Friday, June 20, 2008

The Final Word

Updated 6/27/08 - this post is no longer relevant. We were informed on 6/27/08 that the child mentioned here (XY) is no longer available for our adoption. Please pray with us. And for us as we seek God for His will and as the CCAA seeks out another child for us.

Well, it seems as if God isn't finished with this story yet. As I posted earlier this week, we spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday praying and coming to an acceptance of this twist in the journey. Thursday morning, I got another call. It was our Miss Ashley (the SN Coordinator with our adoption agency). I assumed she was returning my email from late on Wednesday. I assumed that she was prepared to help me explain the technicalities of this new system so that we might better understand how to avoid this mess with future referrals. I assumed that she had answers to some of the questions that we'd sent for our director to consider when speaking with the CCAA.

I assumed wrong.

Unbeknownst to us (Don't ya just love that word? It sounds so Oxford-ish! Chris, are you reading this?!) . . . Anyway. Unbeknownst to us, the director of Living Hope has been in contact with various levels and departments at the CCAA. In a conversation with the HEAD of the Special Needs program at the CCAA, Samuel was told that little XY will be ours! Yes, you read that correctly. (I'm referring to her as XY which are her Chinese initials, not because I'm spouting some great algebraic equation. Just so ya know!) Little XY will soon become Aidan Hope after all!

Here's the interpretation of my scribbled notes from my conversation with Miss Ashley. (Have I mentioned that I just love Miss Ashley?!)

"Sam. spoke with head SN @ CCAA"
"working on paperwork to get her matched w/us"
"not 100% yet (hmmmm, we've heard that one before?!)"
"still very positive, CCAA is now saying she is ours"

Those scribbles are going in the baby book. Joining the other four baby books lined up on my bookshelf.

I still don't totally understand what went on between Monday afternoon THERE when the CCAA told Samuel her file was still available in the system and Monday morning HERE that her file was no longer available for viewing. I don't understand how another family could have locked the file, reviewed at passed on it. I mean, come on! She's as cute as the proverbial button and all her records seem to indicate that there's been no issues remaining with the need that presented for surgery. "Hey, what's wrong with my little girl that someone would say "No" to her file? What were they thinking?!"

Oh, wait! That's what's wrong. She's MY little girl.
And God just wasn't finished with the story yet.

So this morning, I shot an email off to the agency. No more updates yet. They were waiting for Samuel to call in. I reminded her of my cell number and LadyBug and I headed off to Costco.

At 11:25 a.m., in the baking ingredients section of our local Costco, while facing the humongo bags of chocolate chips, I got the call! According to Ashley, the director of the Special Needs Department of the CCAA has given VERBAL CONFIRMATION (
to be followed Monday morning by a written letter of confirmation) that little XY is indeed OUR GIRL! It's happening. The drama is over. The mess is untangled. See, God just wasn't finished with the story yet.

And Aidan Hope's new story is just beginning . . . .


Holly said...

OH MY!!!!!!
i am freaking out here! tracy, this is such amazing news, and i can only imagine the excitement around your house!!

God truly does reward faithfulness, doesn't He?! just knowing that you were prepared to wait again for your little Aidan was a step of faith that i'm sure pleased His heart.

God bless you all, and i can't wait for 'the rest of the story'! :)

Jessica said...

so if I am reading this blog, you have your little girl? When do you get her? I am so happy for you Tracy, I am trying really hard not to cry because I have to go back to work. You also confirmed somethings in my heart while I read your blog, God works in wonderful ways.

Promises Fulfilled said...

WOW!!! Praise God!!! I am so excited for you and, of course, tears have some into my eyes and I am so happy for you, your family and your new addition! She is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO adorable and I cannot wait to meet her!

I am once again, overwhelmed with God's goodness and faithfulness to you, your family, and Aiden.

sipero said...

Wow,this is SUCH good news Tracy & Family! I am so so so happy for all of you - and I just know you'll give this girl the most wonderful and loving home, just as you do with your other beautiful children.

Congratulations!! So wonderful that your prayers were answered - I can't wait to see what happens next!

xo, ralphie

Bobby & Regina said...


I just knew it would be!! See what faith in our Lord and prayer does?? He moves mountains when we only ask, and when it is His will. He saw your unselfish desire for her to be placed with a Christian family, even if not yours, and knew your desire for her was true - voila! She is yours, and was meant to be. Blessings, Regina - Emma's mom, and knowing EXACTLY what you've been going through!!

Anonymous said...

Crying tears of joy!!! You just HAD to post that precious picture of her - it got me! :>) You're a momma again!! ~ Vonda

Salzwedel Family said...

Ahhhhh! Praise God! I am bawling my head off with thankfulness to God for this blessing. Praise God!!

Carol said...

Wow!! AWESOME!!!! Doing a backflip here!!!!! So wonderful to read this on Friday!!!!!!!!

All the best!!!

The Wood Family!

Kateri said...

Well, I've still got goose bumps and tears. What amazing news! Like Regina, I knew in my heart that this would work out, that Aiden would come home sooner than later. He works miracles! But waiting for them is a real test of your faith and patience, isn't it?!
Thank you for your call. I think I sucked down a fly when you told me the news and the kids thought WE were getting another China baby:) I had to talk to you in the garage because they kept asking me what was going on!
Can't wait for your story to unfold and for Aiden to FINALLY come home! Won't she be in awe when she sees how big her new family is!!
Talk to you soon,

Kevin and Violet said...

Awesome news! Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster you have been on, and that was just the appetizer!

Here's hoping the next ride (picking up your daughter!) goes a lot smoothly!


Kevin and Violet

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

WOW! I just read your post on RQ and had to come over to tell you congratulations and you are so right, Ahsley is just adorable!!! She was meant to be your daughter, no doubt about it. Sorry you had to go through the stress of thinking you lost her, but now she is your daughter!!! So happy for you and your family. Best of luck for speedy LOA and TA. :)


Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Sorry for the mistake on your daughter's name, I meant Aidan, not Ashley. Sorry!

That is a beautiful name. :)


TCC said...

So good and wonderful to read! She is adorable! Isn't it awesome to know that she is the precise daughter that He selected for your Gang?!? There is no doubt or question - even with man's snafu's God's will has been completed. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Now I'm praying for the next step.

Love you guys!

Melissa said...

With tears running down my face....OH MY WORD!

Can I just tell you that as I was praying fr you guys I got a sense that she was "the one" and God would move the mountains to place her in your arms. But, I'm wasn't certain if that was me hoping or God speaking so I didn't share it.

She is precious, Tracy. And, she is blessed. Sweet Aiden. We're transitioning our prayers for a QUICK and smooth transition to get her home. Home. Doesn't that sound wonderful?? I'm crying again.

Emily said...

Oh my goodness! I have been thinking of you guys in this horrible situation and I am beyond happy to hear that it has been resolved and she is indeed yours! She is adorable and I can't wait to watch the rest of Aidan's journey unfold!! How great is our God!!

Anonymous said...

Just one word: WOW!!!!!!
Congrats! You must be thrilled!!!!


TBG Happenings said...


And OMG she is one cute little stinkerbell!!! I could just eat her up:)

prayers answered:)

Anonymous said...


Becki said...

I am so happy for you. I can remember hearing those words, she is yours! What an awesome miracle and I can't stop crying for you.
Many Blessings

Betsy Bell said...

I'm so glad that you finally know she's yours! Praying for quick travel for you!

Classic MaMa said...

AHHH!!!! I read it, then screamed for Shawn to come upstairs and I read it to him. We are both excited, joyful and jumping for your little treasure. Please let us know if we can do anything to help! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!

Sheri said...


This is amazing!! Miraculous!! WONDERFUL!! My 4 year old is sitting here, looking at XY's photo, and saying, "Awwww, she's so cute, what's her name??" I am SOOOOO excited for you all! REJOICE!!

Livin' Life said...

She is absolutely beautiful!!! I am so happy for you guys. God Rocks!!!

BevMama said...

She is ADORABLE! I am so happy for you!
Beverly@ Happy in the Moment!

Trish (wheresthebox) said...

I am just so happy for you guys! She is absolutely adorable and it is just so awesome to see how this has all worked out so well!!!

The Literary Gourmet said...

Oooooh! I've been asking Jesus NOT to let this precious one slip through your fingers! So now I'm in love with Him all over again that He holds the reigns of our lives and hearts.

Heidi @ GGIP said...

oh my goodnes!!!! I am so behind, but this is fabulous news!!!!

She us so cute!!!!