Monday, May 19, 2008

The real story...

Grace and little Miss Emily.



This adoption journey has been an interesting one. We started out thinking one thing...we asked to adopt a little girl off the NSN list and now our journey has gone in another direction. I was very drawn to go the SN tract, but my husband wasn't quite ready to make that commitment and I felt like I had to honor his wishes. Last November we met with our SW and asked about switching to possibly another country like Vietnam, but decided to wait. In Jan. of this year I began looking at several different shared lists of waiting children. I also saw Verna's adorable little boy Noah come home and Karen's beautiful little girl Maggie come home. What finally changed my husband's heart has been seeing our dear friends' (Mark and Michelle) daughter, little Emily. Emily came home from China at age 3 and her special need was cleft lip/palate. Emily is one of God's angels...she has touched our hearts in ways I cannot even adequately explain and it was Emily that helped to change Dan's heart. I think some prayers on my part may have helped too. To make a long story short...4 days before we left for Disney about 2 weeks ago, our SW emailed me another shared list and added at the bottom of the email that our agency had 4 additional children that only the agency had received. I called her the next day to inquire and one child captured our hearts. And then all these doors opened immediately, within 3 hours I was able to take the medical file into our pediatrician for review and contact another specialty physician for questions and they were most happy to help. The day before we left for Disney, we sent off a letter asking to adopt. So now we wait for a response from CCAA. I hope we are approved, but even if somehow we aren't, I believe this child will be adopted by another loving family and I'm okay with that. So that's the real story of what's been going on here. We are hoping and praying for the best. I look at the little photos many times a day. :)

14 kind words:

Ashley said...

Gail, I am bursting with joy for you and your family! It is a wonderful thing when we realize God's plans for us.
love and congratulations,
Ashley

Paula said...

Gail, that is GREAT news. I so hope it is Gods plan for you to bring this child home from China. I can't wait to hear more.

suzanne said...

My hunch was right!! I hope that you get your PA and LOA soon. Cant wait to hear more news.

Congratulations to you all.

Rony said...

A little sister for Grace! Yippee.

OH MY #6 said...

This is oh so, darn exciting!

Lea

Brandi said...

Oh Gail...I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to hear soon that you've received LOA! Keep us posted!

david santos said...

Really beautiful!
Thank you

Bella's mama said...

I love this story!!! It amazes me how God uses children to touch our hearts in such an amazing way.

I am so thankful to have found your blog,

Krista

PS your daughter is beautiful!!!!!

The Morris Family said...

Gail-I am sitting here crying tears of joy for you all...and will keep praying- Oh my! What an exciting time for you all...our God is great! One of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 2:9...how true! ...just sitting here wondering what heavenly miracles await you! Love, Karen

Kim & Jeff said...

Gail - I'm so happy for you all that is wonderful news :)

Kerry said...

Oh Gail. Wonderful news. I so hope that you recive news on your family's mei mei soon!

It is funny where life takes you. Such an amazing journey.
all our best!

Angie said...

Oh Gail...I am so excited for you! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what God has in store for your family and then watch it all unfold.

Much love,

Angie

Angie said...

Oh Gail...I am so excited for you! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what God has in store for your family and then watch it all unfold.

Much love,

Angie

Steffie B. said...

I knew it.....replying to your email after this! ;)

 
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