Tuesday, July 9, 2013
It was one year ago today that I received a phone call and then an email that our family had been waiting on for nine months. I had been home from work for about an hour when the phone rang. Caller ID showed it was a call from Colorado. My heart jumped.... Could this actually be the call we had been waiting so long for? It was indeed our adoption agency with the news that they had finally received the file on Dang Yue Lin aka Jaelynn. We were told to check our email and review the information and make a decision as to whether we wanted proceed with the adoption within 48 hours. We responded by the end of the day and sent our Letter of Intent to our agency.
It's been fun to reminisce on the last year and to reflect on everything that has happened. All the worry over when we would receive our LOA (letter of acceptance) from China, and when other paperwork would make its way to the proper desk, and then waiting on our TA (travel approval) caused us to really rely on God and His timing. I was constantly figuring timeline scenarios in my head. If these papers are dropped off today then that can be picked up on this day and we could have travel approval by this day and we could be in China by this day. I thought I had all the scenarios planned out, but God had the timing all figured out and it was much better than anything I could have planned myself.
Jaelynn has been home a little over seven months now and continues to do very well in spite of some physical challenges. She is scheduled for surgery with her neurosurgeon on August 5 for a tethered cord repair and then she is scheduled for scoliosis/ back surgery on Aug 28 and 30. We are thankful that these surgeries are not considered life threatening, however they are very complex and there are risks involved. Please pray for the doctors and the medical team that will be working with Jaelynn. Pray for Jaelynn, she is a trooper, but is very scared. Pray for our family. We know these surgeries are necessary but we are anxious and ready to get them behind us.
Happy referral day Jaelynn, we are so thankful God chose us to be your family. We love you!