Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What does she look like?

(Orphan Sunday inspired me to think of our adoption story, which begins here.)

Part 12

When we agreed together that adopting was the way God was leading us, four things happened.

1. We called the friend who had "knocked on our door" on behalf of Talitha Ruth and said YES.

2. We began the mad rush to fulfill all the legal adoption requirements--home study, criminal record checks from all the places we've lived, and paperwork for both the state where she was born and for Minnesota, where we live. "Rush" because our daughter was waiting.

3. We told our children and the close friends who had been praying, but no one else yet. Not until the adoption was officially approved. (Although apparently Johnny taped a copy of the photo on his office door at church, creating a fair amount of curiosity.)

4. We received our first picture of Talitha.

Now, it really seemed real. SHE really seemed real. Every day I was more impatient to get my hands on her. Now that we'd said yes, but still had to wait on the legal wheels to turn, I felt as if I were missing out on a huge chunk of her life.
Memorable comment from our too-cool 14-year-old Abraham: "She'd be cute if she didn't have that thing on her head."

(to be continued)


Marla Taviano said...

Oh, that Abraham. 14 years later, he's still cheeky.

Mark Sandy said...

Wow. I just read your entire story today. Can't wait to hear what's next! I LOVE how God gave you her sweet name. precious.

Sheryle :)

Bonnie said...

I get up each morning eager to read the next segment. I love the way God worked in John's heart and gave you patience and submission during the "wondering" time. This morning was emotional and brought back my feelings while waiting for our children. "But Lord, why does the paperwork have to take sooo long? They need to be here with us to love and hold them instead of in an orphanage". Thanks so much for sharing so deeply from your hearts.