Yesterdays news is slowly sinking in here. This morning Chris and I were sitting at our desk checking email and catching up on the world and talking about our day. We got a call last night from our police officer friend telling Chris to not go into Port today because there were manifestations planned. As we moved from that to talking about the adoption I just looked at Chris and said, “You do understand what this means, right? I mean, do you really get it?”
“Yes,” was his response. Simple. But, it said a lot.
You see, the news we got yesterday was big. But because we’ve gotten so used to this journey called adoption and this life we live here in a country where nothing ever seems to be the end point and things always seem to go in a way that isn’t the one you had hoped for it hadn’t really sunk in.
Yesterday we found out that Olivia is legally our daughter. She, is our daughter.
She has been our daughter since the day we met her. She has been our daughter since the day we committed to walk this adoption journey and brought her home. But now, she is legally ours. That’s what yesterdays phone call meant. And it’s only now sinking in.
We’ve spent so much time waiting to make small bits of progress that I feel like we almost missed it. I feel like we’ve gotten so much in the head space of saying, “Okay, what’s next?” and moving to the next stage that we almost forgot to process what happened yesterday. In reality, the rest of it is documentation so we can travel. Really, that’s what it is. It may take time, but that’s what it is. We have to get her birth certificate pulled from Archives so they can make her Haitian passport. We need her Haitian passport so the Canadian Embassy can grant a visa and finish her citizenship.
The bottom line is that we have adopted Olivia. The rest still needs to be done, but the big stuff is finished. There is an Adoption Decree that says we are her parents. And, our biggest fear has been put to rest. No one, no one, can take her away from us.
She is our daughter in every sense of the word.