Words cannot describe the feelings that we have for this precious little girl whom we have never even met. We are so THANKFUL and BLESSED!!! Actually we are shocked and amazed that things went so smooth and quickly for us.
We actually got "the call" on February 17th at 7pm. We were not expecting it to happen so quickly since we had only really been "waiting" for one day. On monday(the 16th) we had our phone conversation with the Director of our AZ agency about the types of referrals we were willing to look at, that type of thing. Our Homestudy had also just been completed(the last step in the process). We knew things would happen fast but we didn't realize how fast. So, you can say that we were more than shocked when she called that next evening and said she had some news for us. She talked for a few minutes about the baby and we said we definitely wanted her to send us the information. Then she said "you haven't even asked the biggest question yet. We had just assumed it was a boy, but I asked anyway and she said "it's a girl"!! I could not believe it, I started crying. As I have probably told many of you we were expecting to receive a referral for a boy only because there are usually more boys that are adopted from of Korea. You can only request a girl if you have two or more boys already in your family. So, we did not specify gender and of course would have been thrilled with either. I am very excited though that Olivia will have a sister and she of course has wanted a sister from the beginning. She is beyond excited!! She is going to be such a big help to me, she absolutely LOVES babies. They will only be a little over 3 years apart. Little Logan doesn't have a clue that he's going to be sandwiched between two sisters. :) He's going to make a wonderful big brother. At first I think he might be a little jealous but I know he'll warm up quickly.
Averi was born on August 14th so she's almost 7 months old. She was born 5 weeks premature but is doing very well. She is described as healthy and happy and age appropriate. She has lived with a foster family since she was 2 months old and for this we are SO thankful!!! I tear up every time I think of this woman and what she is doing for my baby. I wish I could thank her in person for everything she is and will do for our baby in the next few months. To her we will always be grateful. Her foster mom has two kids at home as well and I guess Averi just loves her daughter. Again, we are so thankful that she is able to be in this environment until she is able to be in our arms forever.
We do not have a specific time frame on when she'll be home but they say it usually takes between 3 to 6 months. We are sending our acceptance paperwork out today. I will post later on what happens next and what will go on in the coming months, but for now we just wanted to share her picture with everyone. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. That she continues to stay healthy and that she will come home very soon. I have a feeling these next few months are going to be very rough for us. So...I guess you can keep us in your prayers as well. Thank you again for every one's support throughout this. Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to print out this blog someday and show it to Averi and to tell her how many people loved and prayed for her. Thank you dear friends and family.........God has richly blessed us by placing each and everyone of you in our lives.
We'll continue to keep you updated.
Isaiah 43:5 "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west."