Today marks day 42 of our wait for our Letter of Approval (LOA). Thankfully, the last two weeks have gone quickly. I'm really not sure when we will receive it - I'm praying that it will be soon but the averages seem long lately (70-90) days. It will feel like a small amount of time in the grand scheme of things but for now, it drags. We pray for Emmarie regularly - for her health and safety and protection. Our hearts long to have her here.
In the mean time, I'm slowly starting to gather the things we will need for a toddler girl. I'm having a little bit of a hard time wrapping my mind around the girl-thing but it's fun! I'm also working on packing lists and completely forgot how challenging it is to pack for an international adoption. :) My goal is to gradually add things from the list to my shopping trips in preparation for the great packing of 2013.
We also had to re-do the boys' bathroom. It's been on the to-do list for awhile and must be completed before Emmarie comes home. We are do-it-yourself-ers which is good, I guess. Anyway, it's in progress and I can't wait until it's finished.
We have seen God's provision in some amazing ways...things like discovering that our HSA will cover the major dental work Andrew has to have done. We didn't know exactly how much was in the account (his employer contributes and we hadn't checked for awhile) and are rejoicing that it should cover the whole bill and then some. What a blessing.
We continue to trust Him on the timing and on the finances for this journey. One day at a time, one step at a time, on job at a time. He has been incredibly faithful during this faith-building, humbling time in our lives. Please know how thankful we are to each of you who have given us your prayers, time, donation, and finances - we are truly grateful.