Only GOD--Only GOD! I simply can not say that enough. Only God could touch our hearts through the picture of a girl in China who desparetly wanted a Mommy and Daddy. Only God could arrange all of details from the paperwork to the timing of the trip. Only God could take a BIG, FAT, ZERO and turn into a sum that more than surpassed my salary the last year I taught school. Only God could challenge us to walk this faith journey and hold us all the way through it. And ONLY GOD continues to be in control of these adoptions of our girls.
And . . . We get Sara in 4 days! Just thought I would throw that out there. :) I'm ready to meet her too!!!
Right now I think I am in make believe land. It doesn't seem real--we've been talking about it, thinking about it and planning for it, but you're still never quite prepared for all of the emotion that comes with this event. We are learning a lot of information about Hannah HaiYan. Most of it we will keep to ourselves to share with Hannah as she gets older. But I will share some sweet things that were given to us by the director of her orphanage. She gave Hannah a picture book with pictures all the way from her arrival at the orphanage when she was 10 months old and there were many pictures throughout her childhood We were given a copy of her finding ad that was placed in the Hunan Paper looking for her biological parents. She also blessed us with school work from Hannah's classroom. What precious treasures to be given. A small glimpse of her life before our family.
Here a few pictures from today's signing of the official paperwork. Enjoy!
Making it official!
Answering questions before the Notary
Jammin' with Toby Mac
Can you guess where we went next?
Riding the escalator downstairs
Fish? Choose your fish for supper.
Or Maybe Frogs?
Or Maybe Chicken Feet?
Choose your pick!
Today was also a day for a big range of emotions. Leighanne got jealous today when Zach was playing with Hannah and she felt left out. All through the morning she frowned, and was pretty whiney. I know this is realistic behavior--but it sure was frustrating because she wouldn't even talk about it with us. We finally got her straightened out with her emotions and got her to talk through it.
Later when Ben and Zach left the room, Hannah got very upset that her BaBa had left. She frantically looked for her shoes and wanted to go with Baba. She stood next to the wall and cried big girl tears, whining for Baba. She would not let me comfort her. Instead, big tears just fell down her face until Baba returned with supper. I was not sure what to do. I kept trying to explain with hand motions and simple words--but it was no use--only Baba would do. When Baba arrived home she was estatic and gave him some big kisses--me--she ignored me like the plague. Finally, after we ate, she forgave me for whatever I did, and gave me kisses and hugs. Just a little bit of reality of the emotions that are swinging around here.
Still it's all good--just what we thought would eventually come. I guess we are normal afterall. :)