Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Another critical date approaches

Someone recently posted on an Ethiopian adoption forum I follow that November was the best month ever for Imagine families – I cried after reading that entry. I of course want nothing more then for every family to feel joy and excitement and to celebrate the announcement of every child, but we feel so far away from the happiness in the adoption world right now. It's like the ship has sailed without us, and no one even notices that we are missing.

I know we have so many people praying for and thinking about us and we are told daily that we are not alone, and this has truly been an invaluable comfort, but the reality is that we are the only family living through this experience right now.

As another critical date approaches we are left anxiously waiting once again. Our next court date has been scheduled for Monday, December 13th.

36 comments:

Kendra said...

Laura,

I was just thinking about you today. I don't know your specific situation but I can only imagine how hard it is waiting for answers. I hope good news comes on your next court date.

Hedges Family said...

Hi Laura!

While I haven't walked in your shoes, and don't know many of the details of your journey, there were many times where I felt that the ship was leaving without us too,and so I'm magnifying that feeling by 100 trying to imagine where you are at, and to me it seems unbearable...and while you may have heard this a million times, we DO notice you, think of you OFTEN, prayer for you MORE than that and continue to faithfully believe that this will end with your son joining your family - thinking about you with all fingers and toes crossed

Tracey H

BCMommy said...

I was thinkging about you and Seth today too. I am not sure what it is that has held up your file or why things have not gone the right way for you, but please know that many of us are thinking of you often.

I will keep your family in my heart on the 13th.

Claire

Dianne said...

I remember our court delays feeling like the ship had sailed without us. There are no words that could do it justice. Hugest hugs to you, and I will be praying for all of you in the coming days. May the 13th bring the joy you are so desperately waiting for.

Karen said...

I am on that group Laura, and I actually thought of you when that sentiment (about November being the best month ever ...) was posted. Please know that, even though we are sometimes silent, many of us are thinking of you, waiting with you, and hoping, hoping, hoping for good news for your family.

Tammy said...

We do notice and think of you all the time. You are an integral part of our community and if there was ANYTHING we could do to help we would. I'm in tears thinking of how hard this must be for you and your family. Like Karen said, even though we may be silent at times, please know that we are ALWAYS thinking about you and praying for a successful court date. I wish there was more I could do or say.

elsie hiebert said...

Definitely have not forgotten about you. I think about you every day and pray that things will work out. I can't imagine how hard this is for you. Praying for a miracle on the 13th.

Hi from Ruth! said...

It is, I imagine, very true that you are ultimately alone in the experience you are going through. But you are not alone in community, my friend. Not at all.

Blessings, Laura.

R

Jenny said...

Well I have not forgotten you!!! I think about you guys daily and I am hoping and praying that the 13th brings you joy and happiness!!

Jenny

Historica said...

Thinking of you. I wish next monday will be a successful court for your family.

june said...

Still thinking about you guys.

Anonymous said...

Still praying and thinking and thinking and praying Laura. I check your blog every day and see the photograph of you, Chad, and Sara and I place Seth in it with you. Pat

emily and mike said...

Will definitely be praying for you guys on the 13th... that a miracle will take place. Honestly, I think people need to be a bit more reserved when getting referrals. I read a few people talk about their referral as their "son" or "daughter". I know they are just excited but it is a long and crazy process as YOU know and sadly they aren't your children until you get through court.
I pray you can get through these difficult days and that you are getting lots of support from your family and friends right now. xoxo

Sharla said...

Laura,

You are not forgotten. Your family is not forgotten. I am so glad that you have let us know when the next date in your agonizing (to date) journey so far is. It will be marked on my calendar and the kids and I will be praying about it.

I am so sorry that things have gone the way they have. I wish I had the words that would help in some way, but I am at a loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and that I will be praying.

darci said...

oh Laura, no one has forgotten you! I have been thinking of and praying for you often--thanks for letting us know the specific date..darci

Dana said...

Always here for you. Thinking, hoping and keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

Dana

gablynn said...

Hoping and praying that your next court date is a success.
Debbie.

Anna said...

I am so sorry that you are going through this. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and also that you will receive good news on the 13th.

Sarah Rodgerson said...

Thinking of you and I hope the 13th brings your own Christmas Miracle.

Sarah

Jess & Darrell said...

I can relate to the feeling "we are the only family living through this experience right now." - hugs & prayers and strength for today.

Ramona said...

Laura,
the 13th is only a few sleeps away, but I imagine it msut feel like forever for you. I continue to think about you and pray for your family and for your little Seth, and think of his beautiful photo you shared with me this summer. I so want to see him in your arms, coming down the escalator at the airport. Every day i think about you and about this dear little boy who is already part of your family in so many ways. I don't know the details and I can't give you the assurance or false hope, but so know that many of us are standing together with you and praying that God will make what seems impossible happen to bring your family together.
Ramona

Ranavan said...

Always thinking of you, always sending love and strength your way.

Praying all goes well on the 13th!!!!

Janice said...

I've got my life raft out attached to the back of the ship, trying desperately to pick you guys up.

I'm glad you posted this post because it's how I always worry you must be feeling and how unfair I think it is.

JJ

Kelly said...

Laura,

I too am thinking of you and am praying for your Christmas miracle.

Ashleigh, Ben, Noah and Tait said...

Laura,
I'm thinking and praying for you, Chad, Sara, and Seth all the time.
A

alicia said...

Laura we are thinking of you, Chad, Sara and Seth Biruk all the time. Our hearts ache for you. And it is true, you are the only family in this horrible situation, no one else can understand what you are going through and how hard it is.
But we are all here for you and wishing there was more we could do. I know this is a nightmare and I am praying that there is a miracle on the 13th.

Shawn and Laura said...

I will be thinking of you on the 13th.

Wishing you and your family some good news.

Laura

lyndsey&kevin said...

You know I'm here- always.

Love ya
Lynds

Stephanie said...

Thinking of you often and praying that everything falls into place on the 13th.

Steph

Tracy said...

Hi Laura,

I'm sorry none of us can truly understand what you are going through and I'm sorry it is such a hard time you are going through! I am praying for a miracle on the 15th. Sending a great big cyber (((hug))) your way!
Tracy E

Angela Sandau said...

Laura, I think I was the person who posted the comment about November being a great month for Imagine and I wanted to say I'm so sorry if this has caused you pain. I did not mean to exclude anyone or be insensitive to anybody's situation or feelings. I have noticed your silence on the board lately and beleive me you have been missed and certainly not forgotten. While I don't know the details of what you are going through I pray that things are sorted out for your family very soon and you can bring home your son. I wish I could help shoulder some of this burden if only to give you a little rest. Fingers crossed for a positive decision for your family. Lots of love. Ange

Gwen said...

We'll be thinking about you today, Laura. <3

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all, hoping and praying for wonderful news for you tomorrow Pat

BCMommy said...

It's 7:15am in Addis right now. Here's hoping the judge got a good night
s sleep and is going to make a great decision for your family today. Thinking of you,

Claire

Ramona said...

It's Monday already in Ethiopia. The roads are about to start filling up and the thick smog that hurts your lungs will be filling the air soon. And somewhere, a judge and others are getting ready to go to work. I'm praying for things to happen today. That the details will come together and that Seth can legally become your son.
{hugs}
Ramona

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all, praying. XX00 Carolyn from Cornwall