Wednesday, February 4, 2015

mercy and judgment

No new news to share. There was a Department of State phone call with DRC waiting families today, but it yielded no real updates. They are working on the situation, making many phone calls to DGM in order to end this Exit Letter Suspension and still working to get kids home who have been fully Exit Letter-ready since September 2013. Yada, yada, yada.

Our court paperwork seems to be stalled in the court process, too, as is the paperwork of several other adoptive parents. Judges seem to think it doesn't matter whether or not they process our cases since kids aren't going home. I see it another way. I am concerned that when the suspension is lifted DRC will say that all adoptions completed by (insert arbitrary date) will be allowed to take their children home. This would mean that we would still be stuck, despite our 16+ months in court, and the long-term situation is questionable.

It's a crazy thing, to think that we first saw C as a tiny baby who couldn't even roll in her crib, and now we still haven't met her and she is running around with long braided hair extensions. She is eating solid food and speaking Lingala to her friends and foster mom in her foster home.

I know this is hard on everyone, not just us. This has to be hard on her foster family, as they are getting more and more attached to her as days go by. And while it's not really all that hard on C right now, unless she gets sick (in which case she will not have access to great medical care because she is not HERE), each passing day gets harder and harder for her to leave her foster family in the future. And although it's a sad truth in adoption, it's still not fair to her.

So that is where we are. We continue to be in prayer for her safety, for the other children and families involved in this suspension, for softened hearts in DRC, for quickened court paperwork processing, and for a HUGE 2015.

Thankful that these words came via an image at Beth Cupitt's shop on Etsy:

"Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually." Hosea 12:6

(Two examples of Beth's art are below. I just couldn't keep this goodness to myself. Also, HINT Bradlee!)