It's been a rough week.
We hit a road block with our adoption of Peter. To make a long story short, the government in his country needs to approve one aspect of our application.....and it somehow got lost in the whole process and needs to start at the beginning of the approval process. We're looking at probably a 6-12 month delay, in the long run. Prayers would be MUCH appreciated. This also means that we'll have to update some of our other information (homestudy paperwork, basically) in the process, because it will expire while we wait.
While this obviously isn't the news we wanted to hear, we have trust that this is all part of His plan. The only scary part for us is that during this delay, Peter cannot be removed from the waiting child list. There's a chance that, while we wait, another family could move forward to bring him home. Again, we're obviously not excited about that remaining a possibility any longer.....if it does happen, we will continue to trust in Him and His plan for our family. For now, though, we take comfort in knowing that Peter is being prayed for by people around the world, and is being loved so thoroughly by hundreds of people. He's a lucky boy.
We also take great hope in the news we received today - our little boy is no longer living in a hospital!! He's been moved into a child home, which in his country is a wonderful thing. His country provides wonderful, family-centered care for orphans, and so we are comforted by the fact that he is now in a home, with other children...with toys....with a bed of his own....This is a beautiful thing for his daily life and well-being.
This week was also difficult for another reason. One of our own, a young Reece's Rainbow orphan-no-more passed away after a difficult battle with an infection. He was only 2, and had only been home for 14 short months.
However, in those 14 months, Henry changed the world. His own world suddenly was filled with unconditional love, a family, happiness and smiles, and the love of a mother and father.......and it was through their witness to love that so many of us found Reece's Rainbow and our own forever child. Henry and his mom, Carla, brought so many orphans home.......so many children were rescued through their witness and advocacy.
Today, our little family joins together in mourning, in remembrance of a life that ended too soon.
I ask you for two things, to help Henry's family:
1- if you're Catholic, please join in praying a rosary between the hours of 2 and 9 pm today. This time period is Henry's visitation, and while we cannot be physically with his family....we can join our voices to theirs in prayer. If you are not Catholic, please take some time to pray your own prayers, in solidarity with his adoptive family, and so many of us that Henry touched.
2 - Henry's medical bills and funeral expenses are large. If you can help, with any size monetary donation, I ask that you do that. I cannot begin to express how many lives Carla and Henry touched through their adoption journey and first year home. So many of us considered Carla a "big sister" of sorts - she was always there to help us over the roadblocks, hold our hand, dry our tears, pray us through our discernments, and rejoice in homecomings and victories. Please help us to return the favour by helping them overcome this immediate financial hurdle. You can find a link to the family's Chip-In account at the top right column of our own blog.
For more information about Henry, and tributes to the little guy, please check out these links: