Meet my sweet niece, Chloe.
If you don't know the story of Chloe, let me tell you, it's a doozie. A shred-your-way-though-a-box-of-Kleenexes humdinger! An incredible testament to God's love and faithfulness. One that I guarantee you will leave you changed, having experienced it.
The morning before she was born, I was a mess. Waiting for updates, pacing a hole between the telephone and the computer. Battling nervous energy. Trying to fight back tears. (And I'm just the aunt, for Pete's sake! I knew Walt and Annie were feeling so, so much more.) To try and calm myself, I sat down. And attempted to put into words what I was feeling. This is what poured out:
My heart is full today.
Thinking of Walt and Annie. Their years of praying, waiting for their heart's desire. Their years of uncertainty - rejoicing in the birth of new nieces and nephews, wondering if their moment of joy would ever come. Their years of hoping, trusting, remaining faithful to God's will for their lives and to His perfect timing for their family.
Thinking about their sweet birthmother. The bittersweet emotion she must be feeling. The happiness she holds for her baby's future. The crushing sadness in letting her go. One decision that involves so much. Selflessness, maturity, sacrifice, heartbreak. A decision that involves giving someone an amazing gift - one that more often than not, you wish you could keep for yourself. The bravest choice. Made from the purest kind of love.
Adoption is an incredible thing. An amazing, life-changing, beautiful thing. A thing worth hoping for...worth waiting for...worth taking a chance on.
With tears flowing, I remember it well. We love you, Chloe. And we cannot WAIT to meet you.
“My hope in God is the anchor of my soul, both sure and steadfast." Hebrews 6:19 One little girl. One gigantic answer to prayer.
Walt, Annie and Chloe return to Germany on Thursday. While it thrills me to know they'll finally get to go home together, it saddens me to know how far away they'll be again. These past few months have been a treasure. So much joy, so much laughter, so many, many memories made. Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you bestow.