Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Signing Off

Yesterday, we roused ourselves earlier than God (or at least God when He's on vacation!) (I'm kidding! KIDDING! I know God still gets up early on His vacations at the Heavenly shores!) and drove down to our adoption agency for the signing of our Letter Of Acceptance. Written both in Chinese and in English, the official document was beautiful! It reminded me of the day The Boss and I signed our marriage license. I even had the butterflies in my still- sleepy tummy fluttering around on the whole drive down. We made it a family affair, as this document represents a huge step forward in realizing this dream that we have all been nurturing and pursuing these many years.

The document only requires that The Boss and I sign and check that we accept the referral of this precious child. But we requested that Miss Ashley make a copy of it, unsigned, so that all 6 of us can unofficially sign it and put it in Aidan's baby book. I heard of another family doing something similar to this. I liked the symbolism of all of us putting our names to a paper that will someday tell our sweet girl in black and white that we willingly chose, on Monday, August 4, 2008, to commit to being her family forever and ever. AMEN.


Next prayer focus, for those of you who are pressing in for us!, is that we'd like to see our Travel Approval (TA) arrive SOOON! Specifically, soon enough for us to request a September Consulate Appointment (CA). More specifically, we'd like to travel AFTER the kids' first day of school and BEFORE Baby BlueEyes 7th birthday. Hey, God sent me LOA for my birthday, He surely can send Aidan home for BBE's birthday, right?!

14 comments:

Mervy said...

So awesome - expect that travel approval soon 'cause here's what I know about God - when people pray, He's listening!

Hands-Free Heart said...

Woohoo! This is quite a celebratory day. That is really cool to get the extra copy with all signatures for the baby book.

Beverly said...

Love it, love it, love it! The pics of you and the family were great - can't wait to see the when the picture is complete with little Aidan home.

And if I ever get up your way...I am coming over... count on that!

Beverly

Chapter Two Manmi said...

Praise God! It's such an amazing time to commit on paper (though you committed in your hearts already) to your precious Aiden. I am thrilled for you! And I'll pray for God's favor for your travel dates.
Congratulations!

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

YAY! So happy for you and your family and I pray that TA comes soon. I like the symbolism of the entire family signing the LOA for sweet Aidan's baby book.

Hugs,
Jonni

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

P.S. You and Boss better get busy finishing that to do list, I have a feeling Aidan is coming home VERY soon. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Carol said...

I think you will leave sooner I really do.......

Congrats and I too like the idea of signing the LOA with the family......

Classic MaMa said...

This is so exciting! Your blog is my favorite show!!!

Melissa said...

VERY Cool!

Bobby & Regina said...

Whoo Hoo!! Isn't that a wonderful feeling, to know that now, she will only be waiting a short time for her family to come pick her up??? Someone sent me something once, about the adoption wait. It said something like, no matter how long we have waited for our child, the child has waited their lifetime for a family - makes you really remember that it is, in fact, about the sweet gift of a child - one that God created knowing exactly who would raise them, and exactly when the perfect day to join them would be!! Can't wait to follow your journey to your sweet Aidan! Love, Regina

Livin' Life said...

I am so excited for you guys!!

Becki said...

Congratulations! Reading of your journey, reminds me so much of ours. August 1st is the day we saw our daughter for the first time, signed our documents and sent them back to China.
Many Blessings

Salzwedel Family said...

What a wonderful event! What a great picture of your family - I can't wait to see pictures when Aidan joins the gang.

God is good...you will be traveling SOON!

Bella's momma said...

This is awesome. Congratulations!