I'm trying so hard to play catch up and read what everyone has been up too for the past week. You've all been busy, busy people! If my comments are late and sorta out of touch I'm so sorry.
Thank you all so much for your kind words & encouragement. Even though we have peace over the decision we made, it was still one of the hardest things I've ever done. I have always been a pretty open mouth/book kinda girl, so keeping secrets is not easy for me. We were so excited!!! It's odd though that so many people receive referrals that they choose to decline and yet no one really writes about it. I guess because I've never been much of a private person I just don't get it when other people are. This has given me some understanding though. I have soooo much respect for those of you who wait until all the paperwork is officially done before you tell anyone.
Maybe, it's not a matter of privacy. Maybe people worry that this part of the process may shed a negative light on the program in general. Oh, how I pray not. There are so many children with special needs that need homes. It's just part of the process. Social workers and family coordinators are trying to match parents and children together and sometimes the matches just don't fit. I can't imagine trying to do the job they are faced with. But over and over families are formed and lives are changed in amazing ways. Please, don't let our enemy use this to cause confusion or doubt. Praise God for special needs adoptions, even when they are not easy!
I know beyond all doubt that we simply got swept up in the emotion of it all. When I look back on it now, there were red flags going up everywhere and we choose to over look them. We fell so in love with her, so fast. We'll learn, maybe we're just slower than others :0)
This much I have learned.
- God is still God.
- It WILL all work out for the good.
- There is a family that is rejoicing over a VERY beautiful little girl, right now!
- We will praise God for our daughter, in His perfect time.
- When we receive another referral, I will TRY and be patient before I scream it from the roof tops.
- God is worthy of our praise in ALL our circumstances!