January 4th, 2016

We are excited to announce that we have a LID (log-in date).  We received a phone call today to tell us we are officially logged-in in China.  After 8 1/2 long months we have finished the final step and are now open and waiting to receive a referral.  We cannot tell you how ready we are to see our little ones face.  They have told us it can be up to a 2-3 month wait.  We are praying that we receive a referral in January.  I am not sure how much longer my heart can take.  I never imagined I could love someone so much that my heart literally aches without ever seeing her face.

Please continue to pray for our baby girl.  Prayers that all of her needs are met emotionally, mentally, physically, and socially.  That most importantly she feels loved by her caregivers and her Heavenly father.  Prayers for her caregivers and her birth mom.  I cannot imagine the pain of giving up your baby because you have no other choice.  Please join me in praying that God whispers to her heart that her baby has another mommy and daddy fighting for her and that she will soon be in a loving family.

With the news this week my heart wants to burst with happiness, but also aches at yet another wait.  I know God is working during the waiting and working in us on trust, patience and perseverance.  Please pray we can continue to trust God's perfect timing, trust that he has her in the palm of his hand because he loves her even more than we do and that we can find joy in the waiting.  This journey has been harder than I ever imagined, but we have never felt closer to God.  We continue to feel honored and blessed that God chose us for this journey.  The aching of our hearts is only temporary and once we have her in our arms we will be able to rest from this journey.  We will finally be able to come home and begin our lives as a family of 5!!

I am going to leave you with a quote I read off of one of the many adoption blogs I have read over the past few months (I think I have read them all because I cannot find any I have not read).  We are trying our best to walk by faith and not question this journey, but it is so hard.

"Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading."
Oswald Chambers