The gate at Sarah's orphanage bangs loudly when it’s closed. It's a resounding reminder to all on both sides of the fence just which side you’re on.
I’ve heard the sound from both sides. I was privileged to hear the sound from the inside as we’ve entered the orphanage to visit Sarah each day these past six weeks. And I heard the sound from the outside as we left at the end of each visit, already anxiously awaiting the next moments we’d be able to spend together.
Sarah had only heard the sound of the gate from the inside. For her entire 3-1/2 year life, it served only to remind her that she had been set apart from the rest of the world.
Until last night…
Last night, May 25, 2011 around 9:45 pm local time Sarah heard the sound of the gate for the last time. And she heard it from the outside. The gate no longer keeps her inside the orphanage, it keeps her out. Last night the sound ushered her into a whole new world.
A world with a mama…
…and a papa.
…and a sister and a brother.
…and grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles.
…and McDonalds Happy Meals, and Buddy Walks, and swimming pools, and camping trips, and a list of opportunities that she can’t even begin to imagine.
A family. Forever.
One overnight train ride later we're back in the capital city today to visit the US Embassy to complete the last steps before heading for home. Shelly's flight arrived here a few hours ago, and the three of us are back together again. And we're hoping to be back in the US as a family of five by the beginning of next week.
Thanks again to all of you who are sharing this journey with us.