Thank-you to all who contributed to Ivan's grant fund!
On Monday we went to the States to get our blood test and by Tuesday morning we had the results already. Now that is fast! Jason's fingerprints came in the mail today so I hope that means that mine will come tomorrow. Then we see our Dr. on Monday and hand in our papers to our agency on Tuesday at 10 am. By Thursday the papers should be safely on an airplane making their way to Ontario. There they will be checked by our other agency who will help facilitate the adoption in country. Then the papers will be translated and sent to Eastern Europe. Hopefully once the government opens from their Christmas break our papers will be at the top of their list! Hopefully they will allow us to come and meet him.
When I woke up and realized it was December I was so happy because I felt like we were just that much closer to getting Ivan home. At the same time I felt sad that he would not be here for Christmas. We have a stocking for him and he is surely going to be getting lots of presents even though he is not here. Just today I received gifts for him from some friends. Everybody can not wait to meet him!!!
We are busying ourselves with learning all that we can about children without limbs. We want to know everything there is to know. We want to be his advocates and provide him with every opportunity. We've made contact with the head of orthopedics at BC Children's Hospital and they are ready to take him as a patient should he come to Canada. We ares so lucky to have the Children's Hospital so close to us. Ivan is not "sick" but he may need some surgical intervention for his right leg if it could improve the function of his foot. They say he may not be a candidate for prosthesis but it is not a for sure thing. There is a lot that can be provided to help him achieve a high level of independence.
We can't wait for Ivan to be home! Jason would get 6 months of paid leave from work! Yes, I did say paid!!! That is the biggest blessing when you are trying to bond as a family.
Once our dossier is successfully handed over to our agency we will put up our Christmas tree to celebrate. Not until then. We cannot celebrate until we know we have done everything we need to do to get Ivan home.
Thank-you so much for following along on this journey!