And here is sweet baby L, who has been crawling for a few weeks now!!! This has added a new dynamic to our household...babyproofing everything, being on your toes at every moment watching what she is getting into, etc. She is such a sweet baby, and she continues to laugh out loud ALL the time, and smile at least a thousand times a day.
The sad news is...the great great uncle and his wife are still interested in adopting her. This may be a good thing...but sad for all of us. I will continue to pray and trust that the Lord's hand is on her and her situation, and that we will be ready and prepared for the day she could leave. We, of course would love to keep her and be her forever family...but know that this may not be the plan God has for her at this point. One thing I do know....there are so many people that love this baby, including her birth mother. Her birthmother is so young, and so lost, and seemed to have never had a chance in life. It is heartbreaking. Another thing I know is that no matter how much you say you won't get involved in anything else but caring for the baby when you do foster care, you can't help but feel a burden for these birth families of the little children you are caring for. It is hard not to want to reach out and do something, anything. There are fine lines you have to walk, and you have to constantly weigh every step you take, and hope you didn't cross the line at any point. It has become a ministry of sorts, and I know that the greatest gift I can give is the gift of prayer to these sweet children and their families. More updates soon!