On September 18, 2007, a tiny little girl was born in a Russian hospital weighing only 5 lbs, 6 oz. and 18" long. Today she turns one year old!
That same day I posted my concerns about the increasing wait times with our first agency and how we were contemplating switching to a new agency. The catch was we would have to travel into Siberia, something I was very hesitant about since we want to take the boys with us on Trip Two. Little did we know at the time that God was reminding us that this adoption will go according to His plan, not ours.
Over the summer months of 2007, I felt a strange reluctance to finalize our dossier. It was like I just couldn't get it all together and was dragging my feet for some reason. I started out believing I would be one those people who would whip up all the paperwork in record time. But that wasn't happening. It wasn't because I was unsure if we were supposed to adopt. Of that, I had no doubt! I chalked it up to being busy raising four boys and much of it had to do with the uncertainty of agency accreditations in Russia at the time. But now I can clearly see God's hand in this process. He was leading us out of our comfort zone and onto the path that would take us directly to the sweet baby girl arriving into the world that day.
When we received her referral in June, I had hoped to have her home before her first birthday. I wish more than anything that we could be with her today. I hope her caregivers will give our baby a little extra attention today and make her feel special. I take comfort in knowing that we'll have the rest of her life to celebrate birthdays and that we'll be together forever soon.
Today, we will make a pink birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday in honor of the Littlest Tsarina. And when we blow out her candle, we'll all make a wish for court date!