Some of you have asked if there is any update on Nora and if her birth father had come back for her again or not. I have not said an update thus far because I hadn't had one to give. I emailed the orphanage director 3 times this week with questions and just hadn't heard anything back. It's been hard to not know what is going on, but also trusted that no news was good news. Thankfully our friend, Whitney, got to head to the orphanage yesterday and confirmed for us Nora is still there and the birth father has not come back at all since our director had emailed us. Praise God! She also told us the wonderful news that Nora has cut her first bottom teeth--such a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but for a mom who hasn't gotten to see any of Nora's "firsts" this was so special for me to hear. It's hard knowing I can't do a baby book for Nora because there are so many "normal" things every mom knows that I will never know about her. The fact I can tell her that on her 9 month b-day, there was this picture taken of her and she had just gotten her two bottom front teeth in is amazing! When she has her own children one day and wants to compare all these time frames to her own infancy and toddler years, I will be even more grateful for the way God has brought about people to help me know these things for her. So, without further ado, here is a photo of our baby girl on her 9 month b-day...with two teeth!
Thank you, friends, for continuing to pray for Nora (for her protection and safety), for her birth parents as they are now separated (and seems from what I have heard that this is a good thing), and for our process to continue on as miraculous fast as possible. I want more than anything to get her home soon, but we still have such a huge amount of the process to get through. Continue to pray for the President of Haiti to sign off on our paperwork so we can keep moving forward.
Well, if I would have posted this one day earlier, I would have been able to tell you about the huge praises of Maddie's progress, but now one day later, I feel compelled to ask for your prayers for her instead. There ARE praises...her white blood cell count has been going up and up and up! This is huge! She has been trudging right along with a smile on her face--even in the midst of weakness, fever, nausea, no appetite, cardboard tasting food, and no chance at leaving her hospital room for a whole month. Her determination to beat this is inspiring. Her counts had gone up high enough yesterday for the nurses and doctors to take their masks off around her and for her to get a walk (with her own mask on) down the hallway while it was a bit more quiet on the floor. Huge progress! However, today, we got an update that things have taken a turn in the wrong direction and they believe her fevers, nausea, and developing cough may be caused by an infection. Please be praying for her body to be healed in Jesus' Name from this infection so her cell counts can continue to multiply. They do not have any other confirmations on if this is an infection or what type it is yet, so lets just pray her body rebounds completely and that they will never find one. She will have a CT scan done within the next day to try to find out more. Please pray for this to be a minor blip in the radar and not a major hurdle to overcome.
Yes, Liam. You haven't heard Liam's name on this blog yet, but friends, I'm SO beyond excited to introduce him to you. Meet Liam Charles...our newest little nephew, born to Charlie and Rachel (Micah's youngest sister) in Topeka, Kansas this past Friday. Liam was born almost a month early, but I don't think his parents minded much since they have been waiting for him to appear a lot longer than many other parents. Charlie and Rachel have endured the heartache and long process of fertility issues. They have been to hell and back again with an IVF that resulted in their very first pregnancy, only to lose the baby early on. I will never be able to fully understand the heartache they have had to go through as a couple. They have never given up on their dream and have fought hard for their chance to be called "Mom & Dad". It is with much joy, many prayers, and tears of thankfulness that we welcome this little miracle man into our family. Liam, you are worth every ounce of love your parents have put forth to have you join our family and we commit to love you the very best we can. Charlie & Rach, congrats again and I simply want you to know I have the utmost respect for the strength, commitment, and love you have for each other and for Liam. Friends, can you even stand how incredibly cute this little guy is already???
I hope and pray all is well with each of your lives and that we can all start this next week off knowing God loves us more than we can even imagine and He is working for the GOOD for each and every one of us. Praise God!