Obviously I've been thinking lots about our little one in China. We've almost decided on a name for her. I've ordered her homeschool supplies. Although I haven't done this with any of my other kids, we'll be using the Montessori approach with her and with Benjamin during preschool and Kindergarten. When she gets here, she'll be just past her 4th birthday, but according to adoption experts we can expect a 1 month delay for every 3 months she is in "less than optimal care." This means we are prepared for her to be more like a 2 year old than a 4 year old when she comes home, although to be honest I don't think she'll be that delayed. I don't know why I think this but I do.
We got our referral papers today and are still waiting for all of the background checks and new reference letters to find their way back to the home study agency. After that the agency will copy everything and send it all to our social worker who will take care of the rest. To say I'm nervous about this is an understatement.
Meanwhile, while we wait for all of these things to fall into place, I find myself leaning on God more than ever before. I don't think I could get through this without the constant reminders that He is in control of this entire process and that He loves our children even more than we do.
If you are reading this, please pray for our little one in China and for our family here in the US. Pray that all hurdles will be removed, and that we can get there quickly. We want our family to be together under one roof as quickly as possible. Pray that Mike and I will do and say all the right things at the right times so that we find favor with all who have control over this situation. Pray that this process will bring every member of our family closer to God.