Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ti Luc returned to Haiti

Our return trip to Haiti was uneventful.  Going through Immigration in Canada was so easy compared to in Haiti when we were leaving.  We were treated with respect there which was awesome and greatly appreciated.

Papa Luckner, Daniel and Vladimy were waiting for us outside the airport in Port au Prince.  Luckner had picked up Vladimy at the hospital a couple of hours earlier.  It was good to be able to return home to the mission with Vladimy as well.

Ti Luc returning to Port Au Prince

Ti Luc was very warmly welcomed back home by children and the employees that were on duty.

Just arrived home from Canada

Germaine and Ti Luc happy to be together again

The next morning all the employees gave him a royal welcome home.

Reunited with HATS family

We arrived home to no internet for Mama Karen.  No contact with Canada is not fun.  Yesterday, Monday, Beate and group arrived for a week.  This afternoon our internet service was restored.  Thank you God.

We arrived home just in time for Father's Day in Haiti.

Father's Day.

Father's Day 2

JJ, Moise, Djemima and Leica made a cake for Papa Luckner for Father's Day on Sunday as well as a birthday cake for our friend, Veronique, who celebrated a birthday on the weekend and visited us again along with Valerie.

Baking for Papa Luckner and for Veronique

ready to enjoy birthday cake.

Veronique's birthday

birthday water fight

All the children were glad to have Ti Luc and Mama back home.  Magdala kept wanting to show that she could ride 'the moto'.  Ti Fi was looking great with her new hair do and kept wanting more photos taken with her siblings.

Motorcycle mama

Ti Fi with her two big brothers

We had a very enjoyable two weeks in Canada.  It was difficult to leave but it was good to be back with all the children.   Thank you to everyone who helped make our time there fun and memorable.

Karen and Ti Luc

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ti Luc went to Calaway Amusement Park in Calgary.

He was one amused and delighted boy.  Such joy on a beautiful face.

Tomorrow morning we start our journey back home to Haiti.

Thank you to everyone for the many ways you blessed us both since
Ti Luc stepped off the plane in Canada.

May God bless all of you.

Arrival. Ti Luc is ready for fun.

Amusement part fun

Strapped in for the fast up, then drop

Ready to drop quickly.

Please may I do this ride again.
I really really liked that.

Ti Luc having a blast

Ti Luc up high with Ariane. Yelling with excitement

Around and around.

Coming in for a landing
 
Driving his car with his feet

Such fun.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ti Luc is still in Canada,

He is having a blast in Calgary.  He is now loving being here with this part of his family.

Friday we went to the zoo.  Today, Sunday, we attended and shared in three services at Brentview Baptist church.  In between the services Liette hosted an open house for people to come see us.

Tomorrow morning he will see my doctor.  After this there are plans to take him to an amusement park.  That should be another interesting and fun day.  Will try to post photos again Tuesday night.

Wednesday we start our trip back to Haiti.

Thanks for letting us know you are enjoying the Ti Luc blogs - for taking this trip in Canada with us.

Karen and Ti Luc

Warm welcome at Calgary airport to spend a week with Liette and family

Soccer fun first night in Calgary

Fun at park with Rob and Liette

Enjoying the zoo

Mama, I like the giraffe.

Cute bear at the zoo.

Lunch break while at zoo


Could the Lion eat me Mama.


Loving being with Ariane

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ti Luc is....

....continuing to be amazed at Canada and having a blast. 

Tomorrow Wed we are off to Calgary for one week. 

Fun with Jared Saturday

Proud of his ball signed by people at 'Welcome to Canada' party Saturday

Wonderful gift

Sunday morning

Ti Luc greeting congregation

Watching a video while driving Lytton to Kelowna

Faster way to shop

At beach with Starbucks Tuesday

Beach sand fun with Alexa

Kelowna Beach Water Park

Fascinated at skate park

Wrapped in electric blanket

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ti Luc is in Canada.

We made it.  Tuesday saw us go from the mission in Deschapelles to Montreal.  Wednesday - Montreal to Calgary.  Calgary to Kelowna.  I promised to write about Ti Luc's travel and send photos - so here it is.

The children saw us off at home.  They stood, in their school uniforms, and prayed for Ti Luc before they rushed off to start their exams and we rushed off to Port au Prince.

Ti Luc ready to leave for Canada. Kids praying for him before he left

The trip to Port au Prince with Papa Luckner went fine.  He said Bye to Papa at the airport and the rest of the trip begin.

Papa Luckner seeing his boy off to Canada

 At check in for our flight to Montreal I was given two seats for Ti Luc and I in the middle row of the airplane close to the back of the plane.  Hold on a minute.  This will not do!!  I presented my receipt showing I paid for seats at the front of the plane and on the side where there are only two seats.  I had done this so when Ti Luc's left hand moved of it's own accord he would not hit someone or knock something over. I was told those seats had been given to someone else.  I suggested they get them back for us.   After speaking to a supervisor I was happy with the result as they had placed Ti Luc and I in the very front - in First Class.  Thank you God.  Ti Luc's very first flight he would be flying in style and I would be able to relax about him accidently hitting someone next to him.

Such excitement on Ti Luc's face as he looked at everything inside the PAP airport.  We made it through security with no problems.  Then Immigration.  That part was not pleasant at all.  This was Ti Luc's first time leaving Haiti so I had paperwork with me that might possibly be needed.  I presented paperwork upon request but was told it was not acceptable and I could not leave on the plane with my boy.  I was spoken to in a very unacceptable manner.  My questions and words to them were repeated by the two Immigration women and they would then laugh and mock me.   Another case of someone having a job with a little power and determined to use it to control others at will.

I was running out of time to make the plane when finally one of the Immigration ladies said she would allow me go if I could give her photo copies of the paper work I had there.  She told me to go get copies and come back.  In the Port au Prince airport there is nowhere to make copies, so she said to go outside and look for somewhere.  Ti Luc was sitting in his wheelchair.  She told me to push him over to the wall and leave him while I left the airport for copies.  I said I would not leave my son.  She asked why on earth not.  I said he needed me and I wouldn't want anyone to take him.  She laughed and said "Madam no one would want him."  That was it!  Tears ran down my cheeks and I said "I want him.  And I know many others who would too."

I called Luckner.  He was too far away to come in time to help but in true Luckner style he jumped into helping.  He had Daniel call someone he knew at the airport to come inside, look for me, and try to make copies for me.  I ended up with three guys running around looking for a place to make copies.  Copies were made and I rushed back to Immigration.  I could see one of the Immigration ladies, and was headed back to her, when a man called me to his booth.  He had been watching what had been happening with Ti Luc and I.  He took the photocopies, did not even look at them, threw them one side, stamped our passports, told me to have a good trip and to run as we had very little time left.  We went straight to the plane and into our seats.  All was well at last.

Our flight to Montreal was great.  Ti Luc was amazed by everything. They gave us an iPad which Ti Luc thoroughly enjoyed to watch a penguin movie.  He happy danced on his seat.  He yelled with excitement when the plane was going down and he could see Montreal from the window.

Sitting on plane for first time and in First Class no less

Posing with Air Canada attendants

Our Canadian Immigration experience was very different - it was pleasant.  I had the paperwork ready to present along with our passports and immigration forms.  Our passports were stamped.  Ti Luc was told "welcome to Canada" and that was it.  Thank you God.  Ti Luc kept saying "I am in Canada , right Mama?  I am in Canada."

We found our suitcase and headed out to an awesome 'Welcome to Canada Ti Luc' by  Joan, Keith and Carol.  Carol is a special lady who had been to HATS with Keith and Joan on a team and who has stayed in close touch.  Needless to say Ti Luc was beaming.

Welcoming party at Montreal Airport

Excited to be at Keith and Joan's

Wednesday morning saw us back at airport to fly to Calgary and Kelowna.  While waiting for our plane in Montreal Ti Luc discovered in bathrooms hand dryers and toilets that flushed by themselves and with powerful suction and noise.  He was amazed and loved the warm air from the dryers but was a little nervous about the toilets.  He was interested in everything he saw and asked a lot of questions.

Heading to Calgary and Kelowna

Mama this is nice. It is warming me

The flight to Calgary with Air Canada went very well.  Thankfully Ti Luc had a short nap as he was almost nonstop excitedly talking about seeing Liette at the airport.  When he saw Liette he left on the run.  We had a lovely visit including a delicious lunch she brought us.  He had a great time with big sister, Liette, by riding the escelator - up - down - up, and checking out many things.  Soon it was time to say 'Bye Liette' until the 17th when we come to your house.

Short nap on flight Montreal to Calgary

I'm here Liette. I'm in Calgary

Riding escelator fun with big sister Liette

Then off to Kelowna to visit big sister, Dana, and family for a week. This short Westjet flight was very enjoyable.  A very kind and thoughtful man offered me help at the plane door with Ti Luc's chair, which needed to collapse to go underneath, and with Ti Luc. This same man, Dave, offered to change his seat with the person scheduled to sit next to Ti Luc so that person could have a more relaxed flight.  Dave, was not the least concerned that Ti Luc's hand might hit him in flight.  He loaned Ti Luc his headphones, found something for him to watch, and kindly helped Ti Luc throughout the flight.  When we landed he waited with us until others had left the plane.  He then accompanied us, carrying Ti Luc's chair, from the plane to arrivals.  He stayed and waited with us until Dana and Alexa arrived.   What a kind helpful gentleman!   We, Ti Luc and I, want to say a big thank you to this man for 'everything'.   Kindness and understanding hearts are around.

On plane - Calgary to Kelowna

Very nice man, Dave, with Ti Luc at Kelowna airport.

Ti Luc was thrilled to see Alexa and Dana arrive.  We arrived at their house and within a few minutes he was in the pool with Alexa and Jared.  He has been out on their 'Side By Side' several times now - with both Alexa and Jared.

Just arrived and in the pool

Alexa giving Ti Luc a ride on the Side By Side

Yesterday, Thursday, Ti Luc was up, dressed and went off to school with Alexa.  He spent a great day and asked this morning to go back.

Ti Luc going to school with Alexa for the day

Ti Luc and I are looking forward to seeing Jim and Irene and other folks in Lytton tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us and prayed for us during this long journey of adoption, passport, Canadian citizenship, and visa for Ti Luc.  We could not have done it without you.

May God bless all of you.

Karen and Ti Luc