Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We're in Haiti!

It's been a fun and crazy couple of days in Haiti. Beatrice was extremely happy to see us and meet her Grandma. Funny story...Before we arrived, I asked Doudou how to saw Grandma in Creole. He said "Grand-mare." I laughed so hard! I looked at mom and said "You're a horse!" I'm not sure she liked that very much. Hee! Hee! Later, we learned that Haitian children also say Grandma. Of course you know which one she preferred.

I could describe their first meeting, but truly a picture is worth a thousand words.

Ok...nevermind. I can't take it. I have to add to the 1,000 words. What is Beatrice grabbing?

With the exception of some sores on her body, Beatrice is doing great! She is always beside us, and definitely gets jealous when we show attention to other children. She is a great pouter! She didn't get her way with me one time and walked off. I didn't follow her and she didn't like that at all. She loved singing, dancing and praising our Lord yesterday during VBS.

She knows all of her siblings by name. She says "Sister Faulkner, Sister Taylor, Brother Whit, Brother Christian, Brother Austin and Brother Kevin." She also knows that she has two sets of grandparents. She loves saying "Dedoc" (Trey's father).

I learned yesterday that her photo album we had given her was destroyed by the rain. The children told me that she cried and cried. The good news is that Grandma brought her a new one! We didn't know about the album being destroyed, but God did! He is so amazing!!

She looked through the new photo album yesterday and can already name her cousins Sally, Shelby, Anna, Faith and Brayden. She loves pointing out Faith. She pronounces it "Fauth."

Today is a big day for this Grandma and Momma. For the first time on this trip, Beatrice will be able to leave the orphanage with us. While the children are at school, we are going to have lunch on the beach. Guess who gets to go with us?!?! BEATRICE!!!! She is also going to be able to spend the night with us too! I get to sleep with my daughter for the first time. Oh, the joy in my heart right now!

I packed some cute little jammies with matching soft, fluffy socks. Thanks to Aunt Robbie, the top has her named monogrammed on it. Papa Trey said that she loves taking showers, so I brought great-smelling shampoo, body wash and lotion. We're also going to give her a sweet letter that her cousin Sally wrote. We'll take lots of pictures and post. Oh, what a day it is going to be!

Enough of me rambling! Here are some more pictures:

There are six bunkbeds (3 high) in Beatrice's bedroom.
That's 18 girls in one room!
This bedroom is the size of one our bedrooms at home.

The second and final meal of the day consists of beans and rice.
They add meat one day a week.

Grandma with Elise, Beatrice's "mama" at the orphanage.
Elise is "mama" to 18 children. Oh my goodness!
Trey and I have seen this beautiful woman worshiping and praying
in the Spirit. Beatrice is truly blessed to have her during this season.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Haiti-Bound on Sunday

My sweet mother, Carolyn Swaby, and I will be traveling with a group from our Church to serve the orphans and mommas in Jeremie, Haiti this Sunday. I cannot wait to see the look on Beatrice's face when I get off the bus, and to witness my mother meeting her granddaughter for the first time. Seriously priceless!

As long as the internet is up and running, I will update the blog while we are in Haiti. I'm not sure if you'll receive a notice of a new post, so check back often. (=

Please pray for our travel, health and unity within the team. Also, pray that mountains will move in our adoption process.

Love you all!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Video 0:59

Our daughter, Beatrice, is in this video
eating some fruit at the 0:59 mark

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hayride Fundraiser Results

Our son, Austin, is AMAZING! At 6:45 pm, 45 minutes after the event started, Austin asked me how we were doing. I was disappointed that we had only raised $200 at that point - maybe breaking even after our expenses. He looked me straight in the eye and said, "Mom, that's great! You broke even AND you're able to spend time with your friends and family. That's a great night!" WOW! What a punch in the stomach! I was being so negative, and it took a wise 13 year old to snap me out of it.

It was a FANTASTIC night - perfect weather with friends and family! In the end, we grossed $1,004. Praise God!

We couldn't have done it without help from a lot of family and friends. A HUGE thank you to Butch and Carolyn Swaby for allowing us to use their property (the perfect place) for the event. Another HUGE thank you to Mike, Joy and Annabelle Morris for showing us a servant's heart. Your family is truly a blessing!

Thank you to those who donated food to our event!

Thank you to those who donated items/services to the Silent Auction!

Thank you to those who helped us set-up, work the event and tear-down!
  • Ali Farell
  • Austin Hannah
  • Austin Peek
  • Ben Swaby
  • Butch and Carolyn Swaby
  • Christian Peek
  • Jordan Keef
  • Sally Swaby
  • Sheri Hendel
  • Stacy (aka "Kermit the Frog") and Wendy Swaby

Thank you to those who attended the event. You are all AWESOME!