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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ginger's Moving On

If I wouldn't have let my cell phone die yesterday, I would have gotten the message earlier. Ginger's Great Aunt has checked out with the state, so Ginger will be going to live with her. It's a good thing, really. Her mom's case is workable. All she has to do is not smoke pot for at least 6 months and go to counseling and get a psych eval and on some appropriate and legal meds for whatever her condition is. She doesn't have to get her GED, a job, or transportation. All she has to do is get clean.

We'd much rather that happen with her with a family member than with us. Sure, we've gotten attached to her, but not bonded. Once again, the Lord looked out for us on this one. We did what we were supposed to do, and He gave us the strength and wisdom to be cautious. I'll miss the little Ginger Snap. What's worse will be that we will likely worry that she is well cared for. She will be living in poverty, but that is not something we can discriminate for.

We will ask that Ginger be moved on Monday morning. We will probably cry. Though this time it will be less about grieving over a child who could have been ours and more about grieving over the knowledge of a child's probable life course.

Then, we are considering packing up the car and taking Cookie to see Michael's parents. It's been a wild couple of weeks, and we will need some get-away before awaiting our next placement.

OF COURSE we're going to do it again! Once you are called, you're called. Period.

Still, your prayers for us on Monday as we say goodbye will be greatly appreciated.

15 comments:

Dream Mommy said...

I understand how scary it is when you know they aren't going to a great life. Will send prayers for
Ginger and your family.

KrazyMom said...

It's bitter sweet. Glad she will be with family, sad she won't be with you! All you can do is hold her up in prayer daily that her mom makes good choices. You deserve some time away. You are such a great person to all of these kids, you need to take some time to relax with your immediate family and re-energize before the next group arrives! :) Will be thinking of you all on Monday.

Amanda said...

I know exactly what you mean... even if they will be well loved, it's still a differently kind of life, and it's hard to see babies you love have to live that life.

Good luck - I'll be thinking of you on Monday.

Debbie said...

Honestly, you are such a special, kind person. I will think of you on Monday.

Debbie in the UK

Robin said...

Lots of prayers everyday.

Overwhelmed! said...

I'm sorry you're having to let go of Ginger. I pray she is taken good care of by her aunt and her mother. I'll offer up a prayer for all of them!

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. Hang in there.

Julie said...

I am praying for all involved- it is so hard to watch these children leave. Even though she is going to family- and we know that is best- it still hurts- Sweet Ginger will be watched over by God- and that is her path- I trust- Him- have a great vacation!

S. said...

I will pray for all of you. I am sorry to hear she won't be with your family. I really hoped she would have been....but it is just not meant to be--God has a plan for that baby girl, and her life will likely be as it was meant to be. Good or Bad, it is the way God planned it. Even if it is not what we hoped. We all just have to accept the way it goes. Don't forget-during the time she was with you-how much you have helped her. Even though she is just a baby-nonetheless...it has changed her life in a positive way-

Amanda said...

Thinking of you, DH, and Cookie today.

Cindy said...

Praying for you, Michael, Cookie and Ginger today. Luv you!

FosterMom said...

Just know, what you did in the short amount of time that you had Ginger will affect her the rest of her life. If for nothing more than a lifetime of prayers said for her. I will keep her in my prayers as well, that she will be well protected and grow to be a woman of God someday!

candy said...

i stumbled across your blog this morning and have to say that you guys are just amazing! what a wonderful reflection of God's love you are! i'll be praying for you and ginger, and especially her mom. i'm sure she appreciates you keeping her safe and healthy when she could not.

i won't hijack your post, but our girls' bio mom was a pot smoker too, who chose the pot and other various pleasures over her own children years ago. (i'm at myunbornjournals.blogspot.com)

you probably won't click on my blog when i tell you that we're in kentucky too, but we're U of L fans. sorry!

cloudscome said...

I'm praying for you and Ginger right now. I know another little baby that is in a transition phase right now, and I am hoping he ends up in a good place. It is so hard to trust when they are so sweet and little and you have no control. But we have an awesome God; creator of the universe. I know they are covered.

cloudscome
http://sandycovetrail.wordpress.com

GLouise said...

Aww, thinking of you.

Cindy said...

you guys holding up okay?