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