Chen, Zhong Ling(see post below if you haven't read it yet!) now has a family.
It was, beyond a doubt, the most agonizing decision Brent and I have EVER made. We are well aware that most people will think we have seriously lost our minds :).......but we know that we bathed this decision in prayer, we know that the moment we saw her face we loved and wanted her, and that YES, we are scared to death to adopt a teenager, but we have complete peace from the LORD that she is meant to be ours. We will literally have to move mountains to complete this adoption by her 14th birthday on July 22. (And yes, this means I will be traveling to China in 4 weeks and Brent will travel this fall for Lyssie.)
Please join us in prayer for the following:
-----Smooth, quick paperwork on China's end
-----A helpful Congressman who can expedite her immigration approval
-----For Zhong Ling to accept our love and not be scared of joining our family
-----For wisdom as we make many, many decisions in the next couple of weeks
Lastly, and I hesitate to add this one, but we need prayer for the money to complete this adoption. We are short about $10,000. We KNOW God will provide....we're just not exactly sure how yet. :)
Now, about our newest girl: she's adorable, loves music (but not math!), her favorite color is pink (so is mine!), and I am utterly amazed at the amount of love I already have for her. We will be changing her name, but want to give her a say in that, so we'll pick 2 or 3 and let her choose her new name. If all goes smoothly this week, we should be able to skype with her soon!
My heart is full tonight. I never "planned" to go from 4 children to 7 children in one year. But oh, how good God is. I'm so very thankful for a husband who loves children as much as I do. Who couldn't let go of this little girl any more than I could. Whose heart is so gentle with his children, that I KNOW he'll be a great daddy to our newest blessing. How I love my man!
I'll update more as things start happening. Stay tuned for the unfolding of this new chapter for the Bergey Bunch!