We got the email about 5:30pm that we had exited this long stage we have been waiting in.....6 months of silence!
We had a huge party here - Ice Cream Sundae's all around!! We called and told all our immediate family of the good news!!! Squeals of delight, tears of joy, mixed in with whooping and hollering like you've never heard!! We haven't shared the news with everyone yet, because we want to share it with our church family first! They have been praying for this day since we got back from first meeting you!
So what does this mean??? The waiting still continues, you aren't coming home....YET! But, the best news is that I get to see you in November!!! It's just Mama that gets to come. Papa desperately wants to, but as he said, it's not his role right now. He will stay home with the other kids and run the house, as well as earn money for our family. He is a great provider and you will feel the security it provides when you get HOME!!
So the next several steps are smaller, and hopefully less of a wait. But there are a bunch of steps. We all have to keep praying and having faith in God to get us speedily through the last part of our journey to bringing you girls home!
We can't share you picture yet with everyone, until you get our last name, which hopefully will be in the next 2 months! After that we have some more waiting in the courts to do and then Passports and approval from the government on both sides. We are hoping for a Spring/Summer arrival of two beautiful girlies that we will complete our family! It will be three years tomorrow that we started our long journey to finding you. We knew God had something special in this whole process, we just didn't know the details, the who.... the when.... the process.... But God has made it abundantly clear you two girls are made to be Batchelor's babies!!
Mama is busy, busy, busy making a list and checking it 900 times! We get to come with your friends' mama as well, so that will be fun!! We are talking about all that we are going to do together! I will admit, I am a bit nervous about it:
-Will you remember me?
-How will you respond to me?
-Will you feel joy? Or sorrow, knowing I am not going to be able to take you home yet?
-Will you remember our family sugars?
-How will you respond when I tell you, "Not yet baby girl, not yet?"
-Will you trust that we will come back for you?
-Will this harden your heart towards us?
-Will you be even more sad when I leave again?
So many questions, that I won't be able to answer until I see your sweet faces. So for now, I will put the questions aside, be excited for our reuniting, and enjoy E.V.E.R.Y. S.I.N.G.L.E. moment I get to spend with you!
Keep trusting, keep praying, keep hoping, but most of all, keep the faith that God designed our family this way and He will see it through - Promise Maker, Promise Keeper!