As many of you know, we are in the process of adopting from China. Thursday October 15th, we received a referral of a little girl. Our social worker called us around 10am and we had until 5pm that day to accept the referral. We managed to talk to one local pediatrician on the phone and meet with the PA at our doctor's office in that short time period. We gave our preliminary "yes" but knew we had 2 weeks to do more research and make our final decision.
We spent many days praying and discerning God's will for both our family and this little girl. She has some physical disabilities and we were unsure if those disabilities would imply some mental disabilities also. We did some research but mostly we prayed a lot! This time of decision was probably the hardest Faith walk we have ever had to endure! Nate and I both felt called to a child with special needs; God very clearly placed this little girl in our life; now it was our time to take a leap of faith. Through those prayers and struggles, it became increasing clear that this little girl is meant to be our daughter!
There are still some medical unknowns but we are confident in our decision to accept this referral. We feel God has placed her in our lives specifically and that she is ours. We are naming her Lily Elizabeth after Kristin's Grandma and Mother.
We are very thankful for all the prayers family and friends have offered up for us as we pursued adoption. We ask that you continue those prayers and now asking for healing for Lily and speedy paperwork so we can bring her home!
We are not allowed to post pictures or any identifying information until China approves the match so stay tuned!