Well, I can't say begins because it really began over a year ago.
But now it is for real.
Not just paperwork.
A journey that will last a lifetime for all eternity.
See this couple.
See the suitcase? (and one is lost..so we can pray it is found before Tues - okay?)
See the tired faces..yes, it is 4 a.m. and they have just begun.
Twenty seven hours later they arrived in China.
They are bringing home a new little girl to join our family.
Her name is Avery.
That is her new American name.
Her parents have decided to keep her Chinese name as a middle name. Zhan.
She is two.
She doesn't even know that in just a couple days she will have a loving - never to change family.
(And we need the suitcase by Tuesday - so she can have all the warm fuzzy yummy clothes and blankets and love toys that are packed inside - okay?)
There two sisters and a brother
And another handsome - brother
Are waiting for this new family member.
Plus an entire gaggle of cousins, and aunts and uncles and Grandpas and Grandmas
Trying very hard to be patient.
You may notice there is already a China Baby in this family.
Oh..she is total sweetness.
She has been part of our family for most of her three years being only six months old when we 'got her'.
She has explained to me that she is going to teach her new sister to speak English - and how to play - and good food to eat and they will sleep in the same bed so Avery won't be scared and - and -and - and......
So. We are on Grandpa and Grandma duty along with the other Grandpa and Grandma...until Christmas day at 2:00 p.m.
When the most precious-never-to-be-forgotten Christmas present arrives home.
"Our family is a circle of strength and love.
With every birth (and adoption) and every union,
the circle grows.
Every joy shared adds more love.
Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger."
p.s. There are 100's of 1000's of orphans in China.
As well, as around the world.
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