Category Archives: Caribbean


Sisters are something I’ve thought about a lot… Especially for someone without sisters.

I see a loyalty & connectedness in sisters that friends can’t duplicate but only imitate.

Think about it.
You maybe the “best friend forever”…bur who’s the maid-of-honor”?

Enough said.

Read about what’s being done to keep 4 sisters together in Cazale, Haiti.


The one that got away

You may be wondering, as I do several posts in a row about other people’s adoptions, how this all relates to me:

1. The obvious: Darin, my precious present, God brought us by adoption.

2. The memory: Jean-Roni, the one that got away.
Last summer in Haiti, Karen, Amanda, & I took care of Jean-Roni. He was a tiny, malnourished baby boy who came into the Real Hope for Haiti clinic while we were visiting.
We cared for him day & night for the majority of our trip.
We were told that he would not live at the size, age, and progression of his malnourishment.
And so don’t get attached.

That didn’t work.

So we dreamed & calculated how to bring him home with us.

But when we left, he stayed.
And 35 days later, while my arms still ached for him, Jean-Roni died.

We must fight everyday to save AS MANY CHILDREN AS WE CAN.
Our humanity requires this.

Cazale, Haiti: Jean-Roni

I woke up this morning to a text message from Karen telling me that Jean-Roni passed away yesterday.

1 month ago, I spend 4 days 24-7 with Jean-Roni.
And now he’s dead.

I can’t grasp it.

Karen & I have daydreamed of an older Jean-Roni coming to stay with us.
I’ve wondered about his little face – what would it look like when kwashiorkor was not turning him ‘white’ like me?
And I agonized over turning him over to the busy Rescue Center with 60+ kids & no A/C. The workers gave me a funny look when I tried to read the ‘instructiona’ I had translated on google, explaining that Jean-Roni liked to have the little Walmart lantern turned on when he cried at night.

I miss him – I already have for 35 days.
I mourn the hope for a part in his future.

But I also TRUST in my Sovereign God, that He loved Jean-Roni before me & He has rescued him! Everyday from here on out is kwashiorkor-free.

Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center: Kids in need of adoption

While the Rescue Center usually takes on children whose family members brought them into the clinic, and takes care of the 3-9 months just to address the malnutrition, there are around 6 kids who do not have family to return to.
These kids will either go to an orphanage, be placed for private adoption and/or stay at the Rescue Center for a really long time. (more on agencies here…)
If you think God might be leading you to adopt a child, consider these:

Denny: super-smart kid, hydrocephalus with a shunt… he has been at the Rescue Center about 3 years.
Jenny: very alert & smiley girl, abandoned at the clinic, Cerebral Palsy mostly affecting her legs (read more…)

Cazale, Haiti: Photo album

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Cazale, Haiti: Day 8

Heading to the airport in 1 hr.
We just spent the morning at the Rescue Center. It was really hard to pass
Jean-Roni off to them after spending 4 days 24-7 together. I used
google-translate to write a letter to his grandmother, who brought him here.
I really hope that they give it to her.

Cazale, Haiti: Day 7

Sunday is very relaxed here. We took a walk to see if we could find the
local churches, but since they are in Creole we didn’t try to attend. It got
very hot on our walk, so we just changed our path to end up in the river (do
you see a theme here?) and cool off.


I think we will spend the hot part of the day in the river, then hang out
more at the rescue center. Jean-Roni seems to be doing really well today.
I’m having trouble imagining passing him off to the Rescue Center tomorrow
when we leave… I thought about trying to bring him home until we realized
that would be human trafficking, and I am against human trafficking. I guess
I’ll just have to leave him here. 😦