I Love You! Those of us who are connected to Haiti, by any means, will always remember January 12th, 2010. We were about to go into year 3 of our adoption process and we were weeks away from bringing our little boy home. When we heard on the news that an earthquake had hit, the first place we went was to the GLA website. Luckily for us, we didnt hear the news until later in the day, so by the time we went to the website, Dixie had already posted that everyone was OK. That was a HUGE relief. I cant imagine the helpless feeling we would have had if we had absolutely no information. After that, I dont remember too many specifics other than keeping a constant eye on the GLA website and working with Bethany on being prepared if something should happen quickly.... and it did. Dixie had posted on the blog that she wanted all of the kids in process of being adopted to receive emergency visas from the US government. I am convinced that it was her force of will that got that done and that only God could have given her the strength to keep everything going at the orphanage and accomplish such a feat in such a short period of time.
I Love You! So, a week later, we get word from Bethany that we should be in Miami by 7pm January 21st. We then began what we dubbed "Operation Gotcha." My wife, daughter and I hopped on the first available flight and headed down to Florida. Once we were down there, we started the long wait with all of the other adoptive parents. Ill always remember the moments before we were united with Cash. Dixie organized the process to perfection, thinking of the kids and how to best do it for them. Right before the first group of parents were united with their children, we could all hear the kids in the room next to us singing with such joy that I dont think there was a dry eye in that room. A few minutes later, we were united with Cash, and "Operation Gotcha" was complete. During the first few months, one of my favorite memories was when Cash received a toy that could record and play back small phrases. My wife had recorded "I love you." into it. Cash couldnt quite talk yet, but he did his best to repeat the phrase. Luckily, I had my cell phone and I was able to record the moment.
I Love You! You can see it in this video: http://youtu.be/Xt-Jj0tFytc Since the day we picked him up, we have enjoyed getting to know Cash and the wonderful person that he is. Hes smart, funny and, its hard to remember life without him.
I Love You! The nearly 3 year process was frustrating, but well always be grateful to GLA for providing monthly updates with pictures and always a little story about "Richardo". When we had to go to Haiti to sign documents, they even helped us schedule it so we could be there for his 1st birthday. Theres absolutely no doubt, we would do it all over again. We try to stay connected with GLA through donating, sponsoring a child and keeping up with the blogs. Cash said just today that if he had an airplane that hed want to fly to Haiti. We cant wait until hes a little older so he can do just that. So, two years later, we still feel an enormous sense of gratitude to Dixie and the entire staff at GLA. The work they do is amazing and inspiring. We also pray every day, as a family, for the people and the country of Haiti. The Williams Family
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