October 6, 2016 – Turning A Corner
Well, our news is not great, and the path we were on has come to a dead end. We will not be adopting Mabel. The man in Uganda has so many things he dislikes about us, and he has the power to block the adoption. Our only choice is to grieve the loss of this sweet girl and choose the path to healing, and eventually forgiveness. It’s a different direction than we had hoped to head.
So many things we cannot share, nor are we ready to share, but a few things I want to tell you…
- We are going to be ok. I am typing this as a reminder to myself… much worse things have happened to people. We have our health, we have each other, Bill and I have our fruity wonderful boy, we have friends and family who love and support us.
- Please pray every day for Mabel and that God will protect this precious child. Bill likes to think of our time with her as a special mission trip to let children know that there are people who love them. I personally am so thankful that Mabel got to have time with Bill and see how a man should treat a woman. I hope she always remembers that unconditional love that was generously lavished on her. She deserved every bit of it.
- There is nothing we can do about this, the decision has been made, it’s out of our hands and we have closed the account with our adoption agency.
- No, we most likely will not pursue another adoption – this has been draining, heartbreaking, exhausting… you name it. Unless God makes it so very clear (like the stork appearing on our doorstep, this door has closed.)
- Can we get our money back? Most likely not, it is gone minus some very small refunds. It is something we are in the process of working on.
- Why did God lead us on this path? I have no clue…but a dear friend sent me a graphic with the phrase “What if…everything you are going through right now is preparing you for a dream bigger than you can imagine.” I can’t imagine anything better than adding Mabel to our family, but God will show us in time I’m sure.
- Please pray for our family, Liam especially as we make our way through this failed adoption. It was a very sad lesson about disappointment and human nature.
Thank you, Thank you all for just sharing this journey with us. We are so grateful for all the love and support, excitement, prayers (and cute outfits) leading up to this. I saw this quote online and it really speaks to me and our path to Pickles…
“To love is to risk getting hurt; but not to risk loving is the greatest risk of all.”
Amy, Bill & Liam