Update on John, Sonia, and IBESR….

c40ab43ae76606d1548dc0f94d6a8a09John’s surgery lasted much longer than planned because of waiting for the pathology report to come back.  It was a fast growing skin cancer but very localized.  Doctor said he has a 40% chance of getting it again on his hand, but will have to deal with it when it happens.  They cut deep and it’s not pretty but he is doing well tonight on pain medication!

He received a new puppy today.  Haven’t given him a name yet.  He came with the name Smoody but that isn’t going to be his FOREVER name!  LOL   The puppy is 5 1/2 months old.  With two BIG dogs in Haiti, we wanted another puppy that was a little bit older.  John had thought Gus might be his last dog.  John has always thought he would not live a long life.  But his Great-Grandma Gardner used to say that too and she lived to be 102 years old!  LOL

51cf6d9e458867b2ac0b9b1003bfda64When Laurie sent me this photo on my phone, I told John that he better not have a HOTDOG in his hand feeding that puppy!  He said that it’s pizza crust.  He called it “bonding”!  LOL  Probably the first time the puppy’s ever had table food!

It looks like they are getting along just fine!



Sonia arrived back at GLA this afternoon with her host family.  She looks great and I will send a photo tomorrow. She has grown a lot in just the short time she has been in the States!  This is a photo that her foster mother had on her Facebook.  Sonia looked at us like she knew us but wasn’t quite sure how she knew us!  At least she didn’t cry!  LOL

Pray that she does well back in the nursery tonight. 



IBESR spend another full day here today looking at all for the children’s dossiers and registering the children.  They will be back tomorrow.  I think they are in the “N’s” now!  I hope they can finish tomorrow.  If they have to do this for 700 orphanages, it will take them years to get them all done!!!!

I forgot to tell you that we had a dossier finish in the Ministry of Interior and go for passport printing!  Can anyone believe that?  It is very difficult for me to believe it when adoptions were taking 2 years and now we’re getting into passports in 7 months!  What a blessing this is for the children and the adoptive parents.  Adoptions seem to be moving along fairly well and I hope they keep moving as well as they are now.  Some of the reason has to be because there are fewer adoptions sitting in IBESR waiting for approval.

I am working on getting a couple of proposals sent out this week.  It’s nice to see children being proposed to families.  Just wish we could find families for some of our sibling groups and little boys!

11 comments (Add your own)

1. traci Gongwer wrote:
every time I hear that you are needing families that want a boy, my heart gets anxious. You see we are working as fast as we can to get our paper work to you:) WE WANT A BOY! Pray that all goes smoothly and quickly for us:)

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 12:09 AM

2. Carol Kurbis wrote:
Thanks for the update, Dixie. We will continue to pray with you regarding these things. God bless!

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 12:13 AM

3. Kelly D wrote:
If I could I would take a sweet boy in a heart beat!!!! :)

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

4. Rori Hartzell wrote:
Dixie, what is the average time in IBESR for those needing presidential dispensations? Is it still that 1-3 month timeframe, or are you seeing that take longer? Just curious..... something to grab onto during the wait and we know it is just a guess. Glad to hear both John and Sonia are doing well tonight !! Continued prayers for them and all of GLA. Blessings!

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 1:03 AM

5. Tishri Campa wrote:
Sonia looks wonderful:) She will continue to be in our prayers along with a prayer for a complete healing in John.

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 1:11 AM

6. anita geuze wrote:
thankx for the update!Hope that John feels soon well.What a nice dog.He finds a good home. What a big girl,lovely Sonia. Hope that you find good parents for all the children,Hope that the dutch ministery soon started adoptions from Haiti.My heart and home are big enough for evry child! Praying!!!

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 5:08 AM

7. Éliane Gauvreau wrote:
John, I am praying that the skin cancer won't come back. Do you have any treatment apart from the surgery? I hope you will feel better soon. I bet that the new puppy will make you feel good faster :)

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

8. Ken and Chris wrote:
Get Well Soon, John. We are praying for you and Dixie and all at GLA each day. So glad to hear the timeline for adoptions is getting shorter! Sending our love, Ken and Chris

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 12:18 PM

9. J Waldon wrote:
We want a sibling group and we are having our dossier translated now. Should see our package in a month!! So glad that adoptions are taking less time now for the childrens sake!

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 12:23 PM

10. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Dixie, waiting to hear the new name for the sweet new puppy! So glad they got all the cancer on the hand. Still trying to picture John stopping to put on sun screen in the middle of the day at Fort jacque. Actually, it is trying to picture what he might be saying that is giving me a big smile. So glad it was treatable! And Sonia looks so much bigger and happier than last winter. I am sure that she and her foster family will miss each other very much. Praying for all of them. prayers to you as you continue to work so hard!!!

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 2:03 PM

11. Rachelle wrote:
When you say 7 months, is that from the time they get an IBESR number?

Sat, July 23, 2011 @ 2:27 PM

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