daughter married and then transitioning to the next phase of life…saving hard for retirement!  But through a series of events we felt God was leading us to adopt a little boy from Haiti. So we started the process in April and we now know who our son will be!   International adoption is quite expensive and so we are trying to raise additional funds this week to help cover some of the traveling expenses as we hope to travel to Haiti 5 or 6 times over the next 18 months to visit Bo before bringing him home. Our first visit will be at the end of this month. Our adoption story is being featured this week at Give1Save1.  I hope you will take a minute to check it out and if you would like to be a part of our story we would be so grateful. The concept of Give1Save1 is if everyone gave just one dollar it would make a big difference to help adopting families with their expenses. You can give whatever amount you would like. They feature a new family each week. We hope you will help us get the word out and share our story on your Facebook page as well. We will post updates during the week. Thanks for your consideration and help.