July 13th is a good day around our house.
Actually, it's a GREAT day.
It's a miracle reminder kind of day.
We were in the middle of the longest wait in human history. Olympics. The flu. All sorts of craziness was keeping us away. Pins and needles. Frustration and tears. General anxiety. We called and were told that if our papers arrived by July 3rd, we'd be good to go.
And it arrived. On July 3rd. Just like we prayed. Bam. God moved.
Except the office was closed that Friday because the 4th was Saturday. It's admittedly hard to worship on Sunday when you think your life is on hold waiting for paperwork and permission. Especially when God came through but the office was closed.
So the Queen called on Monday at 8am. One thing you do not want to do: get on the other side of the Queen when she knows she's right. Believe me. I've known her for 23 years. I've been married to her for 19. Don't do that.
She said to the nice lady: "Hey, so we're good to go, right?"
Nice Lady: "No. Sorry. Our office was closed and we can't get the arrangements made."
The Queen: "Uhm. That wasn't the deal. You said if it's there by the 3rd, we're good. It was there. God moved. We're going, right? You're going to hold up your end of the bargain, right?"
Nice Lady: "Well, all I can do is try to see if they'll make these arrangements. We've never done it on such short notice."
The Queen: "Great. I look forward to your phone call in the morning."
Tuesday at 9am, the phone rings. We are headed to China to get our baby girl.
In less than 48 hours, we packed, bought plane tickets, and were out the door. In four short days, we had her in our arms.
Happy Gotcha Day, Peanut. You are a gift to us from God. And a reminder of His miracle-working power. Mommy and Daddy love you very much.