We arrived in China after a long day of travel. After about 24 hours without sleep we met with Jane, our adoption facilitator to fill out some paperwork before our initial meeting with Elliana. She had the opportunity to meet Elliana a couple of days ago. She described her as "sweet, very outgoing and has quite a personality." Sounds like our boys are going to have a run for their money. She also told us that Elli plays with everyone and is very kind. Man, when I heard that, my heart melted for her even more and I teared up.
We are scheduled to meet Elliana for the first time in 5 hours (9:00 p.m. Sunday evening, CST). At that point Elli will become a part of our family. It's hard to believe it's so close. 2 years of praying, planning, paperwork and waiting is finally coming to an end and she will have her "forever family."
So we need everyone to pray today for some specific things:
1. Elli- She is only 3 years old and has been in the care of the orphanage for her entire life. Today is going to be difficult for her to understand. We are praying God will heal her heart and bring her great joy as she joins our family today.
2. The boys- They are really excited to have a baby sister- to the point of uncontrolled "under normal circumstances you would be disciplined" kind of energy (Adam was awake at 3:30 a.m.). They have been told to "calm down" about 349 times this morning. It could be a combination of sleep deprivation and excitement. Nonetheless, they need Divine intervention.
3. Smooth transitions- For Elli, for the boys, for mom and dad. The next few days will be challenging as we all transition to the new family God has put together. Just pray for everything to be ordained and orchestrated by God today.
We love you all. Pics of the family are coming later today!