They are three. A girl and two boys. Inseparable siblings.
M arcela is 10, Wilson is 8, and Deiby is 5. From the capital Bogota, Colombia, they landed in the small municipality of Lac-aux-Sables, Mauricie. The trio arrived on Christmas Eve, as in a film full of twists that ends well.
Between two snow plains, the life of these orphans has been replaced by a family that adheres to the logic that if there is room for two children, it is because it has five .
So here are the Lavallée-Gendron, good people who decided to expand his house from the inside and let his heart invade the whole place.
Full-bodied, Wilson offers me a muffin out of the oven and then goes back to the floor above. The house is not his first brats running in all rooms.
Built in 1902, this charming home belonged to the maternal grandmother of Dominique Lavallée who made it with his spouse, Pierre-Luc Gendron.
Who takes blonde takes country. After her studies in Estrie where the former speed skater left her mark, she convinced her boyfriend, a guy from Danville, to come and settle in her hometown to start their family.
She is a specialized high school educator. Pierre-Luc is a butcher at the village grocery store.
When Anaïs was born sixteen years ago, her parents thought she would be the eldest of four children.
Nathaniel was born in April 2006 before dying a few days later with serious complications related to umbilical cord rupture.
His mother did not have time to rejoice to have given life that death came to snatch the baby from her arms.
“I never want to relive that,” cried Dominique, who nearly died of bleeding as a result of this dramatic birth.
The woman was no longer going to give birth, but could not give up her dream of a big family.
Dominique and Pierre-Luc could have adopted in Quebec. The Mixed Bank program, which allows biological parents to maintain a connection with the child and perhaps even resume it, once their difficulties have been overcome, was however beyond their strength.
The bereaved parents were unable to risk loving a child who could be removed before they had finished growing up.
“I was kidnapped once …” says Dominique, who knew the international adoption process was long, but she was ready to be patient.
The couple crossed half of the globe to get closer to their family ideal.
“This is me, Thailand!”
Sitting at the end of the table, 9-year-old Aymeric is curious to know what his parents will tell me about his adoption when he was 16 months old.
Aymeric was a shy and affectionate toddler who soon became more independent and became the little clown and sportsman he is today.
His little brother Wilson has something to keep. Another joker who did not take long to understand that to tame the cold, nothing like a pair of skates, a stick and a hockey puck.
“Do we want other children or stop there?”
It was in the fall of 2017. Approaching the late thirties, Dominique Lavallée and Pierre-Luc Gendron began their reflection by saying that it was now or never.