Things have changed quite a bit ’round here since my last post in February.
For starters, John Robert changed universities and started attending Transylvania University in Lexington, KY after a successful freshman year at Kentucky Christian University. We’ve been fundraising, moving, and adjusting to his new life in KY over the past year and he’s already moved twice… He was able to visit Haiti this summer which was an amazing gift after a hard year learning to survive in the USA. We love JR and are so honored to be a part of his journey.
(Photo taken this Spring after a KCU soccer game!)
Secondly, on May 27,2015, Jason and I finalized our adoption and finally were able to give our daughter, Beverly, our last name! It was a joyous occasion filled with a “gotcha day” party and the fulfillment of a promise we made to Bev when she moved in… she got her ears pierced!
(Photo taken on Cinco de Mayo!)
And finally, we welcomed a sweet baby boy into our lives on June 22, 2015 after hours and hours of labor… Ellias weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long. It was love at first sight for all of us!
(Photo taken around 3 weeks old)
This year has been filled with tremendous growth and an explosion of love. My husband and I are grateful for all of the support we’ve had over the past several months. There is NO way we could have endured the craziness without our family and friends. It’s been a wild ride!
American food is much different from Haitian cuisine. As a result, John Robert’s first days in America were rough. He says, “Everything tasted different and I thought I was going to starve from not eating.” During those first days, we tried a lot of different foods. Yet, we were unable to satisfy his desire for food from home- fried plantains, beans and rice, chicken, etc. This is hard to find in America, so we settled for small victories. Our first win came from Chuy’s (tortilla soup) and the second from Masala (Goat curry). And the winning meal to date, jambalaya, homemade by our cousin, Betsy! Over time, eating has become easier for JR, and he’s found more foods he enjoys! (Praise God!) However, I know he still longs for Haitian food; so if you ever have beans and rice, call him!
For more details about JR, visit fundly!
As I mentioned, my husband and I made the decision to help our friend John Robert get to the states to attend college. One of our first experiences took place in Wal-Mart. You see, I made JR promise that he would let me take him to Wal-Mart for the very first time. I ended up taking him within the first hours of his arrival to the states (once I get something in my mind, I can’t wait!). My main goal was to show him the differences between the Haitian markets and ours… Boy, was he shocked. In Haiti, the produce he’s holding are dietary staples, but here they are nearly double the size! JR was amazed at the size of our produce, the organization of the store, and the OPTIONS! He’s not a big shopper, but we learned a lot the first day about American cuisine, choices, and price comparing. He’s been to Wal-Mart numerous times since this trip, but I think he’ll always remember his first time. I know I will!
If you’d like more information about John Robert (JR), you can visit fundly!