I am hoping to catch up on our trip this week, but for now a little recap of the journey, since jet lag is hanging on and I was up with a wide awake little girl until 3am and then once an hour:)
It was amazing to take a trip with my DH we don't get away from our children very often and it was really nice to spend time together. I was amazed by the trip. We were healthy the whole time, which was a major prayer of mine. We didn't really have much jet lag on the way over. The weather was hot, but wasn't overwhelming and I didn't get heat stroke which I am prone to, so that was another answered prayer.
Then there was all of the adoption stuff. All of our paperwork was correct. All of the adoption process went smoothly, other answered prayers. We were able to complete each needed adoption step on time and none of our travel was delayed at all, more answered prayers. I am grateful that with our agency, I was really confident that our paperwork would be correct and was grateful that we weren't one of the families with surprise fees or paperwork snags(not our agency).
Then there was meeting our daughter. It could not have gone better. We had prayed that she would be comforted and not scared of us. She has come to us with an open and willing heart and except for testing moments(which I am not complaining about, I am thrilled that she is able to go through that part of development:)) she is a happy girl smiling through the day. She is brave and embracing of new things. She has been happy to have a family. She has loved airplanes, especially the turbulence. She was healthy through the entire trip, another huge blessing. We were worried about plane rides and the heat and over exertion, and while she can't be tickled much or joked with a ton, because she laughs so hard she turns purple and then asks 'Again?' she is active and healthy. Her heart is quite something. Her echo confirmed that her need is very, very serious. but her oxygen levels are good and we get to be home for rest, go back for a cardiac catheterization in a few weeks and go from there with knowing if and what kinds of surgeries will be available. Another prayer of mine was that we wouldn't have to do emergency surgery upon arrival in the US and she could get to know her brothers a bit and her home before having to go through that.
This adoption has been an amazing walk of faith for me. I was talking with some other adoptive moms in Guangzhou about how God completely directed and blessed our adoptions. I don't truly know how things will work out. I don't know God's plan for our family. I don't know His plan for EmeryMin. I do know that He cares for the orphans. I know that He is a God of the downtrodden and those in need and when our family stepped out in the tiniest way, all of the doors were opened wide to bring Min home and I have been blessed to be a part of this journey.