And we wait.................
I am encouraged that our homestudy is moving along swiftly...we should be done in the next two weeks. That's great news because then we can move on to the next step. We are slowly getting things changed around here at home. The boys will be sharing a room soon, which they are totally psyched about! Drew is getting his very own "big boy" bed. It's just a twin bed like Samuel's but he is thrilled nontheless! We have some amazing friends in our neighborhood and they have all been so helpful in this adoption...support, encouragement, prayer, babysitting (thank you kirsten and Stacy!), headboards for both Samuel and Drew's beds (thank you Jim!), and a whole host of other blessings! We are so blessed...so..so...blessed!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Well, as much as we want Sophia here at home with us...this helps us feel like we are "providing" for her in some way. Isn't this just a great care package? We have worked with an amazing woman named Ann from Red Thread China that puts together care packages and delivers them to your child in the orphanage. We got to pick a package that included pj's, 2 blankets, an outfit, a doll, a photo album of our family, a camera for her caretakers to take pics of her, candy for her caretakers and a lovely letter we wrote to Sophia that Ann translated for us. Of course, Sophia is too little to understand what we wrote, but we are hoping she loves her picture album...hopefully that will help her to recognize us when we get her in China. We feel so blessed to have worked with Ann. Not only did she send such a great package, but she was a joy to work with. And...best of all...she managed to get updated pictures of Sophia...which, if you have adopted, know it is the absolute BEST thing to happen while you are waiting! Waiting is so tough...I think more on me than George. I think it's my mommy instinct kicking in. I have her picture and I feel like she's mine...so I want her here with her brothers and sister. This has been harder than pregnancy because atleast with each of my pregnancies I could feel them kick, or have an ultrasound, or hear a heartbeat, etc. With adoption, it's just so different...you are a world away from your child and you can't do a thing, but trust that God is in control. But, through all my fears about how Sophia is doing Scripture rings in my ears..."For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. This is what I cling to. He has good plans for her and He will give her hope and a future!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sophia Grace! Okay, so it's been a loooong time since I've updated...so long that we've changed countries! Let me update everyone~George and I were having some hesitations about moving forward with Ethiopia, so we decided to just pause and think about where we should go. Well, the pause was exactly that...a pause, because within a day or so we had decided to look into the China program at an adoption agency our friends had used. We immediately knew this was a great program and shortly after we applied to the agency we found Yang Qiong Fu or better known as Sophia Grace. Currently, we are waiting to finish our homestudy. We have our first interview tonight and we are more than ready to get this moving! Having Sophia's picture is a blessing, because we know her face and can pray for her. But, it's difficult to see her sweet face and not want to jump the next flight to China and bring her home! We are excited and can't wait to move on to the next step in the process! We will keep you posted!