We finally got pictures of the girls getting their gift bags! This is the step in the process with AAI when they find out that they have a family, and they get a bag with a t-shirt, photo album, a couple small gifts and a letter from us. It is the first time they see pictures of their family, and hear through the letter that they are loved and very much wanted. Or, as it says on the shirts that Lisa found for the girls, Chosen. He has chosen them for us, and us for them, and now they know.
As much as this father's heart would love to have them crying tears of joy and singing praises to God as they look at pictures of us for the first time, the reality is that while it is a blessing to them to start to know of us and their futures, there is almost more unknown now than before. So many questions in these dear one's hearts and minds as they ponder all of the uncertainties involved with getting a new family.
Atleast these are my perceptions of what they must go through, and I can't imagine the emotions...fear, hope, joy, etc. that they must cycle through on their portion of this journey. I just want to hold them, let them know that they are loved, that they are safe and secure, and...and...and...but there will be time for that later.
For now it will have to suffice that they know they will be together again, in a family, and my prayer is that God will answer our prayers and fill in the remaining gaps so their spirits know the rest of the story.
One happy Dad.