(Reposted from consultant, Tracie Loux’s adoption blog.)
I could hardly wait to write this post?. and the wait was long.
I have been so blessed to walk with this beautiful couple through their adoption this past year and we chose to wait until finalization to share their story.
In October of 2012, I was contacted to help find a family for a sibling group of two beautiful little girls who were living in a group home. The attorney involved had a small window of opportunity to help the birth mom to select an adoptive family in order to keep them out of permanent foster care.
The process was slow, but we expected that they placement would occur in mid-November.
Some heart breaking issues occurred, and the attorney told Adam and Rachelle that the adoption was off.
In the midst of it all, they interceded for these girls that had already settled very deeply in their hearts, in place called LOVE!
They prayed. We prayed.
And in December they were able to fly to meet the birth parents. Adam and Rachelle still had not met the girls, but during their meeting with the birth family, they were able to express their love and commitment to the girls. It was God-ordained and beautiful. The birth father agreed to the placement and signed consent.
Because of the involvement with children’s services, a judge had to approve the placement as well. On December 26th, they went to court expecting to get custody of the girls, and a very angry judge denied custody due to some paperwork issues. It was like a train wreck. These girls lives were at stake. It was unjust.
Distraught, they walked out of court. Another court date was set for January 8th.
In the meantime, they were able to meet the girls.
These photos were taking the day that Adam and Rachelle met their daughters.
Thanks to a compassionate social worker, they were able to visit the girls every day for 2 hours until their court date.
Their entire lives were uprooted for LOVE. They laid it all down for LOVE. They fought for LOVE.
They bore the burden of injustice for LOVE.
Even the night before court there was warfare. But the Lord moved, brought peace and surrounded this family with an army of people who were praying.
As a huge answer to prayer, they were assigned a different judge this time. He was wise and kind and ruled in their favor.
They finally had custody, after three months of believing that these girls were their daughters.
Three months of the kind of LOVE that hurts.
And on January 18th, they were able to fly home with their daughters.
This photos was taken about two months after they got home.
The warfare for these two beautiful lives raged on. And without getting into to details to protect this family, I can tell you that it was hard.
Things were not resolved until May of this year, and FINALLY in October they were able to finalized the adoption.
So today as I share this story, I REJOICE in the goodness of GOD.He is faithful to complete what He starts.
His plans are good.
His ways are perfect.
Now I want you to go back and look at the eyes of the two little girls in the first photos. And then, I want you to look at the eyes of the little girls in these last two photos.
Do you see what I see? Do you see Love? Redemption?Healing? Hope?
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