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Making Progress

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By now Julie is relaxing a bit and eating again and smiling.  I still have not had the oppurtunity to hear her talk but last night after she was in bed with her new big sister, the new big sister came bounding down the stairs saying, “Julie is whispering and talking!” She was saying, “quack, quack.” Daddy and Mommy quietly tiptoed up and stood by the door listening but no more sounds from her.  Today she had a book and it sounded like she was pretending to read but I was out grilling chicken and missed that one too.  But at least she is smiling, eating and generally feeling alot better. And the house is not in quite such an uproar anymore either. We’re having fun!

She’s HOME!!!

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Thursday morning we went to the Children’s Home where the children were sheltered and got to meet and hold our precious Julie. They didn’t release us til about 2:30 in the afternoon. It took an hour and a half til we got a smile out of her and later a giggle or two but since then with the plane rides home and all she is very traumatized and will not smile or talk but loves to be held and looks at books and has been playing some while sitting on the couch.  We have not heard her say one word except in her sleep she said “oi “. She has slept and slept and slept some more. She had not slept for 2 days before she left Haiti so she is catching up now. She had a meltdown on the last flight but luckily it didn’t last more than 10 minutes or so. We got home very late last night and  most of us ended up crashing out in the livingroom for the night. Julie has got the “runs” and no appetite so hope that clears up once she relaxes. We’ll be visiting the Dr. on Monday. The house is a mess and my muscles are sore from carrying her but we are happy and so thankful for the miracle of her homecoming!

We’re Coming, Julie

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We are soon going to be leaving the motel, so there may be no more postings for a while.  They told us to come at 9:00, but playtime with the children starts at 10:00.  We are to meet in the conference room first to see if they need anymore paperwork or for anything they need to tell us.

We are getting excited…

Sheri says she slept great until 6:00 but her first thought was that today she could be with Julie and after that all sleep fled!

We don’t know yet when they will release her and we are free to go. We are hoping to go back with folks to Sarasota and then fly home from there.  We sure are glad they are here with us.

On U.S. Soil

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Julie arrived in Miami on a plane with about 39 children, and another plane (if we understood right) arrived with about 48 children.  Melinda called us at about 8:00 pm and told us that she was still in customs with all the children, and Julie fell asleep before landing and was carried off the plane sleeping and was still sleeping in a Red Cross worker’s arms.   At a little after 3:00pm today we arrived at Miami airport, and spent a couple hours there on couches with drinks and snacks and a few other expectant parents there also.  The officials there did not want to believe us that a plane was coming in, they claimed they knew nothing about it.  But we had heard from Melinda at about 1:00 pm that she was on the way to get on the airplane, with all the children and documents, and at about 1:15 we got a call from Melinda’s friend that stayed in Haiti and she told us that Melinda was on the airplane and it had just left.  By the time we left the Miami airport, they had a paper that said that Julie was on a flight, but that the flight was going to Orland-Sanford airport.  So that’s why it took so long to get to Miami, they went to Orlando first.  The children will all get to a children’s home here in Miami, where they will be bathed, served supper, and spend the night while officials continue to do paper work, which we submitted to them before leaving to go to a motel for night.  We are told that we can be back there at about 9:00 am and soon get to be with the children and play with them, etc., until each child gets cleared to leave with their parents.

We are spending the night in a motel, ANXIOUSLY AWAITING going in the A.M. to see our girl for the first time…

Going crazy, and to Florida!!

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Once again we are waiting, but we decided to do some of our waiting in Florida!! 
Yesterday our hopes got up, since they flew the first plane of children out of Haiti since last week.  Julie’s name was not on the first list of children to fly, and were hoping that she would fly shortly on the next flight, then found out that the embassy didn’t have the background criminal checks (which had been sent in Jan 18).  So we all sent this information in to all the government email addresses having to do with the Haitian adoption process, also we contacted our Senator’s Aide and she sent it to 3 places also, so we hope they have it now!!!!  Now this morning we talked to Melinda twice, and she was told at the embassy that the Prime Minister left for the weekend so they didn’t expect anything to happen till Monday, and she could return to the US Embassy with the children on Monday.  She told us that the three children are soooo tired, so she will leave them at the orphanage on Sunday, and she will go to the embassy to see if there is any news, and then return with the children on Monday.  She said that as far as the lady at the embassy could tell, our Julie was to be on the next flight out of Haiti.  But of course, we realize that it may not happen on Monday, but we are planning to go to Sarasota, FL, and spend some time with my (Jason’s) folks and be closer to whichever airport they fly into.  We usually find news from Melinda about noon to 2:00 and that would be very short notice to get a flight to Florida the same day, so we decided to fly Sunday to Florida.  We might be crazy, but there is a reason!!
Keep praying, it’s not an easy job to get a child home from Haiti…

Whatever Next!?

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OK, so they supposedly don’t have all the information yet in Washington.  Melinda tells us that they need our fingerprint information yet.  We checked back on our sent emails, and it was sent on Jan 18, but we’ll send it again!!  But the good news was that at the US Embassy they told Melinda to keep coming back every day until they let them fly, so we’ll keep waiting…

Finally!!!!!!!!

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We got a call that a plane full of children are about to leave Haiti!  Our daughter is not on the first plane but we are quite sure she is on the 2nd list. Hope to hear from the director again this afternoon whether they will fly today or later and where to…

But it is awesome wonderful to know that the Prime Minister in Haiti has been signing the papers and the children will be home soon!!!!!

One Step Closer…

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This morning the Senator’s aide called and told us she had an email from the State Dept. that our paperwork was processed!  So that would have been great news if things were still like they were a week ago.  Julie would have soon been on a plane and we would be flying to meet her.  But now the Haitian government wants to sign off  on everyone before they will let them fly and no one knows how many days that will be.  We called Melinda (this means dialing about 15 times) and she was very glad to have the news.  Then we heard that the Canadian children were flying into Ottawa on Saturday so we got all excited to hear things were moving only to go crashing down on our roller coaster ride when we realized that only the USA has accepted this plan with the Haitian government.  The other countries are still flying their children home.  Melinda is planning to go to the Embassy again tomorrow to see if she can find out anything more.  If they want the 3  children there she will have someone bring them on the pickup.  All these precautions are because of the fears certain organizations have raised concerning children being smuggled out of the country.  Doesn’t make sense to me that once the paperwork is approved they still have to stay in Haiti.  Make any sense to any of you?

Into the Embassy

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Today we felt like there was actually some progress made toward getting Julie home!  Melinda, the Orphanage director was at the airport at 6 A.M. but didn’t get a flight til 10.  She arrived in Haiti about 1:30 our time and had told Jason yesterday that he should try calling her after she had been in Haiti about 2 hours.  So after trying MANY times we got a hold of her.  She was at the Embassy but the security guard wouldn’t let her in because she didn’t have an appointment.  She asked us to try to get a hold of someone to call the Embassy and tell them she was outside with all the necessary paperwork and would the please let her in or at least help her make an appointment.  So we called our Senator’s aide and she put us on hold while she called the State Department which I believe is in Washington, D.C.  There ended up being some back and forth calling but in the end we were told that Melinda had been allowed into the Embassy.  We gave her a couple hours then called back (I don’t think it would work for her to call us as phone service is not the best over there yet).  This time I got her right away and she said she had left all the paperwork there for processing.  I asked if she was just going to wait for them to call her when it was ready and she said she would give them a few hours and if they hadn’t called her she would be back there.  She is not one to sit around and wait for things to happen.  I asked her if she was discouraged and she said, “Oh, no!”  She also said once the papers are processed, her understanding is that they will then go to the Prime Minister for a signature which would then allow them to issue travel documents for them to fly home.  She is just working with 3 children right now, one of which is our dear Julie.  We have no earthly idea when children will again be flying out of Haiti.  Melinda didn’t think any had left since Monday.  So I guess I will have another day of cleaning up the house, washing clothes and being ready to leave at a moments notice.  The sooner the better as far as we are concerned!
-Jason and Sheri

Renewed Hope

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Today we listened to a 2 hour telephone conference for parents adopting from Haiti given by a number of different government departments all working to get these children home.  They say the Haitian president is completely in favor of these children coming home if their adoptions were already started before the quake.  They do not expect this to last long about not issuing travel documents.  They say people are working around the clock trying to get everything organized to bring the rest of the children home.  About 500 have already come to the US and about 200 more to go.  So the question is not IF but WHEN.  They clarified that all rumors about putting a stop to letting these children come home is NOT TRUE!  When we talked to the congressman in Florida working on our particular case this morning he still thinks Julie may be home before the weekend!  We also filled out paperwork today to say that we will sponsor her to give at the airport so she will not be placed in a child care facility.  That included making copies of our latest tax returns.   And we took good naps.  How wearying this all has been on mind and body.  But now it is just waiting, no more worries about IF.  We have so much to be thankful for that Julie is safe and fed, because we realize not all adoptive parents awaiting their children were not so blessed.

Our orphanage director couldn’t get a flight to Haiti til midnight tonight.  Hopefully she can make it to the Embassy tomorrow as they are still issuing Visas and then when the travel documents are being issued again everything would be ready to go.