We received our dates yesterday morning!!! We are so excited and we have sooooo much to do. So much that I don't even know where to begin!
We witnessed a miracle Sunday night and I just have to give God a huge THANK YOU for making my daughter well enough to have her ear tubes placed on Monday morning. She was literally coughing every breath up until Sunday night. I prayed for a miracle and after midnight, she did not cough a single time. I took her to the clinic, her lungs sounded clear so they performed the procedure. Praise GOD. I left the surgery clinic completely at peace with everything.
We got our email yesterday morning with our date to be in "Finn's" country. We were so excited! In fact, we were so excited that we locked ourselves out of our house for a few hours! haha. Not a great scenario. We called the locksmith and they said it would cost 80 Euro to let us back in. No thanks. So I called my friend, Ashley, and hung out at her house until our landlord came home. Thanks, Ashley!! Once we made it back into our home, we started dissecting the emails and instructions. Then, the speech therapist came over for our Little G and she is so impressed with her improvement since the ear tubes were placed on Monday! She is trying to speak and it's so obvious that she can hear better. She can respond to a whisper now. So happy for her and relieved!
I feel great about the plans that we have made for our daughters. Big G is excited and looking forward to the plans we have made for her. I have divided up our time away into sections for her so that she can stay with different people and hopefully that will help the time go by fast! I have also made goodie bags for her so that she can receive one each day that we are away. The first goodie bag contains an empty photo album for her to fill, a knock knock joke, and 1 picture of us. The rest of the goodie bags contain a happy, a photo, and a knock knock joke. I also recorded an audio book of Judy Moody for her to listen to at night. I want to do a few more but my allergies are kicking me right now. Hopefully I can record more soon! For Little G, I have recorded her favorite songs that she loves for me to sing and read her favorite books. I will put them on a CD for my mom so that she can play them in the car or at home. I plan to sleep with a blanket and give that blanket to her when I drop her off at my mom's house. Hopefully that will soothe her at night. I made her a photo album to look at and I also made Finn one so that he can get to know his new family during our visits! On the 10 day wait, I plan to do the same with him with the blanket idea. Chris and I will sleep with a blanket and leave it with him on the 10 day wait (if the nannies will allow it), so that he won't forget us. I know that our children will be well cared for and that's a HUGE relief!
God has brought us to this place and we know that He will work everything out. It is amazing how God has worked out the kinks for us!!!
We received a $5000 interest free loan from Temple Baptist Church!! Praise God!
We received a $2500 adoption GRANT from Gift of Adoption!! To God be the Glory!!
Please pray that our airfare is worked out perfectly. We will be all over the place in a very short period of time. It will be madness but I trust that God will work it out perfectly!
We have some t-shirts still available for purchase if anyone is interested! M, L, and XL are available for $20! Our blog is printed onto the shirt. We plan to keep our blog open and share adopting families and orphans who are in need on our blog. We also plan to blog about our new life with "Finn". We are so excited to share this new chapter of our lives with y'all! Thank you so much for your support and prayers!
We will keep y'all updated!!! Love and Hugs!!!!!