We're broken. Sad. Angry. Confused. And so many more other feelings. It was on February 3 that I received an e-mail from our Adoption Agency asking if we would allow our profile to be shown to a prospective match. I nearly drove off the road when I saw it. For the record, I was driving, but only glanced at it and read the rest later when I arrived at my destination. Aaron and I talked it over and agreed we were more than ok with the stipulations that Birth Mother has requested. We knew that if our Jesus was in this He would allow ALL of it to come to fruition. I e-mailed back the agency and we began praying. That if it was His will the Birth Mother would choose us. If not, that the perfect family would be chosen for this baby who was already growing in our hearts. A week later I came home to another e-mail asking that we call the Agency ASAP. There was a huge snowstorm going on in Texas and they needed our phone number….I responded with our phone number and moments later, my phone rang. We confirmed a phone meeting the next day to have the Birth Mother "presented" to us. This is where they read history to you about said Birth Mother. We, of course, were more than excited. The next day Aaron and I meant at his work and listened intently as they presented this precious Birth Mother to us. Her story, so unlike Halle's. We fell in love with her and the baby girl that was yet to be born. Maybe I wear my heart on my sleeve. But, our Jesus' has his fingerprints all over this. The baby was due on March 6. Yes, Elliott's original due date. I had been praying that somehow that would come into the adoption picture. I wasn't sure what it would look like, but…it was going to be there. It would be our sign, from Jesus. Not only that, but said Birth Mother has a 15 month old son who was living with her in the Maternity Apartments at our Agency. At Christmas the Agency had posted on FB asking if anyone would like to purchase toys for children living in these apartments. I quickly answered yes and was matched with a one year old boy. Yes, that was her son. He received a Christmas present from us. Two days later I had a short 15 minute conversation with Birth Mom and felt as though I could just sit down and chat with her…I was encouraged and excited to meet this Woman in person when our sweet baby girl was born. A few bumps in the road came after…..Birth Mom was out of contact with the agency for a few days, we fretted, prayed and worked through it. She arrived back to the Agency and three days later I received the phone call that she was in labor, but…was not sure she could follow through with the adoption. My heart stopped.
Now, it's three days later. Baby Girl has been born and she is with her Birth Mom, who has nothing. No home of her own, no family, no money and I'm assuming no clothes or necessary things to take care of this sweet girl. I'm broken. And at first I was MAD. So stinkin' mad. Even at Jesus. I'm going to say it and be honest. I know that's not how I'm supposed to feel. Trust me. I've made it through three miscarriages, infertility, the death of my Dad and son and bouts with anxiety and depression. I know how to persevere. I know what it means to press in and give to Him. I know how to pray and intercede. I know without a shadow of a doubt our Jesus is in control. But, then I was not having it. Even now, I'm struggling. This to me seems like the hardest thing I have been through. I was laying in bed last night wondering why?? I didn't even feel this way when we lost Elliott. It hit me then. I was going to see Elliott again. I will see my Dad again and all three of my babies in Heaven. I do not know if I will ever see this sweet baby girl that was to be our Lucy Faith. Her clothes are washed and ready for her, the tiny diapers and socks. The "Little Sister" and "Big Sister" shirts. It's all so confusing. So we wait yet again. The Birth Mom decided she would like to try parenting this sweet girl for two weeks. All you parents out there know the first two weeks are the hardest. I'm not sure how to pray and Aaron and I both feel defeated. So, we're asking that you pray for us. And would you please pray for our Halle? She's confused too and I'm realizing we need to be careful what we say about this situation. We want her to understand the the Birth Mother is making poor choices. That she doesn't know what is best. I have had to explain this again this morning. My anger has made it's way into Halle and I don't want that to keep happening. Please, please pray for this sweet baby girl that will not have a future without her forever family.