Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Another month closer, another month further away

Since I last posted, two rounds of referrals have occurred. Neither have given any indication of a speed up. The most recent referrals, received late last week, were for families with LIDs on or before 9/8/06. So those families waited almost 15 months. That is technically "holding steady", but not very encouraging. Late September, October and November of '06 where huge months, in terms of families logged in. They seem to be matching about the same number of families (each time they send out referrals), and if that's the case, it could take them several months just to get through October. Please pray that isn't the case!

Unfortunately I don't have an opportunity right now to do a lengthy post :). However, one of the other adoptive moms on the CHI message board posted the lyrics to a new (original) Christmas song that was released by the Christian group Third Day. Their guitarist and his wife are nearing the end of a Chinese adoption and didn't think they'd have to go through another Christmas without their daughter. He wrote this song, called Merry Christmas, which appears on their Christmas Offerings cd. I wish I could claim the song, the lyrics so perfectly describe my emotions this year (and probably next).

***Kleenex alert!***

There's a little girl trembling on a cold December morn
Crying for momma's arms
At an orphanage just outside a little China town
There the forgotten are

But half a world away I hang the stockings by the fire
And dream about the day when I can finally call you mine

It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
And so tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in his arms
And tell you from my heart I wish you Merry Christmas

As I hang the tinsel on the tree and watch the twinkling lights
I'm warmed by the fire's glow
Outside the children tumble in a wonderland of white,
Make angels in the snow

But half a world away you try your best to fight the tears
And hope that heaven's angels come to carry you here

It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
And so tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in his arms
And tell you from my heart I wish you Merry Christmas

Christmas is a time to celebrate the holy child
and we celebrate his perfect gift of love
He came to earth to give his life
and prepare a place for us
so we could have a home with him above

It's Christmas time again and now you're home
Your family is here so you will never be alone
So tonight before you go to sleep, I'll hold you in my arms
And I'll tell you from my heart, and I'll you from my heart
I wish you Merry Christmas