Can’t sleep

It’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep. I’m wide, wide awake. My brain is just running through the things of the day and won’t stop.

Chris got a call from a friend of ours that works with USAID. It was about 11:30 am and he was calling to ask Chris to come in to a special meeting with the US military. On the phone they told him the would send a car if he didn’t have a ride. I guess they wanted him there pretty bad. The meeting was about water. They like what we’re doing and talked about having us step up production so we can help them get more water stations set up like we’re doing as a project with the military. We’ll see if that happens. Until then we’re going to just keep taking two loads of filters in a week. Chris said the captain and others that he spoke with were really great and they really respected the work we’re doing here. We appreciate it when people value the time that we have on the ground and the expertise we can offer. Usually meetings like this are full of people from the outside thinking their methods work better and they don’t want to listen to what you have to say, so this was refreshing I think. We’ll see what happens from here.

I love random moments that in the end aren’t so random. Yesterday afternoon after Chris left, about 12:30, a pick-up pulled into the lane in front of the mission and parked, but stayed running. Our guard talked to them, but didn’t come get me. The truck stayed. I started to get curious after a few minutes and I saw the guard talk to them again. I went outside and the guard told me it was the cousin of one of our neighbors and good friend a couple doors down. He was just parked there waiting for a friend to arrive. I decided to go down and introduce myself. We got to talking, and I mentioned the filters. The guy and his fiance wanted to see them, so we went into the filter yard, I explained etc. We had a good visit and were handing out phone numbers because his fiances family runs a water company in Port and they wanted to let us know they could bring water into some of the areas where we’re setting up water stations if people doing have water to run through the filters. I asked them what businesses were opening up in Port – banks etc – just to get some first hand info. Our biggest thing right now is that we need our bank to open so we can have access to funds. They gave me an update, and in the course of that mentioned car dealerships were opening. I asked if they knew anyone at the Mitsubishi dealer and explained we needed a truck. We had been trying to track down a phone number so we could get some info about when they were opening and what they had in stock. Turns out they know the owners and were going to call for us to connect us! Chris has been pacing around here stressing out about that and these people just show up in our driveway. Not so random :)

One of the main reasons I’m awake is that I keep thinking about our adoption. I feel that something BIG is going to happen for us, and possibly really soon.

We have been in contact with everyone we can be and on Saturday night I got a connect with a person through our main Embassy contact here in Haiti. Her email was brief in the sense that it basically said she wasn’t sure what the process was, right now they’re focusing on kids that were at the immigration stage etc, and recommended we contact our home province to see if they can be of assistance. I knew that would go nowhere because we aren’t living in Canada and aren’t working through our home province. I wrote an email back, explained our situation in detail, where exactly we were at, that this week we would have our dossier in hand and that we have even taken steps on the citizenship end of things and been approved (part of Canada’s new process). I was feeling discouraged. I felt like we’d hit a wall and that I was going to get the run around. You know, the “please contact so-and-so” then so and so tells you they can’t help but you should try what’s-his-name, and then keep going around in circles. Really feeling discouraged.

We had a missionary meeting yesterday afternoon and I shared where things were at for us with our adoption and how I was feeling. We all prayed about it, finished up and everyone went home. I checked my email and almost started crying when I saw the email from the same contact from the night before. They had written me back in the process of forwarding our inquiry on to say that by receiving that email we could consider our file on the list for those needing review to see if they can be expedited. I have an email address for those responsible for that review. We are in.

I’m stuck in between feeling like it’s all surreal and not wanting to get excited, and feeling really hopeful. Maybe something will happen. Mabye. And thus the not sleeping.

Yesterday we also prayer for Peter and Sara, that God would all help us to have patience as we sit in limbo and wait for the right opportunity for them to fly in. We have had a couple of leads, but things went dead over the weekend. Then I checked my email and something went live again. If things work out they could be here Wednesday. Wow, would we love that.

God is answering prayer, very specifically. If you would like to keep praying for us, here are some very specific ways you can do that:

  • Pray that our bank opens and we have access to funds again for running the mission and to purchase the truck.
  • Pray that we can connect with the dealership, and the EXACT truck that we need is available and that we can put a hold on it if all the money hasn’t arrived yet.
  • Pray that our adoption MOVES. Like I said, I feel something very BIG is waiting in the wings for us. It’s just a matter of time.
  • Pray that details for Peter and Sara getting here work out.

Time to get some shut eye.

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

8 thoughts on “Can’t sleep

  1. That was one of my first prayers through this, was that the number of adoptions would be multiplied…Thank You Jesus, for showing us how You are answering our prayers in such real ways…

  2. Leslie,

    praying with you guys for your adoption. Every time I hear on the news about adoptive families getting their children home since the earthquake, I think of you guys & the Livesays. I pray that something BIG will happen and happen soon! Also praying for everything to work out with Sara & Peter.

    — on a side note, I’ve heard from Karen that a bank in St. Marc is open. don’t know if that helps at all–

    lots of love & prayers

  3. Oh Leslie, what a wonderful bunch of news. God is certainly answering your and our prayers in a very direct way — just hang on for the ride and see where He’s taking you all.

  4. My prayer since the day of the earthquake is that something good would come of this disaster. And if your adoption process goes through because of this, I will consider that an answered prayer! Blessings to you guys. We’ve been stalking your blog for news every day. It’s wonderful to keep up with you, even though we are miles apart. As you can image, our hearts are in Haiti, and we wish we could be there to help…Smarth especially.

    • Oh Cara! I miss you SO much and our little email “chats”. I think about you so often. Sigh. I know, I keep thinking about the good that can possibly come out of such a disaster and I think about all those adoptions that haven’t moved for years, and kids are now home.
      Hoping we get to come through Vancouver THIS summer and see you guys :)

  5. so YOU’RE the reason I couldn’t sleep last night! ;) I was up till 3 a.m. Next time we’ll have to keep one another company.

    My thoughts were much like Cara. As much as I’ve wanted to adopt from Haiti and knew it more than likely would not be a possibility I’ve prayed for the adoption process to change due to all this chaos. There are children who are getting brought out of the country to their forever families. I’ve prayed for yours specifically knowing how frustrating it must be living right in country and feeling like you’re going nowhere. We all know Olivia is already yours. You and Chris know it, we know it… Jesus knew it before she was born. What a blessing it will be when you are able to bring her out of the country to meet the rest of her family. It will come. Very soon! ♥ You!

    Habbakuk 2:3
    Ekri l’ paske se poko lè pou sa m’ pral fè ou wè a rive. Men, li p’ap pran lontan ankò pou l’ rive. Li gen pou l’ rive vre. Si li pran reta pou l’ rive, ou mèt tann. Paske, wè pa wè, li gen pou l’ rive lè pou l’ rive a.

  6. Just wanted to send a word of encouragement from Alaska! Since the day of the earthquake I have been following your blog. Thank you so much for the detailed posts! I was ‘introduced’ to you as Melissa Mochak posted your blog address on her facebook profile – and out of my anxiety to hear the ‘real’ word on the street, rather then simply what the American news had to share, I clicked on your blog. I have been following your updates and thus, praying for you and your family since and will continue to do so. Thank you for your servant heart…


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