I’m not even sure where to start! We are here! Detroit to Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai. Bullet train from Shanghai to Nanjing. Checked into our hotel. Walked around Nanjing.
I was thinking on the flight…there were a MILLION reasons to not adopt.
But, there was one very compelling reason to adopt.
My emotions are going everywhere. I feel like I cried enough for a life time the week before this trip. I know I will cry tomorrow.
Tracie and I have been talking tonight about how our lives are going to change. You know, that’s a no brainer, but I haven’t thought a lot about that until tonight, I know, weird.
But, the last 12 or so months have been about getting to this moment and the thousands of moments from here on out.
I have prayed a lot. I have asked a lot. I have believed a lot. I have doubted a lot. I have stressed a lot. I have given it all to God a lot. I have cried a lot. I have tried to ignore the negative voices a lot. I have thanked God a lot. I have been blown away by God’s goodness a lot. I have been humbled by the generosity we’ve been given…a lot.
And now…well, the time has come.
It’s 11:11pm. At 8:30am we’ll meet our guide in the lobby of our hotel and we’ll head to the civil affairs office and at 9:30am, well…
We’ll meet Kai.
I have thought, dreamed and prayed about this moment for a long time. Will he cry? We he will pull away? Will he smile? Will it take long for him to like us?
Regardless of how he responds, we will love him. When he’s ready, we will hug him.
And…I know we will cry.
But, here’s what I do know…we will love this boy with all the love we have to love. He has been called by His creator to be a part of our family and the time has come.
I can’t wait.
There were a million reasons to not adopt.
But, there was one VERY COMPELLING to adopt and his name is Kai David Raitz and the time has come.