It has been a full month since our internet went down and we had not been able to get it back up and running until yesterday.
We missed being able to talk to everyone. We are all doing fine. We have all been sick some but I think we are on the mend now. The kids are doing great. Jacy Klaire is doing good in her home schooling and piano lessons. Judah and Jaxon had their birthday party Saturday. Judah is 5 and Jaxon is 2. Josie is as witty as ever. She keeps us all in line. She speaks a little bit of creole but she speaks mostly bad English. She talks to the Haitians the way they speak English to her. So she tells the girls "me need eat" or "me want play out". She says it with a haitian accent though! Jaxon is just learning to talk and he speaks about half and half. He is into everything and constantly injured. He has a second degree burn on his leg right now from a motorcycle muffler.
Justice is growing and smiling. She is healthy and becoming a part of the family. We are frustrated with the process of trying to get anything accomplished with her case but we know the Lord is in charge. We would like to get a passport for her so we could bring her to the states for vaccinations and so we can visit family. We can't locate the mother but the father is anxious to get her legally into our custody so we are working on it.
Both sets of twins are doing good. We were able to buy an exersaucer off the street for one set so they can start developing some muscle tone. They are growing and developing well.
The mission is coming right along. We are ready to paint the kitchen and we finished the Tiki hut dining area. We have the appliances in the kitchen and ready to cook up some rice and beans.
We have our approval for the children's home from UNICEF and Heartland Alliance but we are waiting on licensing from Haitian social services. We have paid all the crazy fees so we think it should not be long before they give us the go ahead to start recieving kids.
We spent a good part of yesterday in a tent village outside PAP. It has become a permanent settlement now and they are errecting tarp schools and churches with the belief they are not going anywhere. The tarps are slowly being replaced by scraps of tin or wood. Thankfully, a group came in and put in latrines and two water bladders for the people to have but I don't know how long they will transport water to fill the bladders daily. We will see. They want our help in getting a school for the kids there. There are hundreds of kids with no access to school at all. We aer praying about how we can help.
Today Joy is gone with a group of doctors from Texas to visit one of the schools and feed them. I am going with an engineer from California this morning to another school to see about developing a feeding program there and building them a building. We are thankful for the chance to work with such fine folks from around the U.S.
I will try to get some pictures posted in the next day or so since we are back in the land of technonlogy. Thank you all for your prayers.