Today marks two months since we first saw this little picture. Two months of scurrying around, trying to collect documents, fill out questionnaires, submit fingerprints. Two months of falling in love with this precious face.
We, at last, have all our state clearances complete. One, to remain unnamed, state took an
outrageously long time additional month to complete our clearances. This, obviously, set us way behind where we hoped we’d be by now in our paperchase… but if I’ve learned anything, it’s to completely trust His timing in all things.
Right now our completed homestudy is about to be sent off to USCIS. Woohooo! Celebrating in the small victories, you know? I’ve been hearing that the process has sped up immensely, and I am hopeful (ever the optimist am I) that we’ll be DTC in early May.
We have gotten some teeny tiny updates on our girl. By teeny tiny, I mean no new pictures. Or xrays. Or measurements, or milestones. But we have gotten some amazing, only- God- could- have- done- it kind of news: our girl is currently having her feet corrected. In the Ponseti method.
To understand the God- sizeness of this, let me back up a bit. Months ago, I was contacted by an orphanage group friend who was starting a charity to help SN kiddos in Guilin, called An Orphan’s Wish. She asked if I would consider helping with the charity, specifically the clubfoot casting unit they were trying to set up for children with clubfoot to be treated by the serial casting method instead of surgery. I immediately jumped at the idea and contacted my sons’ doctor in Iowa to see if he had any ideas that might help the unit become a reality. He had some recommendations for the potential unit, above all was a therapist he highly recommended to do the castings, one he had worked with personally when he had been in China.
Turns out our girl is being treated, in China, by the one person recommended to me by our boys’ doctor. One person in all of China. Is taking care of our girl. Amazing. So, it would be kinda silly for me to get all bent out of shape over an extended wait for state clearances, or moving this summer, or finances. Clearly our very big God has it all under control.
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours, O LORD, and this is Your kingdom. We adore You as the One who is over all things. Riches and honor come from You alone, for You rule over everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is at Your discretion that people are made great and given strength.”
~ 1 Chronicles 29:11-12