Tomorrow is the day that we have been waiting for for close to two years. Tomorrow is the day that our lives change forever. Well, maybe not actually tomorrow, since it will be just spent on an airplane, but by far, this the most important flight either of us has ever been on. Tomorrow, at 155 in the afternoon our flight will leave from Charlotte and get to Chicago, and then after a bit of a layover, we will be on the way to Beijing. Truly, I never in a million years would have ever thought I would be saying that. I've never had a great need to go to China, but now, since my daughter is there, it is the only place I need to be! I feel like I should be running around getting things ready, but really....we are ready. Bags are packed, plans are made, and we are ready. I do feel strangely peaceful tonight. I know that the boys are in good hands with my parents and with our friends who are helping to get them to some of their many places to be. I know that He who has brought us here will be with us and will have control over everything and it really doesn't do me any good to stress. I know I've said that before and not really meant it, but I really do feel like I have kind of let go of the worry for once. Never thought I would say that one either!!
This will be a trip we will never forget. But, I know that the next two weeks for Lainey are going to turn her entire world upside down. I feel like we need to be as calm as possible to help her to handle all that this change is going to throw at her. Please pray for her. Pray that her heart will be ready for us, and pray that she will somehow feel how much we love her and only want her to be happy and loved. Pray that she can somehow understand what parents are, and what a family is, so that she can know how much we love her. As excited as we are to be her parents, she will not be feeling that. We will do everything we can to show her how much love we have for her, and we pray that God will show us what is best for her.
We should get her in our arms while you are sleeping between Saturday night and Sunday morning. We will try to post pictures here and to FB as soon as we can, but it will not be until after we have been able to facetime with the boys so that they can "meet" her first. And, the internet is pretty fussy over there, so it may take a little time. Obviously our first priority is her and getting her settled, so we won't be doing anything until then. So, be patient :) Thank you to so many people who have supported us with prayers, words, time, money, we truly could not be doing any of this without the support you have given us, and I cannot tell you how much it means to us to have so many people in our corner to get her home. Please keep the prayers coming, we SOO need those!!!