Olivia got this Onesie on Monday as a gift from our friend Theresa who is here visiting her husband Ronel. She figured Olivia needed a little bit of Canada here :)
Olivia has been a busy little bee in the last week. Last Monday she cut her first tooth and her second one followed on Thursday. She was such a champ. The same day the first tooth popped up she also figured out how to “scoot” forward on her hands and knees, AND she started babbling things like “ba ba ba ba” and “da da da da”. So fun!
This Monday, because she likes to do things in a big way, she started crawling. She just woke up and decided it was the day. I looked over at her from the kitchen where I was making breakfast and realized she was definitely not in the same place that I had put her down. Since then she’s been having all sorts of adventures. I’m not used to having to look down while I’m cooking dinner…
Chris and I got some great news that we would love prayer about. We were told when we met with the lawyer back in February that we shouldn’t file our adoption paperwork until next summer because of the new adoption laws that were supposed to be going into effect. Well, the laws haven’t gone into effect and Haiti’s government is going to see a turn over with the new Prime Minister, so who knows if they’ll ever go into effect. Adoptions are still being processed and exceptions are still being made.
Yesterday Junior, who works with the McHouls and does most of the adoption paper pushing and leg work, told Chris that he wanted our dossier because he wants to file our papers! Yay! We need to go to the Embassy to get a letter from Canada and the province of BC, as well as finger prints done. These things might take a couple of months to process and return. We have our appointment on Monday morning, then it’s out of our hands and we just have to wait until the documents come back. Once we have those two things we can go ahead. We didn’t do them earlier because they can expire and we weren’t going to be able to file for almost a year.
Please pray that things will move as quickly as possible so we can get our file in there. I’m still telling myself it’ll be a long process, so if it happens sooner it’ll be a blessing. The biggest thing about starting earlier for us is that we might finish earlier and that means we might get to travel home with Olivia a lot sooner than we’ve been thinking we could.