pins and needles

We are on pins and needles here. Someone is at the embassy right now. Humanitarian Parole is looking like a very good possibility from the accounts I'm reading of other parents. To be honest, I am really praying that we will be far enough along in the process that they will give him an Immigration Visa. This would make him a citizen when he steps on US soil, and would save us the stress of trying to continue the adoption from here.

But we would be perfectly happy for Humanitarian Parole. Or whatever brings him home.

We are scrambling with the possibility that he could really come home this week. We don't have the room set up. We don't have a car that holds four kids. We don't have so many things we need. I avoided setting everything totally up, because it seemed depressing to have a room set up for a child that didn't live here. I was trying so hard to banish daily reminders of our missing son. Now, I am wondering why I didn't do at least a little prep work! We are planning trips to IKEA and Target for the myriad of items we need. And the car thing . . . oi vey. No clue.

I am also talking to the kids about him coming home. We gave a big explanaition about the language issues, and how the kids will need to be helpful. Jafta got really excited and exclaimed, "SIGN LANGUAGE! We can talk in Sign Language!" He's been walking around all morning making weird and spastic gestures that no one can decipher. India's idea was to put on a ballerina skirt. So helpful, these two are gonna be.

And we wait.

Pray.



29 comments:

  1. been praying and praying.

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  2. praying. on pins and needles with you.

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  3. Goosebumps!! So exciting! Sending so much hope and love your way!

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  4. I am de-lurking and HOPING for you from here in Boston!

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  5. Yes, PTL!! I am so excited for you all...

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  6. Long-time reader here, stopping in to say our family is thinking and praying for all of you, and ready to cry tears of joy when your boy makes it home!

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  7. I understand why you wouldn't want to get your hopes up, but God is in the business of miracles:-)

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  8. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Mark & Kristen-

    hey guys -- from a long way off in NYC we are praying for you guys and keeping our eyes glued to your blog (and CNN!) to see the latest developments!!!

    Brian & Allison

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  9. I believe in GOD's timing and his miracles.. Buckle up Howertons and get ready for the time of your lives! He's coming home!

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  10. Continued prayers your way and I too, agree in God's timing, and that you will have everything you need!

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  11. Oh the image of Jafta running around the house signing and India in her pretty ballerina skirt is oh so sweet and totally made me laugh!
    Praying, praying, praying Keanan gets to come home soon and you get to love on that little guy all the time!

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  12. I am a new reader (and a fellow SoCal runner!), I saw a link to your blog on another site a few days ago and have been following your story. Good luck in getting him home!

    I saw this story on cnn.com just now and when I clicked it I hoped that maybe it was about your family - http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/19/florida.haiti.orphans/index.html?hpt=C1
    Unfortunately, not, but it's good to see other families ARE getting the relief you're seeking. That gives hope that you'll be next!

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  13. Kerrie the Lurker here. We were licensed for two foster children when our three girls came. A couple at our church offered to trade their 6-passenger van for our Jeep Cherokee. They happened to blue-book at the same price. Of course we accepted. So, there's transportation out there somewhere (I wish I could offer, but we wouldn't fit so nicely in my husband's Pontiac).

    My son and I have prayed for your family every night over the past week.

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  14. de-lurking to let you know I am tearfully overjoyed at the thought of all the kingdom business God is taking care of in Haiti. I cannot wait to see that baby at home with his family. Praying with you... xo

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  15. Kristen-
    I'm gonna be an optimist and say....we have 3 cars right now. Two of them are minivans. The third is a camry sitting in our driveway that we only use when we loan a car out.
    Need a car for four for awhile? You can use ours till you figure out what you need to do so you don't have to jump into anything.
    We're in Long Beach :-) Facebook me and we can talk if you need it. (You can find me thru Kristi, Kipp, Jodie and Jen B).
    Praying with a huge amount of Hope.
    jen

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  16. SO excited that it looks like things might be happening soon.

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  17. I'm with the others...praying along with you for GREAT news today. So excited to watch what God can do here...

    Eryn

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  18. Praying!!

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasureably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us"
    -Ephesians 3:20

    Will continue to follow on here and praying for good news!!

    Blessings, Autumn

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  19. A friend told me about your blog last week, and we've been praying for you and your family ever since. We are an adoptive family, too. We'll keep praying that Keanan will be able to come home soon, and that all the preparations for his homecoming will come together!!!
    Gina in Sweet Home, OR

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  20. Prayers from Florida! I really hope you guys get him home soon! All things will fall into place like they're supposed to :D

    Veronica

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  21. Praying, hoping, wishing, praying.

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  22. Sounds like it's time for a minivan!!! xoxo!

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  23. Praying here too. Start thinking of a new blog title; a minivan is in your immediate future ("Muahahaha" says the Honda Odyssey driver.)

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  24. I just realized that I said if you needed a car for four....just want to make sure you know I am offering our minivan.....a car for four kids....not just four :-)
    Plus...I like the irony of you driving a minivan :-)

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  25. Praying, praying, praying!!!!!
    Hope Keanan gets to come home soon!!!

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  26. You are in my thoughts and prayers...Keanan needs to come home to his family!!

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  27. praying...praying for keenan to get home soon..

    i can't wait to read his homecoming post!
    standing with you in prayer

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  28. You have lots of people in WA who are praying for you!

    Remember, God had to be apart from his Son for a long time. He knows what you are feeling.

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