Our wonderful facilitator has been to the orphanage recently with another family and said that she had seen our little girl there and stable. I wonder how she will respond to us. I'm sure that she has no idea that we are working so hard to come for her? Does she know what family is? Does she know that she can be held and stroked and sung to and read to and talked to and kissed and prayed for and have a full belly, everyday? And then again the next day? And the next? By the same mommy and daddy and brothers and sister who smell the same way each day and sound the same way and speak those words that she doesn't know yet. And are committed to her life as family should be? Does she have any idea that her little life, as long as God gives her, will change so much?
At the same time, I think of meeting her for the first time and the nervousness I'll feel. Will I be repelled at the sight of her emaciated condition? Will she like us? Will we overwhelm her?
Pray that our Lord will prepare her for this life change and strengthen her for all of the travel and environment changes that she will be going through and then keep us all well and strong.