Wow, what a ride!

The events of the last 24 hours seem surreal to me. First, Peter and Sara got here with their boys. It was so good to see them pull in the yard and unload their mountain of luggage. We are SO grateful to everyone who made it possible to get them here. THANK YOU! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

Yesterday afternoon Olivia went down to play with the boys while they unpacked a bit and Chris and I went to read. No sooner did we get settled and my phone rang. Anonymous number. Expected a wrong number, but no, it was the Canadian Embassy.

People, we got THE call!

We just got back from a quick trip in to Port to go to the Embassy so they could take her picture for her visa. Her and I are scheduled to fly out on Wednesday.

We want to thank you for all of your prayers for our family, for the mission and for our adoption. We have received so many comments and emails full of encouragement and people just reaffirming what we had been feeling, that things were CLOSE. It was incredibly frustrating not knowing what was going on, but we now see that something was happening.

We still need your prayers. We have SO many questions about the process and how it’s going to affect our family and our life her in Haiti, and unfortunately the woman that could have answered those was not working today. It was her first day off in 20 days so we’re okay with that. We’re most concerned with knowing that Olivia’s adoption is in fact finalized, we’re worried the citizenship process might take a long time. Please pray over those specifics. We are supposed to be getting a call from the woman we need to talk to tomorrow, but it’s hard to sit in that place of worry and uncertainty. Basically, we don’t know how long it’s going to take to finish things up. It could take a couple of months or it might take another year. We got stuck in a road construction stop so it gave us time to talk through some things. Chris is worried that a prolonged absence for me will affect things at the mission. I can do most of my work from wherever I am because it’s all on my computer. What I can’t do I will hand off to Sara (see, there’s that timing thing!). We’re also concerned about how a long term separation might affect our family, but we came to the conclusion that Chris and I can both travel freely, Olivia cannot until her docs are done. The most important thing right now is getting her out of the country so we can start that process. If we were to stay here her adoption might not be completed for many more years. Chris can come visit us and still take normal holidays. I can fly to Haiti for a couple weeks at a time if needed and leave Olivia with my parents and their army of friends that would fight over baby sitting her if needed. We just need to get Olivia out. We are praying that it will be a shorter time at home and that we’ll be able to move on with life, but if it’s not we will degaje – work it out. God has it all figured out we just need to keep moving forward.

So, that’s our news. Sorry for not sharing yesterday, we just needed to sit in it for a bit and absorb it, process it and then go today to feel the reality of it.

Oh yeah – just to make things extra special Olivia threw up, twice, on the way to the Embassy. And since she’s become so low maintenance I only packed her diaper wallet and sippy cup. No extra  clothes. And she puked all over her car seat. And we had nothing to clean it up with. The car seat rode in the back of the truck on the way home and Olivia walked around the Embassy in a diaper and pink hoodie that I grabbed just in case she got cold from the A/C. Nice. That’s how we like to roll.

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

21 thoughts on “Wow, what a ride!

  1. Yay!!!!!! I’m so excited for you! Congratulations! I hadn’t realized the process in Canada might take more than a few weeks, but hopefully things will go smoothly once you’re here. I would also really really like to see you guys – maybe meet up in Vancouver at some point? Or if you’re here for an extended period, you could visit the Island?
    All my love,
    Abby

    • I. We. Would love to see you :) Liz said the same thing and would like to meet up there if we can. We’ll talk and plan. When Chris is able to come home this summer for our extended holiday we’re going to go to a lot of places. The Island was on the list :)
      Hugs!

  2. Was so (almost) tempted to get up and dance down the aisle in church this morning when your mom told me about the miracle taking place. In fact, tears nearly overflowed at such wonderful news.

    God is good. Yes, He is. And He can/will see your family through the remaining hurdles. Nothing is impossible with God.

    Oh! I’m so excited at the amazing prospect of seeing you again and meeting Olivia.

  3. YIPPEE!!!!! Oh I am SO HAPPY for you guys! God’s timing is so amazing!! We will continue to pray for all the rest of the process and that Olivia can soon travel as freely as her parents can! With her own Canadian passport!

    And glad to know that Peter & Sara made it in safely!

    What a great God we serve!!

  4. I am filled with joy for you and your family Les. If you need any help with upgrades for skype let us know. So happy for you. I bet Grandma is out finding warm snuggly things for Olivia. Be sure to get a photo of her in her first snow fall!

    blessings and prayers for your trip.

    Love Barb

  5. WOW! That is awsome news! God is so wonderful! I hope all keeps going well for you and that you have a good trip to canada and that olivia adjusts well.

  6. Congratulations! We are all so excited for you!
    Have to let you know that last night at bedtime prayers Sam’s Prayer went something like this: “Dear Jesus, Thank you for our friends and thank you for Olivia in Haiti and please help her friends to get their houses back up because we are super heros. And Dear Jesus, Amen.”
    Perhaps if you are in Canada we will have a chance to meet you face to face… our kids would LOVE a play date with Olivia!

  7. WOW! That is amazing news! We would love to see you and meet Olivia! Mike Balcaen and his wife live in Armstrong really close to where your parents are (if they are still there), we were just there yesterday and we’d love to re-connect again! Praying that you and Chris won’t have to be apart for too long!

  8. We are missionaries to Chile, adopted our kids from Haiti. I empathize with the complications of working between different nations and am so very happy to read how the Lord is working out the details for you.

  9. This is such exciting news!Your Mom called me on Sat. with the wonderful news.It is what so many people have been praying for.I can hardly wait to see you and meet your precious little girl.Melissa would like to see you too. We will continue to pray that you get here safely and that things go quickly so that the three of you don’t have to be separated for long. I definitely can be on that babysitting list! See you soon! With love and prayers.

  10. It has been amazing how much we have felt the need to pray for you guys with this adoption process – its cool because now you can see that God’s hand was at work. Awesome! We are very excited for you guys as you look towards your next steps and will be praying for all three of you for the continued journey.

    The Steins

  11. As I read your post, the song “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin was on…His sweet timing!…and now “That’s What Faith can Do” (KWPZ 106.5 in Lynden, you can listen to it via the web)…anyway, keep practicing the Presence of God through prayer…The power He releases as we partner with Him (I Cor 3:9) in prayer is indescribable and immeasurably more than we can imagine…

    So EXCITED!!! for your family…Love His timing…with the eyes of your hearts open, you get to see this daily, if not several or more times a day, in big (like people showing up “just then”) and little ways (timing of a song on the radio;)-)….

    Love little Sam’s prayer about because we are super heros…we ARE, because we are filled with His Holy Spirit…and can do anything when we are in Him and He is in us…

    lifting you up, with His help…

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