It has been difficult to put into words the conflicting emotions we’ve felt in the past eight days. Extreme joy personally, enduring struggle elsewhere. But after two important milestones last week and coming back from an amazingly special hometown fundraiser weekend, the phrase I continue to repeat: Help, Thanks, Wow (which are Anne Lamott’s three essential prayers).
First, we asked for help in these hometown fundraisers, and Huntsville, Alabama delivered. Thanks and wow. We continue to ask for help that our gal stays strong as she turned 21-months old last Wednesday. We ask for help that the coming weeks go smoothly so that we arrive safely in April and ensure she spends only one more “birthday” alone, which would be just two days before we take her into our arms forever. And we so eagerly continue to tell the story of the help those millions of other orphans around the world need. So while our personal “help” prayers turn now into “thanks”, our hearts remain pulled in their direction after seeing the need that keeps growing, while international adoption continues to decline.
Where do we even begin? And where does the line blur with “wow”? We’re so thankful for receiving our final, final travel approval last Thursday. The feeling of relief upon seeing that email come through was indescribable: “Dear China Family: We are happy to announce your confirmed travel dates, you may now buy tickets for your adoption trip.” With those dates confirmed, we’re thankful for knowing that we fly out April 9th and will (finally!) become a family of three on Monday, April 14th. Sarah will be sharing more about our trip and itinerary in a blog post soon!
And speaking of thanks: how can we ever, ever thank the amazing souls who continue to join us in this adventure, and become a part of this child’s story? We don’t feel like a “thank you” does enough justice (even as 50+ overdue thank you cards await us on the kitchen table), so for those who have given your time, money, and hearts to us in the last week... please know that we truly consider you a “wow”.