Monday, June 17, 2013
As I gaze outside the window this morning, I'm reminded of a similar morning 27 months ago, as I watched the sun rise over Nanchang, Jiangxi on the morning of the most amazing day of my life - the day I became a mother. Now, on the morning of the day when I will receive my fourth child, I look at the sleeping faces of my three daughters and wonder how our lives will be changed with the addition of Apple and I vow to be the best mother I can be, no matter what, a mother's promise that there will be enough love and patience for all. I think of the up coming surgeries Apple will endure and know how hard it will be to hand her over to the doctors and nurses and turn and walk away to the "waiting room" where I'll sit in utter faith that God will hold my baby in His hands when I cannot. I'm thinking of 6 years and 2 months of preparation from the time my first dossier was logged in, leading to this very moment. Four years ago, I did some math and my prediction was that it would take exactly this long to get to Apple. What I wasn't able to predict at that time, were the all miracles that happened along the way.
In a city south of where I now sit, a baby girl is sleeping, about to wake up and have her life turned up-side-down. She is about to be taken from all that is familiar and safe to her. Please pray for my little Apple, that she will not be so scared, that she will feel the love her mother and new family has for her, that she will know that she is safe and that we will take very good care of her.