Happy New Year Everyone!!
Well, the start of 2013 means that we are paper chasing once again for the dossier! We were told that we are waiting on 2 child abuse checks to come back before we are all clear on the homestudy side of things, so I figure its time to really get going on the new mound of paperwork we will need. I have to send our documents to 3 different Chinese Consulate offices! One in Houston, one in San Francisco, and thankfully I can hand carry my documents into the one here in NYC. Living a military life sure does make paperwork more difficult!!!
We are also patiently, ummmm, make that somewhat patiently waiting for orders! We really don't expect to see them until the 2nd week of February, but a girl can dream right??? I am so anxious to know where we are going so that I can start planning it all out. The adoption creates so many unknowns, I'm just really anxious for this part of our 2013 to be known. ;)
On a completely different note, I've been waiting for God to show me that the little girl I referred to in an earlier post was not mine. Basically, I was praying for an update to her file so that I would know for sure one way or the other. It was hard to make such an important decision based on the file of when she was 3, when she is now 4 1/2. A lot changes in that time period, and she's at the age now where it will be more clear if her surgeries have caused long term issues or not. I was VERY excited when the waiting child coordinator told me there was an update from the day after her 4th birthday, and she was having it translated for me. Unfortunately, the file told me everything I didn't want to hear. Her condition is just too difficult for our family and would definitely keep us from being able to adopt again. She'd be all we could handle. So, I finally received my answer. This is not my daughter, this is a child God wants me to pray for until she finds her mother. I'm sad, but I'm also very grateful to know with certainty that she isn't mine. It helps me to move on and keep looking.
Lastly, for those of you who don't know, there's a little girl named Ivy Joy who is in desperate need of our prayers right now. She had multiple heart surgeries in Boston a few months ago. After spending a few months at home where she was making a remarkable recovery, she was rushed to the hospital a few days ago. She has a clot that has caused her new valve to stop working and she is being airlifted today from AZ to Boston Children's. Please pray for her. Mary, her wonderful mom, has a blog that you can post encouragement on and keep track of how Ivy is doing. I'm posting the link below. PLEASE pray for Ivy Joy!