Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Pretty Significant Development. Maybe.

Hello friends,

We want to thank all of you who have been praying for us in this adoption journey.  We appreciate your love, support and prayers more than you could know.

For the last few months we have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions.  Never sure what is happening or when, if anything is going to happen or not.  It's tried our patience, tested us in many ways, and also taught us a lot.

Today is not different in that way.


Yesterday Derek and I met with our agency.  Our paperwork has come in!  This is the Child Proposal document (the one we were waiting for).  This is great news, and so, after reviewing the Proposal and signing a bunch of paperwork with our practitioner here, we went to Toronto and signed the official documents for the First Order for Court.  These documents, if all goes well, will go to Guyana today and get brought to a court there.  If that goes well, and gets passed through quickly we will have a court date of JUNE 26 and 27!!!  This also all hinges on one final stamp of approval from the Government of Ontario which we may or may not get this coming week.
Because we are required to be in the country at least 2 weeks ahead of time, we would be flying out next Friday, June 7.

That is 10 days from now!

Of course nothing can be booked yet because nothing is for sure, but this is a very high probability.   
I probably don't have to tell you that we are feeling a bit overwhelmed at this whole prospect.  We weren't expecting a June court date.  I am definitely not complaining because this gives us a month with our son that we were not counting on!  So amazing!  But there are so many things to do in the next 10 days, it's very daunting.
Because the kiddos are coming with us, it is a lot more involved than when just Derek and I went.  But a lot of the paperwork/vaccinations etc have already been taken care of, so it's mostly just packing.

And we still haven't sold our rental house.   But thankfully we have a huge line of credit!

And,  God is faithful!  We are trusting in His plan and if selling our rental is not part of that, than I'm sure He will work it out!

Anyway, we were excited to share our 'maybe' news......we will keep you posted when we have more.

Also, we are planning to host a bonfire on Tuesday June 4th at our home.  Anyone who wants to stop in and say goodbye and have a visit before we leave is welcome!  Please bring a small item to donate to the Red Cross Home where Keem lives.  We'd love to go there with a suitcase full of medication, hygiene items, and baby care products.  Please no toys, diapers, wipes or bulky items, as they take up too much space.  Things like baby tylenol, advil, motrin, diaper rash cream, antibacterial lotion, nutritional supplements, vitamins, etc. are ideal.
If you need directions or an address please message me via facebook and I'll give that info to you.
Hope to see many of you there! 


noelle said...

This is sooooo exciting Valerie and Derek!! Praying that all the final paperwork comes through for you and you get to leave next Friday!!

Bethany said...

So exciting! Praying for you guys. Hope to come on June 4th to see you!!

Lynn's Place said...

May God be with you all... on your return we are looking forward to meeting with the famous Keen...JUST REMEMBER TO BREATH AND OF COURSE PRAY, PRAY, PRAY,....LYNN B <((><

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! So good to read another adoption from Guyana is close to closing. I found your blog a couple weeks ago and it is great. Sate travels for you all! Be sure to take the kids to see the manatees in the pond at the Botanical Gardens. The cathedral is amazing inside and out!