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