I have been asked recently by a few sweet friends how things are going on the adoption front. I haven't written about it since September because that was the last time we needed to get things in and cross things off our list. The previous year has been paperwork city. Once we got all of it done, we sent it off to China and it was logged in over there. We have a log in date of 9/9/10. Now the only thing to do is wait. We are in one HUGE line. Things will need to be renewed and that's OK. We will eventually take adoption classes through our agency. They keep us very up to date and informed. They really are amazing and I appreciate knowing what is going on. We pray for our little one-yet to be even conceived-and would appreciate your prayers for her as well.
We believe that God has a child for us. In China. Just like Sam and Caroline were specifically placed in our family. This child is chosen as well. Its comforting to serve a God from whom adoption was invented. He loves it. So much so that he adopted us into his family. He sacrificed his son so that we could be his children. This journey to love the unloved is where he has placed us and he promises to go with us, no matter what. What's awesome is that we are so excited and are looking forward to it!
There are plenty of questions and concerns. I mean we aren't completely naive to the possible issues that can come up. For example: what if she has unknown medical problems? what if she fails to bond with us? what if she doesn't play the violin and love math? :) What if it takes longer than we think? What if its not what we expect? If you have any more, feel free to ask them. I won't be offended. Promise. We know this is not going to be easy.
There are some resources at our disposal. Plenty of people who have gone before us. They can offer wisdom, help, suggestions, etc. Our church. Our agency has a Chinese Cultural Center for the adopted children and their siblings (Sam and Caroline) where they can learn about China, learn the language, be with other adopted kids from their area. Our families, who love and support us and our children. And the Sunday school answer: God! Who promises to supply all our needs AND who has a plan to prosper us, not to harm us!
So there you have it. I'll let you know if anything new pops up! Thanks for praying!