i honestly don't even have many words to describe today. i will try, but believe me i really can't.
it was fine. i handled it like i had done it millions of times before. nothing bothered me. i waited and waited and waited for my bag. no show. then a tall and skinny black man is waking around holding up a picture of me! i tell him i'm who he is looking for and he hands me a notecard. it says this … jamie this is theadore, he'll help you, don't give him any money except for $1 or $2 for cart…. it was from zach who picked me up. he is licia and lori's dad.
theo (that's what i prefer to call him) took my bags and wouldn't let me lift another finger. then as we got outside two men started asking me if they could help and i kept telling them no, no no. then theo gave them my bags. what the heck? i was a little nervous but then i looked up and saw a white man waving at me through the gate and i knew that it was zach and i was safe.
we headed out of the airport and zach knew all the guards of the VIP parking section. it was funny as he joked with all of them.
we then met troy livesay (go to their blog on the side of mine) and we chatted. i'll be leading a team to the place him and his wife tara run this May and i'm so excited.
then we FINALLY got to the clinic and rescue center. it took about 2 hours from the airport. beautiful country, and very sad country. it doesn't get any easier to see the sites you see as you travel through haiti.
when i arrived i could see licia, her boys and AMOS at the balcony looking over. i was so anxious and nervous. licia told me he had a fever earlier and had been sick, so he might be a little down.
he was. he didn't want to look at me really and i took it very slow. i hung out and let him have his time. a couple hours later he was sound asleep on my chest and i whispered over and over again …. AMOS it's your momma and I love you!
story was an easy meeting experience! she is lovely. her eyes are just as big in person as they are in the pics that lori and licia sends. she is beautiful and i have loved snuggling and hugging on her. i gave her the brown baby doll and she loved it!!! 🙂
tonight at dinner amos threw up and like any good mom i caught it!!! he is loving the toys i brought and after i go through my bags i'm sure i'll find more for him.
i can't explain how i feel when i look at him. the love is overflowing. i have kissed him so much and i love the taste of his sweat on my lips. he is making noises while he pushes his truck around right now and it melts my heart.
we had fun tonight playing with the camera. don't worry aaron i didn't let him hold it on his own!!! he loved taking pictures and loved seeing his pictures taken!
i don't have long online, but want you to know i'm here. safe. happy. very very happy.
i just toured the rescue center with lori and licia. not an easy thing to see. i have heard lots of stories today and tonight from them that are tough to hear. these people are doing an amazing thing here.
if you get a chance, head on over to their blogs and show some love. they need diapers too – so if you have a spare $30 send some diapers their way.
i'm off for tonight, but will have internet access lots so i'll keep you updated.
wow. fighting back tears. amazing. wow. wow.
I’m so happy for you! Give those babies a smooch for us!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing! My heart is overflowing for you and yours.
I’m glad you are there safe and sound. that airport is a crazy and overwhelming place! I hope amos gets to feeling better and soon so yall can have a great time together. Your heart is so sweet and I love to hear your thoughts and feelings about your kids. I’ll continue my prayers for your time there! Enjoy every second!!!!
Praise the Lord! I’m so glad you finally got to hold your babies!
I’m so excited for you and have been checking all day to hear that you got there ok- and that you were with your beautiful children. For what ever reason I couldn’t sleep last night- and I spent a good bit of the night- especially the hours from about 3-6am praying for you, your travel and your time in Haiti….. enjoy! tanya
this is so great!
Amazing! I teared up when you talked about Amos sleeping on your chest and telling him it was OK b/c his momma was there! So sweet! I pray Amos feels better soon and that you remain healthy. Praise the Lord for your safe travels and sweet meetings with your children!
Yay!!! Sending up some applause to God for a good first day with Amos and Story. And sending up some prayers for Amos’s fever. You’re doing wonderful!
Jamie- I have thought about you non stop today!! I love you so much and have been praying all day. Enjoy every second. Give those babies a hug for me 🙂
How Awesome. I am sure that your beautiful smile has not left your face.
This message and the last one is from me Debra…not Ernest.
So sorry…I did not see that he was logged in.
I’m just overwhelmed with joy for you right now!! i love you!
oh, my goodness! I can just feel your joy! So glad you made it safely! Relish every sweet, sickly, snuggly, sweaty moment!
Answered prayers! I’m so glad today went smoothly for you. God’s good hand is upon you.
I pray Amos is feeling better tomorrow. I love you. I’m so proud of you!
I love it love it love it!!!! LOVE that you are with your children!!! finally!!!! Praise God!!! I cried and laughed out loud as I read this – seriously amazing to be able to travel this journey with you. Now just patiently waiting for the pictures…… l love you so!
I have been waiting for this…I’m SO happy for you!! Congratulations on your new son and daughter!!
I’m sorry Amos is sick…bless his heart!
Kiss the little ones for me!
alright jamie, i was tearing up from the beginning & then the throw up for some reason made me bawl (i know… dorky) – i just love you & can’t wait to read more – BTW, how’d ya like the road to their house??
Okay, the upset stomach and your swift mother’s hands only serves to further connect the two of you more quickly! LOL What a provision:) The thought of you taking in every sight, sound and taste over the next few days with your babies within reach…that’s priceless, my friend:)
Tears are in my eyes!! Wow! So glad you made it safely. I am praying for you this week.
AMAZING!!! I’m SO happy for you and your 2 blessings. Congrats and enjoy every second.
You made it! I’m crying!
i love reading this blog, what a beautiful day!
Oh I’m so excited you finally are able to hold your kids! I hope Amos feels better! Can’t wait to see pics.