Every time I write “adoption update,” I can’t hardly believe it is me writing it.
I mean, I’ve always had a heart for adoption and have always known that I could love any child as if he/she was my own…it’s the teacher’s heart in me, but I never actually thought we would adopt.
So it is still hard for me to believe all of this is happening.
But we are THRILLED beyond words with this unexpected blessing!
We get to Skype with our girl every Sunday, and it is the best day of the week! We love seeing her cute little face. Her foster sister is in her twenties and speaks some English, so she is able to translate for us, which is wonderful. :)
The Sunday before last, her foster family found out from the government that we wanted to adopt. The government official also asked our sweet girl if she wanted to be adopted by us. We were hoping and praying that she wanted us as much as we wanted her.
This past Sunday, her foster sister told us that our sweet girl said, “Yes, I want to be with my American family forever.”
Oh. My. Gosh. My heart melted.
Then Cy asked her what she wanted us to get her for Christmas, and her foster sister translated what she said…
“All I want for Christmas is to be with my American family.”
Y’all, I am dying over here!! I want to squeeze her until I can’t squeeze her anymore!
Her foster family sent us these sweet pictures of her. They were taken when she got back home to her foster family (a country near the Ukraine) after being with us for the 5 weeks this summer.
Shortly after that, she got gum stuck in her hair and they had to cut it off. It is shorter than Eli’s now! But she is still as cute as a button!
We are so very thankful for her foster family. It has opened my eyes to how important the role of a foster family can be in a child’s life. She has lived with them for the past three years, and I know it will not be easy for them to see her leave. But they want what is best for her, and they feel that is us. Oh how good our God is to us! I see His fingerprints all over this whole process.
Our prayer is that we will be flying over to bring her home to America before Christmas. If the adoption paperwork is not finished in time, we will re-host her at Christmas for four weeks, through Project 143, and finish the adoption process at the first of the new year.
I have a feeling this will be our best Christmas ever!!