It is raining in Africa.
Rain washes away the red dust, stills the hungry mosquitoes, and prepares to make all things new.
How perfect. Today, Amelia’s life is made new. The old is washed away, and the new has come. She has said goodbye to the babies’ home. As part of the farewell, they gave us pictures of the part of her life that we missed.
To say a proper thank you and goodbye, we gave a party to her babies’ home today. We sat in a circle with most of the caretakers and volunteers who held and loved our daughter for ten months. We laughed, prayed, ate cake, exchanged gifts, and thanked each other for loving Amelia. I will never get over how beautiful it is that, as I try to thank them for loving my child, they interrupt to thank me for loving their child. We can share her. I am not jealous anymore. Even today, when Mama Sara whispered to Amelia, “You can go far away to have a good family and a bright future, but I am still your mom**!”… I was somehow okay with those words. I will teach Amelia to always love those who loved her in her earliest days.
Everyone at the orphanage is so pleased that Amelia is going to a Christian family. They’ve prayed for that. Is it not incredible that they have been praying for Amelia to find a godly family while we were praying for her to find caretakers who could love her until we came? Mama Sara stood in front of everyone and said, “[Amelia’s] father is a minister of the Lord! Praise God! Mercy will grow up to love God and perhaps also be a minister, or sing and dance for God!” I didn’t have the heart to tell her the American stereotype of a pastor’s kid. Ha! We will pray for the ability to raise her well, for God’s glory.
In other news, our Wednesday visa appointment has been cancelled due to more (local) elections on Wednesday. This “shouldn’t” affect anything because the Embassy is opening specially on a Thursday to make up for Wednesday’s closing. We still think we should have Amelia’s visa in hand by Friday, as expected.
** For those of you who are unfamiliar, “Mama Sara” was an orphanage worker of no genetic relation to Amelia. But she and Amelia had a special bond, and will forever be a part of Amelia’s family history.