Lainie, Lilly, and Sarah Mei back in April of this year
Sarah Mei was Lilly's orphanage mate and came home shortly after Lilly did. We stay in touch with her family and ask that you please pray for healing for her heart. This will be her second heart surgery in about 9 months, and it will be more difficult due to scar tissue. The doctors will be trying to repair one of her heart valves. Please pray that the surgeons would be able to use Sarah Mei's own tissue rather than a metal valve. The metal valve would not be ideal for such a young child with a growing heart and would mean more surgeries in the future. Thanks for lifting up Sarah Mei to the Great Physician! If you want to check out updates on Sarah Mei, you can check her family's blog: thehortonhome.blogspot.com
Now for a little news on our adoption of Ellie:
Thanks to all of you who have left comments or sent encouraging e-mails. I have indeed felt your prayers. First, the document is now on its way to Beijing although it was not shipped until Tuesday- yet another disappointment. But that's o.k. I have recovered from that one as well and poor David is really glad it's today and not yesterday. Let's just say I was not a happy camper! The agency representative who resides in Beijing should receive it no later than Friday, and I have been told twice now that she will deliver it to the CCAA the day she gets it! Let's pray for that!
The director of the agency met with the CCAA and did advocate for us- praising God for that! She let the officials know that the document was enroute and would be delivered promptly by the end of the week. Unfortunately, she was unable to find out any news on our LOA. Hopefully it will not be TOO much longer. This LABOR has to end soon! (I've decided physical labor/ childbirth is much easier than "labor of the heart" during adoption, and I did it all natural twice!)
I save the best for last. . . The director has Ellie's update and photos in her hand!!! Praising God for this wonderful and desperately needed good news. She said about Ellie: "She has grown so and is so beautiful!! She looks great." The director will return to the US on Friday and will overnight the update to us! Is it Saturday yet???? Can't wait. New pictures will definitelty be the next best thing to our LOA.