We were both admittedly anxious about meeting her family for the first time. They were driving a long way to be here and we had no idea what to expect. My Love took half the day off so he could be present for the visitation too.
I pulled into the parking lot and saw the social worker walking through the parking lot. She helped us out of the car and I looked up and there were three people coming toward the building at the same time. She started crying as soon as she saw her. "[Sweet Pea] looks just like [him]!" Having only seen one picture I knew she would have that reaction. Seeing the face of your baby on that of another would bring anyone to tears. They had never met her before. We walked inside and instantly peace started washing over me.
My Love arrived a few minutes later and we spent the next 2 1/2 hours talking to Sweet Pea's relatives as they held her and kissed her and played with her and fed her on the floor of the social worker's office. It really couldn't have gone any better.
Admittedly My Love and I would have loved for Sweet Pea to be forever ours, but God never made us that promise. And in this brief meeting we could see a glimpse of his plan for the next chapter of her life. We could see our purpose for this season. We could see even more how much our Sovereign Lord loves her.
It will likely still be months before she leaves our arms, but in the mean time both sides are at peace in the waiting knowing that God is in control and is Lord over both our households.
I asked if we could pray together before we said goodbye and with our heads bowed in this government building and we agreed together seeking God's face on behalf of this precious baby girl. How cool is that!?
The more I draw near to him the bigger God reveals himself to be. I am overwhelmed and humbled by his love for the least of these and that he has called my family to serve him in this way.