October 3, 2012 will be a date that I will NEVER forget. It will forever be, the first time we saw our Daughter's face. There were no words...tears welled up in my eyes...and I just KNEW...this was her. I didn't know what to expect. I had no preconceived thoughts on how she would come to us. We didn't know what age she would be, how she would look, nothing......For 8 months, we have been in love with a "faceless" person. And now, suddenly, with a push of our computer button...there she is.
Will you accept her file? Do you think SHE could be YOUR Daughter?? How quick can I say "YES!!"
Of course we needed to do due diligence and have her file reviewed by our local Doctors, but they were already on stand-by, waiting to review her file as soon as we were to receive it. Our Pediatrician immediately agreed that everything looked good with her file. Her full physical from China revealed that she was very healthy. She is 10 1/2 months and looks great. Although she started out very tiny, she has made great strides and is thriving. She was born with a congenital cleft lip and palate, which is very common in China. She has had her lip surgery, but will need to face her palate repair, once she is home in the States. We have already contacted our local CleftTeam, who will evaluate her once she is home, and then plan her treatment . Being a Dental Hygienist, I have thoroughly studied Clefts and know what to expect with her treatment. We have full confidence that our CleftTeam will be able to fully repair her palate and make her into one happy little princess.
We were offered the chance to take over her sponsorship, which essentially means that by paying for her care, we will get updates on how she is doing. Updates are what this Momma needs to keep going! We also are allowed to send her as many care packages as we want. Yep....one is already in the works and will be going out next week!! We want this little girl to know that she has a family waiting to love her!
Oddly, I connected with another Adoptive Mom a few weeks ago who was waiting to be matched with their Daughter. We later came to find out that we were matched with our girls on the same DAY, they are the same AGE, they had their lips repaired on the same DAY and get this...they are living in the SAME ORPHANAGE!! What are the chances? She emailed me a photo last night of her little girl..and guess who I see laying in the backround...OUR GIRL!!! They are playmates!! We talked for a long while last night, just smiling at the thought of our girls being forever connected...what a bond they will share...
ok..ok....I know why you all tuned in...and I have tortured you enough! So, without further wait.we are SO proud to introduce our Daughter, who we will name Mia Xin .........She currently goes by Xin Xin (pronounced Shin Shin) by her nannies, and so we will call her that for awhile.......
We want to graciously thank all of our friends and family who have rallied behind us throughout this process. Adoption is a daunting process and one much easier gone through with the support of those around you. It is so sweet to see the family and friends that we have waiting to welcome her into their arms. We truly are blessed to have all of you by our side. It may be another 4 months or so before we get to bring our precious girl home. We continue to ask for prayers... We pray that God will watch over our sweet girl, let her know she has a Mommy, Daddy and Brothers waiting to spoil her...we pray for the Orphanage Staff who raise these children as their own, until they are lucky enough to find a family.
For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him...........1 Samuel 1:27