The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Reporting From Africa

I can't stay long, but I get wanted to appease the masses by posting a little something. Unfortunately, what I have to say will probably just whet your appetite for more! Here are some highlights...
--touring the Mercy Ship, including the hospital part where guests usually aren't allowed to go
--getting to the middle of a certain road with 3 cars ahead of us, and 15 behind us and being told to turn around and go back because they were digging a huge hole in the road
--meeting all the office staff (if there had been a quiz about who was who and what they do, I'd have failed!)
--touring Rock Hill (see Donna's or Jocelyn's blogs) with the Deputy Minister of Education
--delivering shunts to a gorgeous 3 mo old baby with a huge swelling (a little bigger than his head) on the back of his neck
--visiting the big kids orphanage and having them sing to us and recite verses--they were so cute!
--visiting the baby orphanage, spotting Pea in the singing masses, visiting with all the babies who couldn't come out of their beds to sing, and spent some time with Pea (I'll post pictures later--Patty took them on her camera because ours was dead). I'll tell you more about her later.

We're still waiting to see Pence and speak to his aunt, so keep praying for that. Thanks so much for praying (and letting me know you're praying!).


jaz said...

How incredibly exciting! I'm definitely praying!!!
Jamie Z. :0)

Becky said...

Hi Rachel,
You are right. This has just whet my appetite for more! But I'm so glad that you had an opportunity to post. Thank you for remembering us "hungry for info" families back home.
I'm so sorry that I missed being able to say goodbye to you before you left. I regret it so much. I pray that this trip will be blessed and that you will see progress in getting Spencer released.
Please give Benjamin (Benedict Aquai) some love for me. I've been really longing for him today. I'm so glad you were able to spend some time with Siah. Can't wait to hear about it. You are on my prayer list.

Becky Avella

Anonymous said...

YEA!!!!! What did you do when you saw Siah?? Does she know your Mama right now, or are you just beautiful light-skinned lady? How exciting! We've been pryaing for you and will continue to!Love, Denise

Anonymous said...

RACHEL!!!!!!! so glad to hear your post. please tell melodie and sydnee that (josie) josephine has gained 3 lbs and is sucking from a bottle! praying for spencer's situation..... and for his aunt's heart to soften. love you girl, the other rachel

amber said...

Thanks, Rae, for this awesome glimpse into your trip!!! We have been praying for you guys (and Sam at home) and will keep on praying!
Can't wait to hear more once you get home...
I am really hoping and praying for a miracle in Spencer's situation while you are over there.

Anonymous said...

It sounds amazing! I'm so jealous!


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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
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