Another step forward in bringing home Little Man – it is a small step, but a step forward! We officially have a log in date, March 19! China has all of our paperwork and was put into the system yesterday. More than anything this gives us a source of reference to start counting down the days till we get the official letter of approval (LOA) from China to be Little Man’s family.
This next step in the process can be the most unpredictable. And to be honest, is the part of the process I fear the most. We waited for 4 months for the LOA to become Little Monkey’s parents. It was a brutal wait. I have not forgotten the agony of not knowing if the adoption would finalize or not – wondering if there was any end to the process – worrying about our girl’s well being – refreshing my email multiple times a day hoping to have word from our adoption agency. It is all fresh in my mind and I don’t want to go through it again.
If you are reading this blog you either know me personally (and probably would say I am by nature a bit on the crazy side) or you are an adoptive parent who can give testimony to the fact that the process of adoption paperwork can make ANY person crazy. (If you are my social worker and reading this – I promise I am not REALLY crazy. I am a fit mother.) Although even typing this feels crazy. Hmm.
Bottom line – I need prayer as I wait for my baby. Lord have mercy!
Joking aside, we would really appreciate you praying for our LOA. Pray that our paperwork is translated in a timely manner and that our file lands on the desk of a very efficient officer who moves through files quickly. Also please pray for our family as we wait.
Today I don’t feel as crazy. Funny how one small step forward can help.
The other thing that has been helping me – I received encouragement from a dear friend (who also is going through an adoption) in the form of this bible verse.
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!….How gracious He will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you.” Isaiah 30:18-19
Claiming this verse to help keep my craziness at bay!