Archive for ‘Haiti’

February 19, 2013

Happy 8th Birthday Finn!

Our sweet Finn is 8 years old!!

I will never forget picking him up from Haiti when he was a tiny little 10 month old guy.

I stood outside the airport in Port-au-Prince and they handed him to me over the fence so I could turn right around and make my return flight home.  Just like that, I had my first brother!

He’s grown so quickly, too quickly.  The time has just flown by!

Happy birthday Finn!  We love you!!!!


July 19, 2011

4 years old….

Its hard to believe.

Our first baby boy is 4 years old.  


How did that happen? 

It was just yesterday I was holding this little baby on my lap. 

Schnider at 4 months old. 

It feels just like just a few months ago we were saying goodbye.  

What a hearbreaking time that was for our family.  

I can hardly bear to think about it.  

Our last weekend together before I took him back to Haiti. 

I know I say this all the time….but oh my goodness, how we miss him. 

Three years later, he is on our minds and in our thoughts every day.  

Mayer knows he has a brother in Haiti.    He prays for Schnider every night.

They will meet someday.  Someday we’ll go to Haiti together .  We will make it happen. 

As hard as it has been for us to not have him here with us any longer –
we are rejoicing in the success story that is his family. 

Schnider and his momma in Haiti

And that he’s growing up so big, is healthy and oh so loved.  

That he’s stayed safe during the earthquake and the cholera outbreaks. 

So many prayers still going up for this sweet boy. 

Happy 4th birthday Schnider-bug!

We love you so much!

May 26, 2011

Oh my goodness!!!

We got new pictures today our of our beautiful, sweet Schnider-boy!

He’ll be four in June. FOUR. I just can hardly believe it.

He looks so big, healthy and happy in these pictures!!!

Oh, how we love and miss him….


March 18, 2011

First basketball season….

So many of you prayed for my little sister M. during her adoption and that scary time after the Haitian earthquake when our family was trying hard to get her home. M. has been home from Haiti for over a year now! She is doing great and we’re so blessed to have her as part of our family.

This girl loves basketball (loves, loves, loves it!) and I wanted to share her basketball picture from her first season! She’s already looking forward to basketball camp this summer. It’s so fun to watch her pursue this passion with such enthusiasm. :)

August 8, 2010


How is it possible that K. is now eight…??


I will never forget her first birthday – we missed our flight to Haiti and were stuck in Florida. We didn’t arrive until the day after. Keith was on a different flight to Haiti and was the only member of our family to see her on her 1st birthday (though Keith wasn’t actually a member of the family at the time – he and I were still dating). We had a small birthday party for her the next day.

What a tiny beautiful baby girl she was! She’s grown into such a beautiful, sweet young lady. We love her so much!

K. age 12 months.

K. with her BFF N. at the park yesterday.

K. and N. met six years ago at that same park. Both were toddlers and had recently been adopted. I love their friendship and watching them grow up together.

July 23, 2010

Not amused…

I was searching through old pictures today on flickr (looking for something I never found) but I came across this picture and couldn’t help but laugh.

This is right after we got baby Lena from Haiti who stayed with us until we could get her to WA for surgery.

I think Schniders expression clearly shows just how he felt about having another baby in the house.  :)

My goodness, I love and miss him so much. 

June 18, 2010

Three Haitians and a Ugandan…

Camera phone kid portrait.  Could they be any cuter?!

February 4, 2009

Guess who I just got to talk to on the phone?!


I got to sing him his favorite song and tell him how much we love and miss him. It was wonderful….

November 2, 2008

I have a story…

about this little boy.  I’ll share it later.  But I just came across this picture again and had to share it.  There is something in his eyes that makes me want to cry. You can’t see the bruises in this picture, but he had a lot of them.  We were able to fill his belly that afternoon – but what about the weeks since we’ve left?  Has he had enough food?  Probably not.  Have people been kind to him? Probably not.  Does he have a safe, clean place to live?  I can almost guarantee he doesn’t.  He is one of thousands of kids in Haiti just like him.  Kids living on the streets, begging, scavenging, doing what they can to survive.  I wish I could help him.  I wish I’d done more for him during that very short time he stood in front of me on a street in Haiti.  I don’t know his name or how to ever find him again but I can still pray for him.   Pray that somehow his circumstances change and he is able to get what he needs to live a happy, healthy and safe life.

October 30, 2008

Schnider and his family