Friday, June 28, 2013

Dear Emmanuel-

Hello Isaac,
I am Haitian-Canadian living in Montreal, Canada. You have a formidable vocabulary and seem to enjoy words and language as much as I do. The city where I live is quite unique, in my neighbourhood people switch between English and French in the same sentence at times, and many people speak Kreyol and Spanish as well.
My question is this. Can you share a list of your favorite words and what you like about each word? Some words are fun to say, some have unique meanings, some just seem to liven up a sentence. I value you thoughts and reflections.


Also, Emmanuel -  Isaac added this verbally, quoting him here:
"I think it is so intriguing that you are Canadian and Haitian. You are the first Haitian-Canadian I have met. Well, I have not met you yet, but I mean on the Internet.  I like your name because it means "God with us" and it is so interesting that you speak three languages and can blend them. I need to learn Kreyol and French. I don't know very much of either of those beautiful languages. It is exhilerating to know that I have a friend born in Haiti that lives in Canada and speaks three languages." 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dear Sarah O -

Hi Isaac!
I love reading your blog! Could you tell us what you are doing in summer school? Also, what is your favorite book that you have read?

Sarah O.

P.S.  - Oh, no! I forgot the H on the end of your name, Sarah.  I'm sorry! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dear Jen-

What are the top 3 things you're most excited to do/see in Texas?
What are the top 3 things you'll miss about Haiti when you're in Texas?
Out of all of the Harry Potter books, what is your favorite part and why?
Love you buddy,


Dear Jen,
There are three things I am very excited to do and see in Texas.  First, I know you know that I love SeaWorld and I hope my parents are taking me to see the very majestic Shamu.  Second, You know I love people. I cannot wait to see our Texas friends. We have plenty of friends in Waco, and Austin, and College Station, that is why I say we have a plethora of friends. Third, I just enjoy being there. When we get to Amercia there will be a ton of things we can do there, but I will simply enjoy being there and not worrying about what to do next.

When I am in Texas I will miss our dogs. You know Peanut and Hazelnut are really good guard dogs. Peanut will attack anyone that is outside our gate even though she is seven and a half years old. She can be quite lethargic and lazy at her age too. Hazelnut is more exhuberant, whom I will also miss. Secondly, I will miss the stunning beaches of Haiti. I love the beaches here and I always want to go if it is an option.  I will miss hiking too. We will also miss the friends that live in Minnesota, like you and Tina and Matt and our cousins. 

My favorite Harry Potter book was the fourth because there was a lot of entralling adventure in it. The chapters featured enourmous amounts of excitement.

love you Jen.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dear Tricia,

Hey Isaac!
Glad you're back at it this summer.  I understand you really like steak.  Me too!  Would you please explain to me what the difference is between a New York strip steak, a sirloin steak, and ribeye?  Which one is your favourite, and why?

Have a great summer!   


p.s. I'm coming to Haiti in September and maybe I could bring you some STEAK! :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dear Traci,

Hi Isaac! My name is Traci. My family and I live in Indiana (USA) and are in the process of adopting a 3 year old boy from Haiti. He is living at God's Littlest Angels in Petionville right now, but we are excited to have him join our family:) I was wondering if you would have any advice for us as we bring him home and help him get adjusted to our family and his new environment? Also, you mentioned your sister's book. Is this a book she will publish and if so could we get one? I would love to have something like that for Wadson when he arrives here in Indiana? Thank you! Traci G.


Paige's book is available in Haiti at Haitian Creations and The Apparent Project stores.  It will be available on-line at soon.  As soon as it is available I will post something to let everyone know it can be ordered.  It is super bright, wonderful photos of Haiti. (Kreyol ABC book)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dear Slater Family,

Dear Isaac-
We love your answers! Our question for you is if you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?


Lisa, Declan, and Grady


(complement=compliment - tonebris=tenebrous)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dear Sarah in Haiti,

Note from Isaac's Mom:
The way this works ... 
I give him a group of questions printed out for him. He carries them around in his back-pack to and from school. He chooses which one he answers. He crosses them out and finishes one group before I give him a new group. I am not with him when he is writing his replies usually. He gives me the answers as he finishes them and I post them for him.  Today I noticed that he answered Sarah in Cap Haitien with answers that don't totally match her questions. (The adjustment advice is about traffic.)  I don't know if he was reading another question at the same time or if he is just incredilby random. Could be both. 

Hi Isaac,
Our family of 6 moved to Cap Haitien, Haiti two months ago.  In America, my kids loved to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. As you know, we don't have those foods here and they are having a hard time adjusting.  What are your favorite foods to eat here in Haiti?  And since you've lived here for so much longer than they have, what advice do you have for them in getting settled in?

Thanks! Sarah

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dear Caroline, Renee, & Tammy - 3 answers

Dear Isaac,
I used to live in Haiti when I was a kid. Four of my siblings were adopted from there while I lived in Petionville. I have recently been thinking about my favorite things to do there and was wondering if you ever do any of these same things. I used to love to get ice cream at DeliCat. (Is there still such a place and do they serve ice cream?) I used to love to talk to people on the road when we were stuck in traffic. (I miss this in America because, even when we do get stuck in traffic, the people are in their own cars and won't look at you.) I used to also enjoy taking long walks in the mountains. The people would stand on their rooftops and watch us (probably because we were white, also because we nearly fell of the mountain on multiple occasions.)
Do you do any of these things? What DO you like to do?
Thank you!
Caroline Kraft

Issac, I was so happy to meet you a couple of weeks ago at the pool. You probably don't even remember me because you meet so many people but it was a pleassure for me:) I have a question for you-What are your favorite things to do with your WHOLE family when you are ALL together?
We have a big family too and I am always looking for fun things to do that everyone enjoys!
Hope your summer is WONDERFUL! -Renee Moldrup

Yeah Isaac is back! Hey Isaac - what are you most looking forward to about being in America for 5 months? And - what fun things should my 8 year old daughter Lexi and I do in PAP when we stay at your house this summer? –Tammy

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dear Jen T,

Hi Isaac! My name is Jen and I'm from Oregon, and I love reading your blog with my 7 year old son, Carson. I know you haven't been in the US a lot lately (other than the bat bite incident) but this is my question. It has 2 parts: What is something you miss about the states when you are in Haiti, and what is something you miss about Haiti when you are in America? 
Thank you! Jen T

Dear Jen T,
Some things I really miss when I am in the states and when I'm in Haiti is friends. We've got a plethora of friends in the states that I love to see when they come to Haiti or when we go to America. I love to do a lot of stimulating things with our friends when I have the opportunity. Something I miss about Haiti when I'm in America is our dogs. I know the very last time I went to the states for 10 months we only had Peanut our lathargic Mastiff, but now I'm going to start to miss Hazelnut, our hyper Mastiff. There are tons of things I miss when I'm in both places but those 2 I think of a lot whether I'm in Haiti or America. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dear Ruth,


My question was about your trip to the south of Haiti. The only thing I really heard about it was about your bat bite (sorry about that!). I wondered if you recommended a visit to the caves, or if the bats are too scary. I have heard that those caves are very interesting but I dislike bats very much. Also, were there other interesting things you saw on your trip? Thanks, Ruth


Mr. Jimmy wrote about the Senior Trip to the South of Haiti on his blog. You can link to it HERE.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dear Val,

Hi Isaac! Reading back a bit (missed last summer's Ask Isaac), wondering if 5th grade was all you hoped it would be, and what were some of the most interesting things you learned in 5th grade, especially in ancient history and science? (history is one of my favorites) Is there anything special you hope to do over the summer? Hope and pray all is well in your world. Greetings from Los Angeles, California and blessings to you and your family.

(If this is not easy to read, typed in below)

Yes 5th grade was as entertaining as I expected. One of the most exhilarating things about this year is we were able to play with Abigail Faith Burton, our teacher's baby. Some of the most intriguing things I learned took place in these 3 subjects: History, Science, and Math. Now I will name some things I learned in history, math, and science. 

1st History, The seven wonders of the ancient world are the great pyramids, hanging-gardens, temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, the mausoleum, Pharaoh's light house, Coleuses of Rhodes. 

2nd, Science, the classifications of living things are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, order, Family, Genus, Species. 

3rd, math the cubes 1 8 27 64 125 216 343 512 729, 1,000. I really enjoyed your question. Keep em coming (smiley face). 

PS- He forgot the one part of the question and he verbally responded while I typed...

"Yes, Val, I hope to see ALL of our friends and I hope to visit Sea World and I look forward to a ton of stuff and I cannot even name them all. I hope to go tubing on the lakes of Minnesota and fishing and I hope to see my aunt and uncle's lustrous big mutt before he passes away because he is really old. I look forward to seeing Britt and Chris and their energetic dogs when we get to Texas in August. Maybe I hope we can go to a beach while we are there.I also hope to go to anyplace that has steak." 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dear Mrs. Berg,

HI Isaac,
Thank you for answering questions again this summer.
On your recent trip to America after you Bat bite, I would like to know what surprised you the most about the USA What you thought was strange or odd about American culture.
Thank you before

Lorrie Beauchamp Berg


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dear Stephanie,

Q. Dear Isaac,

They say that MK's are often bitten by the "travel bug." I was wondering if that is true of you and if so, what other places in the world you might be interested in visiting and why?

God bless,
Stephanie Garcia
(MK Mom raising MK's in Chile)


Monday, June 10, 2013

Dear Britt ...

If you could bring one animal out of extinction, what would it be and why? In contrast, if you could make one current animal extinct, what would you choose? Why?
Love you & thankful for your thoughts!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dear Mrs. Marla,

Q. Hi, Isaac. I want to know how you're feeling about being the oldest Livesay child at home (once Paige goes to college). And I know it's a long way off (and I don't want your mom and dad to start extra-early grieving), but do you already have plans for when you graduate from high school? Anything you'd be willing to share? Thanks so much! -Marla


Friday, June 7, 2013

Second Summer of ASK ISAAC!!!!

Hi everyone! I am here and ready to answer more questions. I will be glad to take any question, if it is a emotionally difficult or complex question I will probably need to have my Mom and Dad help me. I like questions about the past and questions about the future too. I wrote a lot of answers last summer and you can look through this blog site to read those.

First, what has been going on with me since last summer? Well, I finished 5th grade with my spectacular teachers Mr. Jimmy and Ms. Becky and their amazing baby Abbi. I got bit by a bat on the ear and had to have 5 rabies shots. That was a crazy incident.

The photo in this post is from when Sarah D. and Sarah O. and many other friends came to visit us for Paige's high school graduation day. They are looking at Paige's Kreyol ABC book and we are all enjoying seeing Paige's book with them for the first time.

Ask away!!!!!