There’s always hope
There’s always hope
The past few weeks have been very hard… I haven’t blogged because I simply haven’t had the words. From health concerns for our daughter to the devastating pain of our dear friends’ loss, sometimes it seems to be too much. A couple weeks ago, the entity that issues travel approval shut down for “upgrades”. It remained closed the following week as well due to malfunctions and kinks in the system. This past week the Chinese celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival and every thing remained closed. All we need is travel approval (TA) and then our consulate appointment (CA) so we can go get our sweet baby. The trouble is, now we are facing the US Consulate closure in July. A visit to the consulate is the final step in the process, we can’t leave China with her without it. None of this is in my control and there’s not a thing my whining will do to change it. To be so helpless and so far away is not a great feeling.
We’re trying to stay busy to keep from dwelling on the wait. Friday we saw Superman after years of looking forward to it. The boys LOVED it, I was not as impressed with the 437 mega fight scenes, but I did really like the underlying adoption message. The theme of giving of yourself for the greater good was prevalent. Loving and respecting each other regardless of how your family was formed together is crucial. Stepping out in faith and trusting in something bigger than yourself, especially when you are incapable of seeing the whole picture or understanding why, is the only way to pull through. We are not promised things will be easy, but there is always hope.
On Saturday we were blessed and honored by sweet friends coming together to run for Lizzie. It was a beautiful morning, a little muddy and a tad muggy, but overall great. It meant so much to have our friends there for us! Thank you, thank you, thank you! For those of you far away, we’d come run with all of you if we were able! We’re looking forward to getting pictures from the Huntsville and Alabaster group runs that are planned in the coming weeks. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late to register or plan a group run/walk of your own!
All of you who have supported our adoption journey through donations, buying shirts, ordering from our 31 and Pampered Chef shows, running, and especially prayers; we are so incredibly humbled. And thankful. We have been blessed throughout this journey by family, friends, strangers, and strangers who have become what I know to be lifelong friends. I have found strength and encouragement in people who I know God placed in my life just when I needed them most. It is amazing to know we are being taken care of so intrinsically. Thank you all, again, for everything you have done for our family! Each day is one day closer to Susan Elizabeth. Each day is one day closer to one less orphan.