The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Pence Update

I've got Oprah on in the background and they just showed a short clip of a super-cutie little AA boy singing. Punk said, "Aw! That's Pence!" Funny that I was just sitting down to update you on the latest strings of hope.


I just got an email from Donna with 9 new pics of the cutest nearly-4-yr-old I know and a bit of news from Patty. While in Liberia, Patty met a Dr. Sherman and told him about Pence's situation. Providentially, Dr. Sherman (1) is on the Board of Directors at Firestone Hospital and (2) agrees that a child cannot grow up in a hospital! He promised to take Pence's situation before the Board. Please join us in praying that Dr. Sherman would follow through and that he will be able to convince the Board to do something.


Also, the lawyer is pursuing the Ministry of Health avenue, but no news from there. Donna promised to ask about it for me. So, we can pray for headway there too.


Friends, these are difficult waters to navigate. It is so easy to become hopeless because every avenue we've tried before hasn't worked. But, on the other hand, I just want to throw all my eggs in Dr. Sherman's basket and believe that he will be able to make the difference. I have just come (again!) to the realization that my hope is not in these circumstances, but in the God who got us all into this in the first place! Obviously, God is still training me to trust him alone. So, y'all can pray for me to trust him first and only!


Thanks again for hanging with me, my e-friends! I'm glad to have something to tell you!

And, now, for the new photos! I just love seeing his personality shine so brilliantly through the camera!


Is THIS the boy I'm fighting so hard for?! Hee hee!

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7,812 Miles said...
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Amy said...

Oh, yay!!! Wow, he is such a cutie! I will be praying! Go, Dr. Sherman! :)

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Michelle Maher said...

Rae,

He is a doll and has already captured so many hearts from so far away. He's got spunk and determination in him just like his Momma!! Our all-knowing God would never confuse that with lack of faith. I'm praying for peace for you.

Michelle

Jamie said...

He is such a cutie pie.

I am so glad to hear that someone is going to bat for you. Keep us posted!

Jamie

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued