As I read over the last two blog posts and thought about all that has happened in the last year, I am overwhelmed. We welcomed Josie home one year ago today. I can hardly believe it has already been a year, even though I can barely remember life without her.
In Josie's China Travel group, there were a total of five families including Josie's first family. Three of the families spent Memorial Day with us. Did I mention one family drove all the way from Texas and another from Missouri? I was a little worried about having all the families over. I mean we didn't really know each other. Wouldn't it be weird? Just like the rest of Josie's story, I can't explain that day. It was so easy, so joyful. These families have prayed for us and given us the link to Josie's past that we would have otherwise not had.
One other family was not able to make it Memorial Day but guess who I ran into at the Orphan Summit? None other than the mom from that family!!
The one other thing that I totally had no clue about was Josie's Chinese town and the orphanage that she came from. Even though Josie was in China with these other families, she was the only one adopted from her orphanage. The Lord knew my heart and that I desired to know all I could, but I thought that finding out anything else was unlikely......of course until I got another email from the Zhejiang group. This time it was an email from a precious lady in the NETHERLANDS! She was able to tell me about Josie's town and her orphanage. And guess what else? Her son and Josie were in the orphanage together!
I could not make all of this up if I tried. This is just the cliff note version of our story. There are so many other miracles. It just overwhelms me that the Lord has provided so much for me, but more importantly for Josie. As she grows up, she may, like a lot of adopted children, struggle with identity or feelings of abandonment. As she hears her story, there is one thing she has to know: The Lord, our creator, our savior, loved her and had plans for her.
We celebrated today. Josie's Forever Family Day. We went to see Planes at the movies. We ate at Shogun, (Japanese food, I know:), with one of the dear families from her travel group. We went to Target and she picked out a Tinkerbell doll. But the best thing about today was Josie, pointing to herself, telling everybody, very proudly, "MY DAY".
To my Josie: You are a joy and why the Lord has given me the privilege to be your mother, I will never know. I love you!
To Josie's travel group: Thank you for loving our girl, loving our family, and filling the gaps for us!
To my Lord: I praise you Lord God, the God of Israel, who ALONE does marvelous deeds. Praise be to your glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with your glory, Psalm 72:18,19.