It's hard to start this post for some reason this time. I know it will be full of extreme highs and extreme lows, but it's hard right now for me to put into words these last few weeks, and I love all the words. Words are my jam. It's just not happening for me this time, so I'm just going to start this post by saying this. 3 months. In 3 months we should be traveling to go get our sweet Rylee Mei and I am overwhelmed by that thought. This God sized adventure started last September, and I'm now seeing a light at the end of this part of the tunnel, I'm just overwhelmed. It's an amazing feeling. We are coming, thankfully and humbly, we are coming.
There are so many things running through my head as I write this. One thing really dwelling on my heart is the passing of my husband's precious grandfather. I say "my husband's" but I am incredibly thankful that he thought of me as his own. I am so grateful for the relationship we shared and his love for me and the love and respect I have for him. He passed June 4th of this year. Just a few short weeks ago. The wound is still fresh for myself and I know for the rest of our family.
I am so incredibly thankful Tucker got to spend some quality time with Granddad just a few weeks before he passed. I can't imagine what those two were talking about but I have no doubt Granddad was imparting wisdom, as he always did, and Tucker, I'm hoping, was soaking in that sweet memory.
And in just 3 short weeks our family experience two other deaths in our small family too. Two of my husband's great aunts passed as well. This month, as I said, has been full of extreme highs and extreme lows. As I've heard many times and was reminded again today, I don't know how people get through this world without the comfort, peace and strength from our Savior. And more importantly the hope only He can give in times like these. The hope that we will one day see our sweet family members again.
In the midst of our sadness, we were given a glimpse of joy and hope. China said YES! That's a big deal for us. We have been waiting not so patiently for the "OK" from China since May 2nd. A little over a month later we got it. That just means the Chinese government said "Yes, the Harmon's are approved to adopt little Rylee Mei." So thank you China! We needed that sweet victory in these dark days.
And another precious gift was an update on our girl and this sweet photo!
I think she's looking for Mom, Dad & big brother!
With this new information, it looks like we will be able to travel this September! We are so excited! It's not much longer. We can't wait to hold our baby girl and shower her with love.
Soon, baby girl!