Well, the heading is slightly deceiving…he’s still not home 😉 But, we are excited to announce that we received our Adoption Decree from Haitian Court today!! So – without further adieu, we would like to introduce you to the newest, youngest member of the McGreevey family – Wesley Wadnelson McGreevey
He is a 6 1/2 year old sweet spirit with a smoky voice that melts your heart (especially when he says “I love you”), he loves Legos, Transformers, sports, Avengers, coloring, puzzles, American snack-food, doughnuts, and his favorite food is spaghetti. He loves to play outside, be with friends, read books and practice his English and French ABCs and can count (at least to 50) in English and French as well! He loves making drum rhythms and playing with hot wheels, airplanes, helicopters and motorcycles. He loves his Mommy, Daddy, and siblings and is a little nervous (but excited) about having dogs, Ollie and Bella. His favorite part of his new house (he thinks) is his new big bed! He also is very excited to go to school because he loves learning! He can read and write (his cursive is better than most adults) in French, and therefore can read many English words even though he doesn’t understand what they all mean yet. Laughter comes easily and a smile is always only about a millisecond away.
For those curious about his name, “Wadnelson” is his Haitian name, which we will keep as his middle name and “Wesley” is the American name we have added for ease into transition with school, friends, etc. As he gets older, he may eventually decide to use his Haitian name as his first name and that will be just fine! We love both of these names and want him to keep as much of his culture and heritage as possible! If anyone ever comes across any Haitian culture or heritage activities, programs, events, etc. near or around the Portland/Vancouver area please let us know!
It’s been a month since we’ve seen him in person and we are missing him terribly, but are hoping to be able to visit in the next month or two. With timelines almost non-existent in Haiti, there is no way for us to accurately guess what this means as far as a timeline home, but we are optimistically hoping and praying for a late-spring homecoming! If the rest of the process moves swiftly it could be sooner! (on the flip-side, if any leg of the process slows down, it could be longer…)
So what exactly is the next “step” here? Our file will go into what is called “MOI” where it will be analyzed with a fine-toothed comb, to find any discrepancies, errors, missing documents, etc. We would appreciate prayers that there would be NO errors, and that this review process would be efficient and speedy! This detail-sifting process can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3+ months to complete. When it is finished, we will have approval to obtain his passport, which then will usher us into Visa approval and home! From passports on, there are still some potential wait times, but we are praying for expedited timelines from here to the end!
Today was also our middle child’s 13th birthday – so she got the best gift in the world – a new little sibling! 🙂
Heading to bed as it’s been a long day, and we have a busy weekend ahead!
Laura & family