Tuesday, December 28, 2010


....WE HAVE A VISA!!!!

A VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's official!

The Visa is in the house!!!!!!!

We can go and get him!!!!

He is ours and we are his!


WE HAVE A VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, we are VerKlempt!

Talk amongst yourselves :)


Keltie said...


emily and mike said...

Oh my gosh, FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so thrilled to see this news this morning. Congratulations you guys! Can't wait to see that first family photo of you ALL together!


Carolyn said...

As I have already said- YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so thrilled and cannot wait till you are home with your boy! I still have goose bumps over this news!


Kristy said...

Amazing!!!!!! It's about time this story had a happy ending. I'm sooooo happy for you, my dear! Congratulations!

Hi from Ruth! said...

Amazing, amazing news!!! Go get that kid of yours and start the new year right!!!

Many blessings, and happy travels!!


Sharla said...

Yep, yep, you've started me crying too! Could not be happier for you. Cannot wait to see pictures of your son in your arms. This long awaited child is finally coming home!!!

I am sure that you are in a flurry of packing right now and I cannot think of a better way to ring in the New Year than in Ethiopia, the two of you and Ade, together at last!

andrea said...

OH MY GOD!!! I am beyond excited, also verklempt!! Can I say that this is also the best Christmas present I could have asked for!! I can't even imagine how surreal this must feel for you (and how much you feel like you need to get done in the next 12 days... talk about the 12 days of Christmas!! All our love to you and Yvan... A

BCMommy said...


I don't think I could be more happy for anyone, ever! This is so awesome!
When do you go???? YAY YAY YAY!!!!!

I wish I could give you a huge hug! Just picture it, I am squeezing you so hard right now!!!!!

Go get your boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Melissa said...


PS And I'm a bit teary too.

Karen said...

Really, truly?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my, just so incredibly, incredibly happy for you, Yvan, and Ade.


DDuo said...

I have goosebumps after reading your entry! WOWOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOW! So happy for you guys!

Kari --- said...

LOL, Linda Richman! I'm officially verklempt and teary right along with you!!!!!
Ade.... Mommy and Daddy are coming!!! YAY! I knew my New Years dream would come true for you!!!!

Shelley said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo excited for you guys!! You have waited way tooo long for this day!!! GO GET YOUR SON!!!

alicia said...

WOW!!! FINALLY! We are so very happy for you. You have the whole Ethiopian adoption community across Canada jumping for joy!

alicia in NL

CinnamonOpus said...

Oh fantastic! Wonderful, wonderful news! We are so very, very happy for you! This is the best news!

I cannot wait until you are all together as a family at last. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you prepare for your journey to your son!

Hugs and love and tears of joy from us.

Shannon said...

Oh wow!!!! Congrats!!!! What are you waiting for??? GO ALREADY! :) (I understand you can't leave this exact second of course.)

hazel said...

I think there was a collective sigh of relief across the blogosphere and beyond at this morning's news.

I am so so very happy for you guys and Ade. That little boy is in for a new world of wonder and love. You all are.

Liz said...


So happy for you!

Go get that boy - now!

Long Journey Big Dreams said...

Congrats! What a great year to start the new year -- bringing home your little one!

D. said...

Happy New Year Rana and Yvan! SO happy for you!!!!!!! Yay! :)

Jill, Trevor, Kohl, Aliah said...

What a WONDERFUL Christmas gift. So happy for you all. THis has been such a long journey for you. Looking forward to hearing about you finally meeting you son. Wishing you all the best!

Jill from PEI~

Anonymous said...

YAY! I am so very, very happy for all 3 of you!

The Blogger formerly known as Jules said...

You deserve some kind of award. Henceforward, to be forced to wait an extraordinarily long time shall be known as 'to Ranavan'

So, when do you leave??

Dianne said...

Crying the happiest of tears for you, my friend! Oh finally!! Go, go, go!!!

Julie said...

YAY! Hooray! and, did I mention ....FINALLY!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm still crying. Sheesh.


Love, hugs, tears, etc.

I second the motion, if you guys need anything, just tell your bloggy community. We are here for you guys all the way.

hotflawedmama said...

Tears of joy!!! Congratulations to you all!!!! Can't wait to see a picture of that little sweetness in YOUR arms!

Anonymous said...

YYYAAAAHHHHOOOOO!!!!! I seen your post on the CAFAC board and had to come over here and personally congratulate you. I am so happy for you. Congratulations on making it to the finish.

Jennifer said...


Chad, Laura and Sara said...



Historica said...


I am so happy for your family. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...


Finally, finally, finally you can go and get your son.

Go get 'im!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


P.S. So happy for you guys... :)

Sarah said...

Ooops, that last message was from me. :)

shaunak said...

So, so, happy to finally read this news! Molly still asks if Sifen has come home on a weekly basis. We are thrilled for the 3 of you!
Happy New Year!

downes said...

OMG!!! That is incredible news after all you've been through. Happy travels and a safe journey home with your beautiful boy!

Nicole Bellefleur said...

OMG, I think my heart just stopped!!! It's the best Christmas miracle EVER!!!

I'm so, so, so happy for you!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh, there is just not enough HOORAY in the world for this one!


Happy packing!!!

Tammy said...

Ditto what every one else said! Congratulations! Go get him! Can't wait to see pics and to hear all about your trip! Wahoooooooo!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a happy, joyous, smiley, teary-eyed day this is!
Let this next chapter begin!
Jen D

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing the song in my head.....

Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on


darci said...

ahhhhhhh!!!! yay!!!! whoohooo!!! tears and shivers and screams here. I am so so happy for you!!!! congratulations. that doesn't even cover it!!

Connie said...

HORRAY!!! May this be the trip of a lifetime for you! Enjoy all the first moments, days and weeks with your son! Can't wait to see a photo with him in your arms!

Brendan and Mary said...

Had to check the blog so I could read it again! BEST. NEWS. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M Stokes said...

Congratulations!!!!! Your news is like "buttah"!!!! (butter!!!)

The Stokes Family
New Brunswick
waiting for a court date
referral from CAFAC on Aug 12th

Karen said...


Shawn and Laura said...

Yay yay yay!
Congratulations. This is fantastic news. I'm very happy for you.


Gwen said...

Ahhhh..... this is the best news I have heard for SO LONG! Bon voyage!!!!!

Jackie said...

Oh, I don't know what to say... one whole year ago I just had a feeling that this was going to be Ade's year. I was just about to lose all hope for any good news in 2010 (to be quite honest) but to hear this news now, oh my. I just don't know what to say, I just don't have the ability to put into words the utter joy I feel for you. Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

Can I just say that was the best freaking phone call ever today!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you know how happy we are for you? SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!

I told you this would all happen!!!!

Much love from our family to yours!!!

Anonymous said...

So EXCITED for you guys! My kids don't know you in person but through their bedtime prayers, they were all super pumped when I told them you finally get to bring your little man home! We pray for quick and safe travels!

Shannon Simms

Jess & Darrell said...


K_I_T_ said...

Boooooyah! What a great wake up call this morning!!!(although I was already awake for a bit!!) I or we will be at the airport with bells on!!!! Wouldn't miss it for the world! 29th won't come fast enough! Nev's boyfriend is finally coming home!!!!!!!!!

shannon said...

Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was half asleep when I read this and I thought you might have taken a trip to Texas ,

Yahhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooo so trilled I woke up and saw this wonderful news. I am so happy that the wait it done done done !

Look forward to seeing one of the most deserved homecoming trips ever !

I cant wait to hear you have all walked through your front door, Wonderful that I can type GO GET THAT BOY .

Much love

Janna said...

Now THAT is a Christmas miracle!!!! Congratulations!

ChristyCanuck said...

Woohooooooooooo!! Oh my gosh, this is so completely overdue!

Think it must have been all those lumps of coal in the visa officers' stockings that finally convinced them to get off their fannies and get. it. done.

Rana, soooooo happy for you and Yvan and Ade! Can't wait to hear you are with him finally!!


P.S. My spam word is "ansatis". I think that sounds exactly like some sort of blessing that would be said over soon-to-be travellers.

Jillian said...

Hooray! Tears and cheers of joy for all three of you today! Congratulations and Happy, Happy New Year!!!!!

Anonymous said...

With happy tears in my *eyes I'm ecstatic to read your news!

Safe journey!


PS Okay tears running down my face!

Alicia said...

I'm a bit late to the party but still just as excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

INCREDIBLE~ YAGERMAL!!! go and bring your little man home forever and ever!!

Marc & Julie Stewart said...

Congratulations to all 3 of you. It's about time!!! Safe travels and Happy New Year!


Nif said...

Hooorrraaay, about bloody time and have smooth travels!!!! SOOOOO happy for you guys!!

Lisa and Jason said...

Just wanted to echo everyone else and say HOOORAY!!!! CONGRATS!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!
So happy for you!!

Lizzard said...

Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay! I am so happy for you!!!!!! Go get him!!!

Claudia said...

THIS is the best thing that has happened this Christmas. By about a million miles.

I#m, just so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so happy for you. I wish I had the words to tell you.

Maria said...

FINALLY!!! YAY so happy for you guys, go and pick up that beautiful son of yours, i hope you are already there!!!!


lindsmor said...

WHat fantastic news!

Juanita said...

So happy for you! Can't wait to read more and see pictures of your wonderful family when you are together at last:)

Littleone said...

Oh mY goodness!!!! SOOOOO happy for you! Hope you are already on a plane!

Robynhood said...

I have no words... I am just so very happy for you! This is the best news I have heard all year! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heidi said...

Hi Rana!

I'm a little behind, but wanted to pop over and say a huge congrats to you and Yvan! I can't wait to see Ade in your arms!

Safe travels!

Natasha said...

YIPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Salaash and I are sooooo happy for you Mama Ade!!!! I can't wait to see you as a family together!

Anonymous said...

I heard the news on Tafel's blog...congratulations. Your life will never be the same and you will forget all the pain and anxiety, the waiting, everything the minute you hold him in your arms for the 1st time!

big hugs to your family,
Bonne Année, Happy New Year!


Tracey said...

Dear Rana, I haven't checked your blog lately as life with 2 children has definitely been busy around here. I sat down this morning and wondered if you had any news. What a delight to read that you are finally going to get your son. A HUGE congratulations! His room is adorable too! Now the fun begins! Big hugs!