The greatest experience, the one which shakes a soul with hopes and fears, the results of which are never ending, and incidentally, the one which pays the biggest dividends, is to be found in the adoption of children.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Feliz Cumpleanos Nolita!

It's hard to believe our little Nola is two years old today! It makes me sad to think no one is celebrating her special day with her. Last year at this time, we were in Guatemala with presents and cake, of course. When we left, I certainly never imagined she would still be there today.

We had a conference call with our agency, the other four families still in process and our lawyers. The only positive information we were given is that mid October is election time in Guatemala and it's possible our judge will be replaced. That would certainly be to our advantage, since our current judge seems to have no regard for the children. I guess it would only be to our advantage if her replacement has a place in his or her heart for the children and families waiting to be united.

Our lawyer did petition for permission to check on Nola on a regular basis. He cited a Guatemalan law in his petition that gives him the right to have contact with her. We'll see what happens.

My prayers are going to be directed at our judge. I'm asking God to soften her heart. Her actions are currently keeping families from being united. Her lack of compassion is sentencing children to countless days in orphanages. Our lawyer said it best today when he said "she doesn't seem to care that there is a child connected to all of that paper work". If it's God's will for her to be replaced in the coming elections, I'm sure she will be. Until then, we have to pray that she has compassion on the children and families who have upcoming hearings.

We're going to have a lot of catching up to do when you finally get home little one. What a party that will be!!! But until then we'll just have to send you love and kisses from afar.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOLA!!!!! We love you!!


Guatmama said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Nola girl.
Praying for you.

Gardenia said...

still praying. I will pray specifically that God will soften the judge's heart to your case and the other cases of families waiting for their babies. your daughter is beautiful. the hug photo says it all. blessings,

The gFamily said...

Happy Birthday to you sweet Nola! We pray everyday for you sweet child! We are praying that you come home so very soon to be with your wonderful family!

We will also be in prayer for the judge's heart! We pray that God softens and moves her heart to be much more compassionate and kind!

Steph said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Nola!!! We are all celebrating this day with you and praying you home, where you belong.

Yesenia said...

Feliz Dia Nola! Know that we are all here praying for you and celebrating with you in our hearts. Our birthday wish for you - for you to be able to join your forever family soon. Much love!

Trish said...

Praying for your family and precious Nola. I agree that we need to channel prayers for the judge....please. I also feel compelled to pray for ALL those that are standing in the way of these children coming home...I don't want to witness the suffering in their soul when they meet Him one day and have to account for what they have done. Scary.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

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