Update from Haiti | On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from March 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from March 2009.

I don’t have the energy to write tonight, so I am going to cut and paste the updates I’ve gotten today about Keanan. Shelley is sending them – she is a totally lovely missionary who runs the orphanage. He is at her house tonight before moving hospitals tomorrow. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I absolutely adore all of the people who work for Heartline Haiti. They are doing all they can, but healthcare in Haiti is tough, and I know they are frustrated and wanting to see him better. So am I.

Sorry – this has been so long and drawn out – and seemingly
complicated. This is where we are now. Keembert’s foot needs to be lanced
and the fluid removed – he will need to be moved from the current hospital for
this procedure. We are trying to reach the orthopedic specialist/surgeon
who originally gave the orders for him to be admitted to the hospital, as he
must also give the order for him to be released. We have been unable to
reach him so far today. Also, Keembert has developed thrush in his mouth – poor
little guy! – so he is being treated for that. He has also started running
a fever on occasion.We are praying that the thrush and fever clear up, and that
we are able to have Keembert admitted to a hospital which communicates
better. We are also praying that the surgical procedure is done well, with
as little discomfort as possible for Keembert, and that his foot heals

**Byron just got through to Dr. Bouvier** – please pray that Dr.
Bouvieur is able to reach the appropriate person and that Keembert can be
released today. Communication here is unbelievably poor. Dr.
Bouvieur is frustrated, at best. He said that they should never have
accepted Keembert if they were unable to take care of his foot. Makes
sense.Anyway, that is where we are.

Keembert is in my home right now. Very quiet (for him) but sharing
his smile.We have been to the orthopedic specialist, who removed some fluid from
his foot, and has instructed us to bring him to the new hospital (a very modern
and topnotch hospital) tomorrow morning at 8:00. We will meet with
him then and perhaps a pediatrician as well. Byron is on his way to
Petionville with the fluid – delivering it to a lab so that they can run the
necessary tests on it.The thrush (yeast infection) in his mouth is
unbelievable. We were not given any medication, although we were told that
he was given some for this, so we will get new meds in the morning for it.Dr.
Beauvoir – the orthopedic specialist/surgeon – is so apologetic! He has
been shocked by the lack of cooperation and communication at this
hospital. I will update you as soon as we return home tomorrow – hopefully
it will not be as late as this.

Please continue to pray for our son. I am one nervous mommy right now. I am so glad that Mark will be able to visit him soon, and that it sounds like he will get better attention at this new hospital.

In better news, we have four suitcases full of donations!!! Thank you so much. I love my friends. I love that I can put a post on my blog and on facebook, and two days later have 200 pounds of donations to take to Haiti. We have been weighing and redistributing the bags all day, and I think we’ve got it all!

Wednesday’s Child: Quintin

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.



Life Lately

Today, and my first Mother’s Day (with Jafta and pregnant with India). 

The barrels have changed a bit …

Almost two decades of spending Mother’s Day at @restauranthabana. Cuban food is my happy place. 💃🏼


Happy Mother’s Day to those of you navigating relationships with toxic mothers. To those who have had to erect boundaries that leave you ambivalent or alone today. To those who walk down the card aisle for this day and look for something humorous because the emotional cards feel phony and sad given the reality you lived with.

Happy Mother’s Day to the foster mamas in the sticky, tricky place of not knowing if the child you are mothering today will be the child you are mothering this time next year.

Happy Mother’s Day to the hopeful mamas who dread this day almost as much as each monthly confirmation that pregnancy eluded them once again. To those who skipped church this morning because the public recognition of that which you are longing for is too painful to bear. To the women who feel confusion, anger, pain, and fear about why motherhood comes so easily to some . . . even to those who don’t want it, when it has been your life dream.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mama’s whose children are being raised by others, who feel the ache of that decision (or those circumstances) more keenly on this day.

Happy Mother’s Day to the moms whose children are fighting battles with addiction or mental illness. Who say prayers for protection and safety each night for the sweet children whose adulthood looks nothing like what they would have planned.

Happy Mother’s Day to the women who have lost mothers, and would give anything for one more day.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mamas who have lost children, who never got to see the dreams they had for them fulfilled. Whose empty arms ache every day, but especially today.

Happy Mother’s Day to the aunts, friends, grandmas, teachers, and caregivers who mother the children in their own family and community each and every day. (This photo is of Kembe and his primary nanny at the orphanage where he lived for three years.)

Happy birthday @tracytaber! Cheers to two-decades long friendships.


Kinda wishing we chose flute right about now.

Catching up with Uncle Fred. Wish you were here @aus_rivers@bigdaddyd_44

A mini-meltdown and a prayer request || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

I am having a hard night tonight. Our little guy in Haiti, Keanan, is in the hospital. He has a really bad infection in his foot. It’s a bacterial infection, probably staph or something like it. Bacterial infections can be nasty to battle even in the US. Could you please pray that the antibiotics work quickly, and that the infection will go away for good and not require any further intervention? He was admitted on Thursday, and I’ve been trying to take it in stride. But tonight it just kind of hit me. I’ve never had a child in the hospital, and it’s really difficult not to be consumed with worry. It is so hard to be away from him while he is hurting so much. Thankfully, he is in a good hospital, and our orphanage is taking amazing care of him. They have a nanny with him 24/7 and they are keeping me updated every day.

Mark and Jafta will be visiting March 12-17. We planned the trip before Keanan got sick. I would really love for them to have a great bonding time together, so I am praying he heals quickly and is back to his regular self soon. I’ve already been feeling really down about not being able to visit myself. Now I’m wishing even more that I could fly out there. It’s tough to feel so powerless as a mom. I know he is in good hands, but I wish I was the one holding him tonight.

I think it’s time for me to sit down and have a good, hormone-fueled cry.