So we felt like we were back in the game again! We could look at dates and begin to make more solid plans for travel, the girls at home, etc. There is A LOT that goes into not just traveling across the world to bring home a child but also leaving two little ones home that are starting preschool and Kindergarten for the first time while we are away! (Also a doggie who needs to be cared for!) We have an amazing family and village that is coming together to help us with this huge endeavor. I can't even begin to express how amazing each of these people are! We will never be able to express our gratitude!
So we decided if we could get Travel Approval (TA) soon enough we would try and leave next week (yes we are crazy!) so as to get to Lily Grace ASAP and get home to not miss as much of Taylor's start of Kindergarten. If not, we hoped we could at least travel the following week on 8/2. So today we were out running many errands with the girls and I called our agency to ask a question. During my phone call another number from the agency beeped in. I flashed over and it was our Agency contact and she said, "I just wanted to let you know that your TA is in the system!" Yikes! Crazy! Praise the Lord! That was a quick turn around like we prayed for. She initially suggested we wait until 8/2 to travel but after hearing our thoughts she agreed that we could try for leaving NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!
YALL WE ARE GOING TO CHINA NEXT WEEK!!! HOLY MOLY! Well, pending a few other things, but we booked airline tickets today. So we are kind of in crazy mode right now. I have all the feels. I'm getting weapy thinking about how grateful I am for all of you. How amazing the Lord is and how perfect His timing really is.
And to top it off, as if we even needed any more amazing news today, the Lord in His infinitely loving and grace giving way, orchestrated our goal for our matching grant to be matched today! I can't even talk about it without getting choked up. Y'all, that is the Lord! We don't deserve this and we give Him all the glory and hope to use Lily Grace's story to show many others His love. We still have puzzle pieces available but it is filling up quickly. As I write the names on her puzzle pieces, I am humbled by the incredible people He has knitted into our lives. This will be such a treasure!
So pray for us these next few days (and weeks!). Pray that plans come together. That we have the calm minds to remember all that needs to happen for China. That we get everything we need planned for Taylor and Madelyn at home. For our parents who will be watching the girls for us while we are gone. For first days of preschool and Kindergarten to go well without us! For the friends and family that will help with our dog, house, and entertaining the girls while we are away (watch out you might be receiving a call!). And for Lily Grace, who's world is about to be rocked. Thank you for loving us so well!