There has been something in the works for the last month or so. Something so exciting and HUGE that it was very hard for me not to share. But I kept quiet, waiting for the pieces to fall into place and things to become more real.
So, here is the story.
My sister has a friend who is adopting a little boy from Haiti, I will call her B. My sister put me in touch with B and we emailed back and forth. I had mentioned to her that we were interested in adopting a little girl who was 2-4 years old. One day, she sent me an email and all it had was a picture of a beautiful little girl. I sent it to my husband and we both agreed that we wanted to find out more about her and what her story was. So I emailed B back and asked her info. She told me what she knew about her and then sent me an email from a man named Michael, who runs Haitian Street Kids, Inc. (more about this fantastic organization later). The email talked about this little girl and how she needed a loving, permanent home. I got chills. I knew that this was meant to be our little girl.
A few phone calls to Michael and another friend of his, R, and I was even more convinced. I stared at her picture for hours at a time and waited so impatiently for any news on her. My husband and I both fell in love with her, just by looking at a picture and hearing her story.
The opportunity arose for me to go to Haiti to meet this little girl. I would be going with B, Michael and R. People I had never met before. I was extremely nervous to go to a 3rd world country without my husband. But, we both felt this was the right thing to do. I decided to go on Sunday and by Monday night, was flying to Port au Prince!
I will post later about all the details of the trip; it was an AMAZING experience.
The most important thing was that I got to meet "our" little girl and spend 3 1/2 wonderful days bonding with her.
So, here she is. Meet Shaiena!