Monday, July 20, 2009
And what better way to follow ice cream than roasting hot dogs and making smores?!
Smore's anyone? :)
Even the puppy (who Sabrina thinks is her puppy) had some fun riding the dump truck.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The new land is ours! It's hard to believe we made the deal! Of course, we've only made the down payment and we have another $30,000 to go but the deal is made and it was a great deal. It's a big house on a large piece of land with lots of room to grow.
Now, I guess, its time to start building and working. After a quick walk through at the new house, and beginning to make a plan, the first thing to do will be build a security wall around the property. It already has a short wall but this will need to be extended up several feet to make our children safe. And then we'll need to work on adding the electrical and plumbing, do some tile work inside, and plaster and paint the ceilings and walls. Then build some kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, add windows and doors, get some appliances and build or buy some furniture AND THEN WE CAN MOVE IN THE CHILDREN. All this needs to be done by the first of August when our rent is due again on the current Adoption Home.
We're very excited to have our newest missionary, Audrey Ullery, back with us after a short break in the states. She's getting her program with our girls going again. That brings us to another need. There is no way we are going to be able to complete the babies new home AND build a girls home by the beginning of August. So pray for wisdom as we decide what to do with our 29 beautiful girls.
Moving down the road to our boys' home. Our older boys house is looking awesome. The boys and a group from near Moline, IL have been working all week building closets and desks, and painting, and making their dorm look like a real home. They've also spruced up the mission compound by adding some color and painting some doors, and railings. It looks great.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here come the rice and beans.
Look at all the rice and beans!!!
Our interns separating all the clothes.
Praise the Lord for diapers and wipes!!!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sabrina's adoption papers have been signed off and are ready for Keith and I to pick them up! We can go and apply for her visa to travel to the U.S.! We are over joyed that this wait is finally over and that our family may now be and travel together!!!!!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
After the conference, Keith and I got to visit San Francisco for the first time in our lives. We were visiting a family who adopted a young girl from Haiti, Stephaine. This young lady has been through a lot in her life (we don't really want to go through it on our blog) and her parents have asked us to take her back to Haiti to train her to be a daughter.
Tiffany and Hermelin were able to come in to Haiti for the first time since they were married in July 2007! It was so wonderful having them here for a week! All of our family(minus our future daughter-in-love, Jessica) together for the first time in over two years!!!!!!!
Solange and her family! :)
Monday, April 27, 2009
We had a group of students from Seagertown, PA, visit us. The first picture is Patrick (Keith's brother who brought the group in) and Micah (an EMT visiting) doing surgery on Willy's foot. He went swimming in the ocean with only his flip flops (I was in Port-au-Prince; otherwise, this would not have happened) and got bit by something posionous on the heel of his left foot. We had to cut the spot open, drain it, and leave it open for the rest of the fluid to drain. He was in a lot of pain! We did a lot of praying! We were hoping and praying that it would heal on its own. And it did! We wanted to thank everyone for their prayers that it was not worse than what we could handle here in this third world country!
This second one is baby Max and I loving on each other during a mission's prayer meeting held by the FVCS group of students of Seagertown, PA.
The last one are the three youngest ones still living in our home. Thomas still needs a family to adopt him. From left to right- Chelda, Max, and Thomas.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
James - 5 years old
Osias - 12 years old
Sevens - 8 years old
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I wish you could all come visit us. I want you to see our mission so you can have a better mental picture of what is going on here. After 12 years, the mission is simply busting at the seams. As many of you know we recently completed an addition to In The Father's Hand Children's Home at our original piece of land, to make room for our group of boys, now numbering almost 50. A few years ago we rented a house for all the babies that Father kept bringing to us who needed a home while they waited for adoption. Then Father started sending us girls who were being abused or abandoned by their families. Overcrowding was already an issue when the landlord told us he was selling the house we were renting. Shortly thereafter several areas of the ceilings fell and we had to move the 18 babies into the house that Cindy and I are renting between the two properties. We have left the toddlers and girls in the creche home pending an answer to our housing issue. It was obvious that it was time to do something to provide a permanent home for Grace Children Adoption Home and to begin our separate girls home for the children in our care. Adding to the urgency to move the babies into another home that is safe for them is Cindy's hearing. By no means is Cindy being selfish, but she needs her home back to prevent further hearing loss. The hearing doctor told her she is damaging her hearing aid with the constant noise. As we have searched over the months, we have found several options and possibilities, but no fair price. On Saturday April 4th, Solange, our national director of the adoption home, took Cindy and I to see a large piece of land with an unfinished home. It's within a short walk of our other facilities. We really believe this could be the house that God has for our children, fair price and all. The house is not a large home but is built so that finishing it and adding on what would be needed would be easy. The one thing we really like about this property is that there is a big yard. There is enough space in the back to build another house for the girls and enough yard in the front to have a playground for the children to play in. We feel that this is the home. But this is an opportunity we could miss without your help. Another buyer is interested in the property and the seller will not hold the house for us. We believe we are to finish the existing house on that land and then build the new home for the girls'home. To buy the land with the unfinished home is $60,000. To finish the existing home will be approximately $25,000. Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of time. We must produce at least $60,000 right away to purchase this property. Another consideration is our need to move the children out of the current creche house before our lease is up in August. The landlord insists he wants to sell it but even if he would let us rent it again it would cost us another $6000 to rent it for another year; $6000 that could be used to purchase our own property. Cindy and I are asking you, even in this time of econmic difficulties, to give once again. There is a peace about this home. We believe this is the property God wants us to have. This area of the community is developing so fast that land is very hard to find. That this particular place became available now is something we consider a "God thing." This will be a place where we can house the babies and toddlers and start the girls' home (which we desperately need), another place where we can continue to show the value of family to this country of Haiti. Your family here needs your help. We have been offered a matching grant of $15,000 to help kick this fund raising effort off. If we can QUICKLY bring in $15,000, the matching grant will put us at $30,000, which will bring us half-way to the goal of $60,000. We NEED YOU TO GIVE FROM THE BLESSINGS FATHER HAS GIVEN YOU. Please consider how much you are blessed. PRAY!!! ASK FATHER WHAT YOU SHOULD GIVE. There is an old saying, "You can't out-give God," and it is absolutely true. As a pastor once said, (I paraphrase), "I have good news and bad news. The good news is God has given us all the money we needed for the new furnaces. The bad news is most of it is still in your pocket book." Here is an opportunity to show your faith in His provision for your family as you give sacrificially to help those even more in need. You can donate on-line at www.gme.org. Designate your gift for "new building." Or you can make your check payable to: Lashbrook Family Ministries, and mail to: Globe International, P.O. Box 3040, Pensacola, FL 32516-3040.
If you have any thoughts, or ideas, or are interested in bringing in a building team, don't hesitate to call or send me an email. And remember, it's all "In the Father's Hands!"
(Front view of the home.)