This post is long overdue, but this May/June, we were visited by Jendrik Leviticus and Eddie James from the Marshall Islands. Jendrik is Maritha’s grandfather, and Eddie is her biological father, and they came for 16 days to attend her high school graduation (and all of the related activities – holy cow!).
Jendrik and his wife Mwesap raised Maritha until she came to live with us when she was 9 years old. In that time, she has seen him once. In 2007, we returned there for a visit