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Monday, November 26, 2007

This Time 2 Years Ago...

I was crying a lot.
We'd been through 4 foster children who were at high risk to not be returned to parents who all went to live with other relatives - two were newborn baby boys.
It was the holidays and I was reluctant to put up a Christmas tree with only my husband and I to appreciate it.
I cried out loud to God a lot and told him how unfair it all felt. I also apologized out loud to God for feeling that way.
Against the advice of social workers not to stay in town and avoid travel in hopes of getting a placement, we did just that. We bought no plane tickets and decided to stay home.
On December 21st, 2005, I cried all the way home from work. I sobbed out loud in the car as I drove. I just wanted a child to spend Christmas with. And on December 22nd a social worker brought Cookie to us.
It rained all day today, and it reminded me of the very dark place I was in two years ago at this time of year.
The holidays are tough for those who want children so much and yet can't (or don't yet) have them.
I write this to remind us all that in the darkest places there is hope that burns so bright.
Watching my daughter play with the Christmas decorations while my soon-to-be youngest daughter sleeps in my arms is simply amazing given that two years ago my heart ached so much.
There is always hope. Even when we have abandoned it, it's still there.
If your heart isn't yet out of the dark place, please know I've been there.

6 comments:

S. said...

We are still sort of in that dark place but trying to keep the faith. You Rock

Julie said...

Can't wait to hear about court!!!

Amanda said...

You don't know how much I needed to read this. Thanks for sharing.

Overwhelmed! said...

Oh, what a beautiful post you've written. I felt much of what you experienced as we waited and hoped to be matched the first time around.

I'm offering up a special prayer for all those still waiting!

FosterMom said...

How in the world do you read my heart like that? I was in the very same boat in the early part of December 2005. I'm so glad to know, as heart-rending as it is, that I am not alone in this journey! God bless you for staying the course, and being honest with God. He has truly blessed you!

Frenchie said...

Hi I just found your blog. What a beautiful post.