We are in the midst of the paperwork madness. Our homestudy should be in the hands of the US immigration folks next week, and we hope and pray to receive our fingerprint appointment next week as well. Our dossier, minus the immigration approval, will be sent next week to DC for authentication at the US Consulate and the Chinese Embassy. We are praying for God's timing which is perfect. God's timing is usually not early and many times late- by our standards, but always perfect because He knows exactly what we need and when! I keep telling myself that over and over. Hopefully Hudson will be home sometime next summer.
Look at who has grown up quite a bit. We received this new picture and an update last week. Not only has he changed physically, but guess who is no longer "quiet and introverted"? Yep, God has quite a sense of humor. The opening sentence of Hudson's update was . . .is a very strong willed child." No! Can't be! What happened to "quiet and introverted"? Hopefully, this is typical personality for an almost 2 year, and this "strong willed" phase will pass- before next summer- please!!!
There you have it! We are all so excited to be on this journey again. Ellie wants a sister, but other than that, the children are thrilled to be gaining a new sibling. God has placed adoption on our hearts and called us especially to the plight of the orphans in China. Many may think we are "crazy or sick" (yes, we have been told that), but we are not here on this earth to please man. We are here to follow God's commands and to be like Christ. Caring for orphans is commanded in scripture so we feel we are doing exactly what God would have us do. So many may ask us "Why?", but we feel God will ask "Why not?"
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27