God’s Little Ways

God’s Little Ways

So today we went BACK to Austin for another apostille!  Made the trip there and back in six hours, which is pretty much amazing.  We were in the waiting room at the Secretary of State for maybe six or seven minutes, tops.  I was the only one in there and went up to get the apostille.  While I was sitting there for two minutes, a couple of other ladies came in.  The lady getting the paperwork for me typed my address into the computer.  “You came all the way from Houston?!”  She asked.  I told her yes, that our dossier was already in Russia and they needed this document ASAP and I didn’t have time to mail it in this time.  When I was done, I asked my youngest to pose for a picture… (here’s what you get when you ask that of a four year-old)

…and the lady who was sitting by us giggled about it and we had a quick exchange.  Then she asked where in Russia we were adopting from.  I told her, and after explaining where that was, she told me that she was adopting from the region we were originally assigned! I told her I knew exactly where that was!  How ironic.  She was very sweet and after I shared my quick story about how we were supposed to adopt from there too, I asked where she lived.  Right there in Austin– lucky her.  (no, I’m not bitter!)   : )   She volunteered that she would be traveling to Russia on trip number two, which means she is traveling back to bring her child home- YAY!, TOMORROW.  And that they don’t have their visas yet.  I assured her it would be fine, and she said that she knows God will take care of things and that you have to have a lot of faith in God to get through this process.  (Amen!)  She also said that they were adopting a girl.  Yesterday I had asked how long it had been taking to find a girl and our adoption expert said that a girl hadn’t been adopted in our region this year at all so she had no idea.  But my new friend in the waiting room told me that her wait was around nine months.  Now I know I have been told 18-24 months, and I am not getting my hopes up too high, but it was SO comforting to hear proof that it doesn’t HAVE to be 18-24 month, you know??  So I told her my parking meter was probably out of time by now, nice to meet her, seeyalater!  Then we left.  But before I got to the elevators in the hallway, if I’m honest it happened before I even had the door close behind me, God was telling me I should go say a prayer for her family.  So I went back in, asked her name, and prayed for peace and God’s provision with the visa.  Also that God would get glory in whatever happens.  And also that her new daughter lights up when she sees them and that God goes ahead to plant a family seed in all of them.  She got my email address and I got hers.  Hopefully we can be a little support and friendship for each other from different corners of Texas.  What a blessing that was in my day.  I am so glad she initiated that conversation and that God touched me with a little relationship and support for the place I’m at right now.  Isn’t He great?!  You just never can tell what the Big Guy is up to.  : )

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