Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Time line

I'm going to stempt to write down all I can remember from this journey over the past month. I'm afriad if I dont then I will forget parts.

On January 11th we were informed that we were finally into IBESR!!
Such a great exciting day for us, the day we had waiting for since we started all of our paperwork and inquiries in December 2008.
On Tuesday January 12th we were speaking to Jounior at His home around 3:00 telling him that we were in IBESR. Then as we all know Haiti was struck with a 7. Plus earth quake just before 5:00.
We got a brief msg that Hal and Chris and the kids at HIS hom were ok around dinner time.

The next couple / few days we had no word from HIS home at all. We were all waiting around worried, watching the news, reading the msg boards waiting to hear anything. 13th...14th...15th... It was a hard week, we really felt helpless. What could we do to help?

On Friday morning January 15th we got word from Julie Manfred that Delta was letting her fly in a large shipment of supplies out of Boston, which day this would happen was up in the air, but what we would do about it was not.
I spent Friday out with a friend collecting donations from local businesses,

Saturday the 16th we sat at a table in front of Buds shop n save colecting supplies,

Sunday the 17th we were given donations at church (we had a visit from Jeremiah palangio this day as well) AND we got word that the plane carrying the supplies would be loaded at 2:00 AM on Tuesday morning/ Monday night.

Monday the 18th we got a Uhaul, and met with the news team, and left for Boston. We arrive at Logan around 1:30 ish I think. Julie was already there at that point. We spent the next 5 hours or so lableing bins and sorting, and checking them in. The final count was 102 50 lb packages of donations.

Around 6 AM Tuesday the 19th we were put up at the airport Hilton for some sleep. We slept until about 11:30 and then went back to Logan to wait for the other 9 people who were escorting the supplies to the orphanage to arrive. It was a long day of sitting around visiting and waiting. The team was al gathered and checked in to leave around 5:00 Tuesday night, and thats when we headed home.

We arrived home around 12:00 Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning Jan 20th, I think.
We waited around and watched the news on Wednesday.
We got word that chris was bringing 54? children to the embassy for their apts to get humanitarian paroles.

On friday jan 22 at 6:35 Pm we got a call from the state department to let us know that our children had been given Parole!!! Within the next few hours the calls poured in to about 50 other childrens families from HIS home.

On Saturday jan 23rd it was finalized that our children would be flown into Miami on Monday Jan 25th at 11:00 AM. So we spent Saturday preparing for our children to come home while making hotel/ flight/ babysitter arrangments. Saurday night Donna came and slept over so that we could leave at 6 AM Sunday morning.

At 2:00 AM Sunday morning I was still putting a crib together. So we left for the airport early Sunday morning.

We arrived at dinner time to our hotel in Miami Sunday Jan 24th . On Sunday while on our trip we gad read that the PM of Haiti was going to start a new law that he wanted to approve or deny every child leaving Haiti before they flew out. We didn't think this would affect our kids because they already had ALL their approval papework.

Sunday night while at the hotel hoping to catch up on a few hours sleep before the kids arrival we got word that Chris was getting the kids emergency evacuated immediattly because as of Monday morning when they were supposed to leave , the new law would be in effect and if they waited they might not get to leave.
So We spent Sunday night with a bunch of other parents scared and waiting up for word of where they were.

The children were loaded on a military Jet in the middle of the night and flown to Orlando. They arrived into the Unitted States Sometime Monday January 25th (between 1:00-3:00 AM I think) It was the group that we were in Boston with , who had escourted the supplies, that escourted our children home.

We waied around all day Monday to find out how we would get to see our children. We were told that the babby was very sick and admitted to the hospital and they were doing X rays for pnemonia, ad his ears wre really bad. On Monday night we found out that he was negitive for pnemonia and was flying into Miami with the group. So all of us parents went to the airport to wait for our babies. We got there around 7:00 and waited until midnight before loading onto a bus to be driven to another location with our children, where we were to take custody of them. It didn't quite work that way at all.

Around 1:00 AM we watched our children come out of the airoport and be loaded into vans that would take them to the location. They were not supposed to see us, because they didn't want them upset, they wanted them to stay calm until we got there. When we got to the designated location we all filled out immigration type paperwork and gave them proofs of our adoption progress and whatnot. Around 3:00 AM Tuesday morning now the 26th, we were told that the kids had been tucked into bed and that we could ocme back on Wednesday morning at 10:00 and see them. I couldn't leave, and it worked out that our bus could only hold 11 and I made 12, so they let me stay at the facility. I went right to sleep in one of their hospice beds. The next morning I was in the office waiting for word of any klind at about 8:30. I was told that the bbay would be brought to the drs because he was sick (which we already knew) so they gave me permission to go with him . I went to see him at the cottage he was in just before 10:00 am as the other parents were arriving. I was with him for about 15 min or so when they brought Christella over rom another cottage to see me. Jed arrived with the other parents a few min later. We spent the whole day at the DR and at the office making it all legal. That night (tuesday January 26th , 2010) just before dinner we got custody of our children! What we expected to take a couple more years was real 14 days after the earthquake and only 15 days after we were entered into IBESR! It has been the most amazing blessing we could immagine, an answer to our prayers that we prayed everynight around the dinner table and then again at bedtime. It has also been a huge adjustment! We are all working together, learning, adjusting, compromising and becoming a family truely blessed by HIS love and His home for children.
If Chris and Hal and Junior did not work so hard, so endlessly, and diligently to get our children home as soon as possible, if They hadn't slept on the floor at the US embassy for 2 nights with 50 children trying to get them paroles and visas, then I wouldn't be typing this with my baby sleeping on my lap right now. IT is surreal and unbelievable, but they are here 1 yr and 3 months after we first saw a picture of a little girl through email that was allmost 5 years old but looked to be 2 or 3, and our hearts were moved and we decided what God already knew, that she was ours, and about a year after we found out we would be the parents of a tiny little boy who's mom could not keep him...
There are so many stories that play into this story that show how God interviened to make this all happen. I hear stories like them from time to time, but now I am a part of one...and I will never doubt that Gods plans for our lives are far bigger than our own.

A year and 3 months ago a missionary from Kenya prayed with Jed and I that God would help us with the Big decision we were about to make..and we stopped..and we thought "what big decision"...??? :)