10 years ago today. How it seems like forever ago, yet, at the same time, seems just like yesterday.
I was SCARED TO DEATH to be a mommy. Sure, I had babysat tons of times for little ones. I have always loved children. But 24/7 care of a child? How was I even old enough for this????
I remember that morning at breakfast, before our group left for the Civil Affairs Bureau. I was a wreck. Couldn't eat a thing (and the breakfast buffet had my favorites- bacon and french toast!!!!). All I could do was pray. I asked the Lord for His help, for His wisdom, for His PEACE. As we walked out to the big bus, I was filled with such glorious peace!!! Answer to prayer!! And such JOY!! I WAS GOING TO BE A MOMMY!!!!
We unloaded at the Civil Affairs Bureau and headed in. We waited. And waited. And waited. And finally came the words we all wanted to hear- "The babies are here!!!!"
We were last. After all, our last name starts with a "U". But suddenly, there stood Mrs Yu, the orphanage director. She was holding my sweet girl- the child that I had dreamed of for 36 years (I was 36 when she was born). The child I had named when I was in elementary school. The child that had grown in my heart for eons. My dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.
So today I celebrate the gift of life. Today I celebrate adoption. Today I celebrate CCAI. Today I celebrate motherhood. Today I celebrate my Elizabeth.
Thank You, Lord. Your ways are FAR better than mine.
My dear Elizabeth today. 10 1/2 years old. And a huge blessing to so so many. My gift from God.