On Wednesday January 14th when our home was destroyed by fire we were eventually allowed to go back in the house. We walked through in shock at the devastation that surrounded us. A few friends were with us and for that we are so grateful. Sharing pain and burdens, they were in shock too.
The Red Cross came and we talked with them for a bit. I wanted to go see the kids, who had been at Kim's (across the road) but part of me wanted to stay and start working to fix the house up so we could move right back in (yeah, like I could do that).
Eventually I was driven over to Kim's. I walked in and was sobbing. My sweet friends were very comforting. Elizabeth came around the corner sucking her thumb and eyeing me. I am sure she was struggling, knowing something had gone terribly wrong.
I had not used a lavatory since the middle of the night and so I went to Kim's master bath and as I was closing the door my cell phone rang. It was a number that looked familiar...with a Denver area code. I decided to answer it.
It was Kathi from Chinese Children. She called to say that she had heard from immigration and we had Immigration approval for Jubilee. Now her dossier could finally go to China! I thought the timing for this Immigration word was so deliberate from the Lord. Not the day before the fire, not the day after. Exactly upon "finishing up" being at the fire.
I would love to tell you that we threw a party and celebrated, but we were dealing with such grieving and brokenness, we couldn't. We thanked the Lord and now are finally able to tell you our friends of this good news.
About 5 days after the fire I got a phone call from a gal in Ch*na who was able to go see Jubilee and sent me some pictures. So these are fresh from China and she said that she will fit in wonderfully with our family. She said she already loved her, but it was "love at first sight."
Meet our precious baby girl: Jubilee Promise