TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Imagine you've been hoping and praying to adopt a child fromHaiti for almost two years. Then the earthquake hits. It seems likean eternity until you find out the baby's still alive. Then, itends up being the disaster that brings him to the Wabash Valleyalmost a year ahead of schedule.
It's a happy ending to a long journey for little Joshua. Left ata Haitian orphanage by his biological parents, he is now safely inthe arms of his new family, the Masons. They had been trying toadopt him for nearly two years. But he only made it to the Wabashvalley Saturday night.
"It was like, 'Wow!'," said Amy Mason. "It happened soquickly!"
She got the email a week ago, that Joshua would be flying inlast Friday. A last second request on Facebook for a plane and apilot yielded a ride just 16 minutes later for Floyd to fly down topick up Joshua. A Valley couple who were headed to the Super Bowlvolunteered to let Floyd ride along.
"Once I had him, and I knew we were cleared to leave the state,it was a great feeling to finally know that part of it was over andhe was ours," said Floyd.
Little Joshua is a mostly happy kid, checking out the fire truckhis dad works on, wrestling his soon-to-be brother Ross, evensharing his blocks with News 10.
"It's like he's always been there," said Amy. "He fits right in,wrestles with his brother. He's just a real sweetheart."
A sweetheart who turns two on Tuesday. It's a birthday theMasons didn't dream they would celebrate with Joshua, but it's alittle miracle in the midst of a devastating disaster.
Technically, Joshua is on what's called humanitarian parolewhile his adoption paperwork is completed. The Masons aren't sureexactly how long it'll take for him to become an official member oftheir family, but they are thrilled to get him early.
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