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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Calling all prayer warriors!

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. ~Isaiah 26:3-4

If you follow me on facebook, you may have noticed that I've stopped posting the days that remain until we bring Lydia home. And there's a reason for that, unfortunately...

On Thursday, Carrie called us and let us know that the birthfather had a translator contact the guardian ad litem for him, stating that he had chosen to change his mind regarding the adoption plan. Obviously, this has caused things to become rather complicated for us.

If that wasn't enough, Heather was also hospitalized earlier this week for post partum depression, and we aren't sure when she will be released yet. If the birthfather had not stepped in at all, we were looking at the possibility of having our court date postponed due to Heather's hospitalization.

The court hearing is still scheduled for this Thursday, the 17th. But obviously we have no idea what will be happening that day, exactly. As it stands, the birthfather is (as far as we know) living here illegally. I think this will affect whatever choices he makes in court (leading to possible deportation or at least arrest), but at this point, we're not exactly sure.

I wanted to let anyone know we may have missed, so you can be praying for us. We need your prayers so badly right now! It's been emotional for us and our families, but we are trusting God's sovereignty and the plan He has for Lydia and our lives.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

Here are some specific prayer requests:
  • Pray for Heather to recover quickly and be released from the hospital by Monday. She still needs to meet with the guardian ad litem herself (for a required meeting) and if that's not done before the court date, it will have to be postponed (by about a month).
  • Pray for the birthfather (Juan) to either
    a) Realize that he's making a foolish choice, and that he has a better chance of having a relationship with Lydia if he goes forward with the adoption plan.
    b) Grow lazy and not follow through with his words. If he is not present in some form at the court hearing on Thursday, he won't have any more options, since he has already signed the consent forms.
    c) Be gripped with fear of the law if he moves forward. (Fear of deportation, arrest, etc.)
  • Pray for Lydia and Laurie, the Bridge Care mom who's taking care of her. Pray that they would be at peace throughout all of this. We chose not to visit Lydia this weekend because we knew our emotions would be easy for her to pick up on, and we want her to not have any added stress.
  • Pray for us - for peace and strength. So far we have been blessed by the "peace that passes all understanding" that is found only in the Lord Jesus. I have moments of weakness where I fear the worst - but overall we are placing Lydia and our future in God's hands. He knows best.
Thank you for your prayers. Please know that as we have updates, we will share them.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13


Anonymous said...


As you take each (unexpected) step of this journey, may you find the peace of the Lord Jesus as your strength, comfort, hope, and joy. Fortunately, HE has written the ending to this story and it will be perfect. Just as any mother enters her time of confinement and waiting, you, too, are in the toughest and most uncomfortable days...the days you long for your baby to be in your arms...where you truly don't know the ending of the story and all is left to prayer and waiting. May God continue His work in you as you wait, hope, pray, and beseech Him for your little Lydia. We are praying with you! Be strong and take courage. Hugs.

Tony and Lisa said...

We stand in prayer with you. Don't let anyone ever suggest you didn't go through labor to have a baby - whew, how many hours is this?! I bet you've set a record, dear!
God is good and He's still in control.
I love you,

Anonymous said...

I love you guys! God will reward you for your blind faith and patience, I know it. :) Praying for you and Lydia.

<3 Meg

Kathy said...

This has not taken HIM by surprise (just knowing that is such a comfort for me)God is still in control! I am standing with you guys in prayer! much love. . .

Jacki said...

Lifting you all up in prayer... Praying in the Spirit.. Cast ALL your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. God bless...

J-Funk said...

Wow! What chaos! And I thought waiting two weeks after my due date was torturous... you are going through something else entirely. I wish you lots of strength through all this waiting and hope & pray everything turns out for the best for you and Lydia.

The only thing I found distracting during my wait was watching TV AND reading a fast-paced murder mystery simultaneously. Hope that works for you.