Saturday, February 6, 2010

Update from the Homefront

Chareyl's been working feverishly to get more kids out from our original group.  9 more arrived in Miami this evening.  Chareyl's the stuff saints are made from.  

As the list dwindles, my Jess's name stays on the list.  People have given us SO MUCH hassle - saying that, "if she has a birth father, she's not an orphan."

People... people... one more time from the top.  Exactly how many of the babies put up for adoption in the United States have dead birth parents???  "Orphan" means they have no one to provide for them - whether that's through death or relinquishment of rights or termination of rights.  And as for "why we're still thinking of her if her birth father has her", the answer to that would be, "He changed his mind before - he could do it again."  

In other news:
  • Dad's still trying to cough up a lung - check.
  • Mom's got pink eye - check.
  • Mom has a fever... still... - check.
  • Mom's got sinus/ear infection - check.
  • Mom upgrades to puking - check.
  • Even with all that, Mom still gets to call herself "Mom" - check.

And that last one, my friends, is AWE-SOME.

How can you be down when you realize that you have THIS in your life - FOREVER:

Papa bought him some cowboy boots.  They have camo on them.  They rule.  He's so beautiful.  That last picture is his audition for Oliver : "Please, sir, I'd like some more"

Brent and I have high hopes that sometime in the next year or two, hissy fits will become an Olympic sport.  If that comes through for us, I'm fairly certain Nathan will be the team captain.  The good thing about that sport is that it's really pretty versatile.  He can do it indoors or outdoors.  Temperatures don't matter at all.  AND he can throw a fit in more than one language!  Top that, Olson Twins!  (how old am I that they are who I thought of first when I thought of fit throwing babies??)


Blain & Maggie said...

I've followed your blog for a couple of weeks. I can't wait for ALL the children to end up with their forever families. We've adopted from China and unless people have been thru the process they just do not understand the legal definition or concept of the word "orphan". I'm so, so proud of Chareyl and the work that WIA has done in Haiti (that's our agency as well).

Tegan said...

I think these news reports about the idiot group that went in and basically kidnapped a bunch of children don't help at all. If only people understood that the orphans being evacuated were in the process of being adopted for YEARS before the Earthquake! No one (with any brains) is going in and taking children who are newly orphaned.

Kat_momof3 said...

Tegan, you hit the nail on the head, I believe.

Of course no one wants anything like that horrific occurance to happen again... we don't want to rip children away from families illegally.

But knowing that a child has been given up or legitimately has no family left and was in the middle of an adoption... how can you not want to speed up the process to get them home when the place they are in is in ruins?

I think it's just common sense.

Esther said...

Hey Lori, We had a snow storm and are stuck inside today so I was reading through all of your posts through your whole process. I can't tell you how exciting it is to see Nathan finally home with you. Yeah. I think even though I have never met you, your family has a spot in our lives. You have really helped me appreciate my own family more (not that I don't appreciate them), and that even though we have rough days, I have my daughter, and we are blessed. Thanks for all your thoughts. You have made a difference.
I am wondering if there is still a need for donations and what is still needed. Could you please let me know?

mlg said...

We are still praying Jess home, sorry about the lung and fever, and I have someone who could compete well in the hissy fit competition, but I am loving every minute of it! Nathan looks great!

M Butt said...

You and Brent and your children continue to be remembered in our prayers. We are grateful for each of those children that have made it to their families. We hope Nathan is adjusting well. We pray that Jess will soon be home in her 'forever' families arms.


David and Candice said...

What a Handsome little Boy! I hope you guys get feeling Better,I love fits in another Languge and I think sometimes they are like come on People. We are still praying For Jess and her Birthfather to do the right thing. Let us know if we can help with anything.-Candice

Perla said...

sorry to hear that you are all feeling sick but sooo glad to see the pics of that beautiful boy standing on YOUR table in YOUR home! hurray!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Ooh, sorry about all the sickness stuff, that's no fun. But on the upside, my goodness, that sweet boy IS so cute! Get well soon Mama.

Carmen said...

I've been following your blog for a few weeks now and often give updates about your children to my family. We are all so happy for you that Nathan is home and hope Jessica will get to come home to you also. Nathan is SO handsome, he is simply precious. Lots of prayers have been answered and we will keep praying for Jessica.

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