Saturday, June 28, 2014

China Bound

Much has happened since we last introduced you to Miss Vivian. Mostly, it has been a lot of waiting with a side of paperwork thrown in here and there. I'm happy to tell you that the wait is over. We received a consulate appointment yesterday which means we are traveling in the near future to pick up our precious Vivian. Just in case you didn't get that.....WE ARE GOING TO CHINA!! Insert shouts of joy, cheering, celebrating and thanking the Lord!!

We can't wait to hold this sweet girl!

It is no coincidence that the day we get to meet our sweet girl will be my mother-in-law's birthday. They will be celebrating together for years to come. I cannot thank the Lord enough for all that He has done to lead us to our daughter and provide everything we need to get her. God's timing is so perfect. He is a God of detail and every step of the way has been orchestrated by Him. We have asked the Lord for things big and small over the past year. Just to name a few:

1. Love for a child we've never met.- It's a mystery to me how the Lord can put such love in our hearts for this child we've never me.
2. $31,000 needed to complete the adoption- He used sweet friends and family to help us with adoption fundraisers and many of you who gave generously and sacrificially. He even used strangers who would overhear our story or hear someone else talking about the adoption. That's simply miraculous!
3. Letters needed from doctors when we couldn't even remember the doctors name that performed the surgery which led to many calls and a sweet nurse the Lord used to find me in their database and call me back when I didn't even leave my number.
3. Doctor- The Lord led us to a doctor that was also in the adoption process. We had heard she was a good doctor but that's about all we knew. She's adopting a little boy, from China through Lifeline which is the agency we are using. We all got chills when we realized that we came to her not knowing that she was also in the adoption process.
4. Surprises- This might sound funny but I love surprises! On occasion, I ask the Lord for them, you know, things like that our paperwork would be processed more quickly than anticipated or that we would get an update on Vivian. In April, some generous friends gave us some money so that we could request a video and some pictures of Vivian. I contacted the lady that handles these requests and she told me that we wouldn't be able to receive pictures or a video of Vivi until June since our last update had been in March when we received pre-approval. We were pretty sad but there was not much we could do about it. On April 29th, which is my sister-in-law's and late grandmother's birthdays, we received a surprise email complete with pictures and a video. The lady that sent it to us said that she had surprisingly received this from one of the workers at the orphanage. We were elated to have new video of her and I knew who sent that surprise. The Lord loves his children well.
5. Tangible ways to help her communicate with us in country and at home- A friend, who just happens to be a teacher, hooked us up with sensory rich play items and laminated pictures of everyday things, signs, actions and emotions. This was just another way the He was preparing us for Vivi.
6. Services- We knew that Vivi would need services like speech therapy but we weren't exactly sure how to get them. Matthew found out from the school board all that would need to be done in order to get her the help she will need when she gets home. It was such a relief to have a plan in place.
7. Preparation for her to come home- We have a long list of things that have needed to get done before we bring her home things like getting her room ready, getting basic supplies needed for a child(clothes, diapers, toys, etc.), having a plan for what we need to do medically as soon as she is home, preparing a will and trust, preparing for all of us to travel to and from another country and lots of little things. I like to check things off of a list especially when so much needs to be done. There have been times when I would try to accomplish something and hit a road block and other times when I would be able to check something off the list that I hadn't planned to take care of at that moment. I have truly experienced the leading of the Lord to accomplish the things that needed to be done in His timing. It has been a learning curve for me as I often want to do things my way. But He beckons me to bring everything to Him and trust that He will help me accomplish what needs to be done in His timing. So often I want to run ahead or drag behind instead of seeking to keep in step with what He would have me to do. Really it's just a matter of me seeking Him in all things and trusting His ways. Isn't that just the way the Lord works? He's not concerned over all that needs to be done but rather uses those things to point us to what matters most which is that we are focused on Him, pressing into Him, trusting Him, bringing all things to Him so that His name might be glorified and that we might drink deeply of Him who satisfies.

These are just a few of things that the Lord has done for us and Vivi throughout this process. We can't wait for the day that we get to meet her and bring her home. We pray for her little heart that the Lord would be preparing her for all of the transitions: new environments, smells, language, experiences, food and people. Her world is going to be turned upside down by all of these things. We have been preparing for over a year for her but she will be uprooted from all she's ever known in the blink of an eye. Please pray for her in the days to come as she will grieve over the life that she's lost. Even though we believe that this is for her good to be part of a family, she won't be able to see that at the beginning. The coming days will be filled with joy, blessings, difficulty, transition and pain. Our hope is in the Lord that He will provide what we need when we need it and that in all things He will point us to Himself.

I don't know what you may be facing today. Perhaps it's uncertainty over the future, sickness, a broken family, a call to something out of your comfort zone like adoption, a move or a job change. Or perhaps you feel hopeless, unloved or forgotten. Whatever the case may be there is only one thing that can satisfy, comfort, heal and bring hope, that is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him(John 14:6). He loved you so much that He lived a perfect life which you cannot live, He took the suffering you deserved because of your sin as He died on the cross and He overcame death giving us the hope of an eternal life spent with Him. Give Him your tired, broken, uncertain, hurt and pain and enjoy the hope, joy, peace and love that comes from knowing Him. Confess your sins to Him and turn from that which will never satisfy or be enough to an Almighty God who loves you. It's the only decision that will last for eternity.

"Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit." Psalm 32: 1-2

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