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Reflecting back this morning as I sit in a hospital waiting room. An hour ago we arrived with our sweet China girl. She was smiles, giggles, and full of hugs all morning as we went from one waiting room to another. She sat her in “big girl” chair beside me. Flashing me the gorgeous smile.
She didn’t know what was coming. After questions and blood pressure and stethoscopes, we handed her to the anesthesiologist. She screamed. Her back arched in defiance and fear. Tears rolled down her cheeks, as I followed him into the next room where they would put her sleep. Just for testing. Just for a few minutes. But as her body went limp with the sleeping gas, and I walked out of the room, I reflect back on the past nine months.
Is it a conscience that nine months have passed since she was placed in my arms from the first time today. Today. The 11th. Nine months ago we were in the Civil Affairs office in Zhengzhou China holding a very limp and scared little girl. She barely cried when they handed her to me. In fact, she barely whimpered. For nine months she has grown and bonded with us.
Nine months ago, I couldn’t have pictured the journey we would have taken. The trust, love, and joy we would find along the way. Nine months ago, I didn’t know how desperately I would have had to hold on to the faithfulness and goodness of God.
Today, I reflect back and give Him glory for how far we have all come. In nine months.
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