Don’t freak out…we aren’t actually turning him into a fighter or anything. And we also don’t let him watch any fighting on tv…we just think it’s cute!
I can’t believe it’s been 1 year with this little man…
1 year ago today I boarded a flight to Orlando with 3 other parents with little to no sleep to go pick up our sons from Florida. They had spent the night partially in a hospital and partially in an airport with Pastor Rigaud.
I’ll never forget that day….
After we grabbed the boys we ran off to the airport, bought plane tickets sand ran to the loooooooooooooong lines for security. Thankfully we begged to be moved to the front of lines…we may have said something about orphans from Haiti yada yada yada…it did the trick! We ran down the concourse to our gate and sat to eat a nutter butter before we boarded. I think this was the first food we’d had all day….
Eventually we boarded and during take off there was a few tears but then he layed down and went to sleep. He slept the entire flight and I carried him off the plane in Manchester, NH and handed him into the arms of his Daddy. The best Daddy in the whole world and especially the best Daddy for Kemly…
We took our boy home and fed him his first meal in our home. He took his first bath. He slept in HIS room and in HIS bed.
We finalized our adoption on September 28! Here is a picture!
I’m going to be playing some serious catch up. 4th of july, birthday, camping…camping…camping…. fun! We’ve had a great summer! It’s been tons of fun! But I value this blog…
really I do…
What do you mean you don’t believe me?
I love it…I’m just trying to figure out how to do it regularly!
Let’s shoot for once a week from now on??
1. …Loving the fact that finally after 8 months he calls to me by “Mommy!” instead of “Hey!”
2. …When he moans with delight at the meal I made for him.
3. …When he gives me hugs and kisses before bed.
4. …When he non-chalantly says “love you too” after months of hearing us telling him we love him.
5. …When he spontaneously starts car-dancing.
6. …When he says to Jake and I “Hey GUYS wanna play a game?”
7. …showing him new things and watching him be absolutely amazed.
8. …the endless faces this boy makes.
This one is sure to be continued….
But not nearly enough time or words to articulate how we are feeling.
Kemly is awesome.
We are seeing signs of attachment.
His english is suprising us daily.
He loves swings and slides and little does he know his own set is arriving at our house today.
He’s sassy. In a cute and a bad way.
He got a little sad as I was leaving for work today (i’m only working 15 hours a week). It warmed my heart and I giggled a little. 🙂
He has officially met all of his grandparents- he still needs to meet 2 great-grandparents though.
Here’s a picture from our trip to Indiana.
We had family pictures done by our awesome friend Katie, stay tuned for those.
I was lucky enough to be able to make contact with a man who was on the plane that took Kemly from Haiti to Florida and here is his special account of his experience with Kemly, Enoch, Amos and Moise:
I only interacted with the boys briefly. Pastor Rigaud came through the line with 4 boys. Kemly and two older boys, all three wearing suits. He also had a 2 year old boy in his arms that was not moving, and was trying to carry luggage as well. I scooped up the 2 year old from him so he could get his luggage together as we walked towards the AF plane. Pastor Rigaud was juggling the luggage and 5 passports etc. (Needed to show them as we boarded the plane since people were constantly trying to sneak onto the planes as we loaded evacuees).
My partner Paul (will pass more info on Paul later) grabbed the hand of one of the boys, who were already together and walking as a group. He was also trying to give the Pastor a chance to get his things together, and we tried to watch the kids closely as we made our way to the planes. We were all on the flight line, and people could literally walk into the propellers or jet intake of large military planes if not guided well. (Thank goodness we did not let happen).
I was so taken by the boys suits and how they were holding hands together during their journey that I dug out my pocket camera and snapped a shot as we walked towards the plane (a C17 if I remember correctly). It was not an easy task as I was still carrying my little 2 year old fella.
Pastor Riguad wanted me to take one with his camera, but I don’t think I was able. I did however take one with his camera when we were in the plane they were getting into their seats. The photo though is the same one I took of the group with my camera. I exchange info with the Pastor, and promised to get him a copy of pics. When I returned stateside and emailed him, it bounced back. Since I had promised him the pic, I decided to post it on their FB site. From their, I learned of Kemly’s new home/parents as well as two others of the group of 4 (one of which was the little guy I was carrying who it turns out was gravely ill, but is now in great shape). I still don’t know what happened to one of the other fellas.
It is worth noting that they were in all seats. That was not the case with most passengers. The planes we were using were large cargo planes which brought food, water and military supplies to Haiti. They were being loaded with evacuees for the return trip to the states. We put children and older people in the seats, but many folks had to sit on the floor and we used large long straps as quasi seat belts to help them stay in place in the event of any turbulence en route.
Hope this is what you were looking for.
I’m so sorry it’s taken me this long to update since Kemly’s homecoming! It’s been a whirlwind of adjustments to say the least!
Check out the fantastic news article that our local paper, The Lowell Sun, did. http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_14309530
We are so thankful for all of the support we’ve gotten in the past 2 weeks! Please add me on facebook to check out our pictures and videos- they are much easier uploaded on FB! Search for: Kristin Brisson Scott
Not a birthday but a Gotcha Day. A day that will be celebrated every
year! It came a full year before I ever imagined it would but God
uniquely planned this day and this time in these circumstances and we
We’ll be taking this one day at time with you, first losing your
biological mother in the Hurricanes in 2008, being placed in an
orphanage with no familiar faces and then living through a 7.3
earthquake that has devestated your country. Followed by at least 50
aftershocks of 4.5 or higher, let’s be honest those are earth-shaking-
quakes. You are strong and resilient, we know, but this past week
would be traumatic to the strongest of adults.
We pray God protected your little heart mind through all of this and
can’t wait to get to know you!
-Planning to hibernate with “lil k” for a period of time. Watch for
pictures and updates bit give us a little bit of time before he’s
expected to be the fun and smiley kid we knew in Haiti.