Y’all, my mind is about to blow over the fact that our host daughter will be here at the end of June!!!
(I just found out that I can only share a pencil sketch of her picture online.)
The time is just flying by, and it is hard to believe that that sweet little face will be in our home in just a couple short months.
Our whole family is beyond estatic!
We found out a couple of cool things about her, one of which is that she is only two days older than our Eli!
They were born the exact year just two days apart!! What is even more weird is how much they look alike! I swear everyone thinks they look like twins!
We are hosting her through Project143. It is strictly a hosting program. She will be staying with us from approximately June 28th-August 2nd.
Then she will go back to Eastern Europe where she stays with her foster parents
Since Cy and I feel God leading us to adopt her, we have already started our adoption paperwork through CCAI. (Not all children are available for adoption, but our sweet girl is.)
We are going through CCAI for the adoption process, and we are almost finished with our dossier. If all goes well, Cy and I will be flying back to Eastern Europe for about three weeks in the fall to spend time with her and do a bunch of legal stuff. After those three weeks, she will be able to come back home with us until the adoption process is complete.
We will have to take two other short trips back to Eastern Europe to finish the process, but I love that she can be home with us during this time. I “think” we should be done with everything by Christmas?
Either way, I believe that our girl will be home for Christmas! (I found some Christmas pajamas at Goodwill for her yesterday, and I am claiming that she will be HOME by that time!) :)
Our family would covet your prayers for our sweet girl. She doesn’t even know we exist yet. She hasn’t seen our pictures, she hasn’t read our letter to her. She won’t get that information until June.
She doesn’t know she has a dad who bought her a bunny rabbit stuffed animal.
She doesn’t know that she has a mom that dreams of pink bows, pig tales, and fairy tales at bedtime.
She doesn’t know that she has brothers that cannot wait to have a princess in the house.
She doesn’t know that she has a mom and dad that prays for her everyday. Praying that God would whisper in her hear each night before bedtime that she is loved.
I know she doesn’t know we exist yet, but I hope she is dreaming of us like we are dreaming of her. :)
As a side note, we have created a fund raiser to help with the costs of our hosting/adoption/traveling. :)
Eli told me that he wanted to make a shirt at Booster.com to help bring her home. I was like, “Where did you here about that?”
“On TV!” he said. I should have known!
So we looked at it together, and we made this t-shirt. :)
I have been wanting to make a shirt with this phrase on it because my mom used to tell it to me all the time. When I would tell her how complete strangers would stop me in the store when they saw me with my four little boys and they would say, “Bless your heart!” or “”Well, you’ve got your hands full!”
My mom would say, “Traci, you just tell them, if you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”
That has always stuck with me, and I have been thinking about it even more since we have decided to host/adopt our little girl.
I know a lot of people probably think we are crazy. I know they are thinking we are busy enough with our four little boys. I know that it may not make a lot of sense.
But we know that this is GOD’S WILL. We know this is right for our family.
And Cy and I know that our hands will be full, but man….
YOU SHOULD SEE OUR HEARTS!
If you, or someone you know would like this t-shirt, we would love for you to purchase one and help us bring home our daughter.
Click HERE to view our Booster Campaign! :)
Eli is already making plans to design another tshirt. He said the next one needs to have a dinosaur on it!
Have a blessed day, friends!