Saturday, May 30, 2009

Its Officially Summer and 12 days until Haiti!

It is finally summer at our house.The kids are out of school,Our middle son Kaleb had a great last day he found out he made it on the Honor role!! He has been working so hard on this we are so proud of you Kaleb. well last summer we started out the summer by going to Disneyland the first week. well this summer we are heading of too Haiti to see Nerlande and Yonelson,I have been feeling like a Little kid all Excited like waiting for Disneyland.Only 12 more days and we will be at the Airport making all the flights to get to Haiti. We can not wait to get you guys home and have lots of fun summer memories!! see you guys soon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

17 Days and we will be at the Airport on our way to Haiti!

We are counting down the days until we get to see your beautiful faces again I pray you guys will be in good health and will be excited to see us. we are able to bring lots of rice with us to the orphanage so you and the rest of your friends can be feed . I keep getting so excited for this trip its that same feeling as the count down to Christmas or also going to Disneyland!! I will take Haiti over Disneyland any day. I am so excited to bring you your toys and feed you everyday and to love you and see you sleeping peacefully every night. we love you guys and see you in 18 days.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

It's Yard sale day

Today was the big Day, we woke up bright and early we had great help setting up the donations. I would like to Thank Marilee's Mom and Dad and sister for coming out and helping us set up and make sure we felt good about running it.Plus I want to thank Brent and Lori for all the donations they gathered up and coming out to sell and collect money. Thank you Marilee and Pete and her cute kids for donating items and for collecting money and being great seller's. Plus Thank you Chareyl for the kids clothes you donated they helped us alot. We did great we where able to get $1204.00. we had lots of people ask us about the orphanage and the radio station said we would be able to come back next year. so I think the day turned out very well. I had a great time visiting with everyone and talk about our kids in Haiti and how we all learned about the good old Blink the kids like to do. By the way we think they should Include this in your travel packets.(lol) well we are getting closer to our trip I loved how the yard sale kept me busy and the month of may flew by and now after the holiday I can start to pack the rice and the kids items we are taking with us and get them to way the right weight for the airlines. see you guys soon at the airport either in salt lake or in Florida on our way to Haiti!

Packing up the U-haul

Well we packed up the u-haul yesterday and we where hoping to raise some money to help our orphanage. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

23 Days and counting

I can not wait for our plane to touch down in this third world country. When you go to this country you will never look at life the same way. From reading Lori and Brent's blog it sounds like we will be taking alot of rice down I hope everyone can get it all packed into there it sounds like they where able to get a Solar panel for electricity. I can not wait to see Yonelson and Nerlande and see that they are doing OK and get to spend a week with them and get to know them a little bit better. well I hope our son kolbie really has a great time getting to know his Brother and sister. 23 Days and counting !!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


We would like to give a big Thank you to Dave's Uncle and Aunt and there company for donating a total of $950.00 toward the Orphanage. We are so touched that they care about our kids and the kids in the orphanage. I hope on this trip and many trips to come the kids will continue to be a little bit healthier with the food that we are able to take down each time we go. It means a lot to us that people are able to donate at this time when money is tight. we love you guys and can not thank you enough.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Payton!!

Today my sweet little princess turns 10 Yrs old.
I wanted to tell you how proud we are to have you as our daughter, you are always so sweet to everyone, you are the most artistic little girl and definitely the funniest and most beautiful princess! we love you so much and we can not wait to take you to meet your new little sister and brother who I know will look up to you and you are going to be an awesome role model. plus you and Nerlande can be little princess together. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAYTON!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thank you to all our generous employees

I want thank all of our great employees that have brought in ton's of great stuff for our garage sale it has filled half of our garage. we are going to keep collecting stuff until the 21st of may. hopefully we will make some good money next Saturday at the E center. Plus I would like to thank those that end up getting soaked every afternoon for the soak a supervisor so we can keep filling up the change jar. I know it's not that fun but it is for a good cause!! we are going to keep collecting change until 12th of June. so thank you ,you guys are the best employees.
Plus thank you to our kids for helping us make the signs to put up around the building your brother and sister will appreciate all that you have done to help their orphanage and their friends they have there. your the best!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What is Madonna Thinking?

Everyone doing an adoption — whether domestic or international, rich or poor, famous or not — should follow the same set of requirements established by the United States and other countries who are signatories of the Hague Treaty. It fascinates me that we second guess the motivation of those who are personally unknown to us (i.e. celebrities)Iwonder why everyone thinks that they can figure out what Madonna is thinking. That most publications have alluded to Madonna’s willful violation of Malawi laws, contending that she defied the judges and the community in Malawi is shocking. Where is the proof? Why should anyone be judged about their motivation to create a family whether through adoption or the old-fashioned way — who cares? If you are a responsible parent, then it shouldn’t matter why you want to have a child.It amazes me that someone would argue that heritage and cultural identity is what matters most in a child’s life. To throw out all the thoughtfulness of developmental psychologists and pediatricians around the need for a child to grow up as part of a family is mind-boggling. And yet discussions online and in newspapers appear to be doing just that.There are 145 million orphans in the world and though they should all have families that is not an efficient or realistic approach. What we need is to rebuild communities and help families to grow and stay together so that there are no more orphans.

Everyone should stop whining and judging and instead help provide better lives for orphaned children. That doesn’t mean you have to adopt, let’s be innovative and creative in finding ways to end the dreadful inequities in the lives of women and children around the world.

Stop picking on Madonna and other celebrities. Instead focus your energy on solving the tragic problem of children living alone in the world.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Counting down to the mixed emotions trip

We are now counting down the days until we will be in Haiti with our kids. we where talking to the family about the upcoming trip and how it is getting exciting to be so close to leaving but how hard it is to go there and be with them then having to leave them there and try to come home go back to our normal life knowing in the back of your mind that they are there in the heat with somewhat good food that we will bring on this trip.but then there is the upcoming hurricanes season the disease that this nation has the life they live at the orphanage which is normal for them but you know what life they really should have as a it really is alot of emotions for a trip and to come home to.I feel very blessed to be going through it and to bring my two kids home that I know with all my heart are meant to be in our family its just alot some days to take in and really alot to come home after to think about and pray that they will be fine until we go back in a few months and do it all over again.But you guys are so worth it. We love you Yonelson and Nerlande!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

I hope everyone has a nice Mothers day. I hope this time next year several of our moms will have their children home to make you those sweet mothers day gifts and cards!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What a blessing!!

Before and After having FMSC



• Each FMSC meal provides the key nutrients       

 a starving child needs to survive and thrive: 


1.  - the most widely accepted grain around the world 

Extruded soy nuggets 

2.  - maximum protein at a low cost 

20 vitamins and minerals 

3.  (with vegetarian chicken fl avor) - nutrition & fl avor 

Dehydrated vegetables 

4.  - nutrition & fl avor 


• Just cook with boiling water. 


• Each meal costs only 17 cents to produce. 


  WOW, I am so thankful for the guy who took a trip to Honduras and was so touched by what he saw and went back home to figure out how to save starving children. Plus I am so thankful for all the volunteers that take time out to go and pack these wonderful boxes of rice. Me and Dave have been talking about what a blessing god has given us through this adoption journey,we have all ways said we are not sure way we are traveling the road we are on. but when I saw Nerlande picture I knew she was mine, now we believe it is also a greater cause to help the country of Haiti and all those kids in the orphanage that right know they do not have a forever family but hopefully will. We where shocked how much $20.00 can help a family in Haiti,and wow It makes you think! Well again thank you to all these people that help feed thousands of kids and family's in 3rd world country's.























































































Sunday, May 3, 2009

One step closer to Haiti

Last weekend we picked up the rice that we will be packing to take with us on our next trip. Dave has said he is glad Kolbie is coming to help this trip and is determined to make sure he wears shorts that tie so he doesn't have to drag all the bags while trying to hold his pants up this time.

Can't wait to get there see you all very soon.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What a blessing!

I have been thinking the last couple of days how blessed we are to be born where we are born. I have been thinking a lot about my grandma and grandpa they both where born in Mexico and I truly believe they both fell in love with each other quickly when they came over to the U.S. and they both knew that lifestyle and education where very important. They did not want their kids and grand kids growing up being known as lazy Mexicans and they never wanted their kids or grand kids to only know Spanish since they where in the U.S. they taught us to learn and respect the U.S. so unfortunately we do not speak Spanish. I will always respect my heritage and want to learn as much as I can about it because it is part of me. As we work through this I know I want Nerlande and Yonelson to know about their country and lifestyle because our homeland and heritage makes our world be the way it is. For some reason Mexicans always seem to be degraded and spoke of in a negative light in this country.

While I am sure that their are those who deserve the negativity that gets directed their way I know that people who feel this way never met my grandma and grandpa. One of my favorite memories of my grandma is when Dave and I finally received our Patriarchal Blessings. When Dave and I moved back from Montana we moved into an apartment complex in South Salt Lake. We were struggling to make it as Dave tried to figure out what he was going to do with his future after deciding that running call centers was not something he wanted in his life. Like I mentioned we struggled to try to make ends meet during this time and had no idea the blessings that were in store for us. As we settled back into life in Utah we hit the radar of the LDS ward that served the neighborhood we lived in.

Now it is important to mention here that while Dave and I had both been raised LDS we had gone through periods of inactivity in our lives and both had not regularly attended church for years. So when the Home Teachers started knocking on our door we were more inclined to hide behind the couch and tell the kids to stay quiet then answer the door and let them in. I have to share with have a testimony that Heavenly Father knows what and who we need in our lives and he sent us a couple of Home Teachers that wouldn't give up. One night they finally yelled through the door ' we know your in there" and our days of hiding from the home teachers were over. In time we were invited to attend church and found a part of our life and our marriage we never understood. We now talk about our first marriage (civilly) and our real marriage for time and all eternity that happened several years later. Anyway when we went to receive our Patriarchal Blessings we met my grandmas last bishop, he was now the Patriarch of the ward and shared with us a story that will stay with me forever. He explained that he met with my grandma and asked her why she attended church when she couldn't hear very well or see anymore. Her answer stuck with him ever since and he was moved by the opportunity to share it with us. She told him that she attended church each Sunday even though she didn't really know what was going on because she wanted the lord to know which side she stood on.

My grandparent were immigrants from Chihuahua Mexico and love our country. My grandpa worked hard every day of his life in a coalmine and spent his off time building a house for my grandma with his own hands from a picture of a house in a Sutherland's Lumber calendar. The house still stands years after they have both passed as a testament to the fact that love and hard work can extend far beyond the time we have here on earth. I guess my point is that there is good and bad to every race on the planet and we need to judge people by their actions not by the place they were born. Somehow many people think it’s so bad when we cannot keep up with our neighbors in worldly things. We spend little time thinking about what it would feel like to watch your family starve because you couldn't find a way to feed them. We never consider the pain one must feel watching loved ones die because you can't afford to get them the medical help they need. Imagine being one of the people living in one of these third world countries whether it is Haiti or the slums of Mexico. Imagine a life where you see the life people in the U.S. are blessed with as you watch your family struggle to just stay alive. What would you do, would you just sit back and let your kids die because of the place you were born or would you do everything you could to make a better life for them. Would you stay at home and wait for the inevitable or would you fight for your kids and do all you can to make it into a country where you could at least pick fruit to make enough money to feed your kids. Would you run, swim and risk it all for your family? Would you build a raft and risk your life to try and drift from Haiti to Florida? Would you do everything and anything to provide food for your kids who are crying from hunger and illnesses that we have long forgot about?

I believe that most of us would do these things and so much more in order to save our families. So I have a hard time understanding why we push the rafts back and kill people at the border who are just trying to save their families and take jobs most of us don't want. Sure there are added expenses that come from these people being here but how is that different than anyone else here. This country was built on the backs of our ancestors who were nearly all immigrants, we are all pretty much illegal’s if you look back far enough so why do we punish others because they showed up a little later than our families did.

We all should take great pride in our heritage and I am determined to make sure that Nerlande and Yonelson have great pride in the country they were born in. While Haiti has some very difficult issues they also have a very proud past. They hold the distinct honor of being the only place where slaves actually took control and changed the future for them. Our kids come from a beautiful country that is struggling with challenges most have no idea how to fix. Our commitment is to make sure that they are knowledgeable and proud of their heritage and that they understand the struggles of others who take great risks to make a better life for themselves and their families.
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Can Not Wait!!

I can not wait to see these things! Plus I can not wait to go shopping so I can bring back a little bit of Haiti. Well we are still gathering lots of items for the Yard sale.I hope spring/summer gets here so we will have a great yard sale.Hope everyone has a Great weekend!