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.