Filling her closet with clothes. Buying bed and linens. Purchasing dolls. Looking for the perfect car seat. All those things added a tangible element to the adoption process. I can't even describe what it feels like knowing something I've been thinking about for longer than I've been an adult and praying so fervently for is actually happening!
Makes me think of Proverbs 13:19
Makes me think of Proverbs 13:19
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul
However, last night, as I was winding down from the weekend, I thought:
I wonder how she'll feel transitioning from an orphan to child number 8 in a family?
I wonder how she'll feel about having two grandmas and a grandpa? Aunts, uncles? Nieces and nephews, cousins?
I was so excited and then, suddenly, I thought:
I wonder how she'll feel, saying good bye to her foster parents, foster siblings? Teachers, friends? The orphanage and the nannies that have spend time with her? Her country, language, food?
I won't lie and say that I can begin to wrap my mind around the incredible confusion, fear and hurt she's going to be feeling. I can only pray that she transitions and bonds to us in a quick and healthy manner to ease her pain. I pray that what she finds here at home is enough to heal her broken heart.
We have been going through so many emotions and so many transitions over the last year. We've weathered many storms, we've survived things meant to tear us apart, and we've learned to walk together in this topsy turvy world.
We've learned to enjoy and appreciate one another's victories, to celebrate life's little moments, and to praise Him through every circumstance.
This journey to bring Lucy home has been a long one, longer yet in the making. Yet every minute has added and built, leading to this amazing crescendo that is even now within our sights! Together, Manny and I are anxiously anticipating the moment when we can see our girl face to face for the first time. We've talked and daydreamed about likely scenarios, and some not so likely ones. We've laughed knowing that the first time she lays eyes on us, Manny will be insecure of how to proceed and I will be a crying mess, and how Lucy will also remember her Baba and Mama as the loudest in the group on Gotcha Day.
We are so exited for this gorgeous girl to be present in our daily lives in more than just our thoughts. Sometimes, it's a little overwhelming how that desire can bring us (mostly me) to tears. How receiving an email with pictures and a video feels like winning the lotto, and can bring you to your knees in a heartbeat.
Last week was a productive week, we managed to get several steps crossed off our list, we received our Letter of Acceptance and an email with a video and some pictures. We were also selected to be a 555 Family with Reece's Rainbow, which helps 5 families close to traveling every month raise some money together. It's an amazing program, one that we have been sponsoring ourselves for months, we are so honored to be selected! If you are interested in helping through this program, your donation goes towards 5 families! That's a lot of good for a little donation! You can learn more about this through this link: http://reecesrainbow.org/555families In advance, thank you, on our behave and all the other families for this months and the ones that will benefit in the future!
Additionally, we picked up our daughter from college for a short visit, and she snapped a picture of the family for the 555 Families page. Then two quick pictures of Manny and myself, and one of Yudith, Alex and Becky. These pictures were not planned and we weren't "glamorously" prepared for a photo shoot, but if you know our family personally, you know that we all actually prefer it this way! I love how they all turned out and my heart is so full! Yudith did an amazing job of snapping a few pictures to completely capture the emotions we are living with! Lucy's family waiting, working and anticipating her arrival! Here are the pictures from that, and those we received of our beautiful girl! The video is a short one but, oh my gravy it is sooooooo cute!!!!
Ok, pause here for a moment!! Tell me you don't want to go back and watch that AGAIN!? It's ok, go ahead, I'll wait!
Our 555 Family picture!
We are over the moon in love with this Munchkin already! Don't anyone spill the beans that she can get anything she wants from each of us, we're already wrapped!
AND NOW!!! LUCY!!!
As always, thank you all so very much for your prayers and support! We have always been, are now and will forever be, extremely appreciative!