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heavy hearted

We are all so heavy-hearted here at Eyrie Park today, as the death toll rises after the earthquake in Haiti.
Please keep the people in your prayers.

I’ll write again soon,


communication down

Yesterday, Haiti was rocked with with ground-breaking news, quite literally.
The worst earth quake to hit Hispaniola in over ten years occurred, leaving Port-Au-Prince (the nation’s capital) in ruins, even collapsing the presidential palace.
As most of you know, four of my siblings were adopted from there and we’ve all spent a lot of time there as missionaries and as an adoptive family. We nervously waited to hear from friends and family over there (as my adopted siblings still have living relatives and we know many missionaries in the area.) We prayed and kept praying as more reports came in. Thankfully, almost everyone is accounted for now. The orphanage where our children came from is fine, along with the missionaries we were waiting to hear from. Bunny is still hoping to hear from her biological mother and the rest of her family, but the truth is, no one knows how long that will take. On any ordinary day, it is very challenging to get a hold of any of them, as most don’t have their own phones or computers or even electricity. If we were to get news from them, it would have to be by word of mouth, or the miraculous case that someone let them borrow a cell phone…a cell phone that actually works.
So we wait, and we pray. And we think: “Why, when it becomes important that we hear something, does all the communication have to be down?”
It is one of those double negatives. We need news, they can’t get an email or phone call to the states. So we sit in a state of waiting.
But it is important to remember…on both sides of the water, there is a kind of communication that is not, and never will be, down. So we pray. Because we have that connection. And we can’t lose it. No earthquake could shake the signal, for we are talking with the creator of earth and her quaking.
And “when the Earth totters, and all it’s inhabitants,” it is He who does “keep steady it’s pillars.”
(Psalm 75:3)
So join us prayer…the only dependable communication, and let us lift up the victims and their families today.


The Courage To Love

Hello All,
I hope that y’all are all enjoying a Happy New Year’s Eve. I am having an enjoyable time with our company, but I have a moment to spare in which I will jot-a-thought.
I recently wrote a series called: “To Love And Lose” which this could be related to.
As you know, our friends from Florida are visiting right now. They are a family that we are very connected to, or, connected to in many ways. My sister; Bunny; and their adoptive sister are cousins. The eldest; Beth; lived with us when we lived in Haiti, for our siblings were at the same orphanage. To me, we have a lot in common. Not only that we are now “cousins” (or that ‘s what we call each other) and not only that we all have been to Haiti and all speak at least some creole, and not just that we are both big families. But because of these things, I think that we have something bigger in common.
In adopting multiple siblings, especially in the case of adopting older children, you often come across a difficult or disconnected child. Both of our families have these. It can only be blamed on the circumstances in which these children found themselves at a very early age. We can love them and care for them to our full capacity, but we can’t always “fix” them or their problems. The thing that we all have in common is the decision we each made years ago and the decision we make every day: To find (through God) the courage to love.
Because it does take courage. A lot of courage. Love was meant to be something that you gave away, leaving a hollow in yourself, but to be filled with the love which you received in return. In these cases, you may love and love every day and just become emptier and emptier because they do not give any love back. Now, Christ can fill these voids, I am certain, but they are unnatural and painful nonetheless. It takes a lot of courage, every day, but it feels so good and seems to make the road a little less rocky to hear someone else talk about having the same issues. I knew that other adoptive families did, but to hear them in real words (like an echo of our own) is like a balm which eases the pain for a time.
It is good to have friends, especially those who understand something about your family that most other people don’t.
Please keep these friends in your prayers. They are the same family I have wrote about before who lost their mother to a stroke three months ago. The holiday season just adds to the heartache, so especially now, please lift them up.
Happy New Year!
Everly Pleasant
(Picture: “I lo vyou” my dad and Samuel’s hands)

A Blog Worth The Reading

I’ve been catching up with John and Beth McHoul at their blog.
Please visit it too!
It is so amazing and uplifting to hear their positive words in such dire situations as they face every day in Haiti.
My siblings; Bunny, Sam, Willin and Jubilee lived with the McHouls for several months after we had returned to the states to buy our new home etc.
Though I’ve only met John once and never laid eyes on Beth, I feel as if I know them.
They are such brave, wonderful people.
In their blogging, you’ll get a taste for life in Haiti.
It is sometimes heart wrenching, other times funny but nearly always very inspirational.
Check it out,



Below is a photograph that either Joey or my dad took at the orphanage in Haiti.
A lady saw it on Flickr and asked my dad if she could paint it. She said that she wanted to sell the painting at a benefit for the children of Haiti. So the first image is my dad’s photo and the second is the work of art which appeared in our inbox the very next day.



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