Three years later…

Three years ago we started the process to adopt Lovence and Laurentz. Then God brought Savannah into our lives, then Wilna. Now we are fighting to bring all four together under the same roof.

Savannah asks for them regularly. “My brothers and sister,” she says and points to their smiling faces framed on our kitchen counter.

“I want them.”

We do too, baby.

And it’s slowly happening. As you last heard, we had to fire our previous adoption facilitator. I’ve since been to Haiti and filed the i600 – this is a document that would classify the children as our immediate relatives so that we can get them home. That won’t happen until the Haitian side of the paperwork is complete, but that’s coming together. We HAVE received the authorization for adoption from social services there, and we HAVE hired an official placing agency to help us finalize all the paperwork.

Things are looking up.

Unfortunately, while we’ve been fighting for them, Laurentz turned 4, Lovence turned 8 and Wilna turns 11 in just 12 days. They are growing up too far away from their home and family.

Brian will travel today, landing in Haiti tomorrow morning. He couldn’t be with Wilna on her actual birthday, but it will be close. He even has gifts wrapped in the suitcase – probably the first wrapped gifts she’s ever received.

He’ll be with them until September 9th. We will try to travel there every other month until we can bring them home.

We want them to know that they know we will always come back.

September 8th is another big day. The birth parents will have to bring our children to the US Embassy in Haiti. They’ll be interviewed with the kids to verify that all that’s happening is according to their wishes.

I can’t imagine what that will feel like for our children – particularly Wilna who is old enough to understand. I can’t imagine what it will feel like to the parents as they stand before the Embassy officials.

And so we pray.

Oh Lord, will you be with these parents? May your will be done for them, for their children, for our family. Keep Brian safe and watch over his visit. May his time with the children be sweet, wonderful, delightful to their hearts.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Laurentz Lovence wilna

PS. I would love to give you a time frame for when we’ll finally bring them home, but it’s always so  hard to say. We hope it will be springtime… Lord willing.

14 thoughts on “Three years later…

  1. “We want them to know . . . ” Your update brought tears. Praying with you for spring! Our God is able to do far more than we can ask or think!

  2. Dearest Elsa;I met you at a women’s retreat where you were speaking quite a few years ago.  There is no way you would or should remember me, but that is irrelevant.  I signed up for your e-mail messages and have been following your long struggle to adopt these precious Hatian children, and I just felt compelled to write to you. My husband and son spent quite a bit of time in Haiti, especially after the earthquake.  While there, they met a man named James Cundiff, who along with my husband, TJ McGinty, started a relief organization called We Care Haiti. I want to encourage you to contact Mr. Cundiff and tell him of your attempts (and frustrations) at the adoption process in Haiti.  I firmly believe he will be able to help you as God has been using him to do some amazing things in Haiti, bordering on miraculous.  My husband recently passed away, and Mr. Cundiff flew in from Haiti to attend.  While he was here, I mentioned your situation briefly to him (not mentioning any names), and he immediately wanted to help you get these children out of the orphanage and into your home.  He understands the red tape involved, and he also understands how to work through it QUICKLY. Again, you do not know me from Adam, but I would encourage you and your husband to contact James Cundiff with We Care Haiti (http://www.wecarehaitiministries.org ), 2530 W Eldorado Pkwy, #200McKinney, TX  75070.      He will not ask you for any money.  Also you can tell him that you got his name from me, Sue McGinty.  I also live in Colorado Springs, and you are more than welcome to call me if you’d like (719-502-5277).  Or e-mail back if you want.I don’t usually do off-the-wall things like this, but when I saw your e-mail that it had been 3 years, my heart just broke for you. In Him,Sue McGinty

      From: When Hope Comes Home To: suemcginty1@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:19 PM Subject: [New post] Three years later… #yiv7256768659 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7256768659 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7256768659 a.yiv7256768659primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7256768659 a.yiv7256768659primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7256768659 a.yiv7256768659primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7256768659 a.yiv7256768659primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7256768659 WordPress.com | elsakokcolopy posted: “Three years ago we started the process to adopt Lovence and Laurentz. Then God brought Savannah into our lives, then Wilna. Now we are fighting to bring all four together under the same roof.Savannah asks for them regularly. “My brothers and sister,” ” | |

  3. Oh Elsa, my heart sang praises to our God when I opened your blog site and saw your beautiful Haitian children. What smiles from all. I will continue to pray for God’s will be done in all areas of your hopes and dreams for your children. Blessings, Donna

  4. Dear Elsa,  These three years have been filled with ups and downs, days of joy and days of utter frustration but you and Brian have never faltered in your trust that our God was with you every step of the way. You both have been an inspiration to me and I am so blessed to be on this journey with you.  In His Love,   Nat

    From: When Hope Comes Home To: ncjackson1@bellsouth.net Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 3:19 PM Subject: [New post] Three years later… #yiv3903304475 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3903304475 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3903304475 a.yiv3903304475primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3903304475 a.yiv3903304475primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3903304475 a.yiv3903304475primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3903304475 a.yiv3903304475primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3903304475 WordPress.com | elsakokcolopy posted: “Three years ago we started the process to adopt Lovence and Laurentz. Then God brought Savannah into our lives, then Wilna. Now we are fighting to bring all four together under the same roof.Savannah asks for them regularly. “My brothers and sister,” ” | |

  5. Hi my friends,I’m in agreement with you prayer. I’m so happy for you all. I just Adopted my 3 year old Great Grandson on the 24th of August. Your children are so blessed to have you guys. Love you all.Eula.

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