Sunday, February 5, 2012

How DID We Get Here?

I'm not as introspective as Perry, but I do think he's right-we got here through a series of small decisions, and I think that it never really felt real to me until we got on the plane to head to China. At first, we went to a meeting to learn more about adoption, because we'd always thought it might be something we could do, someday. Then we decided yes, let's do this, so we started the paperwork chase. The paperwork is so overwhelming that it doesn't feel like you're adopting, because you're always so far from the finish line. We found Mollie and knew that God had chosen her for us, but still it didn't feel totally real because she was so far away and we couldn't get many updates on her. The journey continued, and we got closer to the finish line, but somehow it never felt overwhelming.
When we received our Travel Approval, I got scared. What were we doing? Were we really prepared for the changes we would have to make in our lives? Were our girls prepared for the sacrifices they would have to make? Would this be a blessing, or a mistake? What if? What if? What if?
But scary is where the good stuff hides sometimes. We have pulled together more as a couple and as a family to bless a precious little girl with a family and an amazing community. And in return this little orphan girl, a precious, strong-willed, resilient child of God has already blessed us more in our short time together than we ever could have imagined. I'm excited to bring her home, and I know that she is going to bless all of you with her laughter, her smile, and her fighting spirit.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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1 comment:

Ann said...

I have tears in my eyes and chill bumps (Jesus bumps!) after reading this entry. I'm so glad y'all have made it home and can't wait to meet this precious little girl!