So, on the 28th of January, we got PA. Pre-Approval from China for our girl, Jenna, waiting for us there, in Guangxi. So, with that, our agency said we could put together a care package for her. So, of course, we obliged. We sent off to her: a taggie blanket, some disposable cameras (for the nannies to fill up and give us when we get her, which will be a great keepsake for her; some pics of her and her peeps in the orphanage), a photo book of our family (the thought of her seeing us for the first time is something I can't seem to get out of my head, and I've been praying about her heart in that moment, alot), a stuffed panda bear named Munches, some coloring books and crayons for the other children, some hard candy for the nannies, and heart-shaped Valentine suckers for all.
Then I got to thinking, as I've been trying to keep everyone updated on the whole process, about how much has gone into this whole thing, behind the scenes.
• I have no way to document for you the amount of sleepless nights there have been, but believe me when I say, there have been many.
• The paperchase. I now understand what I never could have before, the amount of time and energy that goes into the documents we "chase" down. Definitely worth it, but alot of busywork nonetheless.
• The amount of time spent in prayer. Before we ever started any of it, and most certainly alot along the way. Maybe even most now, as we think of Jenna and her precious little heart, waiting for us, without even knowing it. And for how hard a transition it will be for her.
We're coming, baby, as fast as we can.