We had a first tonight at Wal-Mart (yes...don't fall over, I was in Wal-Mart, not Target...however I went there tight afterward!). I've heard from fellow adoptive moms that this day would come, but I hadn't expected it to come before Lily was even with us!
The girls and I had gone to the formerly-blue-now-tan box store to pick up Lily's car seat which I had ordered online and decided to pick up in the store to save on shipping. After struggling over whether or not to take the car seat they shipped to me due to the condition of its box, we bought two more bottles and some ketchup (aren't you glad I shared that!) and went to the register.
Can't really remember how the conversation with the cashier lady got to the place where I told her the seat was for our daughter we will be bringing home next month (Lord willing!), but she seemed quite interested. She asked how old she would be and then looked the girls up and down and said, "So these are adopted, too, then?"
"They are biological." I answered. I finished paying, thanked her and headed for the car. As we were walking out, my oldest daughter chuckled and said, "She thought we were adopted, too!" That will probably be the first of many conversations we will have like that with strangers, I said. It was a good one, I think. I have heard from friends that some people can say rude or thoughtless things even when children are obviously listening. I have been praying that the Lord would give me the appropriate response in those times. Tonight, He let me dip my toe in and test the waters. He is good.
On another note, no Travel Approval yet (you probably guessed that!). What is interesting, however, is that our agency got 2 batches of TA's this week whereas they had been getting them at what looked like an every 11 day rate since June! So our prayers for speedy TA's are blessing several families out there! Keep praying!
James 5:16b The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.