April 14th.

21 years ago now. My first date with Halis was April 14th, 1989. We went on a double-date to an arcade. I went on a dare. I couldn’t stand Halis. But that night, he kissed me goodnight … and I felt something … I felt connected. And here we are … all these years later … and I still feel that inexplicable connection. And my heart still skips a few beats sometimes when I look at him.

Incidently, April 14th is also the date that Halis left for Haiti … 4 years ago now … to retrieve our son and to bring him home for good. In a way … April 14th is the day that our family was created … both in 1989 and in 2006. I love that day 🙂

Thank you for that goodnight kiss in the backseat of your VW rabbit, Halis. It was the beginning of the rest of my life. I love you.



Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.