You see there is a little girl living in China whose picture I came across last month. I wasn't really looking at lists of waiting children, especially waiting children in China. We don't qualify because of family size and income. But I couldn't get this little girl, who wanted "mommy and daddy to love her and sing to her and cook her good food", out of my head. No matter what I did, she wouldn't leave. So J. and I decided to take the next step and when that next step was successful, we took the next one. Which led to us submitting a Letter of Intent to China in the hopes that they would agree to let us adopt her. That was last week. Twenty-four hours later we had a reply. It wasn't an outright no, but a request for more information. I spent the day scrambling to pull together everything we needed and we resubmitted our request on Monday.
And they said yes. We will be allowed to adopt this little girl whom we have fallen in love with. Since I was preparing myself for a 'no', I think I'm in a bit of shock. But I don't know why because God's hand has been all over this and He is bigger than governments.
Since her picture has been on various advocacy sites I will share one with you. Because you will wonder and ask... we believe she has neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease which causes the nerve endings to develop tumors. Along with tumors, cafe au lait spots are also common, which is the darkening on her face.
So meet our newest daughter... and please keep all of us in your prayers as we walk through this process.
If you are here from Kelly's Korner, this is our third and newest adoption. We have been in process for quite a while and hope to travel in March '12. While we aren't fundraising per se, we also won't turn down donations and have a way to make them tax deductible for the donor. Contact me if you are interested. While we don't know how God is going to finance this adoption, I didn't really link here for that, but to advocate for a boy who has touched our hearts and needs a family. If you click the link, you can meet Joseph and read his story. For those interested, the story of our first two adoptions can be found either by going to my adoption page at the top of my blog or by choosing the adoption category.