Guo An Tao (Tyson) is a 15 month old boy from Beihai in Guangxi Province, and this is wild, but we were in China the day he was born - a precious little God wink for us. Like I said before, we were not expecting our son to be a little one this age or have cleft lip/cleft palate.
We decided to take the weekend to open our hearts and pray for God to guide us. I knew that Ryan was especially drawn to children 5-6 years old because so many older children wait to be chosen by families. In my prayers, I told God that if this little boy was our son, He would really have to speak to Ryan's heart. I spent the weekend in prayer, studying God's Word, and awaiting His answer. On Sunday afternoon, I cannot explain it. I felt the most beautiful, most gentle peace, something I had not experienced for the past month.
I sat in my living room and felt such a sense of completeness. Through this little boy, God was finishing the work He started in our hearts 2 1/2 years ago, and peace, the sweetest peace washed over me. I kept my feelings to myself, staying quiet to allow God to guide Ryan. I am so thankful to be married to a man strives to follow Jesus and opens his heart to God's will. He felt God's moving in his heart at church on Sunday, in his Bible study on Monday, and at work on Tuesday. Ryan sent me a text that afternoon saying, "Maybe we need to get some chips and queso tonight?" This is our tradition when making a big decision and taking a big step forward in our lives. I WAS GIDDY WITH EXCITEMENT!! When we talked that night, God had given Ryan the same peace, joy, and excitement He had granted me on Sunday! My heart was bursting!
We submitted our Letter of Intent (LOI) to adopt Guo An Tao the next day on Wednesday, January 14th. Karla sent our letter to China on the 15th, and the officials in China granted us PreApproval (PA) on Friday the 16th!!! Now we await our Letter of Acceptance (LOA). We are currently part way through that process, as our dossier was Out of Translation on December 22nd. God is growing a deep love in our hearts for Tyson, and we cannot wait to hold this precious boy in our arms. Thank you for sharing in our excitement that we will have a new son, the boys will have a new brother, and there will be one less orphan in this world! We love you, Tyson AnTao Abell!!