Saturday, March 31, 2012
I found a product in Haiti it is Vigo Rice with beans. The taste is very Haitian. We have had the black beans and rice, and red beans with rice. Daphnica said she really liked it. Said she gives it a ten. It is a US company. http://vigo-alessi.elsstore.com/view/category/645-rice-dinners/
Friday, March 30, 2012
The last two weeks have been so great. We have seen so much movement in our adoption that my head is spinning. When we got the call saying we had a passport. I felt like I had won the Publishers Clearing House. To God be all the glory. I know he does all things well. We go in the morning for her medicals.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
OK friends I need your help. Really I am begging for your help. I have never done this in the past. You can do with out one luxury for this week or next. One of the Orphanages that we visit here in Haiti is in great need of a few things. I have been going to visit for over a year now. I love the kids and found Nickolas that cares for them to be a honest and a trust worthy man. You can give a tax deducible donation. Please make checks to Living Word Ministries 121 E Main ST Scottsville, KY 42164 This is there greatest need money to pay there rent the rest of the this year $625.00 (needs to be paid by the end of March). This will give 38 kids a home till February of 2013. Food, This is how much food I can buy for 209.00 Which in turn will have 38 very happy kids. 4 bags of rice, 2 large bottles of oil, large box of maggie, 2 bags of tomato maggie,2 boxes washing soap, one large bag of fab, one large tub of butter, 1 bag corn, half of bag of beans, 2 cans of tomato paste, 18 bags of spaghetti noodles. A better way to cook the food like a propane stove,($1000.00). Chairs for the kids,($5.00 each). Sheets(the kids sleep on the floor). Plates, cups, silverware (6.00 for a plate,cup, and spoon) Please Put Nickolas in the check memo. Also we would like to help the orphanage that Daphnica lived at put down a concert slab for the playground equipment we got them. The kids can not play on it till it is set in the concert. This will cost 1200.00 If you would like to help with this put playground in the check memo. You will make close to 100 kids very happy. We would like to put in basketball goals at two orphanages. Will cost $125.00 Put Bball in the check memo Build two tables and 4 benches for Pastor Calix's orphanage The kids need some place to eat $ 150.00 Put table in the check memo Thank you with all my heart, Holly .
Monday, March 26, 2012
This the update we got. Dossier of Daphnica Duverlus is already signed will be out for passport issue probably tomorrow. I will keep you posted. We are out of MOI and on our way to passports. I was at the market and did a dance in the aisle and praising God. We made this chart on Friday for Daphnica to have a understanding of when we will be going home. We got to add two things last week. This is her adding the roof to show we are out of MOI. Still praising God.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Daphnica is loving school she wanted to stay today so she could play longer with the other kids. Before we leave to go to school each morning we each give her a kiss on the palm of her hand. This way if she misses us she can hold her hands to her face and know we are with her. Today when we were walking to school she had her hands in here pockets. I ask what she was doing she said she was keeping her kisses safe. She calls them her kissing hands. This works very well for her. She told me at bedtime she only had to use them twice today. I got this idea from a book she likes. It is called The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator),
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Another waiting mom sent me this. I really helped me get through last week. I wanted to share it with you. "Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them... The things we try to avoid and fight against - tribulation, suffering, and persecution - are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. "We are more than conquerors through Him" "in all these things"; not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. A saint doesn't know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it. Paul said "I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation" (2 Cor 7:4) The undiminished radiance, which is the result of abundant joy, is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can change. And the experiences of life, whether they are everyday events or terrifying ones, are powerless to "separate us form the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:39) ~ Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest" March 7
Last night as I lay in bed I was rethinking about the day. I start thanking God for our archives and that we were able to get new ones. Because without these our adoption was at a stand still. Then all of a sudden my heart sank. I wanted to weep for all the other mommies wanting for something in there case to move. I felt so bad for them. Then I thought of the ones who have been told that they may never get to bring there child home. (That they have fallen in love with.) This could have been me. I have felt their pain. My heart aches for them. This is a song that got me past those days that I felt hopeless and that all hope seemed lost. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wcdY2v5Kio I felt in my spirit God say if you could trade in your news and give news to someone else who would you pick. Then I started to think of all you that are waiting. The thing is I could never just pick one of you. I would pick all of you. I have thought about this most of the day. If I had to pick I think I would have to pick someone who was here in Haiti waiting. Because that makes the wait harder and longer. Then I thought no I would pick the person who it looks like there in no way. Just wanted to share my thoughts. I am praying for all of you. We will not give up till they all are home. Prayer changes things. With God all things are possible.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3teSoO3pqI This is a video journal of my first trip to Haiti, I hope Candace Green and Michelle Carver do not mind me sharing their part of the video journal. Thank you Andrew Hogue/Cinemental Journeys for editing and working it. Thank you TV-31 for sharing it with everyone. I think Andrew is working on uploading the other days.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Drum roll please........................ We got news today. That our papers are fixed. We now have the new death certificate, and Achieves Extracts for both parents. 4 months of waiting and the day is here. To God be all the glory. We will be home soon. I wish you all could have seen the look on Daphnica's face when we told her. She said God Fixed them and now she can fly to Kentucky. This is the timeline we are were given today Legalization: 1 week, Finish MOI: 2 weeks, Passports: 2 weeks, Finish USCIS: 3 weeks, Visa: 1 week, IBESR exit letter: three days.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
2 years age March 11th 2010. Looking back That last day in Haiti we spent at the orphanage saying our goodbyes was one of the hardest days of my life. For most of the visit that day nether Daphnica or I said much. I felt if I said to much I would burst into tears. She mostly sat on my lap and slept as I held her small body close to me wondering if this was the last time we would ever see each other. I remember what it was like to hold her small hand in mine. That day I prayed a very simple prayer God if there is a way make her Mine. I was not there the night she was born. But to me she was born the first time I held her in my arms. I will never forget those days. When we said no words we just held each other. I would watch as she slept in my arms. Wanting so badly in my heart for her to be mine. She seemed so small and if I held her to tight something would break. For two years now I have carried her in my heart and she is mine. I was not there when on January 12th 2010 when Haiti's earth shook and a cinder block wall fell around my daughter. But I was there this March 7th when our house shook from a small quake. I was the one to hold her close and tell her it was going to be ok. Thank you God for answering my prayers. Now I pray once again if there is a way please make our papers to be finished.
These are some slide shows I did of my first trip to Haiti 2 years age. http://www.youtube.com/user/KentuckyHollyWood?feature=watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lM9gujAcsg&list=UUB2aQnNzF2ac-rBraLrGKLg&index=17&feature=plpp_video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_urm9_wazZ8&list=UUB2aQnNzF2ac-rBraLrGKLg&index=16&feature=plpp_video My world was forever changed. This is something I heard in my spirit right be for I came to Haiti the first time. I hear a small voice call my name in the still quiet moments of the day. This voice comes from a place far away. But I hear its echoes across the ocean as the wind of God carries it to me. Two years have come and gone and now I know the name of that voice. Daphnica, she is my Haitian girl.
Today we went over to one of the neighbors to swim. They told Daphnica she can swim anytime she wants. She calls it the ear cleaning place. Because they have a team of doctors staying there that are going to look at her ears and maybe clean them out. I pulled her hair back, she says manman I did not know you could do that. You can do everything.
Tonight I ask Daphnica what she wants for supper, she says pineapple. Then says pineapple is best thing that has ever happened to me. I say better than mom? she says yes. I say better than papa? she says no. I act like I am crying, she says ok I love you and pineapple the same. As I put her to bed she says that her supper was the best ever in her whole life. (she had cereal, pineapple and dates) I ask her if she loves it more than strawberries? she says same. Then she whispers in my ear. I also love, love.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Tonight as my girl went to sleep. I was the one to hold her hand and rock her to sleep. I was not thousand of miles away. This is what she said right before she fell asleep. I need to learn all the words to the sun will come out tomorrow. That way when I miss you I can sing it. For sure the sun will come out tomorrow because I am here with her.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I had extensions put in Daphnca's hair yesterday . When the girl came she had gotten brown with orange tips. I about had and fit and laugh at the same time. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her that they would not work. That my baby could not have orange hair. She told me that the market only had orange or yellow. She thought the orange would look best. I told yes for a young lady but not a 7 year old. She still thought I was wrong. I told her to wait I would go to the market. I found the right color. It took her 4 hours. Half the time of the last girl that did it.
We took Daphnica to school this morning so they could give her a test to see what grade she will be in. When we came to Haiti 4 months age she was in Kindergarten. Today my baby started 2nd grade. She stayed today to see how she likes it. She was so happy when I left her. Now we have to get her books, supplies, shoes, socks, white hair ribbons and uniform. We are trying to make life here as normal as possible for her. Almost time to go get her. I can't wait to see how her day went.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This was taken from a facebook post Chris did- They are right now demanding Martelly's resignation if if he has dual citizenship. They have been demonstrating downtown today (scheduled), but I have been warning about this. I removed one post about all this because I knew some people thought it was reactionary, well it wasn't. I was just told that they are demanding his resignation tonight (now keep in mind this is a Haitian who just listened to the annoucement telling this to our translator who was explaining it to us as he was literally doing anything he can to get home before anything bad happens out). I have been warning people that the market burning in Tabar was a result of the Prime Minister quitting & that he very possibly quit because the advisory committee investigating Martelly & all his staff found the PM had dual citizenship & he was trying to save his reputation by preemptively resigning. School children have been warned to leave school & stay in that the country is in an uprising. Five large non-scheduled U.N. planes are flying in over our house one after another, all in under 6 minutes!! I don't know what is true & what is rumor, but if you were ever worried about the destabilization of Haiti & adoptions becoming a fact, now is the time to worry, though really it is the time to pray. Earthquake last night, government shaking apart today, I will not give in to fear but will trust in God. I can't believe these fools want to destroy this country around them. Can they not live without chaos? Will they destroy Haiti to get what they want? I can hear people shouting outside in an unpleasant way, not sure what about. Will keep you posted. PRAY PEOPLE!!! http://www.haitian-truth.org/martelly-and-us-ambassadoe-about-to-hold-combined-emergency-broadcast-to-address-the-nation/ I'm trying to find relevant info online but it just doesn't come up quickly for Haiti events. There's no noise outside anymore so it must have been a reaction to the broadcast as it was going. The silence is better but almost eerie at this point. I was feeling weird inside my house & now shouting & potential chaos reported & I feel even more weird as I sit & type. I have a strange peace though but I sure wish we had have gotten more water jugs today just in case the guy that works for us can't come out tomorrow. Another guy called to warn us & he said he'd come no matter what if we needed something, so I'm sure God will provide. Little more only, Radio said they are demanding to see Martelly's passport & all related travel documentation & if it shows evidence of dual citizenship, they are demanding his resignation. In my understanding this is a very small part of the population that are against him, mostly political adverasaries & a few followers. No one else wants him gone. If I understand correctly, the dual citizenship is such an issue because they want their leaders to have more interest in Haiti than being influenced by foreign administrations, so the constitution forbids it. I fear this side would not push their hand so heavily without some proof from the investigative committee that he does in fact have dual citizenship. It would be foolish indeed, deathly foolish, for them if they accuse him & are wrong & perhaps just as much if they are right. Searching for more info. He presented eight Haitian passports, they said something about them being expired, but there has been a crazy speculation that he has Italian citizenship or American & thus has passports from there. There is graffiti appearing on the walls downtown that says, Martelly is an Italian. It seems there is a public outcry for him to stay here & deal with local problems, even among supporters, though I'm sure that is why he is traveling to gain support to do so. I think the article is right & it is just a fake allegation from forged documents, hoping anyway. I just want some peace around here. After our bed shaking last night, us running out of the house, & sleeping in the car all night, then this today, I probably am not the best person to report on it anyway, so I'll just tell you if I observe anything bad from this & leave the discussion/speculation to others. My mind & nerves may simply be over-taxed at this point. This may be the norm for Haiti, uprisings, tremors, & you just go around like normal like it's all in a day's work, but it's a bit jarring for me.
Well, in one 24 hour period, a small earthquake rattled our home & hearts leaving us sleeping outside in a car, there was a failed attempt to depose the president of the country, & we got an email from our agency saying the person who went to check at the Archives today found they still were not finished (after a month). My wife was taking it hard & crying & so I got her to go up to the roof while... Daphnica ate & after a little bit of her crying & me holding her, proverbially but unexpectedly it came......rain. I couldn't help but think of two songs, one is secular & we don't listen to secular music anymore but Bring on the Rain by Jodee Messina seemed very apt, but we thought one better & decided that though we can't quite claim to the first verse of the song (as a million times is a lot to be asked about praising in the face of adversity) & we can't yet say that it has brought us closer to God through these times (ask us later), we can at least choose to sing it from the chorus on & mean the rest of it, thought I'd share as if you are a Christian who is going to adopt from Haiti, you might as well start singing along with the chorus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8HgAVenbUU
We just had an earthquake (tremor) here, about 30 minutes ago that lasted a few seconds & shook our bed & house. We are currently outside. It took a second to realize what it was. I prayed & went back in & got a light & the computer. Phone systems are very busy if you try to call anyone to check. We don't believe any damage happened to speak of in Port Au Prince as we have talked to a couple of people across PaP, could be from elsewhere in Haiti, post if you hear anything. It lasted maybe 8-10 seconds or more across town. We were told by our translator that last time the big one hit there was a mini tremor 3 hours before, trying to confirm, if any of you know, please post here. Please pray for us & all in Haiti right now & prayerfully consider your upcoming trips to here as I truly believe another is coming. Was just told it was a 4.6 on the richter scale, 22 miles SW of PaP. Please pray. I will never forget the sounds as we came out the door. On the other side of our walls and gate. You could hear people crying, wailing, and screaming. The dogs were barking like crazy. The city is quiet again. Chris and Holly
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
If you would have asked me two years ago if I would be living in Haiti. I would have said no way. That is crazy talk. Well here I am two years later living in Haiti. I must be crazy or in love. I will never forget March 5th 2010. That was the day my life was forever changed. The way I saw Haiti from the sky will be forever etched in my mind. It seemed as if our plane would land on one of the houses. I had so many feelings and thoughts as we landed. I was scared, nervous and excited for the unknown. As we landed the song Time Of My Life stared playing. I had never heard it before. I remember the tears that streamed down my face for the people that I had never meet. As we came down the escalator at the airport Haitian men were playing instruments and singing. Some days I can still here that tune in my head. The airport was so crazy and very scary. The luggage pick up was in a building that looked like a pole barn with luggage and people everywhere. Once outside the airport we met up with the lady picking us up. I think we all were happy to see her. The streets and roads were as crazy as the airport was. So many building had been crushed from the earthquake and most Haitians were still trying to figure out what to do. Within a few hours of landing in Port Au Prince we were bumping down the roads playing chicken with the cars on our way to a orphanage. When we pulled in many children ran to the truck to greet us. We were given lots of hugs and kisses. I felt as if heaven had opened and swept me up. The place was so very poor and had very little. The kids were sleeping in tents. Almost all of them were underweight for their age. But we all fell in love with this place. This was the day that I saw My Haitian Girl for the first time. I will never forget seeing her. She was so small we guessed her to be 3 (she was 5). She was wearing a red silk dress with white polka dots on it. It was too big for her, they had it tied at the shoulders but the straps still kept falling down. It had a small tears on the front of the dress. I loved her that very first night that I laid my eyes on her. Over the past 2 years I have been to Haiti 7 times. I have seen so much change in Haiti, myself, and in My Haitian Girl. I have seen her grow and change so much. I hate that my family has missed this time with her. The two photos show the change two years have made. I will post more this week on the first time that I met Daphnica.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
I for one am glad this week is over. It has been like a three ring circus around here. The landlord came this week put new tile down in one of the rooms so we have been moving stuff from one room to another. We got that mess cleaned back up. They started building a set stairs out back to the roof which has caused a lot of noise. Under the stairs they have made a very small blocked room for the much hated dog that they plan to bring back and keep in there. They put in the pluming for a washing machine. He did hire a very good cook. Some of the best Haitian food I have ever eaten. We took Daphnica back to the dentist this week for the rest of her dental work. They are so good with her. The dentist was kind to work us in before he goes to Canada for a visit. She did so very good. We are now all done till it is time for a check up. She loved swimming in his pool. We stopped by the Caribbean Market on our way home Daphnica picked dates as her treat for doing so well at the dentist. We also got her the leap frog tag reader. We are hoping this will help her with reading. She is loving it. Found lots of goodies at the store. On the way home our bodyguard got jerked off the back of our tap tap by a police man for smarting off to him. Chris and I both told him to sit down and be quite but he would not listen. So they keep him and hit him a few times. Which left us with a driver we did not know. We did make it home safe. Lets just say he will not be working for us again. Our usual bodyguard was away this week working for someone else. But comes back tomorrow. To top things off Wednesday night we were sitting at the table in the dark with a flash light on eating supper. I feel something crawling on my lap. I swat at it then jump up. It went onto Daphnica leg. It was a Gecko. Daphnica said when I jump up she thought it was another earthquake. I hate those things even more now. We are hoping that our papers will be done this week or next. But who knows.
Went today to look for a washing machine with our landlord. He ask if there was anything else I need to make my stay more comfortable. Is this Gods way of saying I am going to be in Haiti for a long time. We did not get a washer because they cost way to much here. But he is going to have one shipped over from the US in the next few weeks. Has already put in the pluming for it.