Yep....you read that right!
On December 23, 2008 (after a 25 1/2 month wait) we received an email from our agency about a 15 month old little girl currently residing in Hunan. This little girl stole our hearts, but we were cautious. We didn't know much about her special need, and wanted to read & learn as much as we could. After researching, having our pediatrician review the file, praying, asking for updates, researching & praying some more, we decided we were definitely capable of handling this particular need. I think deep down we knew right then that she was our daughter, the little girl we've been waiting for.
There were concerns, as I think there always are when you step out of your comfort zone. Adopting is a leap of faith....adopting special needs is an even greater leap! But never fear, our faith is strong. And every step of the way I could feel Him with us. Every time I felt like this was too much for us, I would stumble across something or someone's personal story that said it wasn't. I tried to stay strong and detach myself. It was just research, I kept telling myself. It wasn't until I received the updated growth report & pictures that I said "no more". No more research, no more questioning, no more....She's ours. Even before the updated medical report came through I had called & asked our agency to lock her file. I felt like a weight had been lifted and I just knew we were following His plan. And as if to prove it to me, the updated medicals came thru to us a couple hours later, and her original diagnosis had been changed (for the good!)Other than being a little behind developmentally, she is a beautiful, healthy little girl with the chubbiest cheeks ever! God is good!
Our agency is expecting PA to arrive very quickly (then I can share a pic with all of you), and for us to travel in April/May. The next few months are going to fly by and creep...all at the same time :) Hang on, Kalia....it won't be long now!