Famous Last Words

Our Adoption Journey to Haiti

Wickline for President 2056 February 24, 2016

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If I Were President:
“If someone was trying to adopt someone,
I’d make it only be two or three years.”



Birthday Party Donations February 12, 2016

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We hosted Noah and Brady’s birthday party last weekend.  Thanks to all of the generous attendees, we were able to raise $1,300 for food for the kids at the orphanage.  That is amazing – thank you so much!!

Because we are in the adoption process, we cannot give the orphanage cash directly, so our adoption agency is going to wire the money to the orphanage and we’ve asked them to use the donation to purchase food.  Apparently, it costs $3,500 per month to feed all of the kids at the orphanage.

We also plan to hold on to a small amount of cash so that when Brady and I go to Haiti in March, he can spend that money at the grocery store buying beans and rice and supplies to make peanut butter sandwiches for the kids.


Craft challenged February 3, 2016

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We are in full planning mode for our next trip to see J.  My son Brady, mom, sister, and brother-in-law will join me in Haiti on March 16-20.

I am incredibly grateful for so many things that are taking place around this trip.

First, I am thrilled that J will not only get to meet his brother, but several other members of his family.  I also think that it will be an amazing experience for my family to get to see J’s home and experience a third-world culture.

On Patrick’s last trip, our friend Eric came fully prepared with crafts and activities for the kids in the orphanage.  He set the bar high.  I do not have a creative bone in my body.  I have the crafting skills of a 3-year-old.  So I’ve been trying to figure out what activities to bring for the kids that could match Eric’s bag of tricks.

Answered prayer: Jill, my friend who is an artist.  And I don’t use the term “artist” lightly – she is the real deal.  When I physically describe her to other people, I say that she has brown hair and looks like an artist.  Well last Friday, Jill randomly volunteered to purchase and organize all of the crafts for our trip.  What an amazing gift to our family and the kids at the orphanage!

Finally, we rented a roller skating rink to celebrate the boys birthdays this coming weekend.  We are asking for guests not to bring birthday gifts, but instead, if they’d like, to make a donation to purchase food and supplies for the orphanage.  We plan on taking the donations to Haiti and purchasing food from a local grocery store near the orphanage. I think it will be particularly a blessing for Brady who will get to actively purchase and deliver the food during our trip.


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