So we found the giant ladybug in our towels after we evacuated due to the Black Forest fires this past summer.
We were out of our house for 4 1/2 days and during that time I had little computer access.
When we arrived back at our home it was in shambles - you could physically see the panic and stress we had encountered trying to evacuate all of our kids and some assemblance of important belongings.
This was now the middle of June and Darwin was weighing heavily on my heart. I decided to call Madison and see if there was any news etc. As I searched my email for their number I saw an email I had missed on the the 6th of June. It was an email from Madison Adoption Associates not only checking in with us but also telling us that the orphanage was willing to waive the orphanage fee on top of his large agency grant.
I know that God's timing is perfect and I marveled at the lost email. After the devastation of the previous week our last barrier - really our last humanly excuse as to why not to follow God's request was gone.
I made one very important phone call and then I called my husband at work to tell him.
Heehee I was also done being patient so in the same breath I told him the social worker would be over on Thursday. Even now I laugh and am astonished at my boldness and in retrospect know it was God's hand. I remember holding my breath as the line went silent - full well knowing I could cancel the appointment, but praying with all my being that he would be available both in schedule and heart.
And you know what he WAS!!
We received PA on 7/15 and we were DTC this past week.
I wish I could say that this was the end of our story but it wasn't. AS the long summer months drug on I started to doubt. I think that is why God wanted me to be patient - so that it all was HIM! So I wouldn't have the what if's start to creep into my mind - I mean really who has 7 kids, how were we ever going to put all of these kids through college, and his age 10 years old and only in the 2nd grade God HOW can I do this.
I worried and fretted on my own. Was this a rescue, was this my humanness and my personal heart trying to fix the world or was this truly God's will. As friends continued to encourage me I had a nagging doubt and a fear that almost troubled my soul. I didn't see the things in this boy others did.
I desperate prayed for the same feelings I had for Tao's picture as well as Cav and Fei's. I wanted to go to China and already feel bonded to him, in love with him with the desire of a momma's heart.
Was I making the BIGGEST MISTAKE of my life?
Oh the worry I carried for the summer months. The prayers that God would comfort my heart, to find something in his file that meant something to me, to rest my worrying heart.
I couldn't even imagine backing out on this kid, so we just put one foot in front of the other and the process moved quickly (which did confirm a little this is what God wanted us to do.) Mid August, the nagging in my head (lets call it for what it is Satan) got to be to much.
I pulled up every single email I could find about Darwin. I reviewed each one until I got to the one from March that had his Chinese and English files. Darwin was a little unique as this kid has been on the shared list since 2008! Hidden in the 45 page Chinese file was his complete 2008 file and on page 27 and 28 God calmed my heart.
Instead of the heavy kid with bad teeth I had seen in his English file
I found my son.
Hidden in that file I found a boy (6 or 7) with such a shocking to resemblance to Tao (3) that I knew he was ours.
You see even the Chinese questioned Tao's nationality. I finally had to us amy phone to translate that he was a Chinese orphan we were adopting as no one could figure out why we were there. Darwin and Tao are just one province away from each other on the southern border. I am sure the chances they are related are astronomical but what if.
So we race to our finish line, still afraid of the education piece but knowing fully and completely that God not only has this, but our new son is completely His will.