Saturday, December 24, 2011

On this night before we celebrate the greatest gift ever given, the birth of our Savior, God has chosen to bless our family more than anyone can ever know.

Look to the right. Fund Raising is Done!!!

We would first like to thank everyone who has participated in our fund raising efforts. We have done raffles, auctions, bbq's, coffee sales, phone recycle programs and paper mache classes. Many of you have helped in one or all of these programs and our family thanks you very much!

Most importantly, we give thanks to God our glorious Father.

When Morgan and I came back from our first trip to Haiti in 2010 we were so very excited and pump to continue what God started in our lives. Shortly after we returned, Tina told me she wanted to adopt a child from Haiti. My first reaction was to say NO! My first thought was $$$$$$$. It is going to cost a lot of money and I was not sure how we could come up with that kind of cash. After prayer, we decided to take a leap of faith. At first, I stilled worried about the money situation, but any time we needed some money for anything, God provided. He continued to provide and he proved to me that if you give Him your all, He will provide a way.

I Chronicles 29:12 You are the source of wealth and honor;you rule over all. You posses strength and might to magnify and give strength to all. 13 Now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name!

I pray everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Tina and Morgan are Heading to Haiti!

Tina and Morgan are getting ready for the "BIG" Thanksgiving trip to Haiti. They are both so excited about the chance to spend the week with Betson. This will be Morgan's first chance to meet her new little brother. I am already looking forward to listening to the stories and seeing all the pictures when they get back. They leave early Saturday (11-19) morning and they will return next Saturday (11-26) afternoon.

Brooke and I will hanging out together for the week. We already have some big plans.

Please pray for safe travel for Tina and Morgan. We will be apart for the first time during a major holiday, but we will be together in spirit.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Blessings of Giving Friends...

Our dear friend Billie Brinkley hosted a Paper Mache Workshop Fundraiser today for Betson. Billie is a retired Art Teacher and ROCKS at what she does. The workshop was held at the clubhouse of her neighborhood and everyone walked back over to her house for a lunch prepared by ME!! I had to step it up because Billie promised everyone a gourmet meal. Well I think I provided. Today we raised a total of $1,115 towards the adoption of our little man Betson Dorleon Coffey. It was a long day but a very fun day. I enjoyed seeing everyone making their 4 legged creatures. I will try and post as many pics as I can. I am NOT a pro at the blogging so bear with me.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

We received our monthly update from Dr. Bernard with Betson statistics. He has grown to 41" and he weighs 42 lbs. I went on line to check those stats and look what I found. He is going to be a BIG boy. Better start saving for that grocery bill now LOL.

We sure miss him!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Back on September 1st I twisted my knee very badly and was really concerned about the possibility of having to have some sort of surgery or something. Today I went to the orthopedist and he thinks I just need time with this kind of injury. After a few weeks if I have not made great improvement then we would need to do an MRI and go from there.

Kazen and I had discussed taking a trip to Haiti to spend some time with Betson since it looks as though we will not be bringing him home before the end of the year. He suggested that instead of us both going for 1 week that we go separately so that Betson has at least one of us for 2 weeks!!! When he suggested that I suggested to him that I could go during the girls Thanksgiving break so that Morgan will be able to go with me. The reason for this is because a few weeks ago she verbalized that it just did not seem real since she has not met Betson. This is why the doctor saying that he does not really think this is a bad injury is such GREAT NEWS!!! This means we can both go during Thanksgiving week. She will miss a few days of school since they are not out for the entire week but I think this is well worth the unexcused absences.

When I got home from the doctor I immediately called Brent Gambrell's office and found out all the information I needed. I have printed out the applications and will be sending them off tomorrow with our deposit to save our spots. I am SO EXCITED to be able to go back and spend some quality time with him with Morgan.

Morgan just got home from school and I told her that we for sure get to go to Haiti and she is SUPER EXCITED!!!

Please be in daily prayer for my knee that it continues to heal before our trip in November.

In Him,

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WOW we are blessed with awesome friends!!!

Mrs. Billie Brinkley is doing a Paper Mache workshop to help us raise money for the adoption. Here are the details:


The Coffey family is adopting Betsen, an adorable little boy from Haiti.

I will be giving a fund raising Paper Mache workshop in my home on:
Saturday, October 22
9:00am - 3:00pm

We will be making 4 legged critters....
The cost will be $60
Tina will furnish a fabulous home cooked luncheon...
She is quite the food artist

I am limiting this to 15 people.

Thus far 5 people have signed up.

Want on the it now!
And please be sure you are going to attend this fun fundraiser to support the Coffey family.
They need $20,000 to complete the adoption.

We WILL have fun and for a really good reason!
Blessings, Billie


If you are interested please contact Mrs. Billie at the above numbers.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Smokin' them Briskets!

Johnnie and I started the briskets Thursday night. They are smelling pretty good so far. Can't wait to try one out.

Thanks to everyone who purchased a whole or half. We have sold over 100 briskets and we are still taking orders for pick up on Sunday afternoon.

$45 for a whole
$30 for a half

All proceeds will go towards our adoption fund.


O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.
—Nehemiah 1:11 (NIV)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Adoption Fundraiser

Johnnie and Annette Craig are hosting a fundraiser to help us raise money to bring Betson home!!!! If you do not know Johnnie Craig is an AWESOME BBQ Master!!!! He will be cooking up whole and half briskets to sell.

A whole brisket is $45 and will be 12-14 pounds
A half brisket is $30 and will be 6-7 pounds.

You can pay by cash, check or Paypal (but not the paypal on this page). Please contact me directly if you want to pay by Paypal and I will give you the account information.

Other opportunities to help us raise money is:
  1. We are still selling the "Have a Heart for Haiti" drawstring backpacks for only $5 each.
  2. You can buy coffee from and we receive $5 for every bag you buy.
  3. We are still accepting any and all old cellphones, ink cartridges, cellphone chargers, and other small electronics. We cannot sell anything larger than a laptop.
Thank you to everyone that has helped so far. We are SOOOOO close to bringing Betson home and I for sure do not want money to be the reason we are waiting for him.

In Him,
Tina Coffey

Saturday, July 23, 2011

We are back from Haiti...

Meeting our little man Betson was the BEST! There is too much to say so I will just hit on the highlights.

Our first meeting with Betson was when we walked into his room area and he was spitting in a bucket...hahaha. He was brushing his teeth and what beautiful teeth they are.

We arrived on Saturday morning and we were suppose to go to the lower court on Monday. We left the guest house to go to Dr. Bernard's office about 10 a.m. Once we got there a lady in the waiting room knew Betson. Of course we could not understand her but we did hear her calling his name. We were walking past and then one of the office ladies told us it was Betson's mom. We went back for him to hug her or something and we were NOT prepared for what happened, Betson wanted NOTHING to do with her at all. We went on into the office area and Smith sat us down and was informing us about our process for that day to sign papers. There was issues down at the court and they were gonna send the clerk to Dr. Bernard's office. They explained we could be waiting all day for him to arrive.

While we waited for the clerk to arrive they wanted to take Betson from us and bring him into the waiting room with his mom but he would not let go of my husband Kazen. They tried several things and he would not budge and kept saying "no!". They finally decided that they would bring her into him and I decided that I would go to the bathroom because it might be easier on her with the "new mom" not there. When I returned there was conversation going on with her asking us to help her out of the tent city. Kazen explained that he would need to speak with Dr. Bernard about that and if we could do it we would follow the proper channels. We had a chance to speak with her about Christ and asked if she wanted to be converted (that is how they understand being born again) and she did so Kazen prayed with her. We don't know if she was converted or not but be in prayer that she was.

While we were meeting with Betson's mom, Betsy, the clerk had arrived. We had only been in Dr. Bernard's office for 1 hour!!!!!! We both signed that famous blank notebook paper and also signed an actual legal document. They also had Betsy sign something. After that we went into Dr. Bernard's office and we took a "family" picture along with some of the strangest pictures ever. He took a picture of her handing Betson over to Kazen and then Betsy handing Betson over to me. I am guessing this is for proof that we did not steal him???

Once Betsy left the office Dr. Bernard told us that we were going to do something he had never done before. He was going to send us to the high court BEFORE our documents were in IBESR and try and see if the judge would sign off on the adoption. For those that do not know this is the trip we planned for Kazen to come back on his own and do. We sat around in his office for probably only another hour then one of the office ladies brought us to the court. We went and stood in a hallway while she went into an office for only about 15 minutes then we went to a waiting room. We were in there for under an hour when we were rushed into the judges office!! When were got in there she asked us a bunch of basic questions about our family and why we wanted to adopt etc. During our Q&A she signed the side of one of the forms. Kazen and I just looked at each other.... She then asked where the person was that brought us and I told her the waiting room. She said to get her. When she came back she asked her something about IBESR and she explained that our documents have not been put through yet. The judge seemed to scold her for a bit about that and then our lady just said "Thank you, Thank you" (actually Merci Meric). We also thanked her and left her office. When we got out the door she told us that it was DONE!!! She was completely in awe that we were able to get her to sign without us already being in IBESR. We completed in roughly 4 hours what some people have taken months and months to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now let me tell you that aside from our family and friends that have been praying for us specifically during this trip we had a very sweet lady that was with us in Haiti that had it on her heart that morning to pray specifically for us to receive favor that day. Monday, July 18, 2011 was a specific answer to a specific prayer. We could not accomplished all that we did in one day without the favor of God on us that day.

The rest of the week with Betson was AMAZING. He is such a sweet, high spirited little guy. We have described him that 90% of the time he is so good and when he is bad that other 10% of the time he is BAD!!! hahaha That boy can throw some fits and let me tell you all 55 people that went on the trip with us can testify to that. We understood that he was going to test our limits but when he did there was such a barrier in communication that we just had to let him sit down and scream and get over it.

On Friday morning we had breakfast at 8 and were to leave the guest house for the day to shop and then go straight to the airport at 9. At 8:30 we decided we needed to bring him back down to the creche (where the kids live there on site). We brought our interpreter Moto with us. We had Moto tell him that we loved him very much and we were only leaving for a short time. We would be back to see him and to bring him home. Kazen and I, in creole, told him numerous time that we loved him. We turned to leave and he dropped to the floor crying. We just kept walking... We had only about 30 seconds of breaking down outside the creche. I had gotten enough of my crying out the night before while I was packing all our stuff. Brooke went down about 10 minutes later to tell him bye (she was not around when we went) and she said he was not crying anymore but just sitting there sad. It was hard but we were prepared that we had to leave. We know that he is God's hands until he can be in ours.

In Him,

PS...IF YOU LOVE BETSON (hahaha) There are a few ways to help us bring him home. 1) You can make a Love Donation through Paypal on this site, 2) You can purchase a "Have a Heart for Haiti" backpack for only $5, 3) You can buy coffee ( or you can buy goodies that I sell,

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Leaving for Haiit!!!

Well I have taken my nap and ready to stay up until we have to be at our church at 2 a.m. to start packing up vans to head to the airport. We will be taking off to Miami at 6 a.m. Shortly after arriving in Miami we should be taking off from there and in Haiti by 1 p.m.

I cannot wait to say the words "Mwen se manman ou" which translates "I am your mommy." How cool is that???!!!???

Don't forget we still have a LONG ways to go financially before we can bring Betson home. Please pray that all the funds are obtained. I say a big thanks to all that have donated in one way or another.

If you look below we have another fundraiser. For every 1 lb bag of coffee you buy we receive $5.

Just wanted to give a quick update on what was going on today. Gotta get back to packing clothes!!!

In Him,

Monday, July 11, 2011

Help the Coffey's by buying COFFEE!!!

How easy is this??? Everyone loves coffee so just click on the below link and we make $5 for every bag of coffee sold.

In Him,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LOTS of good news!!!

First off we were blessed to find out 100% for sure that the gorgeous smiling pictures of Betson IS Betson. I was really unsure if that was him or not because the first picture we received of him looked like he was just soooo sad, which I am sure he was! It was hard to compare the two drastically different photos be positive it was him. Dr. Bernard verified for me this morning that it is Betson. I am so happy because that smiling picture is just about the cutest thing ever. It makes me happy to know that even though he has had a tragedy in his life he can still find happiness.

Dr. Bernard also gave us our July update on Betson. He is 34 pounds and 40 inches tall. He also gave us another picture, but he once again was not smiling :( He does however have a new haircut!!! He looks more like his daddy now..hahahaha

The last bit of good news we received was that Dr. Bernard informed us that since Kazen and I both will be in Haiti at the same time during our church mission trip he will go ahead and get us seen in the High court. This is such a financial blessing for us. We were really praying that we would be able to go to the court while we were there to keep us both from having to come back again. I think now that we will both go before this court only Kazen will need to return from here on out for court appointments. I am still unsure of our timeline for Betson's arrival to our home but will feel so blessed if it is by the end of this year. What a wonderful Christmas it will be to have our little Haitian gift home with us.

As you can see we financially still have a long ways to go so please donate if possible. EVERY donation counts no matter how large or small it may be. We are also selling "Have a Heart for Haiti" drawstring backpacks that will benefit the adoption. Our trip to Haiti, as of last week, is covered so no more worries about that!

In Him,

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Pics of BETSON

Sarah Bateman was in Haiti this past week and took a few pictures of Betson for us!!! It is nice to have a much happier picture than the first one we received!!!!!

In Him,

Friday, June 24, 2011

Getting excited,,,and nervous!!!

We have only 24 days before we get to meet our little man BETSON. I am excited but also nervous. When I think about the situation that has brought him to New Life Link it saddens me greatly. It is one thing to lose your parents and be put up for adoption but to know that out of 4 children you were the one chosen to be put up for adoption has got to be a horrible feeling. I just pray that Betson will be able to adjust quickly to life with our family and know that he is one of our children forever! We do have plans to help keep him connected with his biological family as much as possible and of course in years to come he will be along side us on our mission trips to his homeland!!!

In Him,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Day to you.
Happy Birthday Day to you.
Happy Birthday Day to Betson.
Happy Birthday Day to you.


We will see you soon!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blessings from our Friends

Kazen and I felt very blessed tonight. Since our "big" girls were at church camp this week Annette, Johnnie Craig, Kazen and I went out for a KID FREE dinner at Outback! We had a great time talking and laughing. Apparently Betson has been on their hearts also because tonight they informed us that they would like to have a BBQ fundraiser for the adoption. Of course they want it to be something that our small group does together....Have I ever mentioned that our small group performs miracles...just sayin' they all ROCK!!!

Just from talking tonight it looks like this will happen sometime early to mid August. For those of you who do not know it, Johnnie Craig did this kind of stuff for 20 years! It is going to be fabulous and taste even better. They are thinking brisket and pulled pork, beans, potato salad etc. I will report more details as they are given to me. We will start selling tickets at $10 per plate (and it will not be a super model portion!) soon so keep your ears open. If you are interested in helping sell tickets please let us know.

Kazen & Tina

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Coffey Family is proud to present...................

Betson DorLeon Coffey!!!!

He will be 3-years-old June 19th

He has only been at the orphanage since April of this year.

His mom is still alive and he has 3 older siblings in Haiti.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stay Tuned....

I think by the end of the day we might have some very exciting news to report!!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Moving right along!!!

We received an email from our Pastor, of Second Baptist Church of Baytown, that he will be traveling to Haiti Saturday morning!!! This is an answer to prayer as to how we were going to get out Dossier to Dr. B. Today Kazen is making copies of our Dossier and handing it over to Tommy tonight to bring with him to Haiti. Now we will just be awaiting an email from Dr. B with our referral. If you do not know, a referral is when Dr. B matches us with a child. We have requested a boy between the ages of 2 to 3 years old. Please pray that we will receive this before we leave for Haiti on July 16th so that we will get to meet our little boy, as this was one of the main reasons for Brooke and I going to Haiti this summer.

In Him,
The Coffeys

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Our documentation came back from the Haitian consulate this week so we are now certified. This means that apart from Kazen and I getting multiple copies of passport photos done we have our Dossier complete and can send it to New Life Link Orphanage NOW. We are looking for someone to hand deliver it to Haiti for us so all this time, effort and money does not get lost in the mail. Once this is received we will just be waiting on the referral to see who our little boy is!!!! God has picked our first 2 children so cannot wait to see who He will pick for our 3rd child. So exciting that things are moving right along.

Please continue with the prayer as we are really still just at the beginning of this process. If you feel led to help out financially please either send a check or click on the Paypal link.

In Him,
Kazen & Tina Coffey

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Adoption Update

It has been a while since I have updated so just a quick word to let you know what is going on right now.

Last week we sent our translated documents to the Haitian Consulate in Miami. Once we receive those back our Dossier will be complete and we can have that delivered to Dr. Bernard at New Life Link.

Our church has a group going to Haiti on the 28th so we are praying that our paperwork gets back to us by then so that they can hand deliver it to Dr. Bernard for us.

Thanks for all the support and keep praying!!

The Coffeys'

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

We had our home study on Super Bowl Sunday! It went very well, and we expect our home study paperwork in a couple of weeks! We are also gathering all the information needed to send to Haiti.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

We are APPROVED!!!

After Kazen having to get with his IT guy at work to dig through blocked emails we now have the OFFICIAL OKAY from Dr. Bernard (operates the orphanage in Haiti). We are just at the beginning but it seems like this journey has already been so long. I called the potential Social Worker a few minutes ago and left a message. We are praying that she will call back today and we can get her booked on a flight from Dallas to Houston ASAP. We are hearing whispers that once our Dossier is in Haiti the process may go MUCH faster than we anticipated. This is such a blessing but fills us with some anxiety since this also means that funds will need to come much sooner also. Please pray for our fund raising and donations during this time.

expecting mom

Friday, January 14, 2011

How many of you got that new cell phone you wanted for Christmas? New laptop, GPS, hand held gaming system? What do you do with the old one? Why not recycle it?

Bring us your old cell phones, GPS, iPods/MP3 players, lap tops, digital cameras, ink jet cartridges, and broken gold jewelry to be recycled.

The production of consumer electronics (cell phones, laptops, iPods, etc.) and jewelry (rings, watches, necklaces, etc.) directly and negatively impacts the environment. Every phase in the life cycle of these products, from raw material extraction all the way to their end-of-life management, involves environmental degradation. For example, during the extraction phase, raw materials such as rare metals must be mined from the earth, refined, transported and manufactured into products such as jewelry, cell phones, laptops, and other consumer electronics. Each of these phases uses tremendous amounts of energy. When products such as these reach the end of their useful lives, the best choice is to properly and safely recycle them. That's where you can make a difference.

Kazen Coffey

Monday, January 3, 2011


Well 2011 is upon us and how quickly did it seem to come? Last week we sent our official email to Dr. Bernard expressing our interest in adopting. We are awaiting his confirmation email back with the okay to continue on our journey. During the raffle we raised enough money to get us through the 1st process of all the paperwork through our government and social workers. I have set up my appointment with my doctor to get all the fun blood work done to ensure I do not have HIV, TB or Syphilis!!!

Other exciting news is that I WON a trainer/lifestyle coach for 6 months. Trainer Michelle Carlson was running a competition for people needing to lose a minimum of 100 pounds. I wrote a "My Story" that was selected as one of the finalists. Kazen (my husband) and I went and interviewed with her. She then had a few of the other trainers (because she knew some contestants personally) pick the winner and it was ME!!! I will have to admit that when she and her husband, Alan, came to my house to let me know I was the winner we were on our way out to go eat at Cheddars!!!! GOTCHA, oh well it did not start until 1/3 anyways...hehehe

Today Michelle came to my house at 9 a.m. and I needed to fill out some paperwork and we discussed my week 1 goals: keeping a detailed daily food log, keeping a daily activity log, implement 1-2 positive dietary changes, walk 30-60 minutes daily, drink 1 cup warm water with 1/2 lemon upon waking up, and be sure to eat breakfast every day as it IS the most important meal of the day. Of course I also need to start drinking 3L of water daily.

We will meet together 5 days a week. On Monday and Friday she will come to my house and Tue - Thur I will come to her, wherever that might be on those days!!!

Please keep me in your prayers!!! My #1 goal is to feel better and be healthier for me and my family. Once we get our precious little boy I want to be able to run and play with him and my girls!!!

expecting mother