That first week was rough. I talked about getting on a plane and going to Congo anyway. Even if I didn't have an embassy appointment for another month at least I would be with my daughter and know that she is ok. Then I talked myself out of it. Then back into it. And the pattern continued a million times until I finally decided that I would just wait
So, our new embassy drop-off date is September 27- just 2 days away. The actual appointment is October 1.
Would you all please, please, please pray for this? Pray for our lawyer to actually make the document drop off. Then pray that all paperwork that is needed is there and we are approved. We really NEED this to happen. Our daughter NEEDS this to happen.
I posted this earlier in the week on facebook:
"Get your "YES" straight at the very beginning. Decide on it. Roll around in it. Put it on the table and shellack it. Because you cannot let every delay and snag derail your certainty about adoption. When you say YES, you are saying YES to enter the suffering of the orphan, and that suffering includes WAITING FOR YOU TO GET TO THEM. I promise you, their suffering is worse than yours. We say YES ...to the tears, YES to the longing, YES to the maddening process, YES to the money, YES to hope, YES to the screaming frustration of it all, YES to going the distance through every unforeseen discouragement and delay. Do not imagine that something outside of "your perfect plan" means you heard God wrong. There is NO perfect adoption. EVERY adoption has snags. We Americans invented the "show me a sign" or "this is a sign" or "this must mean God is closing a door" or "God must not be in this because it is hard," but all that is garbage. You know what's hard? Being an orphan. They need us to be champions and heroes for them, fighting like hell to get them home. So we will. We may cry and rage and scream and wail in the process, but get them home we will." --Jen Hatmaker, Author of Interrupted and Seven and mother of five (two all the way from Ethiopia)
I needed to hear/see that this week. I can relate to everything that Jen Hatmaker says. This past month- the crying, raging, screaming, wailing- has been me. But so is the fighting and so is the determination to get our daughter home!!
Thank you friends and family for your love, prayers, and support. This adoption journey would be so much harder without you. It is true that adoption is not for the faint of heart. It is HARD. But would I do it all again? You betcha.
Because this precious girl is WORTH it!!