Monday, July 30, 2007

How Will We Know?

"Your heart often knows things before your mind does." ~Polly Adler

Back when we started the adoption process, we wanted Emily to feel a part of things. We were excited and we wanted her to feel the joy of anticipating her little sister. We had her sign our family letter for the process and even had it notarized. She was as much part of this decision as we were.

At some point, it became apparent that the wait would be longer than we expected and some days were so much harder than any of us had bargained for. So we would talk about Hannah, to each other, to friends and family, to the tree out front, to a fencepost if we had to, and most importantly, we talked to God about her. During one of our conversations as a family, we asked Emily, "How will we will we know which baby is our Hannah?" Her reply was quick and precise, "That's easy, she's the one in blue."

She said that many more times during our wait and I even began selecting more blue items than I normally would for this little girl because Emily was so convinced about the blue. I listened carefully on the phone the evening Hannah was placed in my husband's arms for the very first time (Emily had fallen asleep and I was here in the states with her). I listened as he became awestruck with yet another little girl he'd have the priviledge of calling his daughter. My question, "Is she in blue?" His answer, "No, but she looks beautiful in pink."

We didn't talk much about the "blue" once she arrived home and Emily was so happy to be with her, she didn't mention it either. Until one day...we received a package with information about Hannah and how she'd arrived at her orphanage. We read through everything and felt so blessed to have just one more compilation to add to her story. We got to the last line which read, "She was wearing double layered blue clothing."

I asked Emily how she knew...she said she saw her in her dreams.


B-squared said...

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing. Little ones speak the words of angels sometimes, don't they?
I found your blog from another, through know how it goes. You girls are beautiful!
God Bless!

Debbie said...

What a beautiful story!! Oh to have the faith of a child!!! Thanks for sharing!!

prechrswife said...

Oh, wow! That gives me chills...

Lori said...

Heather, this story gave me chills! I love it...amazing how God uses children, huh?!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Wow! What an amazing story. Your girls are so darling. I know you feel very blessed.

chloesmama said...

You KNOW that God gave her that dream so that she'd "know" her sister (and it probably really helped her acclimate to the idea of having her home). That's amazing!!

Kimber said...

Wow Heather that is an amazing story! How did you get additional info on Hannah? That is so wonderful!!! Hannah is looking great. I am trying to spend less time on the computer so I am reading but not commenting as often:) Thinking of you all.


Danielle said...

What a GREAT story! That's really a miracle! You'll be able to share that story forever and I know that it will always be a special story and tie that your two girls have with one another.


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