Very long awaited and still waiting for her parents to come get her…but here she is in all her glory :). Kate will be 2 years old on Dec. 2nd. She is completely healthy and from what we can tell only has some small orthopedic issues. She is waiting for us in an orphanage in Guangdong, China. We are PREAPPROVED TO ADOPT HER.

I can’t tell you how excited we are and were to meet her! We got the call on November 7th, but we had to wait to share her with you all until we had preapproval from China. She is absolutely perfect in our eyes and we can’t wait to bring her home. We now have to wait for our Letter of Acceptance which could take anywhere from 2-3 months, then we will have to be issued a date with the US embassy in China and also travel approval, so it will be at least March before we are able to go get her. Lots more difficult waiting, but at least now we know exactly what we are waiting for!

I know you all will be so thrilled along with us. Many people have already told us that we are doing wonderful thing by rescuing this little girl from a abandonment. Kate will, without a doubt, be unfathomably treasured by our family and hopefully one day by our society, but she will also deal with a great amount of grief in the process. This little girl was left on the steps of a government building as an infant by her parents because, for whatever reason, they could not keep her. We will probably never meet these people or be able to thank them for such an amazing gift and neither will she. She will never know the woman who carried her for 9 months and chose to give her life. She will wonder, even though we will teach her of God’s plan from the beginning for her to be our daughter, what her parents look like, sound like, and why they left her. How could a little girl not? Even though she has been raised in an orphanage and we all know how much better off she will be here, she will not come to this brand new place thanking us for saving her… she will grieve! We are tearing her away from her caregivers, from the only home she has ever known, from her country and culture and language… and yes, we do it for her own good, but she will not realize that for many years. She may also continually question her permanancy in our home. My heart breaks for her even now, because our love alone will not fill the void in her little heart. It will take time and a great big God to help us all adjust. And we are so incredibly thankful that we will have both when Kate finally comes home forever.

God’s perfect plan is for children to be raised, loved, and cherished by their birth parents. When that doesn’t happen in this imperfect world, He has made a way. He’s really good at making a way. Adoption is a perfect picture of our relationship with our God. Picking us up, just because… cleaning us up, caring for us, and giving us a forever home. He protects us and loves us, in spite of our inability to be grateful enough or to earn it. We are blown away by this opportunity to follow in His footsteps.

Please continue to pray for us and for our sweet Katherine Hope gift! How GREAT is our GOD!!