Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Finally, The Post You've Been Waiting For!

This is Part 4 of a series of posts meant to catch you up on the last two days of our adoption journey. If you have time, you might want start reading at "Begin at the Beginning" first. The whole story of our family's journey can be found by searching "adoption" in the upper left search bar. Enjoy the ride!


So late last night, after calling the grandparents and sending out pictures of little B.N., we sent our Letter of Intent with our acceptance of the referral to our agency. We said Yes!!!



Are you ready for the "it gets better yet" part? This morning I shared the journey of Monday and Tuesday with another great friend and she said, "Are you ready to be a little more freaked out?" See, she had an email sitting in her Draft file that she hesitated to send Tuesday morning. The gist of her email is that in the adoption process, sometimes we know too much. Sometimes knowing all we know about these prospective children of ours works against us in some ways. For example, something like this:

If this were a biological baby that I was carrying in my womb, would I love her any less when an ultrasound showed this medical condition? Would I ever, ever consider not carrying her to term and loving her and seeking the best treatment available for her care?
Now you've got the goosebumps, too, don't ya?! How cool is that? Are you freaking out with it all like I am, even now while I'm telling it all to you? I'm telling you, God has been mighty at work here and we are blessed. We are a blessed family. And I won't even go into all of what the Lord did and said to me on Sunday in church, during a fantabulous, eye-popping, clearing-the-debris and re-arranging the furniture in the rooms of my heart and mind sermon on "Suffering." Suffice it to say, God was just warming me up for the events to come. I was loving what He did and that would have been enough for me to chew on and digest all day Sunday and likely into the next few days. But God doesn't do anything by halves, and we are living testament to that.

So, I know you've all been waiting for this. You deserve it. You've hung in there for
a very long day of very long posts. I've not been quite this long-winded (worded?) in a long, long time. But you gotta admit, the story is a cool one. And even if you are bored to tears and cannot stand another minute of my long-worded-ness, the pictures below should make up for it.


Here she is, our daughter. Aidan Hope (Chinese name to be added later?).




28 comments:

Salzwedel Family said...

Ahhhhhhh! She is a precious little peanut! I am doing the ugly cry in happiness for your family.

TCC said...

What a precious precious little girl! Enjoyed reading every single word with goosebumps upon goosebumps. We have such an awesome, caring, loving God! Rejoicing with you!!!

Kateri said...

Finally! Aiden Hope makes her bloggitty debut. And what an amazing little lady she is. I just want to pick her up and squeeze her. And whisper in her ear how this day is probably one of the best of her little life. I want to tell her how very special you are, how very much she is going to love her new BIG family, and how she's getting ready to learn about the God that brought her home to the family that she very much deserves. I want to tell her that she is loved more than she can ever imagine and that she is an answer to so many prayers. Aiden Hope, the blessing, the gift, the baby that you have been waiting your whole life for is coming home. Congratulations, T! This is an amazing day and an amazing story.
Thanks for sharing,
K

Trish (wheresthebox) said...

She is just so beautiful. I am so incredibly happy for you all. Praise the Lord!

Becki said...

SHe is beautiful. Do you know what province she is from?
Congratulations

TBG Happenings said...

hehehe that is some serious cuteness!!!

Congrats!!

Kevin and Violet said...

Congratulations! She is just gorgeous. We are so happy for you gang!

Kevin and Violet

Bobby & Regina said...

Tracy, She is absolutely adorable!! I know how excited you must be, and to have a little girl so young!! She will be barely over a year when you travel for her, and her adjustment should be a fairly easy one too. You bless my heart with your words - and you are right, in that, were she born physically, you would do all you could do for her, and you will for this little angel too!! Enjoy every moment of labor you have left, because soon you will be rewarded with one of God's greatest gifts - a child! Love, Regina

Thrills said...

I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

mylittlenest said...

YAY....Finally what you've all been waiting for! The girls and I were out shopping yesterday and several times K. said "Ooohh..Aidan....a new cousin!" We're just so glad the waiting is over for you, and you guys can get on with focusing on this little gal. Love ya.

Olivia's Momma said...

CONGRATULATIONS !! I found you via an APC post. I am praying that from here out, this goes smooth and quick for your family. She is truly precious and beautiful. Again, Congratulations and blessings to you.
Sheryl
www.youbelong.net/monroe

Carol said...

Congratulations!

Here is to speedy travel!!!

All the best!

Classic MaMa said...

I love her! Oh, I'm so excited for you, for your family and, well, for us because we get to hear all about it!

Say Anything said...

She's just beautiful! Can't wait to see pictures of YOU holding her.

MississippiZen said...

She's beautiful and the story is beautiful and I am in tears of happiness for your family.

What a journey this little has had already and she has NO idea the blessings coming to her

and

You have NO idea the blessings that await in your little Aiden.

It has been a good week for both of us :)

Margie

Promises Fulfilled said...

WOO HOO! I am SO happy for you and the whole gang! God is so good and I cannot wait to meet your precious little girl...she is just about 5 months older than my little guy! :)

It is so cool to read and hear how God is fulfilling this promise in your life with this beautiful baby girl! :)

Chapter Two Manmi said...

What a beautiful story of how you came to be a family. I love it! And she is precious! I am so happy for you. Thanks for sharing the details to the glory of God!

Krazy Klingers said...

We are so happy for your family! She is going to make a beautiful addition! It's so cool to see God answer prayer.

Beverly said...

Congratulations. I can't wait to hear more about this incredible journey.
God is good - all the time!!!

Beverly@Happy In The Moment!

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm just catching up now. Congratulations!

Jane said...

She's perfect. Just perfect. SO happy for you all!

Anonymous said...

Those are some very kissable cheeks that kiddo is sporting there! Congratulations and we can't wait to meet you Miss Aidan Hope!! :>) Vonda and family

Sonda said...

Aiden is beautiful! Congratulations!! God is good...all the time. In His timing He connected one little girl with a loving family anxiously awaiting on the other side of the world. Blessings, Sonda

Holly said...

tracy, i can't tell you how happy and excited and thankful i was to read these posts (i read them last night, but was too tired to string together anything coherent)!!!

may God continue to bless you all as this process moves forward, and may His hand be on your Aiden as she suddenly becomes part of a family who loves and wants her.

God bless you all!!

Stefanie said...

Holy cow!! What an amazing work HE has done!!! Out of sadness, He has brought joy :)
I am SO thrilled for you all, Aiden is absolutely PRECIOUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story, God is SO glorified :)

Natalie said...

Would you believe I missed this entire week of your posts. We just got back last night and I've been catching up on all the blog reading and couldn't believe I had missed all your happenings all week.

She is beautiful and I"m thrilled that she's going to be part of your family. What a great story of God's faithfulness she'll have to share for the rest of her life.

In the coming weeks, don't forget to breathe. :)

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Aidan is just beautiful. Congratulations my dear friend. Sorry we have been away and I missed this glorious post. She has the most adorable and sweetetst face ever. C'mon TA, we need to get your daughter home where she belongs.

Hugs,
Jonni

Manic Mom said...

OMG, She is BEAUTIFUL!

TRULY NOW, The GANG IS ALL HERE ALMOST!!! God BLESS!!!