‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

'God Isn't Finished With Me Yet'

An elderly woman once said that to me when I marvelled, jokingly, about her advanced years which were in direct conflict with her constant and myriad health problems. I can't even remember who it was anymore - just the gist of the conversation, and her words.

'God isn't finished with me yet,' She had smiled. I loved that this woman had such a great outlook on her long, difficult life. Her words stuck with me.

So, I remind myself of these words often. Today I did, but it was in the context of feeling gratitude. I had received a call from a social worker who was assigned to Baby 'Ariella's case. You may remember her from my many October posts. Anyway, it turns out that her mother has been found unfit to parent at all (diagnosis of a mental illness) and it seems the father is unwilling to continue caring for Ariella anymore. She called to ask if I would be willing to 'take her.' Take her? Though I didn't like her choice of words, I did like the sentiment behind them: Would I be willing to be Ariella's parent? I'm sure you all know my answer to that.

So, all I know is that I am the court's choice for a permanent home for Ariella. I also know she is currently in emergency foster care again. But that is all. This woman will be calling me back 'in a few days', which we all know is fostercare-speak for 'a week, a month, or never...just be ready!'

I'm cautiously delighted. No other way to put it. I can't not be excited, but I can't exactly go out and buy diapers either. I'm in that weird foster care system limbo-land. But, you know what? I don't mind. Her call made me think of that phrase 'God isn't finished with me yet.' He isn't. He's got work to do in me, and I'm hoping that work involves changing diapers and singing lullabies and looking into two very big brown eyes. But.....sigh...... I'll have to wait and see. It's all in His hands. Keep that sweet baby in the above photo in your prayers.

And, 'night all! (Yeah, right, as if I'm actually going to sleep until I HEAR from her again!)


  1. That is so incredibly exciting. Oh WOW.

  2. Anonymous10:24 PM

    oh that sounds amazing. I hope her foster parents are taking good care of her in the mean time. If we lived in the same country Id happily donate expressed breastmilk (EBM)for the bubs!

  3. Holy cow! That is amazing! She is so lucky to have you as an option.

  4. How exciting, hope you get that call soon. What a gift she'll be given if she gets to come be with you.

  5. Anonymous11:11 PM

    How amazing!!! I can't think of a better home for this amazing little girl..


  6. Oh, wow....I'm really excited (and, as they say, "cautiously optimistic")!!! i've always dreamed of getting a call like that....well, maybe someday!

  7. Exciting news!!!! Can't wait to hear more!

    I've been worried about Ariella so this is quite a bit of relief too.

  8. Wonderful! I pray that everything works out well, both for you AND her. Anastasia being a big sister! is she beyond thrilled? How lucky is this, coming so soon after her upset about wanting a bigger family, siblings and a 'cosier' home? It'll be 'cosy' really soon once all the baby stuff moves in!Lol! Babies manage to fill a lot of space given the fact that they're so little they can 'cosy' up a home (for cosy read clutter!) really fast!
    I'm SO excited for you all! Good luck and keep us informed - well, Duh!-, we'll be waiting with baited breath! xXx

  9. GREAT NEWS!!!!
    My fingers are crossed!!!

  10. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Oh, neat! I was really hoping to hear about Ariella again, and of course I've been hoping someone would call you about foster care training. Wow, this is an amazing opportunity, though. I can't wait to see how your lives will change!

  11. Very exciting! I hope it happens soon! I cant wait to hear more.

  12. Wow! Amazing! God's ways never cease to amaze me!! What a blessing for you and your daughter.

  13. )clapping, gasping).. I'm so excited.. can't wait to hear more on this.. peace, love, and kind wishes from the south... <3

  14. I snuck on your blog today at work and then couldn't wait to get home so I could post a comment!! I'm praying about as hard as I've ever prayed for baby Ariella, and that she will find her way home to you and Anastasia!!!


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