My Story – Boy Was I Naive! (How Haiti Changed My Story)

As I told you before, this is the first installment in “My Story.”    I hope you remember that is my story from my perspective – and is not indicative of anyone else’s story.  Enjoy!

(How Haiti changed my story)

by Tom Vanderwell

I’ll never forget the day.

It was a Sunday afternoon in October of 2002 and the kids were off doing what they do on a Sunday afternoon, reading, playing, just relaxing. My wife and I were sitting in our four season porch reading the paper like we often do on Sunday afternoons.

She said to me, “Did you read the “Child of the Week” segment?” The local paper, in conjunction with some of the local adoption agencies, did a “Child of the Week” segment about kids in foster care waiting for families.

“I did.” I responded. We looked at each other and said, “We could do that.” Suddenly something that we had talked about “possibly” doing “some day” became now.

Our older kids were old enough and great kids. We had room. Room in our hearts and room in our house.

And just like that, a journey started.

And boy was I naive.

4 Years Ago Today

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Four Years Ago – An Anniversary of Epic Proportions……

Today marks the 4 year anniversary of 80 children being united with their families for the first time after the earthquake.

There were homecomings like this happening all over the country.   The one in Grand Rapids Michigan had 14 families and 17 kids.

All coming home from God’s Littlest Angels.

All coming home at the same time.

It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever been involved in.   If the saying is true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, then here are 417,000 words about that day.

Special thanks to Jen Kroll of Jen Kroll Photography for capturing the homecoming so beautifully as a service to the families.