I have a dream.    Actually I have a lot of dreams – but none of them are quite as broad and visionary as Dr. King’s goal was.

But I see a lot of pain in this world and I have a dream of doing something about it.   Actually I see a lot of possibilities of doing something about it.

One of the “somethings” that we’re doing is this coming Saturday, March 29 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM.    What is it? 

It’s our “semi annual” (but not always) Haitian adoption gathering.    It’s an opportunity for those of us who have adopted from Haiti, have worked in Haiti, have thought about Haiti to come hang out and play and talk and eat.

No set agenda, just an ability to be friends, to renew friendships, to get caught up on ideas, kids, stories and more.

So, what’s my dream?   Being an adoptive parent can very often be a lonely endeavor.    Very few of our “local” friends and family understand the unique challenges that parenting adopted kids can be.   I want to do things and create things that will help adoptive families feel more connected and more supported.

It’s a step in the right direction, if you know anyone who is located within a reasonable distance to the Grand Rapids Michigan area, tell them about it.    We’d love to have more people show up and connect with others with connections to Haiti.

Questions?   Call me at (616) 292-7559 or e-mail me at thomas.vanderwell@gmail.com.

Hope to see a lot of you there on Saturday!

Tom