but I painted my toenails and have to wait til they are dry before climbing into bed and settling between my WHITE sheets. sigh.
I just had to share quickly that we got more pictures of Little Sister today. Oh. My. Word. The extreme cuteness of my fifth child is making each day of waiting harder. In one of the photos she is kissing our picture.
She is kissing her new family.
Please hold while I blow my nose.
It is has come down through the grapevine that the Ethiopian courts will close down August 6th. If we do not get a court date before then we will have to wait til the end of Sept/beginning of Oct for court.
Let me be clear...I am NOT stressing. I am choosing to trust the Lord. I know that He has had her homecoming day planned since he created her in her birthmother's womb.
But I am sometimes overtaken by this longing for her. It is amazing how my love for her grows though I have never even met her. Adoption is beautiful on so many levels. I have always known that, having brought home four precious gifts in the past ten years. But this is a new experience...knowing that she knows and understands on some level that we are "out there" and waiting for our turn to come get her. She has the blanket that smells like me and, apparently, wears it wrapped around her head. She looks at our pictures and, I am sure, dreams of us. She is only three, but I can see from the photos we receive and from the stories the families who meet her tell us that she is understanding who she is waiting for.
Today a young woman who has been there in the Transition Home with her for 6 weeks left to go back home. Little Sister had forged a special connection with this precious servant of God, so I can't help but be heartbroken for her tonight as I know she must grieve. Please pray that the Lord will protect her heart as she waits for us. Pray that she will quickly understand that, once we bring her home, she is forever home...that we will never have to let her go. Pray she will know that her heart and trust are safe with us.
Ok. Going to bed now. SURELY the nails are dry.