–  Sarah leaves this week, headed to Haiti to visit our daughter for the first time!  Pretty hard to describe the emotions surrounding this trip.  Our first trip to Haiti back in May 2008 changed the course of our lives, this trip will no doubt do the same.  My wife will get the chance to hold our youngest daughter for the first time.  For the first time, Sarah will get to interact with Naomi on the same level that she does daily with our other two daughters.  I am praying that the insignificant things about each of them will get etched into each of their souls; the way they smell, the texture of their skin, and the inflection in their voice when they say hello.  Insignificant things that will remain long after they are separated…things that will begin the bonding process of a lady named Sarah and a girl named Naomi into a union of a mom named Sarah and a daughter named Naomi.

– Remember the “significance” of January 7th?  Remember how we elected to testify of God’s perfect plan in spite of the uncertainty of the moment?  Well, check this news out…tangible evidence that our God is at work breaking through at least one of the obstacles put before us:

“On Thursday, January 15, 2009, President Preval had a meeting with the new IBESR director regarding the issue of families who have biological children who want to adopt in Haiti. President Preval told the IBESR director that the families should be able to adopt in Haiti even if these families have biological children. Good News for many children in Haiti & for those families who want to adopt them!”

–  So my unbelievable tough wife, headed to a third world country to visit our daughter, is also suffering with severe back pain due to a ruptured disk and foraminal stenosis…bad crap.  So bad that her right leg is literrally numb; she could step on a bed of hot burning coals with her right foot and eat a pizza at the same time…litterally no feeling.  Several doctors and MRI’s later, back surgery at the age of 28 is the only option…really bad crap.   She was faced with a choice….fight through the pain and numbness and visit Naomi, putting off surgery….or reschedule the trip and have the needed surgery.  Well, unless for some reason you started reading this post from the bottom up, you know what her choice was.  If not, fight through your dyslexia and read the first bullet.  The surgery is scheduled for after her return.  Please join me in praying for her safety and comfort on this trip.


5 Responses to “Happenings”

  1. praying for you Sarah.

  2. Crystal Harper Says:

    Wow! Sarah you are so tough! I work with people every week that have similar injuries to what you are experiencing and they are incapacitated! There are grown men who can’t function without loads of painkillers. I am praying that God will work a miracle and heal your back without surgery. Stay safe and know that prayers are being lifted up for you while you are gone! Can’t wait to see pictures of you and your new daughter and to hear the stories. Love you!

  3. Vince and Ingrid Says:

    We just wanted you to know that Sarah and your whole family are in our prayers. God is in control of everything and will bless your family though your children.

  4. Gill, Wendy, Taylor and Ty Says:

    Sarah you are a brave girl!! Our Lord has “not given you a spirit of fear but of stregenth and courage”!! We will continue to pray for you and your family and family to be!! You guys have been so faithful and our God is so good to keep providing a way for you to glorify Him!! Peace be with you guys!! We love and miss all of you!!

  5. Beth Miletello Says:

    Sarah I just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you. I have been doing a little reading on Haiti through the internet the last couple of days. Wow! I pray that you and Naomi get to bond and have some wonderful moments together. Y’all are awesome!

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