The pictures tell the story way better than I could with words....
|We picked Wilfete up in PauP and took him to Pizza Amour for his first EVER pizza! He also jumped on the trampoline for the first time :) Jett, Callie, & Phoebe had so much fun with our sweet friend!|
|We were so blessed to celebrate our Christmas worship service at Port au Prince Fellowship with Mary Kate & Wilfete. We have truly been blessed with such great friends!|
|On one of our drives :) The beautiful mountains of Haiti!|
|Christmas Eve all tucked into her little bed :) We LOVE the blanket that our good friend, Chelita, made for Phoebe Kate! Such a sweet gift and she LOVES it!|
Christmas Eve we were invited to our neighbor's house for their Chrismas Eve celebration. They were so kind to feed us and share this special day with us. We are so blessed with kind, loving, and protective friends in Thomassin.
|Christmas morning enjoying the gifts from family, friends and "Santa". She had a blast and even one month later is still LOVING her gifts. We have been so blessed are thankful for the love that has been poured out on us!|
|We were absolutely thrilled to spend Christmas with our dear friend, Wilfete. It was fun to celebrate |
Christmas with him and watch his eyes light up as he opened presents that were just for him :)
|Aunt Kate and Phoebe Christmas morning 2012|
|Mommy and Phoebe Kate opening her stocking Christmas morning 2012|
|We went to Boutillier to see Port au Prince at night. It was a beautiful sight. |
It was such a treat to enjoy the view with Kate, Phoebe, Wilfete, Rhyan & Annabel.
|Aunt Kate keeping Phoebe warm on a cool night in the mountains :)|
|Phoebe is really developing an interest in books and reading. I absolutely LOVE to find her on her own enjoying a book! Makes me so happy as a mommy to see her grow in her love for reading :)|
|Some of my favorite moments with this sweet girl are at night after bathtime. She loves to get her leap pad out and her toy doll house and free play for a while before bed.|
|My sweet southern girl :) I love that she can rock a pair of overalls!|
She is going to fit in great on the farm with Aunt LeLe and Uncle Jesse :)
|Callie and Phoebe Kate coloring while waiting for lunch at the Baptist Mission in Fermanthe. |
This is one our favorite eating spots :)
|Our first "serious" flat tire in Haiti. |
Thankful for my precious neighbors who were so willing to step in and help!
|Sleeping soundly in the X position. What a bed hog :)|
|1st day of School: January 8, 2013.|
Doesn't she look absolutely adorable in that uniform?!?!
|Mommy & Phoebe Kate on her first day of school.|
|Phoebe Kate & her teacher Madame Paul.|
She is such a sweet, caring, and kind woman. So thankful that Phoebe has her for a teacher!!
Madame Paul is not only Phoebe's teacher but our neighbor & landlord.
|Phoebe's celebration of finishing her first week of school! Brownie Sundae from the Baptist Mission :)|
|Aunt Kate & Phoebe enjoying the ocean.|
|This is another one of our fun times together after bath time. Phoebe loves to get her Leap Frog guitar and put on a show for us! I feel like her head wrap adds a whole new element to her look :) She absolutely loves music and singing!|
|Mommy & Phoebe (January 14, 2013)|
I love to walk into her class to pick her up and see her face light up :)
|Aunt Kate & Phoebe (January 14, 2013)|
I love how Phoebe's eyes are glowing in this picture. She LOVES and ADORES Aunt Kate.
We were both so blessed by her visit. Please come back soon, Kate :)
The only event that I didn't take pictures of and I regret so much, is our time with our neighbor/landlords family! We did not take any pictures Christmas Eve nor when we had them over to our house for a treat! -- They asked us a few weeks prior if we would make them some American food. We were excited at the opportunity to serve our neighbors and to share life with them so Kate and I were up for it :) We made some pretty awesome hamburgers and french fries for about 15 people! It was so fun to have them in our home and watch many of them experience that kind of food for the first time! They were kind, thankful and respectful (even when they were not totally impressed with our hamburgers :) ).
On the adoption front, our dossier is heading to Haiti (Lord willing) on January 25. Yay!!! But please continue to pray, IBESR is still closed and we are praying for them to reopen so they can start working on our case!
2013 is off to a great start! I am praying that this year will be filled with the blessings and opportunities to serve the Lord here in Haiti as we continue to trust Him on this journey. He is good. And He is so faithful. So whatever 2013 may bring, we choose to believe that He is on our side and that He is working all things together for our good.
My prayer for 2013 is that I will know His heart. May His passions become my passions and may they flow through this broken vessel. Thankful that He is making me whole.