I haven't seen that movie, so if it's bad and should never be the title of a Christian mama's blog post, I apologize.
But, that's how I feel. Like I'm holding my breath, just waiting to exhale.
We leave Sunday morning, again. Our flight leaves at the same time as it did last time. The 11th is full of appointments (I have no idea of what nature the appointments are...I just stand where they tell me to stand).
Then there's 2 days of...nothing. We have to continue with the orphanage routine. I have to visit my daughter in that boring little room. I am going to ask if I can feed her and change her diaper, however. But, I'm struggling with the fact, that now not just in our hearts, but on paper too...she's our daughter. We still can't take her out of the orphanage until the 14th. In the adoption world, that is known as "Gotcha Day." Bet you didn't know that this was also an educational website.
We will fly home on the 19th. We will arrive at the same time as on December 24th. Seems a bit surreal. This time, however, we know more what to expect and how to plan accordingly. That's nice.
The absolute neatest thing about this entire adoption process has been the ability to see in 3D what the Lord did for us when he adopted us into the family of Christ. He plucked me out of the worst place. He loved me when I didn't smell good and I begged to return to that place. It was all I had ever known. He showed me clean. He showed me the sun. He showed me brothers and sisters that have loved me and helped me to grow in him.
Even leaving Alice behind is something the Lord has done for us. He told his followers he was leaving to go prepare a place for them. We have been preparing for Alice! We have the crib up and decorated all in pink. We have been able to buy clothes for her now that we know her size. We have a better understanding of what she will need once we get her home. We are preparing for her to come home.
5 more days until we leave...
10 more days until we...get...ALICE!