February 21, 2015
now we're sprinting...
Earlier this week I was Facebook-chatting with a fellow China-adoption-Mama who is also bringing home a sweet boy from China. I asked her when she planned to travel, and she replied "May". She then asked about us. I replied "Planning for August, but praying for July." I was shocked by her optimism as she said "Oh girl, you will travel before August. I bet you travel in May with us." I laughed it off. July was stretching it in my mind, but May?
The next day, we were gathered around the dinner table (who am I kidding... Jordan and I were, I'm sure one of the kids was under the table and the other was probably standing on his head) when the phone started buzzing. I try to keep a strict "no phone" policy around the dinner table, but when I happened to see Eugene, OR on the number, I knew what that meant.
"Your LOA has arrived!!" said our caseworker.
My polite phone voice flew out the window as I sputtered "WHAT ON EARTH!?! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!?!?!"
She laughed and said that due to the Chinese New Year, our file must have gotten expedited to be completed before everyone took a vacation.
You guys. We were planning on waiting 3 or 4 months for our LOA (letter of acceptance) to arrive. It took one week.
Waiting for this document was a huge chunk of our 6 month wait out the window. So when do we expect to travel now?
"I would expect May. Possibly June, but no later."
You guys. YOU GUYS. I have been so overwhelmed, processing this had me up until midnight that night because I did not even know what the next steps were! I had months to wait, why would I jump the gun and drive myself crazy? Well, as it turns out, we don't even have time to think. Our baby steps to pick up Owen have turned out into an all out sprint as we anticipate traveling to get him this Spring. I don't even need to count months. I could count weeks at this point and it wouldn't be crazy.
I texted many friends with my outrageous news and one replied "It doesn't surprise me in the least. God moves mountains to bring his orphan children home."
Oh you of little faith.
How many times have I stepped onto this water and believed I was sinking only to be pulled up by the arm of Christ, telling me that he has prepared the way. Wow.
I am still overwhelmed. But as tempted as I am to fear in the midst of this very big change, I'm going to reject it. I could spell out the many reasons I fear for myself, the transition for Jude and Isaac, just FLYING TO CHINA (cool, but ummm freaky)... but again. The road has been paved. God cares about my anxieties and my fears so much that he continually prompts me to just let them go at His feet. He continually reminds me that he has written this story and he is trustworthy.
So onward we go. In May.