Things are moving along very well in our adoption of Emily. This is such a different experience than Sarah's adoption. I can't put my finger on it exactly but it is much like a second pregnancy. I have a much better sence of what I am doing. I have a better sence of what to freak out about and what not to fret over. I am much less fervent. Last time I had the next step done and waiting this time I have had to scurry a couple of times to have things ready on time. A certain 5 year old keeps me on my toes and keeps my time occupied! I also have a peace about where Emily is that I did not have with Sarah. I knew her situation was dire- that she needed to get out there as quickly as possible. With Emily, I want her home as soon as possible. I want her to be getting the care she needs and to be able to go to school and to have a mother and father and a family that cherishes her. I have however been told that the nannies at her orphanage are so great and really love the children. I have also been told they do a great job of preparing them for adoption. What a blessing that is! I am praying for the Lord to use this time of waiting to plant the desire for a family in her heart and to ready her for the coming changes.
One really neat thing this time around is the amount of contact we have been able to have. We sent Sarah a couple of things and a letter while she waited but I was never sure she got them and I knew she could not understand what was happening. This time however I know Emily gets what we send and it seems very important to me to have as much contact as possible. We haven't talk to her- we only have some videos but we have been able to send her multiple letters. Her orphanage is larger than Sarah's and one of Lifelines oldest partnerships Many families adopt from there. I have been able to send several letters. I mailed a package today for Lifeline to take to her next week when they visit. That has been really fun!
Our dossier is being authenticated right now. It should be headed to the Chinese consulate this week. I hope we will be DTC next week. We are trying to decide who will travel but so much depends on when and we just don't know yet. I really want everyone to go at least for part of the time. It will all work out. See- much more relaxed this time around! We have ordered Will and Sarah a passport just so we have our bases covered!
I am hopeful to get knew pictures in the next couple of weeks from this trip Lifeline is taking. I plan to send another package and ask for an update when we are logged in. Hopefully around the first of July.
I am ready to see her sweet face. I am growing to love her more each day and am feeling her absence in our family. It won't be without it's challenges but few things worth doing are. We are preparing and praying and trying to wait patiently!