According to Angela, the orphanage should have received Faith's package yesterday (China time). I thought
about her all day long. Just like every other day, except yesterday was different (and today). If she received
our package, what did she think? Was she excited? Happy? Sad? I'm sooooooooo happy that God has
given us another daughter. He as comforted me in so many ways in the last 18 months through this adoption. It's certainly taken longer than I would have ever imagined, but it's all in God's perfect timing.
I pray now that God will comfort Faith. That He will give her courage and strength to leave all that she has
known for the last 11 years. I can not even imagine what that must feel like. How sad it must be to say
goodbye to all your friends. And to the foster parents whom she must have come to love. I remember
the day we visited Emmi's orphanage (Dec. 2000). Emmi was only 13 months old. We were leaving the
orphanage and a man walked up and squatted down in front of Emmi's stroller. He spoke to her clearly
in Chinese. We learned then that this was Emmi's foster dad. He had become very close and fond of our
Emmi. My heart just melted. I was so thankful that she had had someone to care for her and love her
for her first year. I have a picture of that moment in her photo album and it will always be embedded in my
mind. I get so emotional just thinking about our kids and what they have been through and those whom's
lives they've touched.
When we were on the plane in Hong Kong waiting to take off in 2006 with Jacob (3 3/4 years old) I clearly remember looking out the window and thinking that Jacob's life will never be the same. What he
has known is now in the past. Tears ran down my face. It's just like I'm sitting in that airplane seat now. That's how vivid it is. I'll never forget it.
We still have several weeks/months of waiting until we finally meet our sweet Faith. Her birthday is November 20th and we plan on sending her a birthday cake with more photo's. Praying that during this
wait she will come to know us as her family and be comforted as she waits.