"They cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
Lilly used this time to call me, and she told me that the first thing she would say to Haven when she met her was "Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay", which is from the book of Ruth and hangs over her and Haven's waiting beds here at home.
This little girl, who had just been removed from the orphanage and caregivers she had known for 6 years and handed over to literal strangers in a sterile office building, opened her heart and her arms to Lilly.
And she hasn't let go since.
with beautiful clothes they had made for her future.
When they got to the elevator, she began to dance.
And so it began.
All I could think about was how I should have studied harder during my Mandarin lessons. So I said the only thing I can think of...
(I am your Mama. Mama loves you!)
(I love you).
And she hasn't stopped saying it since.
How many times in the past year had Lilly prayed to be in China with her sister when she turned 6?
I had told her not to count on it.
But Someone was listening.
Thank you, Jesus.
I reluctantly signed off Facetime so that they could run up to the store for supplies and take Haven and Lilly to a nearby play area, where they climbed and giggled for several hours.
This child is like any other in that she has preferences, but she is unique in the fact that despite speaking an entirely different language than her new family, she makes her preferences clearly known in an adorable way (more on this later).
I can see that Haven needed her father to be the one to physically come and get her, and that there is a bigger plan - a better plan - for why he is the one who will carry her home.
and His strong wall of protection hemming us in...