Wednesday, June 13, 2012
the best advice
In the midst of our preparations to adopt, there was MUCH we did: documents and classes (hours of reading books, blogs and courses) associated with home study and dossier: fingerprinting, physicals, financial forms, 25 page parenting resource plan to show we had researched transracial, medical and older child adopton. Once that was done, there were other lists: trying to learn some Chinese, beds and space for new kids, new clothes, overhaul of house…cleaning, organizing, etc. (above, clothing purchased by the orphanage caregiver) Then there was the list for coming to Taiwan, what to pack-clothes, school related stuff, new kid clothes, gifts and donations, who to care for house and dog. I remember in the midst of all those lists emailing someone I found on a yahoo group who had also adopted siblings from Taiwan and asking her what advice she had in terms of preparing for having three new kids in our home. Her advice brought me back to reality in a different way: Pray for them! So simple, but profound. I had prayed for them, but as a point of preparation like all the other lists??? So we did pray for them by name daily in the time leading up to Taiwan and while here. We prayed they would be prepared to become part of a family, that they would feel peace and comfort. Back in February, I journaled about Isaiah 53:4, “surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” It is literal…he can, will, has borne our griefs. And during that first week of visits, I remember walking in Taipei thinking to myself: They have been prepared by Heavenly Father…they are ready.