We are finally "officially" matched with our little girl, and we can share ALL of our great news! God has been working in our lives in some awesome ways in the last year. If you had told me this time last year that I would be on pins & needles waiting to get the call that I can travel halfway around the world to bring home my daughter.....I would have told you that you were CRAZY.....literally. God can certainly change our plans....and our hearts....if we allow Him to.
Our journey began in April of this year. God had been softening our hearts for months before that, but on the Saturday before Easter...He dropped the bomb..... We were having a Sunday School Easter egg hunt at our house. Our friends Jason & Kelly, who have 3 adopted children from China were leaving. As I walked them to their car, Jason began to tease me about needing a girl. I told him thanks, but I was good... :) I kinda like being queen of the castle & I have plenty enough hormones for my whole house. :0 He continued & told me he knew exactly the girl I needed too. I knew who he was referring to.... Naomi...... A little girl that they had had to painfully leave behind at Maria's Big House of Hope in China when they brought their 3rd child, Miles, home. She was in the Nemo room with Miles. And apparently, they were great friends....judging by the picture to the left of them kissing upon Jason & Kelly's arrival there to visit. Little did I know, they had been praying for a family for Naomi ever since they left China in December. AND specifically a family IN New Albany..... Of course, they did not share this information with me at this time. As we talked about her, I asked if I could see a picture of her. Jason said yes, & began trying to pull up a picture out of Kelly's phone. It took quite a while and I remember standing there waiting...not moving...until he found it. People were leaving my house & I remember thinking how rude I was being not telling the others bye like I was Jason & Kelly. However, my feet did not move. I stood there & stood there... waiting for that picture. Looking back, I have NO idea why... BUT GOD. He finally found it... we looked at it & talked about her. They told me that she was not up for adoption when they were there, and they weren't sure why. I asked them to text the picture to my phone..... again, I have NO idea why... BUT GOD. I later talked to Kevin about her. He was a little confused at first because we have never discussed adoption - ever. Later, we would find out that we both had thought about it at different times, but neither of us ever brought it up. The first thing Kevin said to me was, Don't you just wanna have another one?? Almost immediately I said no. And that was huge. I had never completely given up the notion that I would have more babies. But, I was sure..... BUT GOD. I told Kevin that I was just going to inquire about her. The next week I called Kelly to see if she could find out any information about her. Indeed she did! She found out that her paperwork for adoption had been started only 3 weeks prior to our call. BUT GOD. I was put in touch with the appropriate adoption agency & contacted them about qualifications. They told me that they could possibly get Naomi's file, or they may not; and that if they did get it, it could be listed LID only, which means a family's paperwork (which can take 4-6 months) has to be logged-in in China to be matched with that child. They said we could go ahead & begin our paperwork (and pay all the necessary fees $$$) & just hope the timing works out right & that we are able to be matched with her..... Basically no guarantee. It was pretty much a downer. I was so confused. I thought I had heard God's voice so clearly, but this was an awful big mountain we were being faced with. I remember going in my bedroom & sobbing & asking God what in the world was He doing with my heart.... I had instantly fallen in love with this little girl & felt Him drawing me to her & then this phone call was so uncertain. I later talked to Kevin about it, we both agreed that she needed a home, a family, & love..... and we could certainly give her all three. We decided to take a leap of faith... and trust in God for what was ahead. We began the 5 month sequence of paperwork.... homestudies, blood work, fingerprints, and mounds & mounds of forms. All the while, sharing with others that we were adopting from China & that we had "asked" for a little 3 year old girl, named Naomi. When I tell you I had peace.... I mean I had a peace that truly surpasses all understanding. I never once worried during that time that we wouldn't get her... Never... Not Once. I continually reassured my boys that I knew in my heart that she was suppose to be ours. We had her picture up in our home & we prayed for her daily. It was on August 24th that we got the worst phone call we could have ever received. Our agency called & said that Naomi's file had finally come in but that it was listed "LID" only..... and we were at least a month away from there. They said that there were a few families that were LID & by law they would have to offer her to them. It was the worst day of my life. I couldn't breathe. I cried out to the God I had trusted & put every bit of my faith in. I threw every question up that I could.... All WHYS??? I had been as obedient as I could be... why & how could He allow this? BUT GOD. A few days later, I was washing my car & throwing up all the whys & asking God what I was to tell my children? I had told them I knew she was suppose to be ours.... that I had FAITH. That God would work everything out.... And I heard Him say to my soul.... WHAT HAS CHANGED???...They did not call you & tell you that she was not yours. They merely told you that her file was in & that they had to offer her to others... the mountain is just a little steeper..... BUT GOD. And, of course, on September 28th when we mailed all of our completed & finalized paperwork in, her file was sitting there waiting on us...... GOD.