We are proud to announce that this evening we received Pre-Approval (aka PA!) from China for our son WenXuan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Giving praise to the Lord who is the giver of all good gifts for surely this the best gift we could get – another son!
(this is an old photo I took from Eagles’ Wings Facebook Page)
(WenXuan is on the left and his best bud who was adopted last summer is on the right – they are sad here to be saying goodbye but little does WenXuan know Jay’s mom and I have already been scheming a reuinon. Photo cred. from Jay’s family blog)
When Philip was moved from House of Love in Guilin, China to Eagle’s Wings in August of 2013, we started scouring the Eagle’s Wings facebook page in search of updates and photos about him. In the process, we saw photos of WenXuan and thought – hey, he seems like a really cool kid! Then, we saw an update about him on an advocacy site, and saw a video and Wes and I both watched it and looked at each other and said – that kiddo could be a Smith! I was especially drawn to the fact that he had such a twinkle in his eye – we couldn’t stop thinking about him.
After some thinking and prayer, we felt led to ask some questions about him and learned that he wasn’t currently up for adoption, but if a family came forward, they would likely finish and submit his paperwork to the CCCWA to be considered for adoption. We asked more questions, talked to adoptive families who have met him and also got a detailed email from the amazing lady who founded Eagle’s Wings and she too mentioned that WenXuan had a…you guessed it…”twinkle in his eye.”
So, a little over a year ago, we made it clear to our agencies and, in turn, his orphanage, that we would like WenXuan to be our son and we’ve pretty much not had any clue as to when or if this could actually happen, in fact, we were even told it could be unlikely…until a few weeks ago.
Fast forward to our trip to China for Philip…we were up on and off in the night with Rand who got a little sick in Guangzhou and I checked my email and almost fell out of the bed when I saw we had matched with WenXuan! We immediately requested his file and approved it right away and started filling out forms in the middle of the night we were so excited. And so TORN UP because we just met him – with extremely guarded hearts – when we visited Philip’s orphanage, less than a week before! It was all we could do to not fly back to Zhengzhou and get back in that van to go hug his neck and tell him the good news. We even asked our agency if we stayed a little longer if there is anything that could be done, but we have to resubmit a lot of new forms here in the US as well as China so there was no chance to bring him back with Philip. And we weren’t allowed to announce it formally until we had PA – which now we do!
When we found out in China, Wes and I both knew deep down that it was going to happen, in fact, when we dream about our life and talk about our plans as a family, WenXuan was already a part of those dreams.
In 4-7 months (estimate) we’ll be headed back to China to bring home the oldest Smith brother! We are praying we’ll be able to celebrate his 12th birthday here, all together at HOME.
And you probably have a lot of questions – so do we! So far, what we have to go on is this: if we let the questions (the hows and the whys especially!) get in the way, we’d be disobedient and completely paralyzed. I think of how the Lord told us about Philip and then HE plowed the way for it all to fall perfectly into place. So we have to just keep trusting that the One who chose WenXuan to be a Smith will guide us through the details.
Please join us in prayer for WenXuan as he continues to wait and, in a few days or weeks, whenever he finds out that he has a family that his heart would be prepared and that the wait won’t be to much longer for him…or for us!
Rand especially is excited to have an older brother, but having a hard time with WenXuan still being in China. We told him the news back when we were in China and he’s reminded us every day that one Smith is missing. Yesterday he got us all choked up because he started crying when he saw the photo of WenXuan from the blog. He was trying his best not to cry, his lower lip giving him a time trying to hide it. I asked him why in the world he was sad and he said because Wen (what he calls him) wasn’t here and was still at the orphanage.
Thanks for sharing in our excitement over this news! We think WenXuan is an awesome and amazing kid and we can’t wait for us all to get to know him and for him to be here, at home, with his FOREVER FAMILY.