Then one day, our partnering adoption agency emailed me with a surprising request:
“Can I ask you a big favor? Maisy’s file was just assigned to our agency and I just introduced her file to an adoptive family. Can you please share with me any information that you know of Maisy?”
We knew that Maisy’s adoptive family would come pick her up in the spring, but we also knew that we would probably never meet them or cross paths with them. Parents meet their children for the first time at the adoption office in Chengdu, rather than at the orphanage. While we all waited, we loved on her as much as we could. We started speaking English to her so that she could get used to hearing the different sounds and words even before moving to America. And when the day came for us to say goodbye to Maisy, we thought it would be forever. Of course, we were thrilled for her to be joining a forever family. That made the goodbye so bittersweet.
From us and from the Easters: thank you to each and every one of you that kept Maisy-now-Emma in your thoughts along the way! Praise the One who gave her that laugh like summer and the eternal joy of family.