Monday, December 04, 2017

Christmas Bows, Patriarchal Blessings, and Travel Meetings!!


Because they are so cute!!  I saw some Christmas bows on Amazon and had to get them!  There are about ten different ones – so I got two sets.  I think they look so adorable in the girls' hair!  Grateful I have little girls who still wear bows! 

Sunday Jessi received her Patriarchal Blessing.  What a choice experience!  I love to listen as hands are placed on my babies’ heads and blessings are poured out upon them.  I have been amazed and astonished at how truly individual these blessings are – how they capture the essence of each person.  How I marvel at the millions, billions, trillions, gazillions of souls Heavenly Father thinks about, and yet how individually and so particularly loved we each are!

The reality that I am leaving for two weeks to go to China and bring home my new son is starting to settle in.  We had our final travel meeting tonight with our caseworker at the agency.  It’s real, folks!  Visas are done. Crisp money has been bought.  Tickets, airline and train, hotels, drivers, guides, it’s all arranged.  We are doing this!!  (And very soon!!)

Today I bought all the little things for Kai’s backpack – little toys, snacks, his water bottle.  It’s strange to buy a whole wardrobe, gifts, everything for a child you have never meet – but feel that you love.  Sweet Kai.  I hope you are being prepared.  I hope you are being told that your new family will love you, protect you, and help you be all that you can be.  We are praying so hard for you, Kai.  For your adjustment.  We are also praying for our family.  In my scripture study I have been pondering how the Lord provides a way for us to keep the commandments, and how we have to do our part.  Combine that with what the Patriarch said to expect good things, miracles, blessings.  And I know we will all be blessed – that is not to say that we aren’t all going to end up crying at some point, but we’ll get through, Kai. 

My head is in a thousand places – so many things to get done before we leave, so many things to bring, things to remember from our training, just so much!  I am so excited and so sad!  So thrilled and so impatient!  It’s all rather unbelievable!  One week from today I meet my son!  One week from today I will touch him – and it will be undeniably real.  One week, Kai!  We are coming!! I pray for you, my son, and your transition. We chose you.

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