Irish family – all together

Dear Friends,

We so happy to be home after a few days “vacation” in sunny Orlando, Florida. This is the way it happened.

We drove to Massachusetts to await word from Pastor Rigaud(Orphanage Director and pastor of a church of 2,000+) who was bringing our boys and two other boys being adopted to the US. We were told they were coming on a military flight, but had no idea where they would be landing. (You’d think they would have known this to let us know.) Anyway, we got word around midnight that they had arrived at the Sanford Airport in Orlando, Florida. Around 1 a.m., Homeland Security called and asked us several questions to verify our connection with Pastor Rigaud. We made the soonest reservations we could and left at 5 a.m. for our flight.

We arrived around noon, rented a car, and drove to the Sanford airport. On route, we called the Pastor only to find he and the boys were at the hospital as Isaiah had been vomiting and was lethargic. (This was the pastor’s second trip to the hospital as one of the other boys had had to be taken earlier with pinkeye.) It turned out that Isaiah was severely dehydrated and in dire need of help. Upon arriving at the hospital, we found the three healthy boys with a social worker who again verified that we were their adoptive parents. Pastor Rigaud was with Isaiah. After the reunion, the pastor and the other families left, and we stayed at the hospital with our two boys. After several attempts to start an IV by nurses and doctors, a surgeon came and was able to start one in Isaiah’s neck. We were transferred by ambulance to the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and stayed there until Monday morning when Isaiah was released to go home. Routine blood tests showed that he also had a parasite and Hepatitis A which both causes vomiting and diarrhea. Tim and Josiah stayed at the Ronald McDonald House next to the hospital while Cindy slept (or tried to) in the hospital room with Isaiah.

Needless to say, we were glad to be home in our own beds! The boys are adjusting very well to their new environment. Josiah went out to play in the snow with “Papa” today (Creole for daddy). Isaiah had come down with a cold while in the hospital, so he stayed inside with Momma. They both love playing with all their new toys (including Hannah’s toys) and seem very happy. Communication is going okay despite the limited amount of Creole we know. (You can get a lot across with signs and gestures.)

Josiah just smiles a lot and seems very content. He had his first Happy Meal today with Cindy after shopping at Walmart for much needed stuff. Isaiah is very cuddly and clingy especially after being held for four days while in the hospital. He got very used to being held and didn’t like being in a car seat for two hours on the way home. Cindy had to hold his hand all the way to keep him a little contented.

Please continue to pray for us as we adjust and for others we know who are in the process of adopting. It is an wonderful experience but certainly one that merits much prayer!

Love,
Tim, Cindy, Josiah Enoch & Isaiah Timothy Irish

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