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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Acceptance

Today my mom called from the States with a few questions. One of them was about the 12-month and 18-month clothes that my sister had handed down to her for our boys. She wondered whether we should return them to my sister for her upcoming garage sale (a fundraiser for their adoption from Taiwan.) Obviously, the boys will not be home in time to use the 12-month clothes so that was an easy decision. Deciding the same about the 18-month old clothes was a little harder, though.

It was like accepting defeat.

If the boys are home by June 24, the 18-month old clothes would still fit them. But from a human perspective as our 9th month in IBESR looms, June 24 is an impossibility. It is fair to hold on to things like we're trying to hold on to hope? Or is it simply silly sentimentality?

In the end, we decided to keep just a couple of shirts, shorts and pants for each boy. The rest will go to the sale, which I hope and pray will be a wonderful success! (By the way, if you are near Lebanon, Pa. on April 17 & 18 make sure and check it out!)

And in the meantime, we'll keep praying for our own miracle. With God, nothing is impossible!

2 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm very thankful for Carters outfits. They give the size by weight, as well. So, I base what I send to Joshua on his weight and small frame. SO, he's actually still in 12 month stuff and he's 18 1/2 months old. All of that to say, if you know the weight of your critters than it would be easier to pick and choose.

I'm soooooooo understanding your waiting for a miracle. Let's continue to pray earnestly for our boys to come home.

eric said...

I just had the same experience with a bag of baby girl clothes that have been sitting in our house for months now. You phrased it so well, it did feel like accepting defeat to give up on them for this summer and pass them on to someone who needs them. Although we're not adopting from Haiti, we completely understand what you are going through as we wait for the mess in Liberia to clear up. Praying with you for your boys.
HOPE,
Kerri Stetler