One year ago today, we received Pre-Approval to adopt Paxton after submitting our Letter of Intent for him one year ago yesterday. For one year, we have been looking at our sweet boy's face.
For the first couple of months, we only had this picture:
It was taken when he was nine months old soon after his second lip repair surgery. I stared at this picture every single day after we received PA. I could not wait to get to China to hold him!
A couple of months after receiving PA, while we were getting closer and closer to travel, a sweet adoptive mom sent me pictures from their orphanage visit. Oh goodness, how I treasured those photos! They were our first real glimpse at his personality and our first pictures of his smile. They were (and still are) a treasure!
And, eight and a half months ago, we were able to stare at his sweet face in person for the very first time.
I recently read back over my post announcing that we had received Pre-Approval for Paxton and loved being reminded of God's faithfulness! God is good!
I am so thankful that God answered EVERY SINGLE one of our prayers when we asked him for confirmation that the file of a nine month old baby boy was the file of OUR son! I cannot imagine Paxton NOT being our son. He is such a wonderful gift from God!