Monday, April 03, 2006

My Top Ten List

Well, our adoption papers have been in China for 5 months now. Even though we were supposed to only have a total of about 6 or 7 months to wait for our referral, things have really been grinding to a halt in China. It looks like it could end up being ANOTHER 6 or more months.
Okay, so you can probably imagine I'm about to pull my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs, followed by bouts of hysterical sobbing and chocolate-induced coma. Wrong! (That was last week.) Instead, I've decided to make a list of the top ten things to do while waiting to bring my daughter home from China.

Here goes:

10. Enjoy getting a good night's sleep every night.

9. Exercise to prepare for toddler-chasing.

8. Start piecing together the beautiful squares for our 100 Good Wishes Quilt.

7. Read more books about China and adoption.

6. Shop for as many baby things as I can--without having any earthly idea about sizes.

5. Grow out my hair (to my waist).

4. Paint and decorate the bedroom my "girls" will be sharing.

3. Accept that "Ni Hao" and "Xie Xie" are as close as I am going to get to being fluent in Mandarin.

2. Continue to have lots of fun with Mikaela, Jacob, and Joseph (Yippee!).

AND: (Drum roll, please)

1. Pray, Pray, and then Pray some more for our referral to come quickly.


Hillrich said...

Oh, Monica....
our hearts stand with you. stay strong!
The Hillrich's

Mom & Dad Lanan said...

Dear Monica,
We know you get your impatience from us but we also know God will give you the grace to handle the waiting time. We know you will be very productive in the meantime and the moment you get to hold your China Doll in your arms all the waiting will seem so insignificant. We pray for your and your family each day and for God's watch-care over your China Doll. May God bless you while you wait.
In Christian Love,
Mom & Dad

Beckie said...

Oh Monica, how much I remember those long days of waiting for the referral of our little one...and then when we least expected it....we finally got it. It truly was God's perfect timing to bring the little girl He intended for our family and He will do the same for your family. Keep busy and keep trusting....your day will come!