Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Update from Haiti

We made it! We had a lot of fun at the last minute trying to get out of Salt Lake (flights canceled because of bad weather in Dallas). But we got here and made it to the orphanage OK.

We actually met Jessica's birth mother today. That was a very special experience for us. I can't imagine what it's like for her to give up this beautiful girl - I can't even describe what it's like for us to become her parents. I'm so grateful she was there today (she wanted to see the people that were getting her daughters as Jessica has a half-sister who met her new family today as well).

Because we were able to meet with Jessica's birth mom, we were also able to find out that she's about 6 months younger than we originally thought. She's about 2 months older than Nathan. So, they're essentially twins but it's WAAY too complicated to actually explain to all the future well-meaning strangers that they're not biologically related and, yes, we know that they look nothing alike, etc, etc. Good times, good times. I'm SOO looking forward to our first eighteen hundred trips to Target when we finally get them home. :)

My sister-in-law gave me a diaper bag that folds really flat so we could fit it in our luggage. It has places on the front flap where you can put pictures and they show through these little openings on the flap of the bag. At any rate, I had two pictures of Nathan and two pictures of Jessica and one picture of our little family in the bag. It helped us get nice exit row seats because the lady at the airline counter asked about the pictures on my bag and she was so excited for us that she gave us the exit row. But the best part was that it meant I had pictures right there to give to Jessica's mother.

A good, exhausting, wonderful, fabulous day!

10 comments:

Melissa said...

That is awesome!!! Can't wait to hear more of your stories. We are thinking of you.

Perla said...

i'm so glad you are there safely!

Chris said...

You guy's are great. You probably got 1,000 hits yestersay from us checking for an update. Thank you for that. About the future when you don't have time to explain the whole twin thing while standing in line at Wal Mart. Lilah and Lona are 1 month apart but Lilah is bi-racial and Lona is caucasion. When people ask me if they are twins I just say yes. And of course the next words out of their mouth are only directed at Lilah "Is she adopted". Especially with Melissa and I standing there, I want to say, "What do you think" Anyway great to hear from ya'll.

R AND R AND Z said...

We are glad you got there and safe and what a wonderful exprience to get to meet her birthmom WOW you really do have twins that is amazing

The Brown's said...

Glad you are there safe! Have a wonderful time!!!

Haitian-American Family of Three said...
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Haitian-American Family of Three said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say hello from another Haiti mama.
Your kids are SO beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Yea! I'm so glad you made it and that Jessica and Nathan are safe and healthy!! And by the way, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Brent, happy birthday to you!!! I think you already have the best gift you could get, time with your kids. Give them a hug from aunt Trudi, and then see if you can find yourself some cake! Love ya!

jessica rabbit said...

Yay! I'm so excited that things are going well. I've been psycho-checking your blog for an update!

Have a good time with your kiddies!

Heather said...

Oh, I wish I was there with you! I love to listen to your awesome telling of stories and just seeing you with your super model children...Good luck, may you figure a way to get them safely into your luggage...Heather

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