Oh how true that verse is to the Harmon family today. Yesterday we received the news that we are approved and that one final paper we were waiting on (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) but it finally came! YAY! Thank you Lord! His grace is always sufficient, His timing is always perfect and His plans will not be thwarted. What's even better is it came on Jason's birthday, so we had even more reasons to celebrate! God just keeps showing us in those subtle ways this is His plan and it's been incredible.
So this was me today, at lunch dropping off that 3rd and final packet. I'm imagining this may be what it feels like when Tucker goes to Kindergarten this year. All the work, sweat, tears, errands, stress and LOVE going into that tiny little packet, just hoping it does exactly as you have prayed and hoped it would since the day you began. Yep, I could cry...so I will quickly move onto something lighter.
Next steps! So, our next step is...can you guess?! That's right, more waiting! Now we will wait to be matched up with our little China Baby. It's all in God's hands and (insert sigh here) I am TOTALLY good with that!
He started with us on the journey and He will be with us until we finish. What a comfort that is! Thank you for praying! Keep it up! It's working!
In my last post you learned we were trying to get our I-800A packet to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) before December 23rd to get a discount. You can read about that chaos here. So we did! We got their notice of receipt on December 22nd! YAY! Then we waited for another letter stating when we could go to the immigration office to be fingerprinted for the government.
The letter came and our appointment was scheduled for January 19th at noon. That date ring any bells for anyone?! Well, it just so happened that day was special to our family because it was Tucker's 5th birthday! We were able to spend the whole day together getting our fingerprints done and celebrating Tucker.
This was our birthday fun. We ate at the Pancake Pantry in Nashville, went to Bass Pro and the Disney Store. All his choices. We had the best day. And now he's 5 and he reminds me every day that he's 5. Growing up is hard on Mama! Sigh......I digress.
So...now we are waiting on a particular form that the USCIS is going to send saying we are approved. That is all we need in order to complete our Dossier, in order to be matched with our little China Baby, in order to travel to China to pick up our China Baby, in order to become a family of 4. That's it....one piece of paper. We just need one more piece of paper. But it hasn't come. Hence the picture at the top of this post. "When you don't move the mountains, I'm needing you to move, I will trust in You."
That is where we are. Just waiting on the Lord's timing and trusting in His sovereign plan. I have no idea if the paper will be here today, tomorrow or if it's another 3 weeks, but I do know one thing, God's plan will not be thwarted. He absolutely choose this adoption path for us. I have no doubts of that, so with that comes trust, faith and patience in Him. Which are all hard at times. I've had to succumb to the idea that I'm not in control. (Ouch! Just typing that hurt a little) But God is in control! I no longer need to stress, worry, freak out or control this situation. It's almost silly to even try. God has this in His hands. His plan is perfect, His timing is perfect and His will is perfect. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it, even before we know we need it! Why worry! Why stress! Why try to control! I've realized once I turn it over to God, I have a sense of freedom and peace overwhelm me, and that's a much better feeling than stress and anxiety. Plus when I give it to God, I no longer take Excedrin Migraine like it's some sort of candy! (Truth!)
So in the meantime we are praying that form comes in....but trusting in Him to know the exact right timing. We want what He wants...and nothing less.
He's fighting for me...for our family...for our China Baby....all I have to do is be still.