Monday, November 4, 2013

Finally Home

After Kelly's file being in Haiti for almost two years he finally came home at around 7 PM on the 4th of November.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kelly's October Update

Happy October from God’s Littlest Angels, Brandon and Ambur!

October has been a really rewarding month here at GLA! More of your little angels have continued to progress into the final stages of their adoption process…passports and visas! We are praying for smooth progressions during all of the adoption phases, and that you will get to be united or reunited with your kiddos soon! The school sponsorship program has also wound down since this summer…all of the students sponsored in the school sponsorship program have come and received their first semester’s tuition for school, what a blessing to be a part of that and see all of their appreciative smiles. Thanks to so many generous sponsors, almost 350 students were blessed with funds to attend school this year! The building of the schoolhouse at Fort Jacques continues to move forward; we are also working toward completing the toddler houses.

We continued the learning theme into this month’s updates, and emphasized this in the photos using Dr. Seuss. The kiddos loved the crazy colors, outfits, and props! We did our best to capture their reactions on camera. For those of you with kiddos in school, we also took class photos of them with their teachers and friends, and attached some of their fantastic classwork for you to see. They are doing so well! All of the children here at the main house also had a blast imprinting their hands and feet on paper with paint, to show their growth. For those of you whose kiddos do not yet attend school, attached you will find their hand and footprints, as well a few photos of their reactions to the project. 
Some of them were not sure what to think of their hands and feet getting painted, others laughed out of being so ticklish! 
Kelly is so very close to the end of his adoption process and I am so thankful to be a small part of it! So excited to meet you!
Kelly’s class also did handprints this month. His schoolwork and handprints are attached for you to see, along with a class photo.

Kelly is healthy and growing:
Height: 94.5 cm (37.2 inches) 
Weight: 30 lb

Friday, September 27, 2013

Kelly's September Update

Happy Fall from God’s Littlest Angels, Brandon and Ambur!

September has been a typically busy month here at GLA.  We have had a couple more kiddos join their adoptive families and have even taken in a few babies in the past few weeks!! We are excited to see adoptions moving along as more and more of you are entering the final stages of the process.  We are praying and hoping to see those of you who are waiting for passports here before the holidays.  Construction at Fort Jacques continues to progress.  The building of the school house has moved forward this month as well as more planning on the main building which will house the babies and the offices.  School Sponsorship has also kept us on our toes with ensuring that as many students as possible are sponsored for the 2013-2014 school year.  We have most of our students matched with sponsors now and are hoping to get their first semester tuition to them in the beginning of October with school starting on October 7th here in Haiti.

Tiffany is working to transition into the role of Update Coordinator.  She is doing an excellent job and will soon be taking photos and writing updates on her own.  This month we split the responsibility with Tiffany writing information for the main house kids and I (Susie) writing the information for the Toddler House kids.  Here is a bio from Tiffany, so you can learn more about your new Update Coordinator:

Hello adoptive families! Tiffany, here J I am from Michigan and have a huge passion for working with children, as I have my master’s degree in Social Work and lots of experience working with kids in many capacities. It has been such a blessing and a great adventure to be here since the middle of August! I have loved meeting your children, learning their names and getting to know their unique personalities. I consider it an honor to update you on your children each month and to be a small part of your adoption process. I look forward to meeting those of you who will be here visiting your kids in the future, and am excited to witness the joyful and long awaited reunions of these little angels with their forever families! Blessings to all of you in your adoptions process, know that I am praying for you all.

This month we focused photo day and our updates on the learning and development of the kids here at GLA, now that all of kids age 2 and above are attending school.  For those of you whose kids are attending school, you will find their school schedule as well as a little information from their teachers.  For the babies who are too little for school, Tiffany will give you an update about their growth and development.  It has been a joy for us to see the kids excited about attending school, some for the first time. It never ceases to amaze us how much capacity these kiddos have to learn new things so quickly! We have been blessed to help them off to their classes each day, and to see the progress that they are making. Happy reading J

The school schedule has changed a bit, starting this month. The class here at the main house has been split into two, to better accommodate the children and to enhance their learning environment. The first class, consisting of the eight younger students, attends school from 8:30am-10:30am each day. The second class attends from 11am-1pm daily, and consists of the nine older students.

Right now, the kiddos are working on learning their shapes and colors. This month they focused on the colors blue, red, and yellow, and the circle and square. It has been music to my ears to hear them also sing the following familiar song in Creole everyday at the top of their lungs!:

This is the day, this is the day
That the lord has made, that the lord has made
I will rejoice, I will rejoice
And be glad in it, glad in it
This is the day that the lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day, this is the day
That the lord has made

Their teacher’s name is Professor Francoise, and she always has one to two teacher’s aids to help her with the kiddos. While this is her first year teaching preschool here at GLA for the two and three year olds, she has tutored some of our Haitian teenagers who have lived at GLA and assist with daily duties, during the past few years. She has two sons of her own, named Djody (10 years old), and Bryan (7 years old). She has asked me to pass on that she enjoys teaching each of your children very much!

Kelly looks forward to school daily, and attends the first class with the other kiddos. His teacher comments that he is a good boy, and he participates in all of the classroom activities. He loves singing all of the songs loud, and claps to the beat as best as he can. His speech is improving to two-three word sentences and he is definitely not afraid to show off his new speaking skills in class! I also attended class with him this past month and he is such a joy! He is working on the learning the colors and shapes, and loves the social aspect of class the most.

Kelly is healthy and growing: 

Height: 94 cm
 (37.01 inches)
Weight: 30 lb 3 oz