"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


As you may know, if you follow our blog closely, we have somewhat of an adoption guru.  She and her family are amazing and her blog can be found hereWe have been following her blog for quite a while now and, although we don't actually know her, we feel as though we do know her very well.  I've also linked to her site via the button at the top right on our blog.  She is also the one I link to every Sunday via the Sunday Snapshot.  So, it can be surmised that we admire her a lot.  She has some awesome journeys and stories to tell about the children she has adopted from China.  Her faith is also pretty inspirational.  Well, the prayers I'm asking for via this post are for her and her family.

See, they have been on a roller coaster adventure as they work to bring home their next two daughters from China.  All seemed to finally be working out, falling into place.  However, they received some pretty devastating news on Monday.  One of the girls they we in the process of adopting has passed away.  You can read about it hereJust a few weeks ago they received the LOAs (Letters of Approval) for both girls and were looking forward to travelling to get them in the coming months.  All of that has suddenly changed, their world has been turned upside down.  Their daughter's name was Esther.  She was a Waiting Child with some scary and intimidating heart defects.  That didn't matter to them though.  They saw the beautiful girl God had created, perfect in his image.  Their daughter.  

I can't even wrap my head around this event.  I can't begin to imagine how they must feel or how they will begin to grieve for her.  I know there is a greater plan, His greater plan.  I'm not sure plans in situations like this are ever fully realized by us.  They have been in our thoughts and prayers all along.  This only intensifies now as they mourn their loss.  So, I also ask, if you have a minute to spare, visit her site and/or say a prayer for them.  They are going to need all the prayers they can get in the near, and far, future.

I'll be honest too, this has Amy and I thinking about Margaux.  About the fact that she is waiting.  We are waiting.  Both for each other.  It's scary.  It also brings to mind the many orphans out there, both international and domestic, that are waiting.  Waiting for their forever families.  Waiting for the love they have yet to fully know.  Waiting for the spiritual, emotional, physical, medical, and mental help they need.  All of these children remain in our prayers as well, including our dear little Margaux.  

People still ask, and will probably always ask, us why we chose to adopt.  There is the easy answer about wanting more children but physically not being able to pursue that route.  There is also the answer mentioned in the previous paragraph.  There are so many children out there needing families.  It has been placed upon our hearts to do this.  He has called us to do this.  That is honestly how we feel and is how many people in the same situation feel.  It's both simple to understand, yet difficult to fully explain.  

As I write this my mind wanders to Margaux.  I'm ending my day today here at 9:34 pm CST.  She has already begun her day tomorrow and it's 10:34 am there.  Maybe she's eating a snack.  Maybe she's playing with toys or with friends.  Maybe her caregivers are reading her favorite story.  Maybe she's outside enjoying the partly cloudy 64 degree weather.  The one thing we do have in common is the fact that we are both waiting.  For each other.

So, I close by asking once again for your prayers for the wonderful family I've mentioned in this post.  Prayers also for their other daughter, Poppy (love that name!), who is also waiting for them while they wait for her.  Stop by and check out her blog if you'd like.  She's an incredible writer, photographer, Christian, and person.  

All is well, saddened and praying, here in Drosche Land.

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