Patience is not my strongest virtue...I'm waiting impatiently on the day when we finally get to meet Faith just as I was impatiently waiting for the day of Riley's birth. We have so much to do to get ready for our trip to meet her and bring her home, yet, we're spending lots of time these days simply counting down the time. On an intellectual level, I know God's plan and His timing are perfect. But, it's one thing to know something intellectually. It's much different to turn that faith into application. These last two days have been full of reminders from Him prompting me to trust and be patient in His perfect timing. I'm still looking forward to the day when we get to meet Faith...I'm just going to try to not be so anxious about the when and how.
"Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" -Psalm 27:14 ESV
Friday, February 22, 2013
We were surprised to receive these pictures last evening. These were sent to us as the final official update prior to travel to bring Faith to her forever home. She weighs about 26 lbs and is 35" tall, according to the update. Even though we're getting closer and closer to bringing Faith home, I think this period has been the hardest part of this journey. Our Article 5 paperwork was dropped off at the U.S. Embassy in Guangzhou on February 19 and will be picked up on March 5. After that, we are simply waiting on travel approval which we hope to receive within two weeks (or so). We would ask that you continue to pray for our family as we enter this period of great transition. Pray specifically that our two boys will adjust quickly to the new "normal." Please also pray for Faith...we have had almost a year to prepare our hearts, minds, and home for her. However, bringing her into our home means that she is leaving the only home (even if it is an orphanage) and people that she has ever known. She will, undoubtedly, experience grief and fear that we simply cannot fully comprehend. Please pray that she has a spirit of peace and contentment as she begins this new chapter in her life.
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." -John 14:18 ESV