Today is the last day of summer because tomorrow is my teacher in-service day. Last night I was thinking back over my summer and while nothing big happened in the terms of when people ask, "So what did you do this summer?" THERE WERE SOME BIG THINGS THAT HAPPENED!!!!!
Every day I think about how blessed I am that I get to be Munni's mom! It's very, very humbling. I daydream about watching her first smile, what does her little accent sound like, what does she smell like, how does her laugh sound, what's the texture of her hair, what is her personality like..... and also the really important things such as, will she like all the hair accessories and dresses I've bought for her? I also wonder if she will be a little freaked out about how obsessive I am about taking her picture. *I may or may not have looked into the possibility of renting my dream lens to take with me* :)
I also think about how perfectly orchestrated her adoption has been. Since before I saw her sweet face last June, God has been lining up the right situations, the right people, and the right timing. The first 6 months after I saw her were the most frustrating because I was in a holding pattern. It was as if God was telling me to hang on while he moved everything else into place. I still look back and I'm in complete awe- it has been truly miraculous!! I love, love, love looking at my tattoo and being reminded that absolutely nothing is too hard for the Lord!
So here are some recent developments!
My caseworker H left my agency because her husband was transferred. I was SO SAD. I've felt connected to her ever since 1) she told me she could complete Munni's adoption and 2) she emailed me the photo of her daughter with Munni in the background. I was really, really looking forward to completing the process with her. But, God is faithful and it turns out that he used that to be a blessing to me. She is going to Ind*a in the next couple of weeks for her court date!!! Well, I found out that my family book hasn't been sent yet because the social worker was actually in the states and my agency was afraid that Munni wouldn't get the book, that it would just get put away. SO, H is going to HAND DELIVER the book to her!!! One of the things my mom and I kept saying is HOW MUCH we wished we could see her face when she sees it for the first time. Well, guess what?? H is going to take a bunch of pictures!!! I can't even tell you how excited I am about this! And, she also might be able to get a video! Not being with the agency anymore gives her more freedom with picture and video taking. I am so excited for her that she is going soon because her process has been a long one.
I was also invoiced for my guide fee. H told me this is good news because it means that my agency must know something about my court date even if it's not concrete. I'm praying, praying, praying that I will get that email SOON!!!
Finally, after over a month of really weird miscommunication, I received an email late last night that my itemized statement from my agency was received and that the grant I won is now being processed!!! This is FANTASTIC news because it can take up to 30 days to get it all done. If I do get a court date at the end of September, I'm gonna need this grant to buy the plane tickets!!
It is an extremely gorgeous day here so I'm going to go enjoy my last day of summer!
I can't thank everyone enough for all of the prayers, love, and support that I've received throughout this journey. PRICELESS!!!!