Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.

Psalm 68:5-6

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Our Last Goodbye

My mom and I went to visit Esther & Sophiana this past week. It was great to love on my girl once again! She was happy and full of smiles most of the time but also threw her fair share of fits. Once she even plugged her own ears as she rolled around on the floor because she was soooo loud! I think we will have our work cut out for us:) She is still ever so tiny but has grown much taller since the last time we were together – 3ft! The 2T dresses I brought were a little short but the 3T ones were a little too big for her tiny frame. I have a feeling we may be using safety pins quite often when she comes home:) The afternoon before I left Esther asked if she could go to Miami with me. It broke my heart to tell her no (but hopefully so very soon baby)! We were blessed to have a translator this trip. He was able to tell Esther that next time Mommy and Daddy come to Haiti we will be bringing her home with us…. oh how I long for that day! She was happy about that but it didn’t make our goodbye any easier. I can still see the pain etched on her face and hear the screams ringing through my ears. As I listened to her cries echo throughout the orphanage I assured myself that was our last goodbye. Next time I step foot into Haiti I will be leaving with my baby girl in my arms. No more goodbyes – a forever family at last! We’re praying that our visa is applied for soon. There seems to be yet another unexplainable delay… hoping to hear of movement sooner than later. We were hoping she would be home this summer but due to this delay it looks like fall may be more realistic.  We are really praying that she will be home in time to celebrate the holidays together as a family. We would love for all 4 of us to celebrate Thanksgiving, her 4th birthday and Christmas together – oh how we hope this comes to be! Continuing to trust in God's perfect timing - as hard as that may be some days. Afterall, His plan is always best!

Mimi & the girls:)

She was so proud that Mommy had finally arrived!

Esther and her caregiver 

A lovely painting on the wall in the orphanage

Plugging her ears while screaming and rolling around on the floor - oh my!

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