A few days earlier, I overheard a conversation between Anna and Ryan about DNA (yes, they are 6 and 7 yrs old). I may write more about this at a later time, but Anna was upset that she didn't share DNA with me and Tony.
Because of this DNA conversation, I was a little concerned about the Primary lesson. After a few texts, Kara asked if I would say a few words during the lesson. It ended up being a pretty tender moment for me and Anna. It is worth recording and I hope Anna and Ryan will always remember this for the rest of their lives.
After Ryan was born, Tony and I knew we wanted another child. After deciding to adopt from China, we started the long and arduous adoption process. We began looking at pictures of available children and our agency began sending us files of possible matches. I must have looked at hundreds and hundreds of pictures. I think I fell in love with a different child every few days. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I didn't know it would be so heart wrenching. But I knew that some day we would KNOW when we found the right child for us.
After several weeks, our agency sent us a file for An Jing and among the pictures was this one:
That little face! Tony fell in love with this little girl in about two seconds. One look at this picture and we both felt this little girl was the one for us. We prayed and our hearts were full and at peace. Then we fasted and went to the temple. We prayed in the temple and that was where we absolutely KNEW she was the right one for us.
We still had a lot of work to do to complete the adoption process, but after a few months, we were approved. I tell Anna all the time that daddy and I flew to the other side of the world to get her. I am still amazed at the miracles that brought Anna to our family.
So yes, Heavenly Father had a plan for Anna to come to a family.
And how grateful we are that His plan for Anna was us.