Saturday, September 13, 2008


I have been thinking the past week how to put into words my thoughts about where we are right now in our adoption. There were many days that I doubted I would be able to ever say "We are leaving in 5 days!" I cried so many tears during this process...When we didn't receive our LOA when another family did, when we found out we were just in review after 4 months, when 90 days turned into 130 days, and I was sure something was wrong. Sometimes I would just lay my head down at the computer and cry..because another day was spent without Cate knowing us as her family.
I have loved God all of my life, though some times I felt closer to Him than others. God has shown me so much this year. He has taught me to be patient. That His delays are not always His denials. That He isn't here for us just when we want something. He wants us to want Him. And for that to be enough. I realized along the way that I had to be O.K. if we never got Cate. I prayed from day 1 that we would travel in record time. Oh, we got our LOA in record time alright! Probably for one of the longest waits! But I am so thankful for every day that we waited. We have grown so much as a family,we have prayed for one another and for Cate, and I wouldn't trade one day!
I am so thankful to our family and our friends who have prayed for us and supported us throughout this process. Your kindness will never be forgotten. Please don't stop now, though. The hardest part could be just ahead, but please pray for Cate that she feels our loves and makes a smooth transition into our family.
We will be meeting her for the first time on September 24.


Ruth said...

Kim, so glad you have dates!! You are meeting your Cate on our anniversary! Will you have to be in Hefei over the weekend if you are not getting her until Wednesday??

Erin said...

I found your blog last week-and I've enjoyed reading about your story and journey. I'm so happy for you and your family!

I look forward to being where you are at one day!!


Sharon said...

We will be here praying for you always. We are all a part of this little family in our town...all of us with these wonderful blessings we brought home from China. Can you believe that soon Jan will be adding #5 to our group, and then you will be adding #6 shortly after that. I can not wait to see all of our little girls grow up together!
Let me know if there is anything I can do for you before you leave or while you are gone.


Robin said...

How wonderful to know exactly when you get to hold Cate for the very first time, it is the most wonderful feeling. I'll be praying for all to go well.


Redmom2005 said...

I'll be anxiously awaiting those first pictures from Gotcha Day! NINE MORE DAYS until then!!! Can you BELIEVE it?!! It's FINALLY your turn!! I couldn't be happier! Can't wait to follow along!!!