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  • Last Thursday I packed up my 11 month old and my 2 year old and put them on a plane to spend the next month of their lives in a 3rd world country.  This is not easy on so many levels but I do it because I love Haiti, I love the people here, and […]

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  • If you have kept up with the news lately then you know that our President made some unfortunate comments at a recent immigration reform meeting.  I am not writing to make any type of political statement or even to discuss specifically what was said (or alluded to) at this particular closed-door meeting.  I am not […]

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  • We are  heading back down to Haiti tomorrow and, for the first time ever, we only have to ride on one plane to get there.  JetBlue just opened up a flight from Orlando to Port Au Prince, and we are excited about not having to layover in Miami for the first time, especially with 2 […]

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  • Jess and I will be heading back to Haiti soon, and we are also about to start series of blogs to begin the New Year that you will not want to miss.  But I did not want to miss the chance to write about something that struck me the other day as I was watching […]

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  • Getting older means a lot of different things to people depending on their culture, their situation in life, and their belief about what happens to them after they die.  After my birthday a couple of days ago, I started thinking about the role our age plays in our lives.  I remember the first time I […]

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Merry Christmas!

  • And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great […]

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  • It has been a while since the last All Things New blog, but there has been a lot going on lately both personally and with ATN.  Recently, however, I found myself contemplating about how different December 2017 has been and will continue to be compared to December 2016.  The key word is “different” and not […]

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  • Throughout the month of November, you probably remember, we made a push for our supporters to take part in Giving Tuesday.  It was a great day for All Things New and we are still trying to figure out how much money we were able to raise through Facebook (we will report soon).  Now, we have […]

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The Month of December

  • I want to start this blog off by saying thank you so much to everyone who helped us make Giving Tuesday a huge success for All Things New this year.  I was hoping by now we would have learned exactly how much of the giving on that Tuesday will be matched, but we have not […]

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Yesterday and Today

  • We got back from Haiti about 4:00pm yesterday afternoon.  As I went through the rest of the day and as I’ve gone through today all I can think about is how different life is just 24 hours later.  So I thought I’d write down a few of the huge differences. Yesterday we heated water for […]

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  • GIVING TUESDAY IS 1 WEEK FROM TODAY! On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, every dollar raised by nonprofits through Facebook will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  What a great opportunity for anyone associated with All Things New to make a big difference in our organization as the end of the year is […]

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  • I want to start out by saying thank you to everyone who helped us get the word out about Orphan Sunday yesterday.  So many people shared our posts and I know that many of you were passionate about raising awareness of the Global Orphan Crisis.  I also greatly appreciate everyone who gave to our GoFundMe […]

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Heworlson

  • A few months ago, we wrote a very difficult blog about Samara and how she ended up back with us at the orphanage.  Unfortunately, we have to write a very similar blog today about Heworlson.  When we brought the kids out of their old home and into Hope Rising back in April 2015, Heworlson was one […]

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Revolutionary Action

  • From time to time I come up with ideas for inventions that I think might work and help people in certain ways.  Usually, I share those “inventions” with Jessica and then forget about them a few minutes later and never really think of them again (until a few weeks later when I usually have the […]

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Orphan Sunday

  • This Sunday, November 12, has been set aside this year as Orphan Sunday.  For the past few years, one Sunday in November (usually the first or second) has been recognized as a day to bring awareness to the global orphan crisis.  Children who have lost their parents, who live in an orphanage, and/or live in […]

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Living in 2 Countries

  • Having Sophie’s birthday for the second time, in a different country, this time on her actual birthday, got me thinking about how different things are now that we live in 2 countries.  The truth is, living in 2 places (here and Jacksonville) can present some unique challenges but it can also bless us with some […]

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Our First Week Back

  • We arrived back in Haiti last Tuesday, so we have just completed our first week back. I thought I would go over some of the highlights and lowlights and some of the things we have been doing since our arrival.  So here is our week in a nut shell: Sophie was 100% completely at home […]

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A Mother’s Guilt

  • So any mom out there reading this knows exactly what I’m talking about when I mention “Mother’s Guilt”.  It’s something I think every mom struggles with and no dad has any idea what we are talking about J.  Since Sophie was born I have had guilt over all kinds of things and then once Elijah […]

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Heading Back to Haiti

  • On Tuesday we are going back to Haiti for the second time as a family of 4.  As difficult as life can be in Haiti, and especially traveling back and forth as much as we have over the past couple of years, we are very much looking forward to our time in Haiti.  We have […]

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  • Our fundraiser this past Sunday in LaGrange was great!  The city was once again extremely welcoming and extremely generous.  We started the weekend Saturday evening from 3-6 with an All Things New Spirit Night at Frios Gourmet Popsicles.  We held the actual fundraiser the following evening at 5:30 at First Baptist Church in LaGrange, and […]

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  • Before I get started, it is important that I make one final request for everyone who lives in or around LaGrange to attend our fundraiser this Sunday night at 5:30 at First Baptist Church on the Square.  Anyone can come, but if you get a chance, please RSVP to Allthingsnewlagrange@gmail.com  Thanks in advance for making this […]

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Why Start a GoFundMe?

  • I wanted to write a short blog about why we started a GoFundMe campaign (just click on the link to visit our GoFundMe page and donate).  The short answer is that All Things New has been struggling to pay our monthly expenses in 2017 and we are hoping that this campaign will carry us through the […]

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Las Vegas

  • Have you ever thought about all of the different ways that we handle tragedies?  Things like Las Vegas, the night club shooting in Orlando, 9/11, Columbine, Katrina, etc.  Many of us cling closer to our friends and family and realize what a blessing they are.  Some of us get scared or angry and are not […]

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Protests and Adoption

  • With everything going on both here and in Haiti, I thought I would try and tie in the beauty of adoption with the increasingly common protests that are taking place in both countries where I live.  If you have been following our family and All Things New over the past few years, then you know […]

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  • The four of us returned from our first month in Haiti Sunday evening.  It’s always been hard coming back but that is magnified now with 2 babies.  Matt and I both still deal with some culture shock and feelings of not knowing how to comprehend these 2 different worlds we are a part of.  And, […]

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  • This is a guest post from Jessica’s Dad, Phil Atter.  Phil and Jill have been down to Haiti on numerous occasions, and he wrote this blog after his most recent trip with us last month.  As you read this, please be in prayer for Haiti as there are some political issues going on as well […]

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  • As many of you know, before school starts each year, we let our older kids go into the outdoor market in Leogane to buy their school shoes for the year.  They are each allowed to pick out 2 pairs of shoes (within reason) and this usually takes them about 3-4 hours to complete.  This year […]

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  • I know that the many of the people that read these blogs and keep up with All Things New have been affected in some way by Hurricane Irma.  Please know that we are still praying for you and we hope that life gets back to normal soon! I am not a hunter.  In fact, even […]

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