Matthew 25: 35-40

"I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." -Matthew 25:35-36

"Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." -Matthew 25:37-40

Monday, February 22, 2010

A slight set-back

On Saturday, Jim, Barb, Lacey, and the children waited for eight hours at the embassy to get on their flight, only to find out it had been canceled. We are hoping they will fly out toward the end of the week. We have to remember, nothing is ever for sure in Haiti until it's history! Commercial flights are running, but they are booked up way in advance.

I met up with Cheryl Ankenbauer and family from Michigan. They are adopting Rosena (13) below, and Jim and Lacey will be escorting Rosena to Florida as well. The Ankenbauers invited me to stay with them at their parents' home at Marco Island. It's beautiful here. I now have two new nieces: Kate and Beth! (and they have 17 new cousins! ha ha) The girls are so excited to meet their new sister, Rosena! It has been such a blessing to be with them while waiting! The Lord is so good. I will be sure to let you all know about any updates as soon as possible.

Can you believe how happy they are, even after such a disappointing day?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

One of the happiest days of my life

I am sitting at the Miami International Airport thinking about what a grand day this is going to be. We didn't have to wait nearly as long as most other adoptive parents, and I almost feel guilty. I cannot even count the miracles that brought us to this place. Praise the Lord!

So many lives were lost in this tragedy, and Haiti will be suffering for a long time. There are countless survivors who lost loved ones; and over and over again, I hear how strong and resilient they are. They are thankful to be alive, and continue to praise the Lord and count their blessings. My prayer is that we will not forget Haiti and it's beautiful people: that Haiti will be in our hearts forever.

Jim helped Anderson make a pen for his laying hen.
Jim and Tommy getting some one-on-one. A trip up town with the Wilsons.Tearing down damaged buildings. Army troops brought in food and supplies.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Crew at Ruuska Village

Greg and Sandy Wilson

Kathy & Justline-we knew she would love this job!

Lacey & baby Mora
Kathy Johnson & baby Mora
Kathy and Heather with Ruth, Justline, Jennyka, Stephen & Roseline.
Justin Heppner and Greg

Kathy, Heather, Sandy, and Greg before boarding the plane in Florida

Friday, February 12, 2010


Special Field Report: Haiti's Orphans Held Hostage from Douglas Phillips on Vimeo.

Jim spent two days at the American Embassy and found out that our paperwork has been delayed because of the snow in Washington. We're really hoping next week will be the week! It's an opportunity to grow in patience and trust in God!! Greg, Sandy, Heather, and Kathy arrived safely at the village yesterday and dug right in! I wouldn't have expected anything less. They are going to be such a great help to the village.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Samantha- what a cutie!
Happy Nannies!
More happy people!
Heather Hanson is leaving tomorrow with her parents, Greg and Sandy Wilson, and Cathy Johnson! I know they are going to be a great help to Ruuska Village!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Helping Hands for Haiti...

The LIGHT homeschool group from Kittson County
boxed up 20 boxes of supplies for Ruuska Village!
Thanks guys!
Mallori, Kerri Drees, Jessica, Katrice at the Reach Out to Haiti Benefit Concert in Grand Forks, ND.
Kerri and Jessica! Kerri headed up the milk project
in Grand Forks, ND. She is the morning show host at 97KYCK!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Counting down the days.......

Till these sweet little girls are in our arms.
Katyna (4), Jennyka (6) and their little friend, Ruth (7).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday Update

The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind. I received a call from US Citizenship and Immigration Services Monday morning informing me to go to Fargo and get my fingerprints done. I asked if Jim was able to get this done in Haiti and they thought so, but could not tell me for sure. I called Jim right away to tell him this and suggested that he go to the consulate as soon as possible to see if they could take his fingerprints. He said Barb was planning to go in the morning anyway, so he would ride along. Since the benefit was scheduled for Monday night, it didn't work for me to go to Fargo that day. Believe me, I would have jumped into the car in a heart beat otherwise! Joe, Jess, Isaiah and I spent the night with my nephew, Cole, after the concert and left the next morning. To my surprise, one of Jim's best friend's wife worked at the immigration office. Jim and Fred graduated from Border Patrol Academy together 26 years ago. Little did we know they are living in Fargo.

After my appointment, I felt completely blessed and overwhelmed with God's grace. I thought to myself, "What a wonderful country we live in!"..... I was surrounded by immigrants waiting to take their naturalization test and as we visited, I could sense their excitement about becoming a citizen of the United States. A young man told me how he could not wait to become a citizen, so he could join the Army. I told him that was very admirable. I also told him about my son-in-law, Sean (Sheila's husband) who had just graduated from basic training in the Army last fall, and has recently graduated from AIT with achievement and leadership awards. As I told them the story of Jim and Lacey in Haiti, hoping to bring our children home soon, tears streamed down the young girl's face. We exchanged contact information and agreed to keep in touch. His wife (or girlfriend) was taking the naturalization test that day.

After I left USCIS, I tried to call Jim to let him know he was free to go up to the consulate in Haiti (if he had not done so already) and get his fingerprints done. They had called Washington to double check on that while I was there and said they would send an email to Haiti letting them know Jim would be coming in to do this. I couldn't get in touch with Jim. I tried again once I got to Grand Forks and he picked up the phone in Barb's office. I told him how I ran into Fred Ewalt's wife, and he couldn't believe it. He said he had just gotten back from getting his fingerprints done and it was like they were expecting him. I told him they were! He asked what time I was in Fargo at USCIS, and I said about 12:00 noon. Jim arrived at the consulate about 1:00 our time, so they had received the email and processed him as soon as he got there; Barb said in the past 20 years she has never seen anything go so smoothly and quickly. It's so amazing to see God work all this out because we could not have planned it better. After all the miracles God has already done in my life, I am still in awe of him.

Lacey, Sam, and Katyna

The Building Crew

Terry and his little friends

Dean, Sam, and Katyna

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Benefit Concert for Reach Out to Haiti

A benefit concert was held February 1st at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, ND. Six bands contributed to a very inspirational and successful evening. The bands included T.J. Porter from Karlstad, Minn., who played a variety of original inspirational songs and is Lacey Hewitt's uncle. Also playing were the WoodPicks, a bluegrass combo from Thief River Falls; Peat Moss and Bones, aka Greg Norman and Lee Barnum from Grand Forks; Tim West & Friends from Beltrami, Minn.; the Diers family band of Grand Forks; and John Haugen & Friends, which was a version of Little Bobby Houle and his local blues band.

TJ Porter

TJ Porter, Cole Porter, Ellie Porter, Katrice Housker

The WoodPicks

Tim West & Friends

The Diers Family Band

John Haugen and Friends

Peat Moss & Bones