After a wait more than a year on this side, it is hard to have only a few pictures of your child's growth. No descriptions of her milestones, her daily joys, achievements, and challenges. Every little smile - or frown - makes you wonder what she's thinking, feeling, and worrying about. While we know her eye needs treatment immediately, and her future is dim with visible differences, a 6 year old isn't thinking that far ahead. This orphanage prepares the children well, but what child can be fully prepared to leave everything - and everyone - familiar behind? I can't wait to meet this little one, but am praying daily that God will enable me to understand her needs and comfort her in this transition. Praying for her foster family as well and the grief they may feel at saying goodbye to such a treasure.
The ladies to the right are the orphanage staff, I am guessing the smiling lady in the purple turtleneck is her foster mother. Foster brother at bottom left.
A little bit of a smile :)
Please pray for Sarah and Jenny this month - for the upcoming losses in their lives - and for the transition to a completely different language and culture. Please pray that I will have wisdom and insight from Jesus - who understands our needs before we make them known - to give the girls the love and care they need during our long travels - without the ability to communicate in their heart language. Lastly, pray that we will enjoy our time in China - despite all these concerns, as I get to know my new daughters.
On a lighter note, please pray that I'll be able to pack all the unknown sizes I may need for both girls into two suitcases - it's not looking good...! Praises to the God who walks before us and with us, and cares about even the smallest details of our lives.