Saturday, May 28, 2011

Everything is gonna be alright!

That song has been going through my head on and off for days.
Jenni, Mark and I need to renew our passports.  We all were going to just let it expire since we were all leaving, but now now Jenni is coming back in Oct. to be and intern for Jesus for Jamaica and Mark and I can't leave until Dontae's adoption is final.  Jenni might not be let back into the country if they see what she did, and with us it could mess up the entire adoption process.  So once again I am putting out a plea to get 300.00 by June 2nd. so we can renew our passports.  You could donate on here or hand it to Jenni's mom or my girls.  We ALL would be so appreciative if you could help us.  
Also, Mark and I will not be returning on July 8th.  We find out on the 2nd, what day Dontae will have his surgery on his cleft palate.  We are shooting for the 10th or 11th of July.  After that and then as soon as the adoption is final we will return home to Bellingham.  But if God willing, we will not be staying long in Bellingham other then to tie up loose ends.  We are putting the house back on the market and selling a bunch of stuff.
We have found a good fit for us here in Jamaica, and with Dontae being Jamaican, staying with his culture would just be a bonus.  Mark loves and I mean loves what he is doing here.  He is working off the land, and that is what he was meant to do all along.  He is learning the entire goat industry.  He is still a fantastic Mr. fix it, and when he gets his tools here then he will be able to do some woodworking as well.  Soon we will be starting aqua ponics (I think thats what its called)  where food will be grown out of pvc pipes, water and a big tank where 500 fish will swim and fertilize the plants, so it will be all organic.  Then they can sell there herbs and such to the local hotels. Shortly the mama rabbit will have her babies, and then breeding starts all over again, so soon will be a million bunnies around.  
You see there is so many reasons why we will continue to live here. 
1. How much better our health feels.
2. All my problems from getting hurt are at least tolerable here.
3. Living on the water, the beauty, the sun, the amazing sunsets etc.
4. The Stress level is almost zero.  
5. The people
6. The slower pace
7. Hardly any fast food   LOLOLOL Lots of fruit and veggies
8. No need for all the expensive clothes
9. No need for all the everything one has, like we do at home.  LOL
10. Not to mention no more cooking or cleaning.  That will be done for us.
It is a new lifestyle.... one of which we need for our health.
 Our children at home?  lets not talk about that one..... That WILL be the hardest thing I will ever have to do.  But if we can come home once or twice a year, and they can come here at least once,  I will be happy.
We will have to find a new home for Haven and Angel.  We will be selling our truck and our car, plus much more.
William and Gladys the owners of Button Bay Beach Getaway and us just feel like we have known each other all our lives, and like I said, a good fit.  Mark is a huge asset here and I put in my two cents here and there, especially when it comes to hosting weddings and stuff, and the new website that is almost finished.
Not to mention getting to visit with people from all over the world, and never having to wear a coat  :-)
So we are super excited.  Treasure Beach is so amazing.
So now that you know what will be going on with our lives, next time I write it will be about Dontae's surgery.
Love and Blessings to all.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Yes you read that right, we had a 5.0 earthquake 20 miles out to sea of Black River.  We are about 30 mins. away from there.  Did we feel it,  OH YES!!!!! It was the weirdest thing.  The noise, then the shaking.  With it being so darn close to us, I would of thought it would of been worse.  Someone is sure looking out for us.  Boy do I thank him with everything in me.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our Beautiful Son

We took Dontae to the top Plastic Surgeon in Kingston Jamaica for him to look at Dontae's mouth.  He has told us that his palate is the first thing we need to do, so it won't affect his speech.  He will spend about 1 week in the hospital, and I may or may not be able  to stay with him.  If I can't stay the night I will be as CLOSE as possible. Kingston is 3 hours away from where we are. We have decided to get his operation done here, since I will probably be staying on longer due to his adoption process.  So June 1st. we head back to Kingston to meet with the Dr. again and make arrangements for the time and date.  I think we decided to wait until my girls leave since we don't want his recovery to interrupt his time with his sisters.  The bummer is that we have already bought our tickets from Jamaica to Florida, and to change them it will be somewhere around $400.00. We already had to do this in January.  The whole money thing is kinda a drag since we are not working.  LOL I told Mark he best get his bum home and bring home a pay check.  LOL But reality is I want him here with me and Dontae while our little guy goes through this.  I know the Lord knows what he wants for us.  So I will keep doing what I do best and that is pray.  I do want to thank Gladys and William again for pointing us in the direction of this Dr. we feel very comfortable with him and his skills.  Please keep us all in your prayers.

Friday, May 6, 2011

My Fathers House

We were sent a letter from Child Development agency saying that they have officially closed down My Fathers House and revoked their license.  Due to child abuse & Jim & Penie Koch leaving the island without proper correspondence  with CDA. Jamaica is sure slow when it comes to important documents, but they were not slow in getting the children out of the home, so that is all that matters.  Thank you to everyone for all your prayers concerning this entire ordeal. So keep praying for the Koch's and their future.

Update on Dontae:   He was allergic to the eye drops!!!!!!!!!  I should of taken a picture of him, because you never would believe me unless I did.  He looked like one of the sickest children I have ever seen.  But now only three times of new eye meds, and he is looking better.  Still sick, but at least not like death warmed over.  His smiles came back today, after being gone for soooooooo many days.  Made me soooooooo happy.
Fun Fact:  did you all know that Jenni drops almost everything she touches?   LOL
Fun Fact:  did you all know that I have been living with her for almost a year now, so guess what? I am doing the same.  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
xoxoxoxo  Love ya Jenni

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


So the Dr. changed Dontae's meds.  And yesterday I decided to look up the medicine, because I felt that he was not getting better fast enough for me.  Come to find out it is for womens cramps, but the side effect is how it can take down a fever.  (which it did)  But now he is not on a antibiotic, and the Dr. said he would want to take tests.  Although I decided I didn't like this Dr.  So I called Dontae's Dr. in Whitehouse and he told me to take him to Black River hospital and that they would admit him.  "Again"  I thought.  But then talking to Gladys she pretty much said over her dead body.   LOL  What an amazing woman she is.  The love and care she gives to this little man is incredible.  So we drove to Junction ( a place that I haven;t been to yet) by the time we got there about 45 min. away Dontae's eyes were just disgusting.  We ended up at this Dr.s office that pretty much said we were going to have to admit him in the hospital, until the Dr. came out and asked a zillion questions, and then said she wanted to look at him.  But we had about 4 people ahead of us.  We went out to the car to wait when her assistant came out and told us that everyone in the office wanted us to go first before them. "Can you believe that one?"  Gave me goose bumps because I was so touched.
This Dr. from Barbados was simply wonderful.  She checked him out so thoroughly, just like my kids Dr. back home.  Come to find out, Dontae has a bacterial infection in both eyes.  He has thrush, ear infection AND  
do you remember back a few blogs, when I told you about these blisters that Dontae gets?  A Jamaican woman told us that they are from him teething.  We had two Dr.s look at them and they said nothing so we went with what this woman said.  Especially since it really did look like what was happening.  WRONG!
Dontae was bit by a bug long ago that got infected, in which then it got staff infection.  So every time he itched himself somewhere, he infected himself all over again.  That is why they are never healed.  Now do you see why I fell in love with this Dr.?  He does not need to go into the hospital,and he does not need tests.  Still didn't get any sleep again last night, but I now feel like he is on the road to recovery.  So thank God for William and Gladys, who directed us to this Dr. and for all there love, concern and support.  I am really thankful that God led us into their lives.
Jenni and I are are almost better,  I swear that I should of lost 50lbs, since every single thing I ate came out within minutes.   LOLOLOL  No luck!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

poor baby

The Dr. is changing the antibiotic for Dontae.  If this doesn't help then we have to take him into the hospital to run tests.  Poor little guy just can't seem to catch a break.

another beautiful day

As far as the adoption goes, it is going to drag on.  There was a couple of things that we weren't told so we didn't have the necessary papers turned into the right people.  So looks like Mark and I both will be staying on longer here in Jamaica.
Remember I told you Mark was sick for four days?  Well Jenni and I have it now.  And it is NOT fun!!!!!!  Not to mention that Dontae has something too.  Mark had to take him to the Dr. on Friday because he had a high fever for three days.  So the Dr. put him on meds.  But still today he woke up with 104 temp.  So back to the Dr. again today.
A huge huge shout out to Mr. and Mr.s Otten (Dan's folks) for the monetary gift.  Couldn't of come at a better time.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Hugs!