I just got home from spending the last several hours talking to the Chinese police. And if that doesn't sound like enough fun, I got home and got more discouraging emails. All of them adoption related. Outside the box questions throw most people here into a tailspin. At KFC, you want fries and not corn? "no, we cannot do that." At the bank, we lost our card and need a new one. "no, we cannot do that." I want chicken instead of beef in that dish..."no, we cannot do that."
So in going to the police and asking for a simple letter stating that we haven't committed crimes while living here in China was received with a "huh?! Why do you want to adopt? And you want to adopt from WHERE?! How are you going to feed it, clothe it, send it to college???" All I wanted was a simple letter and it has now turned into a 2 week ordeal. It's still not solved.
I know that the Lord wants us to do this. I cannot tell you the incredible amount of paperwork we are trying to get done. It's expensive, time intensive and emotionally trying. But as I have been praying this afternoon, the Lord has reminded me just how costly His sacrifice was for us.
So I will press on, because our sacrifice is nothing compared to God's. And our gain will be great when we get to meet our new little one.