SO MANY PICTURES AND STORIES!!!

•February 22, 2010 • 2 Comments

HELLO FRIENDS AND FAMILY!  ITS SO HARD TO BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 5 WEEKS SINCE WE WENT TO ORLANDO AND PICKED UP OUR CHILDREN.  WE WERE SO BLESSED TO HAVE TYLER AND HALEIGH WITH US DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS.  THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY HEARD OF OUR SITUATION AND OFFERED THEIR PRIVAT JET TO TAKE OUR FAMILY TO ORLANDO WITH JUST A FEW HOURS NOTICE.  LET ME RECAP:

JANUARY 12- TYLER CAME OUT OF HIS ROOM AND SAID, “MOM, THERE WAS JUST AN EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI”        

JANUARY 13- WE FOUND OUT THROUGH A TEXT MESSAGE AT 2:08 AM THAT THE CHILDREN WERE ALIVE!!!!

JANUARY 15 – THE CHILDREN FROM THREE ANGELS WERE TAKEN TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION WITH WALLS ALL AROUND PROTECTING THEM FROM ANY VISUAL IMAGES OF THE EARTHQUAKE.  THEY WERE FED, PLAYED WITH AND LOVED ON.  OUR DEAR FRIEND JENNI “JUST HAPPENED” TO BE AT THAT EXACT SCHOOL TEACHING… WE BELIVE… FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

JANUARY 17- WE RECEIVED AN EMAIL SAYING TO “HAVE YOUR BAGS PACKED AND BE READY TO GO”… THE ORPHANAGE DIRECTOR WAS TAKING THE CHILDREN TO THE EMBASSY THE NEXT DAY TO SEE IF THEY COULD GET A PAROLE VISA!  WE STARTED FRANTICALLY PACKING!!!!!

JANUARY 18- WE PACKED THE CAR, SAT AT THE COMPUTER FOR HOURS (LITERALLY) AWAITING AN EMAIL TO SAY WHICH AIRPORT WE NEEDED TO HEAD TO… WE ALSO GOT A CALL FROM DOW, SAYING THAT THE JET WOULD BE READY… JUST LET THEM KNOW WHEN AND WHERE WE WERE GOING TO!  AT 2PM, WE GOT THE EMAIL THAT THE KIDS HAD BEEN ISSUED THE PAROLE VISA AND WERE HEADING TO ORLANDO!!!!  WE CALLED DOW AT 2:30PM AND THEY SAID, “THE FLIGHT WILL LEAVE AT 3:45PM… SEE YOU THEN”.  AT 6:30PM WE LANDED IN ORLANDO, RENTED A CAR AND DROVE THE 90 MINUTES TO FT. PIERCE TO THE MILITARY BASE WHERE HOMELAND SECURITY HAD THE KIDDOS.  THROUGH THE GLASS DOOR, WE COULD SEE OUR BABIES!!!  THE TV AND NEWS CREWS WERE EVERYWHERE!  THE CHILDREN WERE RELEASED TO US AND WE HEADED TO THE HOTEL, TOOK A SHOWER AND HAD A PIZZA!  IT WAS FABULOUS TO TUCK THE KIDS INTO A BIG FLUFFY BED, ESPECIALLY SINCE THAT MORNING THEY WERE SLEEPING ON THE GROUND!  WE ARE SO AWARE THAT WE ARE BLESSED!

PLEASE ENJOY THE LAST MONTHS PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS!

jenni, our sweet friend who helped care for the kids! we are in haiti with her in november in the photo!

our amazingly kid pilots!

walking  the door from homeland security!
inside the homand security office…sisters finally together!

heading home!

with aunt hannah!

grandpa obie with ty and armon at MBS

snow!!

first night at home... uncle kelby and armon reading a book

walking in the door of HOME!!

my boys!

armon checking out his room
with aunt sarah!

elmise looking at her clothes... first time having a closet!

auntie sarah!

first day of school at midland christian!

first tisle sledding

hanging out at home

elmise turns 8!

elmise looking at her birthday gift...

first time skiing!

armon learing the "pizza position"

 

WE JUST CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND DONATIONS TO MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE!  WE ARE SO BLESSED!  PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE STILL IN HAITI… THE NEEDS ARE GREAT!

HOME!!!!

•January 21, 2010 • 8 Comments

to say these last few days have been amazing would be the worst understatement ever made…

we are so happy to let you know that our children are home!  after two years of prayers, they were brought home to the united states by missionary flights and we met them in the orlando area.  there is so much to tell you… and i will have to sit down soon and try to sum it up, but for now, tyler and elmise went to get dinner at yayas, haleigh and armon are walking over to grandma and grandpa archers house to check on how daddy is doing building a ladder for armons bed, and i have a few moments to try to take it all in and share a few photos!  please forgive me for the brief post… my mind is full and my heart is even fuller!  God is so good.  He”s so good to me!

new way to donate :)

•January 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

tyler’s dad has set up a beautiful web page to help us pay off our adoption!  it would allow people to donate by using paypal!  please pass this information on if you would!

the link to the webpage is:

http://bit.ly/6eYhHk

UPDATES!

•January 17, 2010 • 6 Comments

FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WE HAVE TRULY HAD AN AMAZING WEEK.  WHAT A SERIES OF MIRACLES IN THE MIDST OF DISASTER!

OUR CHILDREN ARE ALIVE, AND THE AMERICAN GOV. IS WORKING TO GET THEM HOME!  WE DO NOT KNOW IF THAT WILL BE IN THE FORM OF EMERGENCY VISA’S, OR IF THEY WILL PUSH THE ADOPTIONS THROUGH… BUT WE HAVE RECEIVED SO MANY SUPPORTIVE CALLS AND PEOPLE ASKING HOW THEY CAN HELP!  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR KEEPING OUR FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS. PLEASE DONT STOP!  PRAYER CHANGES THINGS AND IT CERTAINLY HAS CHANGED THINGS FOR ELMISE AND ARMON!!

THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN TWO DAYS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE.  ELMISE IS ON THE RIGHT AND ARMON IS ON THE RIGHT OF THE SECOND PHOTO.  THEY ARE SLEEPING ON RUGS AND BLANKETS ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE A CHURCH.  WHAT AN AMAZING SIGHT TO SEE OUR CHILDREN WITH NO INJURIES.  WE KNOW THIS IS NOT THE STORY FOR MOST OF HAITIAN MOTHERS RIGHT NOW, SO WE ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR MIRACLES ON THEIR BEHALF.

OUR CHILDREN ARE ALIVE!!!!

•January 13, 2010 • 4 Comments

THIS MORNING WE ARE PRAISING GOD FOR HIS PROTECTION ON OUR SWEET KIDS!  WE ARE SO BLESSED THAT THE VOLUNTEER WHO WAS THERE HAD DISASTER TRAINING AND GOT ALL THE CHILDREN OUTSIDE TO AN OPEN AREA!

THE NANNIES AND STAFF ARE ALL WITH THE CHILDREN AND THEY ARE UNHARMED!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAITI AS WELL AS THE PAPERWORK FOR OUR ADOPTION… THAT IT WILL NOT BE LOST!

PRAISING GOD!

“THE LAST SUPPER”

•January 4, 2010 • 2 Comments

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christmas photo of elmise

•December 11, 2009 • 1 Comment

just wanted to post this beautiful photo of elmise that was on the orphanage blog!  they hung ornaments at the orphanage.. so cute!

please be in prayer for my dad, and uncle kelby as they travel to haiti on monday… and my sister, aunt sarah as she flies in on the 18th!!!