Tuesday, August 12, 2008
For those of you waiting for referrals, or waiting to travel, I thought I would post the first pictures of Amelia that we ever received. This first one is her referral picture:
About 4-6 weeks later, we got her medical, which included this photo:
As you can see, she was teeny tiny and sort of pitiful looking. She was too small and probably premature. Our hearts just ached to get her home!
We received several more pictures while we waited to travel...and she typically looked pitiful or sad or like she was in pain. (She didn't start to look more like "herself" until shortly before we traveled.) It was so hard to wait.
I tried to have faith and to trust God, but I must say I struggled with all kinds of fears--realistic and not. Until a person has done an international adoption, I don't think it's possible to understand the love and hope one can have for a child she has never seen or held, who is halfway around the world!
So, I'm posting these "before" pictures today for anyone who is waiting and wondering and trying not to be worrying. I had heard stories about tiny babies, even sick babies, who come home and thrive. And now we have Amelia, who is living proof. Praise God!