It has been way to long since I have made an update to our blog. I am so thankful for my sweet friends who continuously ask what is going on, how we are doing, and if we have any updates. For months now I have had to answer with “no changes, still waiting”. I have done that a few times in the last week, but the other day it hit me that it was not really the truth. Yes, we are still waiting to be matched to our daughter. And yes, this wait has been very, very hard for me. The holidays were especially tough on me. While I was here with Grant and these 3 girls celebrating the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, my littlest girl is living thousands of miles away as an orphan. Our hearts are SO ready for her! Our home is getting ready for her to, and she definitely was NOT forgotten this Christmas season at our house!
And yes, we have named our sweet girl already. We are very ready for our Leah Grace to come home!
When people ask me about updates, I immediately say there are none, because as far as knowing her and seeing her sweet face, we haven’t had any progress. However, behind the scenes, God has been moving mountains for her these past 3 months! I felt guilty when I realized that I was not sharing all the ways God has come through for us during this wait. In the beginning of this process, the financial obligations connected with international adoption were our greatest fear. We were VERY willing to pay the estimated $35,000 to $40,000, but we just didn’t have it! (We also now know our costs after we travel to China will exceed $40,000). We very quickly emptied our savings account to just get the process started. After that, we applied to about 10 adoption grant organizations, opened a 2 year interest free “adoption” credit card, and we spoke with a few bankers about the possibility of personal loans. Obviously, we did not want to end this process thousands of dollars in debt, but we also knew we would do whatever we needed in order to bring our daughter home!
I know I mentioned in an earlier post that we received a matching grant from a wonderful organization that was willing to match up to $4,000 of money we received from our friends and family. We were required to write a letter telling our story and mail it, along with a letter from the organization, asking friends and family to pray about making a financial donation towards our adoption. I will be very honest in saying that while Grant and I were so grateful for this opportunity, we were VERY nervous about mailing letters asking for money for our family. We had already come up with a few fundraisers that we felt were in our comfort zone, and this was definitely NOT something we had discussed doing. The night I stuffed envelopes, I cried and prayed that God would allow people getting these letters to receive them without judgement and without thinking anything negative about our adoption. The last thing I have ever wanted was for anything negative to come from our sweet Leah’s story! I have always prayed that when people think of our family and our little China girl that God will be glorified, and I didn’t want us asking for money to change that.
Well, little did I know that the Holy Spirit was moving in a BIG way through our friends and family! We barely let ourselves hope for the $4,000 to be matched. We never dreamed we would raise more than that! We debated on sharing the exact amount that our friends and family so graciously raised for us. But when it comes down to it, God moved in these people on our behalf. He deserves the glory for this fundraiser, and in order to glorify Him and to show that He truly does equip those He calls, we decided to be open with the amount of money we received. We are so truly humbled and in awe to be able to share that we received a total of $28, 275 from our amazing friends and family!! We were SHOCKED to say the least. What a blessing for our little girl to one day learn all the ways God moved in our little corner of this world to bring her home! There are no words to describe how very humbling it is to be shown this type of support, love, and generosity. I am crying again as I type these words! God showed up exactly as He promised He would when the Holy Spirit pushed us out into this beautiful journey!
As I said, the waiting has been very hard for me. It has currently been 4 months and 1 week of waiting (125 days to be exact). However, I am so very thankful for all of the ways God is reminding us that He is orchestrating this story in His timing! He is in control, and He will not leave us or our precious Leah! Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Please continue to keep our family and Leah in your prayers as we wait to see her face!