After an eventful and somewhat tumultuous day trip to and from Haiti, I'm happy to announce my boys are on the good ol' US of A's terra firma.
And as the Mister put it in his proud New Daddy "It's a Boy!" way: "We got ourselves a spunky one!" It's so cute to hear the love, pride and adoration in his voice.
For the record, to all of you husbands out there, calling your wife immediately upon re-entry into the US and stating "Your husband was in a car accident in Haiti" is not the best way to begin a conversation.
Her heart may blip and her blood pressure may spike and she may feel woozy. Truthfully, it's best to say, "Hey, we're here, safe and sound. Had a bit of a mishap in Haiti, but all is good." Remember husbands, you are far more less likely to make yourself a young widow of 5 children if you don't give her heart failure.
Fortunately, the Mister is fine and well. As many of you experienced Haitian travelers know, stop lights and stop signs are "optional" in Haiti. Somewhere between the airport and the orphange, Cliff's driver stopped for a stop light. The driver behind them exercised his "option" and chose not to stop. He would have succeeded except the van that Cliff was in pretty much made him stop upon impact.
The Mister made it to the creche no worse for the wear, and spent the day there with Keenan. They made their way safely to the airport and back into Fort Lauderdale.
Of course, this Haitian adoption truly followed course up into the VERY end: The Fort Lauderdale US Customs and Border Patrol Agent mistakenly took and kept ALL of the paperwork the Mister handed over. Including the stuff he should have handed back to the unknowing Mister. Little ol' stuff like the Adoption Decree, Birth Certificate, etc. etc. And you can all imagine just how FUN it is to try and call these offices to follow up and find our paperwork.
But I'll worry more about that tomorrow. TODAY, I'm going to pack up the kids and get my little boy! The day has finally come!
Update: 45 minutes of phone time and voila! The US Border Patrol located the missing documents. Let's just pray that they follow through on their promise to send me this paperwork :)