What It All Means

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.

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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.

19 thoughts on “What It All Means

  1. Congratulations to all of you on this HUGE milestone in your lives. I know you are looking forward to taking Olivia back home with you and introducing her to your friends and family who have not met her. There have been so many boulders in your journey to this place it’s understandable it took a while to sink in or to trust that it is real! Someday she will read this blog, maybe, and know just how much you love her to go through so much to call her your own, though I suspect she already knows that!

  2. Congratulations. Congratulations. Congratulations. As the parent of an internationally adopted daughter (Vietnam) I know how maddening the delays of a non-functioning, corrupt government are. Praise God it’s official.
    Terri Urban

  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! We are SO excited for you and Olivia and anticipate the day that you’ll all be boarding a plane to “come to N.America”! We’ll continue to pray to that end. HUGS to you all!
    Love Mom & Dad Lockhart

  4. Yay!! It is a HUGE step and such an awesome one! I think it is great that now you have a piece of paper to prove what you’ve known in your hearts for years now…Olivia is your daughter & you are her parents!!

    Praying with you that the documentation will happen quickly and that you guys will be able to travel together as a family THIS SUMMER!

    many blessings….

    Ronel & Theresa

  5. If that is not cause for a celebration, I don’t know what is. This is an amazing journey you stuck with and did not go about pushing it through the way so many would choose to.
    I am quite certain that you fall asleep with a smile on your face. Thankful!!!!
    Lori

  6. This is fabulous news guys! I am so happy for you all. Will be praying that the passport stuff goes through quickly now. Isn’t God awesome?

  7. Overjoyed!!!! So happy that this chapter is finally coming to a close, and your family can feel safe and secure in knowing that she is YOURS! I’m going to dance a happy dance for you guys the day we read that you have tickets booked to Canada! What a wonderful day that will be! I have a feeling it’s just around the corner!

  8. Congratulations!I am sooo happy for all of you! I look forward to the day when I will meet your precious Olivia! There are alot of people rejoicing with you!

  9. PTL!!! Tears started almost immediately when I read your post that you have finally achieved the victory in this hard fought battle…I see these battles/struggles going on in so many different ways, and we so have to pray in the victory…that is the only way victory is gained in the natural and the supernatural…God is good, and He wants us to claim the victory He has already given to us through the death and resurrection of His precious Son, our Beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ, the Messiah/Anointed One!!! Wonderful blessings to your family this summer as your travel plans become reality…

  10. That is such great news!!! Happy happy happy….what a great feeling! I’m so happy for the three of you. I hope the next steps go quickly and then you can go where you want, whenever you want. That’s a great feeling!

  11. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Congratulations! Thank you for your post- and letting us read about this process. (We just finalized our adoption two weeks ago – and it has been helpful to read your blogs!)

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