Saturday, January 03, 2009

Update on little boy's adoption

Here is an update I jut got.

CHARLY ... this from his Ohio mom ....Our lawyer for Charly had an emergency surgery for her child and with not getting the papers from the lawyer in Haiti verifying our legal adoption in Haiti yet...they filed a 30 day here goes another month!!!!!!!!!!!! Our poor little boy!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Since I will not be on here tomorrow I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year today!!

This last year has been interesting. It has been both good and tough for our family but we always look ahead with optimism. This next year for us will bring at least 2 trips to Haiti. We will be leaving on Jan 24th for a trip to see GREAT friends, and to check out some new spots and look into the Training centers that hopefully will be up and running sometime in 2009. We are VERY excited about these training centers. Not completely sure yet what God has in store for us but cannot wait to see what doors open!

I am not sure how many years we have been getting together but we spend every New Years Fonduing with friends. It started many years ago with just Mark and Cheri and us.
Last year we added some more friends to the mix. Jeff and Michelle (need to start a blog) and Jason and Julie. We have so much fun getting together. There will be 18 kids here. Good thing we have a good size basement with a big screen tv down there!! :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pray for family today

When Charly was three years old, he was holding a kerosene lamp. The hot oil was spilled into his lap, resulting in severe burns. An infection set in and there were no meds in Haiti to stop the infection. Through Healing the Children, Charly was brought to Ohio and treated at Shriner's Hospital. He was with a family in Ohio for several months. This same family was caring for another Haitian child at the time. This child, Ely, was abandoned at a Port-au-Prince hospital. He was born without a skull and also needed extensive surgery. Once it was time to send Ely back to Haiti, there was no one to send him home to, so the family was allowed to adopt him Back to Charly ... eventually he was returned to his family in LesCayes. Unfortunately his family was too poor to feed him properly and Charly would cry and cry because he was hungry. His parents wrote to the family in Ohio asking them if they would consider adopting Charly. The instant answer was YES! They already loved him as a son and Ely loved him as a brother. Thus, Charly came to live at the Children of Israel Orphanage while the LONG paperwork process to adopt him began. During the summer of 2008, Charly was moved to an orphanage in Port-au-Prince to meet the government's requirement that he live at an "accredited adoption" orphanage, until his adoption was complete.

The family had paid all the fees, done all the paperwork, had a passport for Charly showing him with his new last name, AND then the ruling came down that he was not "adoptable." What?!?!? The government denied the adoption!

The ONLY hope now is a hearing to reverse the decision. An attorney has drawn up all the papers and is known as the only attorney that has been able to get decisions like these reversed in the country of Haiti. THE HEARING IS TODAY .... December 30!

Please pray that Charly will be able to be reunited with his Ohio family as THEIR SON!

Please pass this email onto to anyone else who will be faithful in prayer for Charly and his family! God bless you!

Nora Leon

Children of Israel Orphanage in Les Cayes

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

A good laugh!!

We were at my Grandma's tonight and this is what we came home too!!! We laughed SO hard!!! What a riot!!! I have done some Tping in my life but never INSIDE!!! I have a strong suspicion of who did this!! You guys are awesome!!! :) We had to get pictures right away. You know we were short on toilet paper and look what the good Lord provided!!! I am just bummed that you didn't finish taking down the wallpaper in the hallway and dining room!!! :)

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