Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thank You

I know I said I would be posting more - but I am doing my best to enjoy the summer with Skylar and Wyatt - and to pass each day during The Big Wait with some sort of fun memory.  Maybe I will share more soon - but I wanted to post this update so that one day, when we are going back over this blog for memory sake - it is here.

Tonight I was able to send this Thank You -- and it can serve as an update for now:

Dear Show Hope Donors,

Tonight, I (we) want to take a minute to thank you from the bottom of our hearts - for helping us bring our girl home.  The process so far has been a roller coaster of emotions.  In all fairness - we were warned!  During the first paperwork/homestudy portion we would get so excited for mail from various agencies we had requested information from - and our "progress" was measured by just how many boxes we could check off each week of things we had completed.  Eventually that part of the paperwork ended and we began The Big Wait.  And while, all things considered, we haven't been waiting all that terribly long - each week that goes by is too long for a momma and daddy that feel so "ready" to meet this little person we have been praying for for so long. Every night our kids pray for their sister, and her caretakers - and our oldest, Skylar (5) always adds "please bring our China Baby home really soon."  Even they feel The Big Wait. 
On Monday night we found out that Tuesday would be a match day for our agency, but we were also warned that with all of the new laws in China that the chances of a match are low.  Still, Tuesday morning came, and despite having complete peace about this probably not being our month for a match - I turned my phone up loud and a tiny bit of my heart thought "maybe it will be today - God is bigger than the laws - and maybe today we 'meet' our baby."  The morning came and went, and by mid-afternoon I was certain another month had gone by – and I still didn't have a face to put with my prayers.  By late afternoon I could feel the disappointment and Skylar (who knew it was a match day) asked "did we find out today, Mom!?"  You can imagine how explaining that feels. 
Then we checked the mail and an envelope with Show Hope as the return address came out of the box.  As I read your letter stating that our family has been graciously given a grant to help fund a portion of our adoption - it was almost an audible whisper in my ear "I haven't forgotten you.  I haven't forgotten your family.  I haven't forgotten your girl.  I am simply working out all the details.  Wait for me.  It will be worth it."  So, to you, sweet donors, THANK YOU.  Thank you for being a whisper of reassurance that we are supported.  Thank you for being generous and having a heart for the orphan.  Thank you for making it easier for families like ours, who have a heart for adoption and are trusting God to work out all the details.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being the hands and feet of Jesus.  We cannot wait to update you once our girl is home. 

With Love and Thankful Hearts,  

The Cass Family

Monday, April 17, 2017

On Our Way!

On Thursday (April 13) - a few weeks ahead of schedule - our paperwork headed to China!

Our next step is to get our Log In Date - LID.  And from there guess what we do? Yes! WAIT! 

We are super excited - it seems like this part of the paperwork would never end - and I have it on good authority that the next time we have paperwork to do it will be much easier to get through because we will have a sweet face on our minds to get us through the next part of the paperwork.

In the meantime - will you pray for us? Our biggest request is that God would continue to provide. He has been so gracious so far - and we know that he will continue to be.  

Pray for our grant applications - that we are able to finish them before deadlines, that they will be accepted and that we will qualify for at least 1?  Will you pray for our fundraiser?

We have asked friends and family to sponsor/commit to pray for a date on our calendar. Over the next year we are trusting there will be major changes and adjustments to be made - and having people committed to every day to encourage and pray for us - will make this transition feel so much less daunting.

I am going to write a blog post this week on the cost of adoption.  We have had SOO many people ask us point blank what we are spending to bring her home - and seem shocked when we answer. And yes, it is so very overwhelming to think about.  It's also super duper awkward to talk about.  I want to clarify as we have had several families ask us how we got started - thinking about it themselves - and this ALWAYS seems to be the one big drawback for why they have started or feel they can't,  I need to gather my thoughts before I post about this one as it is definitely something I struggled with when we said yes.  

We celebrated Easter knowing we were one step closer to our sweet baby!  So thankful we serve a Risen Savior - that he loves us so much more than we can fathom. Thankful he freely gave his life for us.  Thankful for our church and these kids right here.  They are the biggest blessings we have been given this side of heaven.