I just left the Fedex office. The man behind the counter was very kind and very helpful. That did not make it any easier to turn over the documents which represent 5 months of work and which contain every personal and financial detail about our family. Open that envelope and you will know how much money we have in the bank, whether Joel has a criminal record (he doesn't, by the way) and what my cholesterol level is. I have carried those documents everywhere this summer, mission trips and all. And now, I've had to give them up to the nice man at Pak Mail.
There is comfort in knowing that they will be at the Chinese Embassy by 10:30 tomorrow. And, this is a huge step...the end of the paperwork phase is drawing nigh. I am very excited that we have come this far. My desire to protect and control everything is just making this step difficult for me to swallow. Thousands of children are adopted from China every year, Praise God! And, every one of those families mailed these documents to their respective Embassy or Consulate. I keep reminding myself of this.
Help us to pray that these documents will return safely to us. According to the timeline we've been given, we should get them back by the end of next week. I know that God is in this adoption, and I know that He is in control of even these finite details.