Today we want to tell you a little bit about the little guy you are pouring into and loving on through this time! The little man the Tobey’s have fell in love with and can’t wait to be able to hold and hug him everyday!
Luke has been in the orphanage since the death of his mother in March of 2012. His mom died when Luke was just a couple of weeks old and his father and his aunt brought him to the orphanage certain he was near death. Brenda and the team arrived in the morning and as you heard on the video, met Luke for the first time and stepped right into the role of caretaker for him. She fell in love with this tiny baby and strongly felt this one was different from the rest! This one was meant to be in her arms for longer than just a week during her stay.
Luke’s biological father knows where he is and has come to the orphanage a couple of times to see him, but is unable to care for him. He also has other children and even when offered the support to reunify with the family, desired to have Luke stay where he is. He has come to meet The Tobey’s during their visits to see Luke and has expressed his happiness in their relationship with Luke. He has verbalized to the authorities as well that he has a strong desire for Luke to be adopted by the Tobey Family.
The name of the orphanage Luke currently lives in is Cabaret Haiti Mission, Inc. You can check them out here!
Luke's parents at the orphanage are Mike and Bonnie Snider or Papa Mike and Momma Bonnie as they are called by all the children who live there. They have lived in Haiti at the Children's home since 2010 and are the loving parents to the 50 kids living there!! Luke is actually pretty spoiled:) Since he's been there since he was several weeks old, he has made his way "upstairs" where the kids are only allowed on special occasions, he can often be found sharing a cup of coffee with Momma Bonnie in the am or even stealing a snuggle in bed. When Brenda goes to visit Luke, she stays at the orphanage with them and Luke is her wake up call:-) He likes to come into where we stay and sneak into bed for cuddles.
Mike and Bonnie have made the adoption process tolerable for The Tobey’s because they know he is loved and cared for so very well. They do an incredible job of loving on all the kids!
Currently Luke is obsessed with Captain America. He attends school and loves to play soccer like all kids at the orphanage. He loves praise and worship and he likes to perform dances and singing on open Mic night every Saturday night in the commons area of the orphanage.
Luke will turn 7 in January. This is 7 birthdays, 7 Christmas’s, 7 of everything that we have missed sharing with him. Many firsts of walking, talking, playing, days of school etc. Though these firsts haven't been experienced here at home with his family at the orphanage, the Tobey’s have been able to share in much of the joy of these special events because of the contact with Mike and Bonnie and their regular visits.