You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Lena's (first) mission trip to
Haiti turned into our
Adoption Adventure!
Can't wait to see what God has in store next.....

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Our first day....

An emotional one, that is for sure.

Memories and feelings come rushing back once we get here. It's hard to explain. I'll try to say more about this another time.

Got to meet Michelle and Colleen.

Got to see old friends-and meet a few new ones.

Got to see Michelle and Noah reunite!

Got to see, touch, hug, kiss, the boys.

Got to introduce the boys to their papa.

Got to watch papa fall in love with the boys.

Got to work work work-on all the supplies.

By the way, Parkway Christian Church-you people ROCK. I went from 1 and a half bags, to SIX full bags, even at the last minute!! I sent out an email with some last minute needs, and 24 hours later, I had oodles of supplies (food stuff mostly) to bring down. And it worked out perfectly-the team had EXACTLY our 2 bags person. You have no idea how important this part of the mission is. There is no other way to get supplies here-so your willingness to help at the last moment really made a difference.

Got to hear first timer's impressions/observations.

Got to hold my little one til he fell asleep.

There's more, but those are the highlights. (sigh)

I think my heart might just burst. :-)

Tonight, I journaled in a journal that was given to me before my first trip. I've used it every time I've come here, usually in the days leading up, always during the trip, and for a few days after.

Tonight, I wrote something that took one page. At the bottom of each page is a verse. Here is the one for today's page. No date, just whenever I get to a new page, I use it. I write first then read the verse.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Psalm 107:8-9

I am totally praising the Lord today! He does wonderful works. He satisfies my soul and is filling my hungry soul with goodness. I am so amazed/awed/blown away. I can't explain it, other than to say it is SO COOL to see God work....and he works everything out. There really is no need to worry. All we gotta do is pray! It's like having a front row seat at the best drama ever created!

Prayer Requests:

Pray for stamina for the team. There's lots of work to do.
Pray that we all get good sleep and stay healthy.
Pray for a few people that are feeling anxious about a variety of things.
Pray for the people that we come in contact with-that they would see that we are different and that we could impact them and show them that EACH ONE MATTERS.

Please pray that we get a DHS appointment this week, that we are able to get to it and that it goes well/smoothly to get this adoption moving on the Haitian side of things.

Thank you!


  1. YAY! It sounds like you had an awesome day. I am so glad that you get to be with your little guys. I was cuddling with Isaac tonight and was thinking about how wonderful it is that you and Bob are able to cuddle with your little ones tonight too. I am praying that everything gets accomplished this week.

  2. I would have given ANYTHING to see Michelle and Noah reunited!!!!! I sure hope someone got pictures!

    I am praying for all of you!

    Thanks for sharing for those of us at home hoping for news!

  3. Lena,
    this is so amazing to hear...I'm teary just thinking of you and Bob with the boys. Especially one of them falling asleep on you...the way it should be...
    I hope you don't mind, but I copied part of your post and put it on the PCC one. (nothing too personal, just the mission stuff mostly)
    Can't wait to hear more! Give those sweet boys a hug from me...

  4. Sounds like a pretty amazing first day! Can't wait to hear more!


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