We had high hopes of leaving Haiti tonight, but no amount of begging and tears convinced the Embassy to give us the visa today instead of tomorrow. (They typically say next business day, but our consulate buddy had said at one point that she could get it for us in one day). So, we'll get it tomorrow at 230 and then be on the 455 flight to Miami. If all goes well, we will be in St Paul by Wed afternoon.
It was a little sad that this moment that we've been waiting for was hampered by the disappointment of it being tomorrow instead of today, but after having some pancakes at the hotel, we're reminding ourselves that this is it! Tomorrow we'll have the visa and that's the final step!
Maya has been a trooper and gets more hilarious each day. Last night she was wearing Sean's t-shirt and baseball hat, giggling at herself in the mirror. While she was sleeping the other night she said, "you're welcome!" in her sleep (one of her favorite English phrases).
Although this has been a long, frustrating, and mosquito and sweat ridden experience, we can't help but see how blessed we have been. At every moment there's been a handful of people here in Haiti who are watching out for us, taking us to the store, ordering pizza for us (a special treat!), taking us to church, leaving us with their extra snacks and toiletries, and just letting us know that we're supported. We are so grateful for how well she's handling everything and that she has transitioned SO well.
When we went to church last week, we understood very little, but at one point I could recognize that they were all reading from the Bible together. I asked our friend who had an English Bible with him if I could read along with him and when he handed the Bible to me the verse they were on was from Psalm 113 and was something close to "the Lord blesses the childless woman by bringing children to her home". Yes He does!
Speaking of children, I should help poor Sean who is sitting in the restaurant, trying to get Maya to put her pants back on after a trip to the bathroom. :)
See you soon!
The Baby Breininger Blog
Welcome friends! In 2007 we started this blog to share the status of our adoption process. After an excrutiatingly long wait, we travelled to Haiti in June 2009 and brought our girl home on July 15. Now this blog is a place for us to share pictures and videos, give updates and brag about how wonderful she is. Enjoy!