Wednesday, February 17

Made all the difference

A favorite poem of mine talks about taking the road less traveled. I remember this, I think of this, as I try to lay down my burdens every morning, and pick up His. As we embrace a large family, educate our kiddos here, at home, spend to live and not live to spend, forge into the crumbly world of foster care, and live as self-sufficient as possible. These are the blessings of my life. It is a path not well-trodden, but what a contented, peaceful one. And even when there is not peace - there is PEACE. Him. My Jesus.
Tonight, taking this road means a gripping sadness on our hearts as we come to terms with Izzy, our foster daughter, possibly being returned to the same neglectful home she was just removed from. Izzy, who rocks herself when she's upset, wails when I'm out of sight, and who came with newborn bowel movements from a formula only diet at 11 mos old, who didn't know and sometimes still doesn't know what to do with food. DNA matters more than drug use, prison records, or neglect. Some things just don't make sense. Trust, yes, I know. Obviously trust is an issue in my heart tonight.
You cannot put your trust in the wisdom of earthly judges or neglectful mothers but only in the capable hand of the living God. Izzy isn't ours. She's on loan from the state and God. Please pray for wisdom for Judge Joan Skane as she presides over this decision on Monday.

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. "


Lydia said...

Wow. Absolutely beautiful pictures!!

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for that sweet girl... her birth family... and for you. Such hard circumstances it must be.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Hannah, I am praying for you and these children that you are helping.. and you are helping.. You are giving them a window.. and it does have effect on their lives.. I am praying for you to have strength of heart.. and He is walking along with you every step of the way, no matter how painful and gut wrenching it is...

Sue in NJ

Rebecca Ann said...

What a wonderful poem! Isn't the road less traveled so worth it! God bless and your blog is a blessing to read!

Marmee's Pantry said...

One of my favorite poems & words that I have lived by many times.

I do pray that all works out for you & Izzy. God's will be done.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Alison P. said...

I love reading your blog. This is my first time posting, but this post has brought me to tears regarding your foster daughter. I am praying for God's wisdom and plan in this situation. It breaks my heart to hear about the conditions of children such as Izzy. Praise the Lord for all that you and your family are doing, and I pray that she will be able to stay in your home and care longer. Thanks for your beautiful blog and for being transparent about what is going on in your life. Blessings, Alison

Jenn said...

I will be praying for precious Izzy, for you, and for your family. I wanted you to know that your post blessed me today.

Beth said...

Praying Judge Skane will be given godly wisdom, that she will see the truth, and that she will make a decision which will protect sweet Izzy from any further neglect.

Praying that God with give you strength and peace in the storm of uncertainty.

HE loves Izzy more than anybody else, and He holds her in His hand.

Blessings to you and your family.

Me said...

Thank you for your prayers,

Unknown said...

My favourite poem too! I hope all works out for little Izzy.