Tuesday, February 21, 2012

VERY Urgent Prayer Requests

I awoke this morning and did what I always do… I rolled over and turned off my alarm clock (on my Iphone) and checked all my messages/Facebook groups.)  I immediately knew something was either way right or way bad when I saw that I had 14 updates to my adoption group.  I clicked and read the most devastating news.  

The lady’s post read:
I just want to let everyone know that we got some devastating news today about our baby.  We got a call from Nancy Fox, the President of AIAA, this evening.  Han’s foster mom is going to adopt her.  She has had her since she was two weeks old, and she just fell in love.  She has decided she can’t give her up.  So here we are.  I am numb at this point.  I can’t believe that, after all this time, this is how it will end.  I know in my heart that it is probably the best thing for Han, but that doesn’t make the pain and the loss any less.  I would appreciate all your prayers as we try to process this and deal with our grief.  This group has been such a lifeline to me, but I guess I’ll be signing off for a while until we decide where to go from here.

Seriously, my heart broke on the spot for her.  This very fear is one of the biggest reasons Justin and I chose international adoption.  In the US, the birth parents just have so many rights and you hear of a situation like this happening all the time. But, not in the international adoption world and not the foster parents. 

Justin and I know first hand how heartbreaking it is to give up a child’s FILE, let alone, be matched with her, wait for over a YEAR AND A HALF to bring her home, and then have someone tell us we can’t because someone else loves her and wants her too.  I just don’t have any words to explain my grief for this family.  Please join me in praying that in some way, God will be glorified through this tragedy and that this sweet family will find peace and healing through God’s mercy and grace. 

It wasn’t an hour later that I took Perry to Grandmomma and Grandaddy’s house, where she told me of another heartbreaking story.  A close family friend of ours/hers was riding four-wheelers with his grandson yesterday when the grandson had a wreck.  The grandfather was trying to dodge the grandson, causing him to wreck as well.  The grandson was able to find help, call 911, etc, but by the time the grandfather was airlifted to UAB, it was too late.  He passed away yesterday evening.  This family is so young, and I can’t imagine the heartache that the Grandmother is going to have to face as a new widow.  Also, please pray for the very young grandson.  I can’t imagine the load he now has to bear.  Even though we all know it was an accident and absolutely no one’s fault, I can imagine it will be very difficult for this young boy who has lost one of his biggest buddies. 

Then, after I got home from school (after a five hour lockdown at school due to a crazy runaway...), I took a scalding hot shower and went to play with the computer for about 15 minutes before P got home.  That's where I found a heartbreaking post from my blog friend, Beth.  She was also waiting to bring home her Hope Isabella.  I don't know under what circumstances this tragedy comes, but I do know that her heart is breaking in two as for whatever reason, she will no longer have the opportunity to be her Forever Mommy.  

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18


2 kind thoughts:

Amy Powell said...

that's so many terrible things right in a row! I do hope that everything gets better & that peace will be poured over all the families you've mentioned.

Hugs said...

Oh my, I am so sorry for you guys. I'm in disbelief as to how this can even happen. My husband and I are also adopting from Korea and are working with Holt. I just cannot process all of this..... Definitely will keep you guys in our prayers.

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Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
 
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