Thinking back to last year this time.... no referral, no hope of a referral! Dec. 11, 2008, I posted on our blogsspot the story of how the matching room works, and even posted a photo! I was depressed. I never dreamed that our file was actually in that very room! Mark, being the good husband he is saw the desperation of my situation and made a command decision to take the family to Aunt Cheryl's for Christmas. After that we flew to Ohio for a week to be with family. I tried to enjoy it, it was a great visit... but something, (someone) was missing. Referrals came on December 27th and I once again tortured myself with all the photos posted of adorable babies who had just been matched to a forever family. I happened to notice that they were all from the same Province... Jaingxi.
We returned home and quickly found our groove. School was started back as well as Basketball season. January 6, 2009 we were at an out of county game. The moment I will NEVER forget! It was 8:09 p.m. when I heard my cell ring. Noticing it was the Adoption Agency I made my way down the bleachers to take the call. Still, in NO WAY thinking it was a referral, I assumed it was some information that needed updating. The voice on the other end of the phone said, "Congratulations Cindy! I'm holding a photo of your beautiful new daughter!" I literally felt my heart in my throat! I quickly went back to get Mark and we were in the parking lot on speaker phone to gather every detail available about our new daughter. I will never forget Mark jokingly asking the social worker if she (Lydia) looked like him! (and now we all know that she actually does!)
Truly it was a "match made in heaven." The following day when we received our official paperwork from China Mark noticed the date our paperwork was signed and official in China... CHRISTMAS DAY! It was a wink form God letting us know that after 3 long years of waiting, our faith was coming to sight. A gift from Him!
You may be reading this and you've been waiting on answers from God for a long time. I encourage you today to keep your self focused on Him and the promises He has given you. He is a faithful God who loves His children and He is still on the throne!