Than we began the task of reading through her referral and trying to decipher medical reports. She was just over 8 months old. She was born in the summer. She was 6.9 pounds and 18 inches when she was born. She was born in Busan. Her name meant "beautiful smile" and it was her birth mother who named her. And even though we knew this was the child that God had chosen for us, the one that came earlier than expected, there were things to consider. There were words like "mass" and there were noted hospitalizations and tests that had been run. The agency had attached a list of pediatricians at the International Adoption Clinic at UofM who will review your referral and weigh in within a few days. When we finally made it to their sight there was an option where you could pay $500 to have them review and return their results within 6 hours. Less than 6 hours later we had a response - one that pretty much consisted of a list of questions that they suggested be forwarded to the agency and doctors in Korea before making a decision. We were cautioned that the mass could be related to her lymph nodes and the word leukemia was used.
In actuality, those questions were never sent. That next morning we were on the phone with our agency and we accepted that referral without hesitation. We knew that she was the child He had chosen for us. She was our daughter no matter what. Flash forward a year later and there is no mass.
God is Good
And early tomorrow morning, our family will arrive at the county court house and we will wait to stand before the judge and we will make a promise to our little girl, a promise we really made a year ago today.