Preparing a Place For Her
We have had a very exciting and productive week! On Tuesday, all of Faith’s furniture was delivered for her room. By Thursday, every pink detail was in place, and over the weekend, her closet was organized. It has been so fun putting her room together and getting everything just right. Jian went through all of her toys and books and parted with ones that she wanted to share with her sister. I have been getting so excited preparing for Faith and thinking about the fact that she will soon be here with our family and occupying this room. So much love went into every decision and every detail getting it ready for her.
I couldn’t help but think about Jesus during this process. When he was preparing to ascend back into heaven, he didn’t want his apostles to be afraid. In John chapter 14, he assured them that he would go and prepare a place for them and would be waiting to see them again.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” verse 3
Seven months ago, when I naively went to volunteer at Kids’ Camp, I had NO IDEA that we would be leaving for China a few months later to bring Faith home! That day at camp, the only one-on-one interaction I had with Faith was when I threw a ball to her and she caught it two times. As I left that day, I remember sadly thinking that I would probably never see her again.
“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” verse 18
I am overwhelmed by God’s love, grace and power and how He has orchestrated this plan for our family and has paved the way for every detail to fall into place. We officially began the adoption process for her the last week of July (the same week that Jian had her final appointment with her surgeon in Baltimore.) It is unheard of to complete an international adoption from start to finish in just 4 months. At this point, we are waiting on Travel Approval and then will book our plane tickets and leave a couple weeks after that. We are within $20,000 of being fully funded for all adoption and travel expenses! We still have our big multi-family yard sale and Kids’ 5K/Fun Run fundraisers coming up in the next 2-3 weeks.
Our adoption agency just so happens to be scheduled to go on a trip to Faith’s orphanage, so today I was able to take them a card and some pictures and a soft blanket to prepare her for our coming. Our sweet children at church also made her a book, telling her how excited they are that she will be here soon. We are praying that she will be emotionally ready and that Jian will be at peace with all of these changes in our family.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.” verse 1
I am quite surprised at how calm I have been feeling. I think my “old self” would have been feeling out of control and in a whirlwind with how quickly things have been moving. It is such a comfort to take a step back and watch everything as it unfolds and to be so full of gratitude for the hundreds of people who are playing a role in Faith’s story. As I was telling someone over the weekend, I know for sure that Faith is supposed to be with our family right now. I don’t know what the future is going to bring or what is going to happen with her health, but I know that He does, and I can rest in that.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” verse 27
And until I see that my will is not matching up with His, I will continue to boldly approach His throne and beg his mercy on Faith and on her heart and lungs and on our family and ask that she will defy what all medical experts have predicted for her life, and I invite you to join in that prayer with us.
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” verse 14