After 7.5 months of unusual, frustrating, baffling delays that no one could explain, the last 3+ months have finally been a series of steps forward. When our dossier (collection of documents) finally sailed off to China at the end of September, I merely dared to hope we would get our approval by the end of December. That seemed a safe dream, something that wouldn't set me up for another disappointment. So when, at the end of November, I stood in a store listening to the words "I have good news!" I was overcome, overwhelmed, overjoyed... 6 1/2 years of delays, closed doors, and "no's" and here, finally... a "yes".
And I keep thinking about what your name means, a promise I repeat to myself: "God is gracious."
You are going to be a son. A brother. An Edfeldt.
I'm tucking our 5th stocking away for yet another year but I'm trusting that next year will finally be the year it hangs on our mantle.
Across the world, we are waiting for you.
Hoping for you.
Praying for you.
Preparing for you.
Loving you already.