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Hope Reigns

There are days when the good news about adoption from foster care is breathtaking, eye opening and vision fulfilling. Today was one of those days. I want to share an email that I received last night from a new friend of mine. She and her husband saw a picture of some children from our Heart Gallery and she emailed me to inquire about them. I gave her the information she needed and when I saw her again at the Disney Extravaganza, she and her husband were meeting them. Shortly thereafter, they were chosen by the adoption specialist as the forever family for these children. And last night, she sent me this update: (I've changed a few words to protect the privacy of these precious ones!)

"Christie,

I thought I would let you know that things are progressing well with the kids and they are definitely our forever children! We are having overnight visits with them, which are going so well...until we have to take them back. At that point they are so sad and it is a difficult process. But soon, that will be over and they will be in our home forever! In fact, H asked me this weekend if "after I am big can I still live with you?" We,of course, said he could live with us forever!!! He then said, "mom, you are the best mom I have ever had!" While it warmed my heart to hear him say this, I was also deeply saddened to think that this - year old has had to call so many women mom in his short life. It is not the way family was intended to be. But God consistently reminds me in those moments that my children were HIS far before they ever called me mom. Christie, this process has changed our lives in so many ways. God is so faithful. It is not a process for the faint of heart, but God in His goodness and timing sees you through when you walk in obedience.

Last night as we were dropping the kids back off at their foster home after a fantastic weekend with them, they were all very upset and begging us to take them with us. We explained many times that we would be seeing them soon, etc. In that process, H said, "mom I miss you so much when you are gone. Can I have something to think of you when I am sad?" I reached down and took off my Project Zero bracelet (1+1=0) and placed it on his wrist. For a moment, he stopped crying and said, "thanks mom you are the best. I can always think of you now." And as I left, I too wept for my children...for this process...But I also wept with the joy of knowing the hope of our future...They will no longer be statistics. They will be home forever..."

Wow. My eyes teared, I held my breath and my heart was so full, as I heard firsthand the life change that is happening in this precious new family.  Once again I stood in awe of a heavenly Father who so beautifully, with great purpose and intent, brings parents and kids together in a way that only He can. I am so grateful for the passionate way this family pursued adoption and for the way they are already loving their children well. What an incredible gift for Project Zero to get to be  a tiny part of the story!

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