Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I wish I could adequately explain the feeling I have right now. It's just about every emotion I've ever had mixed up inside of me at once. Of course, the EXCITEMENT stands out from the other emotions. Have I mentioned that we are leaving on October 23? And it is October 22? THAT MEANS TOMORROW. YES, WE GO TO CHINA TOMORROW.
I am SO excited. I can't say I'm excited about the 14 hour plane ride that we have tomorrow. Or the fact that we will be with a (very) active two year old on that flight (of course, I'm SO excited that we have AnnaClaire with us this time, I just can't say the flight will be so fun), but... that's okay, because we are going to CHINA!
The suitcases are about zipped, we enjoyed our last Chickfila fix for the next few weeks... I went to our schools state soccer game last night (we lost, but that's okay, we made it pretty far!) and got my final goodbyes and hugs from friends... WE ARE READY!
AC and I were watching Barney this afternoon and you will never guess which episode came on. It was about China! Then after China Barney, I found the episode of Arthur where Binky's family adopts a little girl from China. We hadn't seen it yet and it was cute :)
Tonight, we are going to let AC open some of her presents that are things to do on the plane. We have a few things to let her open on her actual birthday, but we'll do a little mini-celebration tonight.
It dawned on me, as I was putting AC into her bed for her nap, that this is the last time that we only have ONE sweet girl to put down for a nap... next nap time, there will be TWO!
I'm so excited.
In the midst of all my excitement, I wanted to ask for prayers for a couple of families...
This family received their referral the same day as us. My mom has become good friends with this mom and we were looking forward to getting our girls together! They ended up getting their LOA a month before us. Now they have had an ongoing problem with USCIS and expiring paperwork that has caused them to STILL be without their daughter, 2 months after TA. They need mountains moved to be able to bring home their adorable daughter, Cali. Please, PLEASE pray for this family. We serve an AWESOME God who can do anything... we know that! So join me in prayer for the Cali's sweet family!
Ashley's family, Karleigh Mei's family, and Elisabeth's family (password protected) all received their referrals in July. They have been waiting over 100 days for their LOAs. The hard thing is that an AWAA group with referrals and LOIs the same day as these families received their LOAs last month and recently got TA. These 3 families (and others) are STILL waiting for LOA. Please pray along with me that they will come THIS week so they can go get their precious children as soon as possible.
Chayah's family has also been waiting FAR TOO LONG for their LOA. We traveled with this family when we brought AnnaClaire home. They were getting Sarah Lu! They sent an LOI to adopt a precious 6 year old girl from Sarah Lu's orphanage last year and are still waiting to bring her home. Please pray for them as the await their LOA... for peace, comfort, and that it would come SOON!
I'll update again later. For now, lets cover these families in prayers!
Posted by Emily at 3:14 PM