Well, the latest batch of referrals was released last week. For the third month in a row, referrals have come during the last week of the month, which is wonderfully predictable after years of never knowing when the latest batch would arrive. As of the end of June, China has processed referrals through July 6, 2006 (again, our date is July 12, 2006). If things continue in this way, I firmly believe that we'll be matched with our precious little girl when referrals are released (hopefully) at the end of this month. How exciting!
As is always the case when waiting, it seems that the wait becomes agonizingly longer and slower the closer you get to what you are waiting for. The same is true in our case because this summer has gone by extremely slowly. Being a teacher, this should be a true gift because summer usually flies by before I have a chance to enjoy it. However, I would gladly speed this summer along if I could sooner see the face of our China girl!
Here is a portion of scripture that was shared with us by a dear friend. It has been an encouragement and a reminder that God ALWAYS does what He says He will do.
“Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God. --Isaiah 66:7-9