Monday, October 6, 2008

Dresses for Our Daughter

When my parents visited in September, they brought out two dresses for our little girl that I wore as a child. This weekend I washed and pressed them and it felt so strange! Maybe it's because we haven't purchased much stuff for her... not having an age, height, or weight does put a damper on shopping. I mean, we've bought stuff for the trip and furniture for her room, but somehow washing clothes that she'll actually wear felt strangely intimate, oddly real. I'm sure that makes absolutely no sense, but it's just how I feel!

The white dress is just shy of one hundred years old and originally belonged to my great aunt. It's almost overwhelming to think that our little girl will be the fourth generation to wear it. This is all starting to feel more real, yet still painfully distant. I'm telling you, adoption is a long, strange trip!

Here's my current memory verse, Jude verse 2, from The Message translation:
Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!
It's so good on so many levels. It's especially good for an impatient Mommy's heart.

We won't have any real adoption news until the end of this month, at the earliest. It "normally" takes around two months to get through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so "normal" timing would have us emerging from the MFA in late October. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any late breaking news. It seems like things are going a little more slowly than "normal" right now in adoptions from Kazakhstan, so we're learning patience and praying that our little girl comes both soon and exactly at the right time. Don't worry, God is smart enough to figure out how to bring her soon and in perfect timing :)

8 comments:

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

loved the dresses... and putting the boys together.. we share that as well... we've purchased bunk beds for the girls.. but, haven't made the move of Brook into the room... it'll come soon though... we also want to have plenty of time for them to be adjusted long before our brother/ brothers arrive...

Breezy said...

Wow thae dresses are great! What's even more amazing is a white dress LASTING a hundred years and not having stains all over it!

Jenkins Family said...

Those dresses are adorable. I totally know what you mean about clothes, I haven't bought a thing. I'm sure I'll make up for it thought!

Timing wise, I don't know what your agency is telling you re: the ministries, but I think the last letter they put out said one month per ministry, then region assignment- thus 3 months. Our dossier has been there four :(
I know how frustrating it has been for me to think that at 3 months a call would magically happen, but we are consistenly being told that things have slowed down and 3 months is no longer the average. I don't want to be a downer, but this part of the wait might have been easier for me with a more realistic estimate.

Butch and Tracy said...

Beautiful....

The verse does say it all...

And she will be home soon! Just as you told me. Our children will be home soon.

Tracy

Scott Reinhart said...

Who's that handsome young guy with the mustache? Bob Redford???

The Stackler Clan said...

I love the dresses! That pic of you and your dad . . . you and Lucy could be sisters. Seriously.

What age range did you guys request?

Kristen and Jim Powell said...

-(gasp)- Precious. Can't wait to see her in them.
~ Kristen

Jstar said...

Yeah, Dad, I'm pretty sure that's me and Bob

Amy - our CIS approval is for 6-48 months, but we're hoping for 24-48 months (well past luggage stage :)

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