We finally got the call from GWCA that our LOA arrived on Friday! Day 112. That's a stinkin' long time! Last week was such a long, hard week. We even called GWCA on Thursday just to check on things and they said there was no news and no way to know when China mailed the letters. We had heard that letters very rarely arrive on Fridays, so we were dreading another weekend of waiting. Then Friday, our FB DTC group starting posting that people were getting the call that LOA's had arrived. At lunchtime, I thought we would have surely heard if ours had come, but then someone posted that GWCA doesn't usually make the calls until the afternoon and sometimes as late as 5:00. So there was a glimmer of hope. We had an appointment to get to at 1:30, so we left the house, but knew they would call my cell first. We were at the High School talking about Isabella and Becca's 6 year plan, trying to make sure that they begin their freshman year with a good plan and take the classes they need to get them where they want to be after high school. It was scary and exciting all at the same time. So, during the meeting, my cell phone rang and it showed GREAT WALL on the screen. It was so exciting! Liz, from our church was sitting next to us and Amanda, another adopting mom, was in the building, too, so we immediately got to share it with two people who were excited for us! It was such a huge relief to know the wait (at least that part) was over!
With all the excitement and good news, we also received bad news that Tim's other college class was cancelled. So, good-bye money for China. It's a super desperate feeling right now. We are within 10 weeks to travel and there's $11,000 we thought we were going to have that we don't now. Praying hard that our two events coming up are very successful, not just financially, but at spreading the word about adoption, too. I just can't stop thinking about all of the great information we learned at the Summit conference. I feel so compelled to keep advocating for orphans. So, that is what our family will do. And we won't stop because EVERY child deserves a family.