We got a short, but sweet update on Tian today, along with a photo. The report was dated January 10, but we aren't completely sure when this photo was taken. It seems fairly recent. He's 19 months now. At the time of the report, he was 17 months and 20 lbs.
These updates are bittersweet. I cherish every new photo we get and any new bit of information about the boys' personalities, likes, dislikes, or habits. At the same time, they make my heart ache to hold the boys and see all these things for myself.
Our agency sent us some tips from parents who have been there, done that. The advice I took away was this: Enjoy the now. Don't waste your hours and days worrying over the timeline. Use this time of waiting to prepare: your house, your family schedule, your friends and relatives. Use this time to relax, because it's going to be a while before you get to have quiet moments alone. Appreciate them now.
This Lincoln Brewster song is my mantra many days:
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
My charge over the next few months is to wait well. I'm going to spend extra time alone with Ken, with the Brownies, and work on getting into a good family routine. Instead of complaining about the time, I'll realize God gave me this time for a purpose and USE it!
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40 - The Bible