I can hardly believe that one year ago I was on a flight to China!
It was a long flight yet each step of the way I witnessed first hand the favor of God! At just the right moment there would be someone in line that spoke English that helped me find my way. Only God!
It was Sunday and I had one day to rest before Gotcha! I was staying in an older hotel, yet it was perfect for me! My favorite "go to" restaurant was next door and just off the lobby a coffee shop! In 24 hours I would meet my two new daughters. What must they be thinking and feeling?
Having welcomed two new girls into the family just 15 months earlier I was all two familiar with my feelings! There was an excitement of being so close after the months of paper chasing and there was concern for the girls and for what they were thinking and feeling. The change they were about make is truly indescribable!
My two girls had each other and didn't have to make the transition alone! Look as those beautiful faces, so brave! Eden on the left was moved back to her orphanage prior to my arrival and Mackinley was allowed to stay with her foster family up until she came to meet me. God's hand clearly upon them as that is exactly what each girl needed!
After our first night together, I knew that they would sign their adoption paper work! God had blessed me again with two wonderful girls. While alike in so many ways this experience was totally different as these two girls had a maturity about them that came from being in good foster care.
My experience with older child adoption is unlike most! My girls have not had tantrums, sleep or eating issues. They have had lots of tears and grief yet each is working through these times in a non-aggressive manner. What is most obvious to me is their use of English has been slower as there are four at home that speak Mandarin.
God's hand was clearly evident in the selection of each of my girls. Four strangers coming to live together as forever sisters! The trouble with girls is that they sometimes form a "click" and someone is left out! Including everyone is an ongoing process, some days are better than others.
I had a difficult time with one of my girls when she first came home. It was all me, it seemed everything she did got on my last nerve. Again, God intervened and gave me a love for this child that is second to none! I cannot praise his name enough for this heart change in me!
I am thankful that God called me to adopt and that he opened the door for me to have and love each of my girls! I am especially thankful for Amy H, Karla, Mallory and Sherry from Lifeline Children's Services! This team of ladies went above and beyond to make it possible for this "old woman" to bring home her girls.
I love that God had a plan and purpose for my life that included my girls! I have already begun to see his hand of each of these special treasures as their faith and trust in him grows.
As I reflect back on this past year, I choose to remember the good times and the progress we have made, I choose to learn from my mistakes and move forward. I choose to thank God for blessing me with two (four) of the most beautiful girls. I choose to be thankful for what each as taught me through their joy and grief. Life is choice and I can focus on the negatives or I can focus on all that is right, leaving the rest in God's hands for him to handle in his timing! My choice is to honor God for his faithfulness each and every step along this journey as an
Until next time . . .