Joy in the morning

Since I am up at 4:00 a.m. due to lightning, thunder, and hail shaking the entire house, I thought this would be a great time to catch up on the blog.  Yesterday, we got the news that our home study is DONE and, after a few detail changes, it will be ready to e-mail to Taiwan!  After it is sent to our contact in Taiwan, it will be translated into Chinese, which takes about a week.  When we get it back after translation, the fun really begins.  We have to take the home study and several pieces of paperwork around to lots of different offices who verify each other and finally, it will be verified that Tennessee really is a state!  Then, we FedEx those papers back to Taiwan and we will enter their court system as prospective adoptive parents to Amber Joy.  It could be a few weeks to several months before we receive our travel date after the paperwork enters the courts.  We are prepared to wait as long as necessary, but obviously, we are praying that it is sooner rather than later. 

We had our first baby shower this past Sunday.  The ladies in our Sunday School class, our moms, and some other close friends gave the shower and it was so special!  Justin said "this kid is going to have more clothes than Cher."  And it is true.  She is definitely not going to have to worry about wardrobe!  She is going to be better dressed than her mom (which doesn't take much effort!) :)  We got all kinds of fun things: a baby bathtub, a rocker, clothes, toys, clothes, diapers, wipes, clothes...

I commented to someone this past week that I thought waiting was hard when we were simply waiting for an adoption referral.  I can't even begin to explain how just the knowledge that I have a child who is halfway around the world (literally) whom I love, cherish, and adore, but cannot be with, is 100X harder than I ever thought possible.  Our friends and family make things so much more bearable with their excitement, encouragement, and prayers. 

The Psalmist says, and I believe "Weeping may last for a night, but JOY comes in the morning."


  1. I can imagine the waiting is way too intense. But so worth it for your little Amber (bundle of) Joy!!! I can not wait for the day (and pictures) of that sweet baby girl in your arms and the arms of your hubby...She's getting the best mommy and daddy in the world! Hang in there...JOY 9does) COME IN THE MORNING :)

    Blessing and love always...


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