I made my first trip to Haiti in 1998. Fell in love with my first orphan in 2000. Started a non-profit to help Haiti in 2003 and started taking teams down on short-term mission trips soon after. I fell in love with Wanna and Fritzon (and a lot of others in the same orphanage) in March of 2010 and had to wait over 2 years to start the adoption process due to the laws of Haiti and a process that is always changing. Our documents were finally submitted and accepted in the fall of 2012 and are currently moving through the court system. We are quickly (hopefully) approaching the end of our adoption. This is my blog to talk about all things related to our adoption and any thing else I think is relevant to it. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fundraiser Bracelets

These bracelets and necklaces are made in Haiti and $4 of each sale goes back to the person who made them.  The rest goes towards our adoption.  If you would like them shipped to you, please consider an extra $2 donation to help cover the cost.  If you are interested in helping selling for me I will send extras for you.  Please include your shipping address in Paypal.  Thank you!!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Adoption Progress

I just returned from a week in Haiti and feel like I made some progress.  I'm still waiting for the President of Haiti to sign the new adoption law but I am hopeful it will be soon.  In the mean time I met with Fritzon's dad who is excited and supportive and said Fritzon's mother will be too.  Same went for my meeting with Wanna's mom.  I took Wanna with me to see her mom and it was heart breaking to watch her withdraw into herself.  I'm not sure what was going on in her mind but she didn't want to talk to anyone while we were there and Wanna is a very outgoing child.  I'm sure it was overwhelming.

After waiting for almost 2 years to begin all this, simply because of the age issue, I have finally found someone willing to work with us.  I have contacted countless agencies in Haiti the past 2 years and no one was willing to work with us because of our age and even if they were the cost of the adoptions through all these agencies are so much. 

I'm still struggling with raising the money needed for the Haitian fees but I believe it will work out.  If you are interested in helping I have 2 fundraising things going on now and I'm always open for ideas.  One is selling Haitian made bracelets from the Apparent Project.  The first $4 goes to the Haitian that made the bracelet and the rest goes towards our adoption.  If you are interested in buying some or selling some for us please let me know.

If you want to help let me know!  Thank you for all the prayers and support.  I hope I can post a picture of the entire family bringing in next year together!