We heard from our agency this week and they are almost through with the critical review and translation of our paperwork and then it will be sent off to China. Our adoption and Claire’s presence in our home get more and more real every day yet the wait seems to get longer and longer. It is hard to believe it has been over a year since we started this process, and even harder to believe that’s it’s been almost 3 years since adoption has been in our hearts. God has been so faithful to guide us each step of the way and has provided us with several friends who have walked this path before us; they have been such an encouragement and a wealth of information. Our church family has been so gracious in their support in all ways. They pray for us continually and are always excited to hear where we are in the process.
Our friends have also been helping gather financial support specifically for our travel expenses. They had a 300 piece puzzle made of one of our photos of Ella Claire and have been offering our church family and other friends an opportunity to become a tangible part of her journey. Anyone that participates (meaning buys a piece of the puzzle for twenty dollars) has their name written on the back of the piece. When all pieces have been bought the puzzle will be put together and framed and will hang in her room. We will also frame a photo of the back of the puzzle so that Ella Claire will be able to always see the names of all the people who helped bring her home.
Great news! All but 48 pieces of the puzzle have been sold. God has certainly done so much more than we could ever have asked or imagined (Eph. 3:20). If any of you are interested in participating in the puzzle (or in some other way in Claire’s journey), contact us HERE and we will be glad to give you more information or send you the church’s address. Likewise, you can find the church address directly HERE. If you decide to give toward a piece of the puzzle, be sure to make out your check to Hillcrest and designate it for “Claire’s Puzzle” on the memo line. We can’t wait to see the completed puzzle. Keep praying, because He is listening. His answers and timing are sometimes different from ours but He does listen!