Unite our Family

Update posted by Emma Clement-Wriede On Aug 11, 2016

Well the last week has been as tough as awe expected it to be. Following an exploratory surgery, Bruce has two lymph nodes removed his neck, which have now been sent for biopsies to see what we're dealing with. Emotional. Stressful. Horrible to be apart.


ON the other side of things we are changing medical facilities to get the best care for Joseph, which means moving to a new area. Whilst we've been very lucky in finding a new place and getting organised, a current landlady with zero compassion means we are losing around $500, just over 400 GBP (can't remember where the pounds symbol is) and that's a kick we didn't need.


We are still waiting for feedback on our citizenship applications, which our lawyer is dutifully chasing up. Please keep us in your thoughts friends.

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Update posted by Emma Clement-Wriede On Jul 29, 2016

Well meeting daddy was an unforgettable experience! Grace took her time getting to know him but our little Jojo formed an instant and firm bond. There's no doubt how much he benefited from a male presence in his daily life and he found Bruce to be such a reassuring figure (which I think goes for all of us).


Watching him leave was tough. Explaining to the children was extremely difficult. Even with her understanding, Grace is still regularly asking if he's really gone, and is mummy leaving too? She is slowly accepting my answers but she is not fully relaxed by any means, but with his developmental delay, Joseph's little mind just can't process it. He knows daddy has gone and he is very confused. Today he asked me to go to work so daddy could come for bed time, and watching him lay on Bruce's legs the night before he left saying no I refuse, daddy no go, was heart breaking. My little boy loves and needs his daddy. His behaviour betrays the type of men he has spent time with until now and they seem to be a long shot from what we would want, and it really hammers home the importance of us all being permanently under one roof as soon as possible.


It's been a week since we submitted biometrics for their British citizenship applications and the time seems to be dragging the way it only can when you're waiting for something life changing...we still maintain hope and prayers that the Kuwait visas will be approved, although it seems that may be wishful thinking. As it stands now, without them, best case scenario will see us united together in around six to seven months, with one trip from daddy in November. Worst case scenario will have us here and separate another two years. Whilst we are grateful for what we have, what we need is something different - we need to be together as a family. We need to be united and while we wait for answers from Plan A, we nervously hope and pray for a 'yes' as we know we can't afford the applications involved in Plan B.


Keep us in your thoughts friends...

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Update posted by Emma Clement-Wriede On Jul 14, 2016

After a long wait, Bruce finally received clearance from his oncologist to travel and arrived in the Philippines this week to meet his children. Whilst it's a period of adjustment and transition, so far all is going well. Joseph is loving his boys time with daddy and Grace is overcoming her shyness and having lots of fun getting to know her dad.


Medically Bruce's next procedure is in early August when he undergoes a lymph node biopsy to assess for further treatment needed.


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