Now onto the sweetness! I mentioned that the kids are super excited. They have already made paintings and drawings to give "the little girl from China when she comes home." Anne Rainey also keeps asking "Is she for me?" I'm wondering if she is picturing a baby doll rather than a real person... Anyway, when we first told them, Derek threw in "but don't tell this to anyone right now." Which I knew would last a millisecond with Rollins. So two days later, we were at the mall and had our first moment of Rollins telling a total stranger (which has happened countless times since). We were in Gus Meyer where Derek was looking at some clothes (let me add, we do not really shop there but they are closing the men's department so had some good sales!) and Rollins asked Derek if he could tell the salesman our news. He was a super nice man in mid 40s. Rollins proceeds to tell him "we are adopting a little girl from China!" The man's face lit up as he said "I think that is great! And do you know why? Because I was adopted when I was 5 years old!" Rollins thought it was the greatest thing ever! Reflecting back on that moment makes me tear up... to see that God is such a God of detail. Of all the people that Rollins could have told, and all the responses he could have gotten... to see that God put that salesman there that night to encourage my 5 year old little boy. God cares enough about Rollins to put a man in his path who does not just support the idea of adoption but who's life has been radically changed because of adoption. Rollins went out on a limb, telling a total stranger and it was a moment of pure sweetness... a stone of remembrance for our family that God's hand is all over this journey!
I have to end with one funny. We are going the special needs route and the night we told them, I tucked them into bed and as I'm walking out, Rollins shouts out into the dark "Two arms mommy!" I was like "what?" and he repeats "Two arms!" I'm still like "What are you saying?" And he says "I want her to have 2 arms and 2 legs and I don't want her to be bossy. Good night." You gotta love his honesty!