Friday, July 14, 2017

The Finding Spot (Day 6)

Friday, July 14, 2017

We started today rested for the first time.  Little Miss's fever seems to have disappeared, though we tried to stay on top of it with medication.  Her nose is still running like a faucet, but she seems to feel fine.

I suspect trauma may have played a part.  Truthfully, this isn't the first time (on the exact same day after custody) we have faced fever.  Everything safe, even if not what it needed to be, was just pulled out from under our little Hope.  She woke up (most likely) in the same place with similar people, a very predictable schedule, and in the same bed her whole life.   Her body is in shock in many ways.  She was used the monotony and each day with us is ever changing.

She is precious, but fights sleep tooth and nail still.  She can cry for hours only IF tired.  No, my blood pressure doesn't even raise.  I get it, I really do.

She is also so happy and learning so quickly.

Our biggest issue is drinking still and we desperately need prayers.  It is really hard to keep her hydrated.  We now use a medicine dropper full time to hydrate her and she REALLY does not enjoy liquid in her mouth (and knows how to hold it in her mouth AND spit it out).  We add liquid to ALL food as well.  She had us worried today with a dry diaper all day long until around five at night.

Today we went to her "finding place".   This is the area where she was left when newborn.

Side note: The orphanage she first went to is under construction and no children are there  (all three of them are in foster care).  We met a precious director and the man who initially brought her to the orphanage two years ago.

We traveled two hours, and it was very much worth it.  We learned a little bit of Hope's history.

This picture made me laugh.  MY FACE!

Beautiful Amy and Hope!

Mountains were on every side of us for miles...and dragons (really just one...a really cool one).

It was a national park type area and the 
dragon (we were told by our guide) is right by a cave 
called "dragon cave".

We drove into a town that was older, though busy.  There were chickens in tiny cages and constant cars honking as we pulled to the side of the road.  We followed the director of the orphanage and the man that brought Hope there.... to a pole....the pole where Hope was left as a newborn.  She was left with a note that lets me know the biological parents just a bit.  They cared and that was enough to break my heart.  Actually, I think the whole thing broke Amy and I's heart.

She was found right where she was in this picture.

This was the street in front of it.

You can still see the pole here (for perspective).

This precious man that brought her in.  Side note: The man that found her is 
only identified by name and could not
be found. 

From this spot where our hearts were heavy to our beautiful hotel (so contradictory in appearance)...

...we decided to get out and walk for a couple of hours after we arrived back and had lunch. 

Side note: In case you were wondering, french fries only can be kinda heated up in a tea/coffee type room hot water heater.  A few were warm at least and there was no fire, so there's that (chuckle).

 The heat here is an issue, but the breeze was wonderful and it wasn't so bad today (above ground at least).  There are tunnels with shops below ground which help us cross busy roads.  We didn't stay down there very long (OH MY....HEAT HEAT HEAT...sauna....HEAT).

We would not have taken Hope if she hadn't been perfectly fine all day.  It was like yesterday almost never happened.

Hope fell asleep.

Now we pack.  We leave this region at 5:30 in the morning.  We appreciate prayers for uneventful travel.  I'm praying this blog even makes sense.  It's 4:20 am the next day at this point.  I'm going to have to get moving!

Thank you all for your continued prayers through this journey.  Our next region is where we remain the rest of the time.

"Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen."

Psalm 72:18-19


Please pray friends...
*For Hope to learn to suck/drink quickly.
*That she starts sleeping better and longer. That she relaxes into sleep without tears of fear.
*That her heart condition shows NO issues.
*For Hope's health and my health (Amy's OF COURSE too).  Please pray Hope's fever doesn't come back and my yuck (whatever it is) goes away.
*Please pray for my mama heart.  It's aching (praising and aching).
*For Hope~Glory~ Her life has been rocked.  WE know it's a beautiful thing and blessing, but everything is unfamiliar.  We don't look, smell, or sound like her.  (Picture being handed to someone you don't know, have never seen before, and told they are your new family and to go with them.)
*Please pray there are no hiccups, paperwork or otherwise during this entire trip across the world. 
*That Amy and I's bodies are strong and there is no pain and we feel AWAKE and ALERT.   Please also pray there are NO health issues period during our trip...NONE AND WE GET SOME SLEEP.
*Please pray the weather is unseasonably cool in both regions we will be in.  It's not the most important prayer, very possibly the least, but we appreciate it.  Please pray no matter what the weather it doesn't effect us negatively. (When I say "hot", I mean sticky, sweaty, steam bath, sauna, dripping wet, fogged up sunglasses hot.)
*Please pray for our kids and families hearts (ours too) and safety.  This is the hard part, leaving them.  Peace that passes understanding is a good thing.
*Please pray that there is NO lost luggage during any of our trip.  Though we pack a set of clothing in carryons, this is something we hope we don't have to face. (smile).



2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

3.  We ask for prayers also that Grace and Hope are good sleepers.  I know that may sound trivial, but knowing what can happen (we've had it both ways) we know if they can sleep (both in country and at home), transition will go much smoother.

. 4. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.

5. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

6.  That we have "more than enough" for this trip.  Please pray all trip plans to land within our budget.  GOD IS GOOD! We have confidence our trip will, but prayers do NOT hurt!

7. Please pray for Thomas and I's anxiety/stress.  Life is keeping us going a million miles an hour and peace that passes understanding would be very very welcome!  (Prayers for physical strength as well for both of us)


9. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 10. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

11. That our families are safe while we are apart and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

12. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

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