Jean-Baptiste Michele is our newest child. We adopted him just a few months ago after what seemed like years of waiting.
He is the best thing that could have ever happened.
Jean-Baptiste is only about a year and a half old, but he looks younger: that is, he is small for his age. He looks about the size of a six to eight month old. He has a headful of curly, thick blue-black hair, huge dark eyes that miss little, a round, chubby-cheeked face the color of Hershey's kisses, and a perfect bow-shaped mouth. He is absolutely precious!
I am happy to report that Jean-Baptiste is in fairly good health, but he does have some asthma/breathing issues that warrent monitoring. He has to have breathing treatments every night (more often than that if his asthma is bothering him), and he wears oxygen when he goes to bed. So far he hasn't been in the hospital for it, but I am waiting for that to happen. I just pray it doesn't.
Jean-Baptiste joins big sisters Eufalia Grace (10), Camryn Hope (7), and Delilah Love (8), and big brothers Mark Abraham (12) and Daniel Joshua (14). We now have six children: three girls and three boys. The ideal family size, in our opinion.
Jean-Baptiste is the second child we adopted. The first one we took in was Camryn, whom we adopted from China several years back, when she was four. She's grown into a beautiful young second-grader. She's so smart, too! We think she might be a certified genius: Camryn picks things up so easily, and she gets A's in all of her classes. We are very proud of her!
We are proud of all our children. They have all accomplished so much!
Now we have our baby boy from Haiti. I am sure he is destined for greatness, too. He is a very happy little guy: always laughing, always smiling for company or strangers. He loves to play with his toys and have us read to him. He soaks everything up like a sponge: Jean-Baptiste is one of the most inquisitive little boys we have ever known.
I do know this much: Jean-Baptiste loves going to church every week (we all do). He loves seeing his friends, and he loves learning about God, Jesus, and all the other people from the Bible. We go to a Baptist church that is close by our house.
Every day my wife Candie and myself (George) pray for God's pretection on our children, particularly our baby boy. He is so vulnerable; it seems as if the whole, wide world could swallow this tiny miracle child whole. I am always so worried whenever Candie takes him out; I don't rest until I hear his laughter ringing through the house upon their return.
Well, I hate to run, but I have to get ready to go to work. (I work at a factory.) I will write in here again soon with another update about our family, in particular, Jean-Baptiste. I hope you have a good day; until later, this is George Stavinos saying so long! May God bless you always!