Adoption Update – Three Angels

We finished our adoption home study on June 24th!

Lettered Cottage Adoption

We couldn’t stop smiling, and we celebrated with the sunset that night. I saved a little video snippet of it on Instagram so that we’d always be able to go back to it:

Lettered Cottage Adoption Home Study Sunset

(Click on the photo above if you’d like to view the video. Email readers will have to visit TheLetteredCottage.net to click through.)

Our (home study) social worker, Beth, was so much fun to work with, and we sure did enjoy getting to know her over the past six months. The average home study takes 3-4 months to complete, but ours ended up being about 6 months because we were still praying about which program was the right fit for us during the first half of it. Around the four month mark, it became crystal clear that the Haiti program was the one for us, and we’re so thankful for the Peace that came along with making that huge decision!

We just entered into the Immigration phase of our adoption journey, and our agency (Lifeline Children’s Services) tells us this step is usually about two or three months in length. Our caseworker’s name is Mallory, and she’ll be with us the rest of the way! We’re excited to get to know her more too, and we’re very thankful to have her helping us along as we continue to gather documents for our dossier. (For those wondering: a dossier is a (giant) set of legal documents that foreign countries require when adopting a child from their country. It’s usually made up of your home study, marriage & birth certificates, immigration forms, etc. etc. etc.) We’re hoping our dossier will travel to Haiti sometime this September or October, and that we’ll be matched with a child from Angel House Orphanage sometime next year. It’s part of the Three Angels organization, which had to be completely rebuilt after the massive earthquake in 2010.

Here’s an exterior photo of (one side of) the new Three Angel’s property:

Three_Angels_Haiti

On their property you’ll find the Angel House Orphanage, the Three Angels Christian Academy, and a small medical clinic.

They’ve been providing care for abandoned children at the orphanage since 2003, and they work with Haitian authorities to admit children who have no other family option in Haiti. These are the little ones currently living at Angel House:

Angel_House_Kids

We’ve still got a long ways to go, but Kevin and I can’t help but wondering if we’ll be blessed with one them in the future? :-D

Three Angels also created an Orphan Prevention program which allows them the opportunity to walk alongside families, in their effort to grow their relationship with God, and maintain things like good health, sustainable income, safe dwellings, etc.

At the Three Angels Christian Academy, their mission is to provide students with education, medical care, a hot meal and a safe place to spend their day. It’s primarily student sponsor-funded, and they’ve even been able to offer scholarships for advanced education.

At the medical clinic, staff members provide ongoing community training to help stop the spread of cholera and other life threatening diseases. They provide regular check-ups, vaccinations, prescription medications, emergency care, dental care, and even surgery when a specialist is visiting. (Hey, that reminds me- their website said they are always looking for medical volunteers, so if you’re interested or know someone who may be interested in visiting them- here’s the contact email: [email protected]).

I’m really looking forward to (hopefully) meeting the staff (and our babe!) at Three Angels in person next year, but we’ve made a pact to be super patient with this process. From what we’ve been told and read, it’s going to be a slow-go as Haiti’s government is still trying to get things back on track post-earthquake, and is moving towards a better adoption process through the Hague Convention. We knew that going in though, and I think just fully accepting that it’s going to be a very long and rocky road has already made a difference in our journey. We look forward to making the most of our wait time by learning more about little ones, Haiti, and as always- each other!

Lettered Cottage Palmer Adoption

(Snapped that one the day we sent off our I-600A immigration form!) :-D

PS- If you’d like to visit Three Angel’s on Facebook, just click on the photo below…

Three_Angels_Childrens_Relief

…and here’s a video I found online that shows a little bit more about what the work they’re doing in Haiti. It was shot before the new Three Angels was constructed:

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Comments

  1. says

    I am so excited for you. I have seen the joy that adoption has brought to families and can’t wait for you to be overflowing with joy. I am praying the the birth mother of your child ( she may be carrying him/her now) will seek help and guidance to receive the best medical and dietary care possible That she will know above all else that Christ loves her and the child she is carrying unconditionally and baby is already loved by the two of you.

  2. Sara Huff says

    How fitting your organization is called “Three Angels”. Soon that is whom your house will hold.

  3. Stefania says

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! I know it’s a long process, but at least maybe this feels like the beginning of the home stretch?! Every single one of those babies is PERFECT and precious. I know that God will send you your perfect angel. I can’t wait!

    xoxo

  4. julianna says

    I love that you can see a bit of their little personalities in their pictures. Oh, the sweetness! Thank you again for sharing your journey with us, the masses, and congratulations!

  5. Shiv says

    It is wonderful to hear how your journey is progressing. And how could you not fall in love with every one of those little people! They are all beyond gorgeous and will be blessed to be welcomed in to your loving arms. :) xx

  6. Jan Barron says

    Layla, I don’t usually comment but you and Kevin have been in my heart and prayers concerning your “birthing process”. I know it will be a joyous day. God’s time will bring the child He has chosen for you to be their mommy and daddy. And once you hear the laughing and crying in your house because of the little one you will KNOW that you would not have wanted to have hurried and missed your child. Continued joy, peace, patience and excitement as each step, each hour and each minute brings you that much closer. See you in October! Jan

  7. says

    I am SUPER excited for you guys! I have a Godson that was adopted from that very orphanage three years ago. He’s one of the lights of my life! I am praying your experience is filled with hope and joy and that it will be speedy process! Much love!

  8. Patty says

    Hey Layla! I have been following you guys forever and just wanted to say i truly hope your little one arrives soon!!
    You two deserve so much happiness and will be thrilled with whomever is sent your way… im sure of it..

    Excited!!
    Patty

    • says

      Good luck! Those babies are all precious! My husband and I just adopted a baby boy in May. We went with a domestic adoption and I admire your patience for the international process!

  9. says

    Goosebumps! I just love following the journey God has you two on! The child He has for you is going to be so blessed! Praying for you! Much love.

  10. says

    Oh, which one will be the next Palmer?? Love that you are taking us on this journey with you! (I love ALL those sweet faces!) My house is FULL, but if it weren’t, I would for sure want some of those lil babes! Good luck sweet Palmer family!! ~Kim

  11. says

    Tears come to my eyes Layla. I see such love between you and your husband it makes me smile. You hugging him in the first picture, with your eyes closed, I can just feel the love pouring out of you (corney but true). The child God sends you will be so blessed.

  12. says

    Congratulations!! And boy do I remember that I-600a feeling x3! I will enjoy hearing more about your adoption journey, and wish you all the best each step of the way!

  13. Doreen@househoneys says

    Whoever that child is…one of the ones pictured or not, he/she will be one of the luckiest in the world to have such fabulous parents!

  14. Vicki says

    Hi there,
    I started following your website when I redid my lake cottage. I love the way it turned out following some of your cues! I am excited to follow you on your adoption journey as well. Our youngest child, adopted internationally, just turned 8. I remember the process like it was yesterday – the anticipation, joy, and waiting!!! It was an incredible experience for me, my husband and our three other children. Looking forward to hearing about your incredible experience as well!!!

  15. Carrie in Spokane says

    God is writing a beautiful story. As a mother of 3 adopted girls from China, I know the impact it has not only in the hearts of the moms and dads who adopt but those who get to watch and partake in this beautiful way of creating a family. Praying for you.

  16. Karen says

    So happy for you both. You are going to make wonderful parents and some little child is going to be very lucky to have you and vice-versa! I think it was a huge, self-less act to decide to adopt. There are so many children (not only in Haiti) all over the world that need someone to love and care for them. Best wishes to you on this (what sounds like) long journey! – Karen

  17. says

    Yay! I am so excited for you guys! What a blessing – and those pictures… oh. my. goodness… I want to bring every one of them home myself!

  18. says

    Welcome to the crazy, wonderful life of adopting from Haiti! We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary of our “yes” to God’s call to adopt from Haiti. We have a little girl who will *hopefully* be coming home in the next several months. Many blessings of continued peace and JOY along the journey. There will be many things that will come in and try to rob you of those two things, but hold them dearly close to your heart, friend, they are what keep you going and keep you sane-ha! God has called and you have answered. Glory to Him!

  19. Cathy B says

    Excited to read this good news! I feel connected–we’ve kept a child from Haiti, adopted a child from Vietnam, I’ve done home studies as an adoption caseworker, and I was adopted! It’s in our blood!

  20. says

    For the past 12 years, my husband, my daughter/blog partner and I have organized working vacations in third world countries as a way to give back. We take between 15 and 20 friends and build houses, repair schools, and orphanages. Last December my husband took a group to work in an orphanage in Haiti through Mercy and Sharing. Best of luck to you. There are so many children there that have been thrown away by their parents. They need special people like you two.

  21. Genny says

    So glad to hear that you have passed another milestone on your way to adoption! It may sound cliche, but good things come to those who wait. Best of luck to you both!

    Also, did you get your hair cut? It looks adorable!

  22. says

    What precious little ones! Praying with you as your journey to bring home a “little” to your home. Thanks for the update ~

  23. Shannon says

    So excited for you~ we too adopted after having 2 of our own. It is the most wonderful , amazing thing. We never worried about what child God was bringing our way as he already had her picked out way before we even decided to adopt. We are so happy for you and continue to pray blessings on your journey. If we were younger we would love to do it all again. A blessing from the Lord for sure. Blessings, Shannon

  24. says

    This is so exciting for you guys. I can only imagine what you think about as you look at those little faces, wondering if one of them will be the little face you get to love soon. :)

  25. says

    I am so excited that you guys have chosen Haiti and are getting to take the next steps in your adoption process. Don’t feel bad about your home study taking six months either. Ours was a nine month long process and I can’t imagine finishing it any quicker. It’s a huge accomplishment to have that part behind you now. I look forward to seeing the child God has in store for you. Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

    • says

      First, congrats Layla and Kevin!!! And I love how Krystle says “looks forward to seeing what God has in store for you”. Going thru years of unsuccessful IVF etc. and ready to transfer my last frozen embryos, that statement is very uplifting! Thank you all for sharing your journey and God Bless!

      If you have time, read my post http://wp.me/p3N7Py-6B
      I should have added a Thanks to Layla and Kevin to the post too!!

  26. JolieAnne says

    Beautiful children-this must be an exciting time for you and Kevin!
    I would want a girl since we have 3 sons. Wishing you all the best as you are blessed with one of your own. Do you ever have a choice, like age or gender? I enjoy reading your posts
    and learning so much about adoption.

  27. Ter'e says

    God bless your hearts. Can we bring all twelve home to the U.S.. What beautiful little faces………….oh to be able to rock those babies………….

    Three angels in your home………that’s how I see it too. I cannot wait!!!!!

  28. Shanna says

    Haiti has had a very special place in my heart since 2010 when I took my first mission trip to help rebuild. I have since taken my children each year and they’ve also fallen in love. In fact my oldest “angel” is there right now as an intern with Haitian Christian Mission, and the rest of us will join her in 2 weeks. God bless you and your family.

  29. says

    My heart just overflows for you two and whichever sweet little one is coming your way… I feel quite sure you’ve ministered to many in sharing this special and intentional journey to parenthood. I know you’ve blessed me, just knowing some child’s life will be made full in your love and care. God Bless!
    xo Heidi

  30. Beth L says

    I know several people ministering in Haiti even now. One is a family whose 10-year-old (at the time, now she is 18) had the dream to move to Haiti and start an orphanage. Within a couple of years, her entire family did just that!

  31. says

    SO excited for you guys! Got goosebumps looking at the pictures of the little ones – must be crazy to think that one could be your little guy or girl next year! Thinking of you guys as you continue along your journey!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Mary! :-D It IS pretty crazy to think we could already be looking at the face of sweet P! We both have that photo saved on our cell phones and we just keep staring at it and smiling! :-D

  32. says

    I wish that you could just go to Haiti right now and scoop up one of those little angels to bring home immediately! (but I know how bureaucracy works!)

    I will keep you and Kevin in my thoughts and prayers as you continue this journey!

  33. says

    oh my….I have always loved reading about your updates on the adoption process but this one just melted my heart. actually seeing the kids that are housed at Three Angels melted my heart! I will take them all!!! :)
    Congratulations on everything so far and good luck!

    So Happy for you guys!

  34. says

    Oh, such good news! I’m thrilled it’s Haiti – it has a special place in my heart (my family lived there for awhile) – and so do the people. So sweet! Thanks for sharing.

  35. says

    so glad the process is moving along for you, however slow it may be. i love reading the updates because we are thinking adoption might be what we choose in the future. it’s nice to see a peaceful, collected perspective on it all :)

  36. Karen says

    praying that God will prepare the hearts and minds of those with whom you will be working for your adoption. He knows you will be adopting..praying that he will keep that little one safe and healthy until he meets his new parents.
    I’m so happy for you both! Hugs, karen

  37. Cynthia says

    Hi layla!
    We have 8 children – 2 birth and 6 by adoption. The youngest are from Haiti and are now 16 and 18. They came to us at 1 and 3. Our other 18 yo came to us at 2 mo through Lifeline and did an internship at Lifeline this past year. One other thing we have in common is that our oldest (35) is an awesome musician. (Chuck Hooten) Anyway lots in common and congrats!!! We’re in Alabaster and would love to share some of our journey if you ever want to visit with us. Praying for you!

  38. Cindy Chapman says

    So excited for you two! All of the pictures of the little ones were adorable. Can’t wait to see your Sweet P!

  39. Teresa s. says

    Layla, as u prepare to visit Haiti at some point, u must add a visit to an amazing organization called The Apparent Project. it was founded by good friends of mine, and works toward orphan prevention through job creation. the founders were also adopting from Haiti, made a visit, and ended up moving there… Check the,m out at http://www.apparentproject.org

  40. says

    I had the life changing experience of going to Haiti last February (going again in September) on a vision trip with Trades of Hope. One of our founders at TOH help establish Three Angels so we visited there and stayed in their guest house for a couple of days. We were able to hold and love on most of the babies you posted picture of. I was so impressed with all the nannies as they really are good with the children. Three Angels is a great place and I wish you good luck as you await your precious child coming home to you.

  41. Sandy A says

    Layla and Kevin,
    Looking at those beautiful children’s faces brings tears to my eyes. No child should be in this world without a family to love and care about them. As heartbreaking as that thought is, it is loving people like you who will become their forever family and give them all the love they have been without–and that makes me smile. And thank God for agencies that care and save these gorgeous little souls. I pray that this journey you have started will soon bring you your child to be part of your family–forever!! The photo of your beaming smiles is priceless!! You will be wonderful, loving and caring mommy and daddy. Congratulations on having become closer to your final desire–raising a child in love. God’s Blessings to you both…

  42. Becky says

    I was listening to K-Love at the same time I was reading your post. The song was so appropriate – Building 429 “We won’t be shaken”. You too are going to make great parents!

  43. says

    Congrats on moving forward in the adoption process. It breaks my heart to read about how slow the process in while so many children are in need of homes and love.
    Traci

  44. Kim says

    remember all those steps so well. We adopted our 3rd child from China back in 2004 when the wait wasn’t as long as it is now. Praying for you on this journey!

  45. Lisa Frank says

    All those little faces are darling, but that picture of Kelly is just cracking.me.up. He looks like he has a larger-than-life personality. :)

  46. Paige Sullivan says

    Hey, So enjoying the update. Someone might have already said this but: I have a friend who adopted a baby from Guatemala. Long story much shorter- he wanted a baby brother who looked like him. He even asked Santa for one. He had his many prayers answered with another trip to Guatemala!
    Just a thought.
    Fondly, Paige

  47. says

    Oh Lay! I am beyond excited for you!!! Just looking at those precious little faces brought tears to my eyes. I can’t wait to see God’s plan for you unfold. It’s gonna be beautiful!
    Love you! {and miss you terribly}

  48. SusanH says

    Prayers be with you. Such an important step for you and I so admire your courage. Those children just make my heart sing – each is so innocent and loved by God. Thank you for starting on this journey – you’ll meet your child soon.

  49. Ellen says

    I was so excited to see your big news this morning and immediately recognized THREE ANGELS as a Haitian ministry. My husband and I have been riding around with a business card from Three Angles on the dash of our van, ever since he went to Haiti on a mission trip nearly 3 yrs. ago.

    We did not personally work with THREE ANGELS, but the younger 3 of our 9 children are Haitian. Our daughters came home in 1998 and 2001 and are now 15 and 13. Our Haitian son has lived with us for 2 yrs. and this Thursday (7/11) we are schreduled to go to court to finalize his adoption. His was a unigue situation and I won’t take the time or bore you with details, but this day has been a long time coming and we are so excited that he will finally, officially be OUR SON. He will be 15 in September.

    I will continue to pray for you through out the adoption process. Our children are worth all the paperwork and waiting. (this is our 5th adoption and each experience has been unique) I look forward to the day you know who the precious child is that God has already chosen to be your child!

    hugs and blessings!

  50. says

    Oh my goodness! Those babies are absolutely adorable!!! I would take any of those sweet little faces! Praying that the process will be speedy for y’all and you can bring your baby home soon!!!

  51. says

    Lovely Palmer has a nice ring to it. :) They’re *all* precious and beautiful and any one of them would be blessed to have you as their parents. Congratulations and prayers sent heavenward for your new little family.

  52. says

    Layla and Kevin. I follow your blog each day. I am always excited to read about your adventures with your home and family life. I am even more excited for the day you call yourself mommy and poppa. I think about he movie cheaper by the dozen, which could be your new blog if you bring home each beautiful little tyke you shared pictures of. I will go on the record and offer my help. God does works in very mysterious ways. Love and prayers and wonderful wishes. Geri..

  53. Marianne in Mo. says

    Hurray! Wish we could all speed up this wait for you, but I know when you get to the end, it will all be a blur. Holding that child and knowing he/she will be yours for eternity will melt everything else away. Best wishes on the journey! Can’t wait to see your future!

  54. Rhonda Irizarry says

    Wow,… this is so exciting.. God is working on making way for the right child to come into your lives.. Yup that whole patience thing is coming into play.. God bless. Couldn’t be happier for you

  55. says

    Those faces are too cute and some seem to say such deep things with their eyes. Good luck with this new phase of your journey. In France, the “dossier” part takes forever, but someone is waiting for you on the other end of the red thread.

  56. Carrie-Lee Hurzeler says

    It is so exciting to see your dreams falling into place. I hope you start to show us the ideas you have for decorating the babies room. Thanks for taking us all on this journey with you guys.

  57. Jenny says

    I just read your story and am so touched! I have stayed at Three Angels and held seven of those precious babies! The others joined after I was gone! I am always on the Three Angels site and saw you praying them through the storm from Alabama. I teach first grade in Indiana. I hope to hear more updates and that you get the baby God is preparing you and your home for quickly!

  58. Katie says

    Congratulations! We are currently adopting from Haiti as well. It’s a long, difficult road…but I know it will be worth it! Praying for you in this journey!

  59. says

    Wonderful news! It feels good to have that homestudy behind you and an even better feeling when that dossier is sent off!! My husband and I are actually headed to haiti for a mission trip in august I’ve never been there before so I”m looking forward to it!

  60. Brooke says

    This just brought tears to my eyes, it’s just so sad to think of the children without homes, but I’m glad one of them will be finding a loving home soon!

  61. Allison says

    Layla & Kevin, you are going to make such loving parents. How exciting to have a heart for a little one to call you “mommy”! God s good!

  62. says

    so happy for you guys!
    I remember so clearly when we finished our Dossier and sent it to China….November 11, 2005 was our login date. We travelled exactly 2 years later to bring Lydia home.

    the wait will be worth every second.
    praying for y’all on your journey.

  63. says

    I went to Haiti after the earthquake to help rebuild a school and I seriously fell in love with the kids there. I wanted to bring them all home with me or either stay over there (if only my husband and kids would have been with me – I might have!) Such a great place for you to get to know better and find your sweet child.

  64. Jennifer says

    Layla,
    I just read your post…I was in Haiti in April. Jeremie, Haiti. We visited an orphanage there, lots of children to adopt. Is your agency in Port-au-prince? I will be returning to Haiti in January to work at an orphanage and medical clinic ( I am an RN). Praying for your adoption and God’s perfect plan for you and Kevin. God Bless.
    Jen

    • Layla says

      Hi Jennifer!

      Our orphanage is in Pétionville. How wonderful that you were just there, and that you are traveling back again in January! God bless YOU for making those trips, and thank you for the sweet comment today! :-D

  65. Jodee says

    I have quietly been following your blog and praying for you during your adoption journey for quite some time. I am overjoyed that you have chosen Three Angels as the orphanage that you will be adopting from! My family sponsors Kelly and donates to Three Angels regularly. My neighbors have adopted two sons from Three Angels and travel there 3-4 times a year to donate their expertise in both the school and medical clinic. Our little town regularly supports fundraisers for the orphanage. The grade school has had penny fundraisers and sold Haitian inspired artwork from art class during a family event. Our high school students run cereal box drives and ship the boxes to the orphan prevention program for jewelry making. I could go on and on… And to top everything off, you probably drove right past our town on I-39 when you traveled to Rockford, IL not that long ago! I’m so happy for you and excited that you will be working with a program that I hold dear. Prayers and hugs!

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