It's no secret that we had been pushing with all our might to be with Darcy by Thanksgiving. Enter all the snags with our home study...
When it was finally done and our immigration approval came quickly, we hoped for meeting our sweet girl before the end of 2009. Que a snafu with authentication at the Chinese consulate AND the fact that our dossier sat in Hong Kong for over a week due to the national holiday at the beginning of October...
Yet with a crazy fast LOA in only 49 days, we had renewed hope and prayed that she'd be home with us to celebrate Chinese New Year. All levels of approval between LOA and TA seemed to point toward the chance. We excitedly began to let ourselves daydream about being in China just before CNY with ALL THREE of our little ones...
And then we began to reminisce about being in Guangzhou in February three years ago when we met Kylie (we flew home two days before CNY started in 2007). We remembered how "all out" everyone seemed to go in preparations. I mean, Chinese New Year is bigger in China than Christmas is here in the states.
And that got us wondering how much Darcy's foster family is already ~ or soon will be ~ doing to gear up for the holiday.
Which of course got us to wondering how much Darcy (and her foster mother) is perhaps looking forward to the celebrations. So we began to pray that if it is best for Darcy's heart (and her foster mother's as well) for us to meet her afterward that God would gently, but firmly shut the door for us to make it there before. Sunday the door was shut.
**We knew that for any chance of leaving next Wednesday (the 28th in order to meet Darcy on the 1st) that we would have to have our TA by Monday. Late Sunday afternoon I got the following email from our agency contact.**
Just wanted to check in with you and give you a heads up that a few people you know will be receiving news that their TAs are on the way. Yours is not included in this group of three. I really just wanted you to hear this from me. Hopefully I will get news that others are on the way soon. Of course, I will let you know the minute I get any news at all!"
Just found out that group of folks from my agency that we've been in the same time line with all along is indeed leaving next Wednesday.
(And lest you think that I'm stronger than I am, I'll admit that I cried for a bit when I found out).
But I guess we got what we prayed for. I'm choosing to believe that our bonding will be best if our meeting isn't us swooping in to take Darcy just before a holiday that even at a young age she is likely excited about. I'm choosing to face this as an answered prayer. Trusting that God's timing is better than my own. Because otherwise I just can't bear it.
So now we are praying fervently that we'll get our TA in time to at least meet her before her birthday. Because in the last year our little girl has grown (in pictures) right before my very eyes.
(I first saw her on 3/13/09)
additional requested photo taken in 03/09
(we saw it on 4/08/09 and we KNEW)
taken in 08/09
(confirmation that our girl has spunk!)
taken in 10/09 by Red Thread Charities on a medical mission
(be still my heart!)
And God knew that my soul would need some balm to help face the disappointment of MY timing not being met. Yesterday morning (His joy comes with the morning) I had an email from Ann at Red Threads. We have updated measurements on Darcy (just in time for me to shop the mega consignment sale on Wednesday) AND the following line:
"Qing you got your package"
(Here's a picture of what it contained ~ note that our photo album is included)
Darcy Qingyou knows about us now folks, she knows!
By the way, isn't that the cutest "puffy" silk outfit you've ever seen? I think my girl will look so sweet in her "new year duds!"