Thursday, January 17, 2013

Very, Very Sad Farewells

I'm afraid we have very sad news :((  Last night we had to say farewell to 3 of these girls, Sylvia, Emma, and Debbie. Due to a recent change in policy concerning this particular orphanage (hopefully no others are to follow), they were recalled by their orphanage and had to return there.  Mollie was only allowed to stay due to the fact that she is matched and her parents will be arriving in a few months to get her.  However, she is no longer allowed to live in the Forever Home, but must move into New Day Foster Home. We are grateful that at least she didn't have to return to her home orphanage, though we have clung to the hope, right up until the end, that perhaps a reversal in decision for the other 3 would happen, but alas, it did not :((

They left on the train last night and to say we are deeply saddened......well.....that just doesn't accurately describe our feelings about the matter.  However, as much as we didn't want them to go, we must comply and respect their decision.  Therefore, we will not be posting anything negative online about the authorities or orphanages and would respectfully ask that any of you do the same.  You see, we love our work here and have been blessed to help so many of  these children and would never want to jeopardize what we do by speaking ill of those in authority here as it can, and has in the past to others living here, have a profound negative affect on what we are allowed to do and even being able to live here.  Thanks for respecting our request in posting only positive comments!

I can't tell you how much we'll miss them and how deeply we love them... They will forever be in our hearts and not a day will go by that we don't think of or lift them up.....for safety and protection....for them to someday have forever families..........for them to be loved by others around them........for them to be happy and healthy.

It has been a very difficult week for the girls and for us.  Debbie and Mollie had a very good understanding of the change about to take place in their lives.  Sylvia had some understanding too we could tell.

A few pictures as we say good-bye to our girls.

Holly says good-bye to Sylvia.

Bundling up warm for the trip.

Telling Emma good-bye and how much we love and will miss her.

The girls were all very excited at the idea of getting to ride on the train.

Going out the door, Emma waves bye-bye.

Sylvia already headed down the stairs with her nanny.

And as if that wasn't hard enough..... this morning we had to say good-bye to Mollie, who moved over to New Day Foster Home.  Though we are quite thankful that we still get to see her, but...........just isn't the same having her in our home :((

Checking out her new room in the foster home with all the special clothes, gifts, books, and other things close to her heart from very special people in her life.

Note:  I have to apologize for the long blog silence.  I just wanted to take a short break after Christmas and New Years as it was such a busy time.  Then........I found out 4 of our girls were leaving.............and well...........after that, I just didn't feel like doing posts.


  1. Awww, that is so sad, I will be thinking about you guys. We are foster parents here in the US and all goodbyes, no matter the circumstances, have been so hard. I'm so sorry for you all and the girls :(

  2. Hello Rita and Randy, I have been following your site for a couple of months. This post really touched my heart and I just want you to know that I--and I trust many others--are praying for the girls and for you. We are leaving tomorrow morning for Shanghai to adopt our second daughter, 9 year old Chelsea Q. :-)

  3. My heart breaks at your goodbyes! I know how hard it must be!!!

  4. Praying Heavenly Father comforts your hearts and holds your hand through this. Breaks my heart for the girls who were in sucha lovely home. Hopefully, this road will quickly lead them to their forever families.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear this for so many reasons! I had the pleasure of meeting you all and Emma and Mollie last summer, and I know how much you all loved each other. You are doing a great job in difficult circumstances and it is obvious that the impact you have had on each other will be long-lasting and very positive. Sending thoughts of peace to you and safety, protection and love to the girls.

  6. We are working on foster adopting and I love how you make these girls feel right at home. Praying for your family and hoping that any more goodbyes are for forever families.

  7. My heart is breaking for you all! I know this must be incredibly hard for all of you... will be lifting up everyone's transitions. I am sure going to miss being able to see Emma this summer :( Clinging to hope that it's all apart of a bigger plan! Hugs, Catherine

  8. I have been so heart broken with this news. I am still trying to understand how I can be so emotionally attached to a sweet face. The thought of not being able to see her on a regular basis through this blog kills me. I am still praying very hard our direction with this angel baby. I can't imagine the hurt and pain that all of you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you all now as always. I don't know what else to say other than we don't ever understand His plans. But in His time all seems to work out. Hugs to all of you there!!

  9. Praying for your family and these beautiful girls. I pray that the Heavenly Father will wrap His loving arms around each of you and comfort you.