Our last day in Haiti was very sad for me. I actually started crying the night before, knowing we would be leaving Shaina in the morning. My heart was heavy. We spent the morning in our usual fashion, getting ready, having breakfast. We started packing up our room at the guest house and Shaina got a worried look on her face. She asked me, in Creole, " Are we leaving?". I told her yes. I didn't know how to explain to her that Ryan and I were leaving but she was staying behind, for now. So, I waiting until Samuel was there to translate for us. Total side note: throughout our time with Shaina, we had been using a book called Haitian Creole for Adoptive Families. It was a great help for us in communicating with her. We were able to tell her that we were her family, show her pictures of our other two children and tell her that they were her brother and sister, ask her if she was hungry, sad, tired, etc. I recommend it for anyone adopting from Haiti. You can buy it on Amazon.
Samuel came to pick us up in the tap tap all too soon. I had him explain to Shaina that we had to go back to the US but we would be coming back for her soon and that we loved her very much. I had him tell her that soon she would be a part of our family forever and come and live with us in the US. She was sad. I was sad. Ryan was sad. It was hard.
Unfortunately, I do not know when we will get a chance to go back and visit her again. Ryan has a new restaurant opening soon and that will keep him very busy at least until spring. So we may have to wait until then. Meanwhile, I am having fun shopping for her Christmas presents, but there is a hole in my heart knowing she won't be with us for Christmas. I just hope and pray she will be with us next year at this time!
Here are some fun/ random photos from our trip.