Friday, July 22, 2011

More Blessings!!!

A wonderful Baoji mother was in China recently adopting her beautiful daughter from Chongqing.  Before they met their daughter, they took their son back to Baoji to see his birthplace.  She tried very hard to get pictures of the waiting babies, but they wouldn't let her in the orphanage.  The orphanage had requested a new camera a few months before so several parents chipped in and bought them one.  When Branda delivered the camera the orphanage promised to take pictures of the babies she inquired about and email them to her.  Honestly, I wasn't hopeful that we'd ever see those pictures.  Imagine my joy when I opened my email today to see an email titled  'pictures of the Baoji babies'.  Check out my little one with 'weak legs'.  She's standing!  Thank you, Lord!  \o/

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!

On July 19, 2010 we received TA for Coralie.  If you had told us that exactly one year from that date we would receive LOA for another child, we would have told you that you were CRAZY!  Life is full of surprises, though, and here we are celebrating LOA for Little Miss Hui Lan!  God is SO GOOD to us.  Whenever I stop and think about the blessings He has given our family I always start to tear up because we don't deserve any blessings yet He continues to heap them on.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Our God is Greater

It seems that with each adoption, God gives me a song for encouragement.  This adoption, it is 'Our God is Greater'.  When I first realized that was 'the' song, I didn't really know how much I would need to hear Romans 8:31 over and over during this process.   On July 8th, our agency received LOAs for our LID date.  Everyone's except ours.  We are reusing our dossier and that seems to be a Russian Roulette process.  Some sail through and some wait and wait.  When our LOA didn't come, I realized that we were probably going to be one of the families that waits...and waits.  There's a sense of hopelessness in that.  I've seen families who've waited over 100 days for LOA and families close to 100 days with no LOA in sight.  I've had to adjust my hope that she'd be home for Christmas (which I originally felt was highly likely) to preparing myself emotionally that we may not even meet her this year.  It's hard having a child across the world and not being able to go to them.  It's harder having a child in need of medical care and knowing they won't get it until they are home with you.  Fortunately for me, I have an Awesome God.  A God who is always in control.  And so I say...

If God is for us, who can be against us?  

I know that God has this all planned out in the way it should be.  Not my way, not China's way...HIS way.  And I wouldn't want it any other way.