Wow, it seems like forever since I participated in Lisa's Black and White Wednesday. I have finally got my act together (at least for today) and decided to post something today, as it is a bittersweet day for us...
Half way around the world there is a little girl who is turning 9 today. Will she celebrate? Will someone sing happy birthday to her as she blows out the candles on a cake? Will she make a wish as she blows out the candles? Does she even know it is her birthday? These are all the thoughts I have going through my head today. Our plan was to be have a cake delivered to her today along with a letter introducing ourselves to her as her new family. We were going to send a care package with pictures, an outfit, and a few other trinkets to let her know we are thinking about her. Unfortunately, none of that has happened.
Keliah is from a very small orphanage in Shandong Province and we are having a hard time finding out if she is able to receive anything. Honestly, we are not even certain any other child has been adopted from her orphanage. We do know that she was only one of two (from the Dezhou City SWI) that attended the Journey of Hope program. I have been searching for a Yahoo group of other adoptive parents from her orphanage with no success.
So, we have someone in China checking to see what the heal is and if we can send something to her. I just want her to know that in less than a year she will have a forever family with many brothers and sisters just like she wants.
But for today, all we can do is think about her, pray for her, and continue to work as hard and fast to get everything done so we can travel to bring her home.
Happy Birthday sweet girl. This WILL be your LAST birthday alone.