Another weekend come and gone! It was sort of busy, but not in a we’re exhausted sort of way. On Thursday we did a day in Port and got all of our stuff taken care of in good time, then headed to Dennis and Nancy’s to be there for a party they were having that night. The party was fun. We met a lot of people. It’s funny when you get certain circles of people together in the same place. Dennis and Nancy work with the US Embassy and USAID so naturally they know people in those circles. We work in development. The nutshell is that cards get passed and we make connections and people want filters. It’s actually encouraging, if anything. That and we start to feel like a broken record at the end of the day, but in a good way. I met a couple Canadians which was nice. One of them works at the Canadian Embassy and seems to know the Canadian that we need to talk to about adoption stuff. I think I’ll be taping that resource later. Not that the info we got wasn’t helpful, but when someone says, “The process is really long to get citizenship” and you say, “Yes, but the law just changed to make it simpler” and they don’t believe you, you know you need to keep your options open. In any embassy there are foreigners there working for their home government, and nationals that have positions like assistants and paper pushers, but don’t always know that much about actual policy or law. Just the way it is.
Friday, because we had taken care of all of our errands the day before, we spent the morning driving around Port looking at vehicles. The mission is looking for a passenger vehicle. I mean, a vehicle that holds more than three people inside.Until now we’ve just had/needed work vehicles, but things are changing. We’re getting more visitors and our family is growing. I can’t exactly ride in the box of a truck with a car seat. And, when the rain stops here, the dust gets bad. You come home covered from head to toe and just feel grubby. Chris also has bad allergies and asthma so he’s usually feeling pretty bad for a day or so. Sooo, with all those factors, we talked to the board and we have to go ahead to start looking for something. This might seem like a normal process, but for us it’s weird and hard. See, neither Chris nor I have ever owned a newer vehicle. And, we’ve always been focused on work vehicles here, so spending mission money to buy a passenger vehicle is something we still need to wrap our heads around. It’s all weird and strange territory for us. We’re getting there though and have some feelers out for a good used one and are hoping that something comes up soon.
Today is packing day! We’re leaving early tomorrow morning. I need to make some lists and get some things done. I’m looking forward to the holiday, especially because it’s Christmas. I’m still not at the holidays in the tropics point. Maybe one day, but not any day soon.
On our way to the airport we’ll be dropping off our dossier to be translated while we’re gone. Then that’s all taken care of. John just told Chris that there’s a 5 month baby girl at their gate and asked if we wanted to take her. We said no and I feel slightly jerky saying that but the reality is that we know we want as close to new born as possible just because we feel it would be the best fit for us. And now I feel like I have to justify that thought! So crazy.
Okay, time to get busy and get packed and be ready to leave the country. This time we won’t be forgetting our passports or Permis des Sejours or anything like that!
Have a great week. The blog might be quiet for a few days as we travel and spend time with family.