Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Well it was all going as planed... Imagine received our dossier in the mail Monday before Christmas, Dec 22, 2008. Their office closes for the holdiays on Dec 23 till Jan 5th, 2009. I know that are dossier was witht them, however it would only be processed the week of Jan 5th. Yesterday Dec 23, to my surprise, Elaine from Imagine emails me at work to give me a heads up that we would need our wedding certificate translated in english. She said she rather let me know now than wait till the week of Jan 5th and we would have to wait longer for the process. I almost lost it. This is not a big deal or bad news... its just another paper to be processed and sent to them. I took the phone book and started calling translators in Moncton area and no one could do it from french to english. I decided to let it go and that a micacle could happend on Christmas Eve!!!!! Came home that evening, called my Monique to come over. I prepared a few seafood lasagnias and a cake. We talked all night with Renée and laught all night long. I had seemed to forget about my little stress.
I woke up on Christmas Eve and went to work. That at 8 am, I went upstairs to see Martine Cantin, one of ACOA's translators. I asked her if she could help me find someone in Moncton that could translate our wedding certificate. She went on CTINB site (Corporation of Translators, Terminologiests, and Interpreters of NB) and gave me a few print-outs of certified translators. I picked up the phone and called the first one, no answer. Called second contact and she answered. I explained to her what we needed and she just asked me how soon do you need it. I asked if I could possibly have it by by the next working day, Dec 29. I took my car and drove to her place to bring her our document. While driving, it started snowing. I guess you could call this the magic of Christams. I didn't want any delays on our part for the adoption process and now that we have found a certified translator, I should be able to have it courrier to Imagine for the week of January 5th and have everything still on schedual.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Slept in a hotel sper of the moment without my luggage, sheets...
Even had to ask front desk for tootbrush.
Relaxed a whole day on a Saturday. Did nothing, just sat in my bed and watch TV. Something I was never able to do.
Started to bake cakes
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here is a picture of us on our wedding day, June 26, 2004
After my friends seen this picture, they commented that it would be best for our daughter to get here fast for the dogs to keep their sanity LOL!
This is a picture of our family. My husband and my 2 step daughters, Nicole and Renee.
Picture of beach in winter
December 3 2008 - Met with Genevieve to gatter up all documents for Dossier
December 5 2008 - Met with Lawyer to have documents notarize
December 8 2008 - Picked up documents from lawer and completed dossier with Genevieve.
December 10 2008 - Dossier is in Frederiction (received our copy priority mail today)
December 19 2008 - Dossier arrived at Imagine Adoption
January 30 2009 - Dossier left for Ottawa
February 16 2009 - Dossier has reached Ghana
XXXXXXXX XX 2009 - Received Referral
Monday, December 8, 2008
Dec 4, 2008 - I met with Genevieve to go over our dossier and see what was missing. We neeeded to get 6 passport pictures, write a letter to the Dept. of Social Welfare in Ghana on why we chose this country and have our homestudy and few other documents notarize. That afternoon, I called lawyer that had noatrized our othe documents few months ago and come to find out she went to work in NS. I imediatly called Michel Leger our regular lawyer to see if he could sign the documents. Friday morning I was in his office with all the documents he had to notarize. He said he would have them ready by the end of the day. End of the day came by and papers were not ready. He said he would bring them home over the weekend to review and would give us a call Monday. At that point, I had already made an appointment wiht Genevieve for Monday, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:30pm.
Dec 7, 2008 - Over the weekend, Victor and I went at Costco to get our passport pictures taken for our visa and dossier.
Dec 8, 2008 - Monday morning, still waiting for Michel Leger to call for me to pick up the documents. Got Victor to go check and his assistant said he was in Moncton and had to wait till he was back. In the mean time, I went to Caisse Populaire in Moncton to have both certified cheques ready. $5,500 US funds and $4725 Canadian funds. I then picked up a priority envelop at post office, $25. At 2 pm, Victor called that he was on his way to my work to bring me the documents from Michel's office. I was kinda anxcious that they would not be ready but they were at the end. At 3:15 I walked over the other side of the parking lot to meet Genevieve. I gave her all the documents, cheques and pictures. All done. she said that now we just wait. At the same time she suggested that we start the Immigration process. There is 2 ways to fill four immigration now so I will read up on it and call Imagine Adoption to see what they think.
Tonight, Nicole and Amanda came to help out Renee and I to decorate the XMAS tree. Nicole did a fantastic job. The tree is perfect. I was kinda thinking that maybe next year at this time, we'll be able to celebrate with a new member of the family.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Other than that, Victor is progressing on the baby room/my walking closet. It’s not moving as fast as I would like, once again. Reason being, Victor is always working. He basically has Sunday to work on this project. My concern is that once we get the appointment for the homestudy, we’ll have to put a rush on the job!!!
I have the ticker on my facebook and I looked at it this morning. It says: 2 months, 1 week, 1 day since we started the adoption process/planning. It seems like a life time ago. Sitting down right now on the sofa with my laptop, sitting between my 2 lovely boxers, Sam & Zoé I just realized that I have to enjoy every moment of the planning phase as much as when she will be home with us. Once she’s home, I’ll be able to look back and cherish all these moments. I might laugh and think that I was going insane and getting all stressed out for nothing. I guess it’s my nature to try and make everything perfect before it happens.
As I’m writing, I’m always referencing our baby girl as, She, Her, our daughter, our baby girl… Since I’m waiting for others to finish their part, it might be a good time for me to start thinking of a name for our girl. I might have a few names for next blog…
Friday, August 29, 2008
This week I send Genevieve our financial report and Victor’s medical report and test results. The only thing missing was his divorce certificate and when I got home from work tonight it was in the mail. So Tuesday morning I will be walking over to the Assumption building and dropping off the certificate to Genevieve and that will be it for our part for the documents she wanted. We still have some from Imagine Adoption, but that will be later. Genevieve said that once she has all our documents, we only have to wait for our reference letters to get back to her and then the home study will begin.
Funny thing happened today at lunch. Victor got a fortune cookie that said “Something special will happen at home soon.”
Monday, August 25, 2008
Victor called me to let me know he went to pick up the window for the baby room. I guess the room is in progress. Yoopi! When I got home from work, to my surprise I had 2 packages in the mail from Imagine Adoption. Like every time that I come home from work, I got the dogs out and played with them for a few minutes. I then opened the packages and found a book on Ghana. This is great! I’ll be able to read tonight and learn about my child’s birth Country. I can’t wait. In the other package, we got a welcome letter and the next documents we have to prepare for the adoption, Immigration, visa…
I guess this means that we are progressing through this journey and we are getting closer and closer every day J
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
August 11, 2008, we got our results in the mail. I guess we are clear.
I called Shediac Medical Clinique to see if they could take us and they did not say they were not able to fill out medical forms, however they doctor’s didn’t want to do them for adoption. I flipped on the phone with the poor receptionist. I know it’s not her fault but I guess she had to take my crap. One of our problems, is that Victor doesn’t have a family doctor and who would we get to fill out our medical forms. He doesn’t have a doctor and my doctor can’t do mine. What a mess!!! I called practically all the doctors I could find in the phone book and no one would accept new patients. I really got discourage and didn’t think we would be able to find someone to fill out our medical forms. I thought to myself that If this is the worst thing that could happened, it wasn’t the end of the word and I would find a way to overcome this obstacle. A f
After a few days, I was talking to Margo and she said that she could ask Serge if he could do them for us. We went with that idea for awhile until I realized that we might have to get more test done and more forms before it was all done. I then called my doctor’s office and demanded that she sees me. I said that it was an emergency and she had to schedule me. I could tell she was not impressed but booked me for the next morning. Now how’s that! Not able to schedule an appointment before October and I got in the next day. This to me means that If you believe in something and you want it bad, don’t give up. Do what it takes to make it happen!!!
The next day (August 7, 2008) I went to get my forms filled out by my doctor. When I was done, I had a brilliant idea to go see every receptionist and see if they would take a new patient. After being refused several time I seen a new door to the left of the building that I had not seen before. I seen a bunch on new names that I had not seen before. Got to the first one and said the usual Sorry , Dr. ??? doesn’t take new patients. I got to the next one and this sweet girl, was smiling and seemed like she actually wanted to help me. I explained to her why we needed a doctor for my husband. You could tell that she didn’t want to say no but unfortunatly Dr. O. Was not talking new patients at the moment, however in October she was probably going to start again. She asked me to sit down and she would ask the Dr if she would at least sign the medical forms to help us with the adoption process. A few minutes went by and she came back with a smile and said Dr. O. would do his medical. I was so relieved!!! When we were setting up the appointment for the following day, Dr. O. came by and we taked. She was really happy to hear that we were adoptin from Ghana. This Dr is an African Women. She was going on and on, about the adoption and how exciting this was going to be. I asked her politely if she was take my husband as a patient. She just smiled and ask me why I was making my husband decisions. We just laught and she took out an application form and told me that she would see him tomorrow. This was the best news ever. We just couldn’t find a doctor for Victor and now we have an African Dr that will be able to help us care for our baby girl when we bring her home. I already feel that this is all going to work out. I guess there was a reason why Victor didn’t have a Dr. and I couldn’t find one until today. When Victor met with her the next day, she asked if she could be our child’s doctor.
Like I said, there will be good and bad experiences . For some reason, I didn’t get a warm fussy felling going there. It was like being at a service counter and asking for some directions and you don’t understand a word they are saying. This actually happens to me quite often as I don’t have any sense of directions LOL! Anyways, back to my point, I felt that I had to make a decision based on no information and no way of getting any information. When I left, I had given her a few Countries that were of interest for us. The next day, she called me back with some answers. They weren’t answers that I wanted to hear, however it made me realize that if we were going to go through this process it’s certainly
not based on the information that is provided by the province.
This is the feedback from the places we asked for:
Ghana – Have to live in the country for 6 months
St. Vincent – Not up to Canadian Law
Dominica – No specifications and no agency (orphanage)available
Thailand – Long process
China – Not open
Philippines – Double the paper work and no time frame
South Korea – 4 years
Guyna – Have to live in the country for 1 year
Jamaica – Cannot bring child back
Cambodia – Closed
Haiti – On hold and long process
After talking to Isabelle and André, we knew we wanted to adopt, however we didn’t feel right about Ethiopia. It seemed like a nice program, well established, however it wasn’t right for us. I wasn’t sure why we weren’t connecting until I did more research on Ghana. Isabelle told me all about the agency they adopted from. The agency is called Imagine Adoption, located in Cambridge, Ontario. We went through their site and did some researched on Google ( my truly best friend). We immediately connected with Ghana. Reason… they are located on the North West Coast of Africa on the Atlantic ocean. The ocean, beach, made our connection to the place. My husband and I are what you call typical beach bums. We rarely leave our house during the summer because we live right on the beach. If we go on vacation and there is no ocean, lake, river… we feel lost. After looking at the map and seeing were Ethiopia was, I don’t think we could of lasted a week or 2 there. I already feel more comfortable to go to Africa, now that I know that we’ll be able to see the ocean. Basically we’ll see the other end of our beach :)
Picture of sunset from our balcony
… 2 days later… We were knocking on their door step. To our surprise they had the movie camera all setup with the video clips and pictures they took while in Ethiopia. We spend a few hours with them, talking, laughing and crying. When I saw the video when they first met their daughter and when they arrived at the airport in Moncton, I felt this weird feeling that just made me cry. I was feeling so emotional. At that moment I knew that one day, it would be us walking through those doors.
When I first told my dad that we were going to adopt, I told him not to get too excited in case something happened that it would not work out. He couldn’t not understand what I meant with “if it doesn’t work out’. He told me that we would make it work. Until that moment, watching the video, I didn’t’ felt 100% that we would go through this journey, but that changed my mind. Like my dad said, I’ll make this adoption happen.
That afternoon, we were celebrating my dad’s 70th Birthday. We announced the news to all the Landry family. Let me tell you, it was quite the emotional thing. I just couldn’t believe that we would get this great support from everyone. I used to live my life always worrying what others would say if… and I always thought that if we ever went with this adoption journey, people would say we’re not thinking strait… But this has been the most wonderful experience so fare announcing the news. We have family on all sides that loves us and supports us. This is truly the best feeling!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here is a picture of who I call my family. For all of you who don't know my family, starting at the left, we have Sam (dog), Renée (my step daughter), Nicole ( my step dauther), Victor ( my husband and Nicole and Renée's dad), Amanda (Nicole and Renée's sister) and Ricky ( Amanda's dad and Nicole and Renée's step dad).
After all these years of talking about adopting a little girl, we finally made the decision to go ahead with our dream. After my cousin's wedding (Lisanne&Gerlad), I just coudn't keep this out of my mind. We talked about it and finaly, on June 30th, we went to see the girls (Nicole and Renée) to give them the news. We will soon have a new addition to our family.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I felt such a relieve when I dropped off the Retainer Agreement. I just wanted to scream out loud and reach the sky!
When all of this is happening, we are in the process of buying our new dream spot. Next door to our home. I know this sounds silly but we will be building our dream home next door to our current house. This is all exciting because we’ll have a new home for our new baby girl.
On Monday, August 17, 2008, I got an email from Imagine Adoption that they received our cheque and Retainer Agreement. We are now officially on board with them. She said they will be sending us a 2nd package with more details and forms to fill out
Thursday, July 10, 2008
With the help of my friend, Google, I searched for airports in Ghana. To my surprise there is only one airport in the whole Country that has a paved landing strip. It’s Ghana’s capital “Accra”. I sort of got scared. I just cannot imagine Victor and I arriving in a foreign Country on a graveled airstrip. Victor would just not make it. I immediately called Aeroplan to see how far I can get… to my surprise, I already have enough for one ticket.
I tell ya, shopping will get you places LOL! The more you spend, the more you accumulate miles…
Our areroplan miles will get us exactly where we need to go and even better, it’s the airport with the paved strip. Hahaha!
130,000 miles needed
Frankfurt, Germany – Accra, Ghana
Moncton – Montreal
Montreal – Frankfurt, Germany
I also did some searched on Trip Advisor to find a hotel in Accra.
Here are a few hotels that I found:
Labadi Beach Hotel ( rich and nice looking hotel)
Afia African Village
Akwaaba Guest House Beach Resort ( Very nice and cosy)
After reading lots from trip advisor, I was going with the Akwaaba Guest House. It was really a nice, quiet place. I think we could experience the true culture of Ghana and eat some home cook meals, however I read on the site that all the beds are equipped with mosquito nets. I’m not too sure anymore if I could go with that. We’ll see. We have a long journey ahead of us.
Labadi Beach Hotel
Akwaaba Guest House Beach Resort