Sunday, May 5, 2013

Reflections

As I type this, I am sitting in an airport waiting to fly home from a place I love.

Four days ago Alan and I took Yohannes to the ranch where he will be spending the next few months.  We had a meeting with the director of the program and Y's house parents, toured the facility, then had to leave. 

Driving away from our son while leaving him with virtual strangers was extremely hard.  As we sat in our hotel room that night, Alan and I kept looking at each other, saying, "Did we really just do that?  Did we really just leave him?  Did we do the right thing?" 

We spent the past few days doing nothing but being together with no distractions.  We reconnected, talked, and had fun together.  It was a sorely needed time. 

This morning we spoke to Y's house mother to get an idea of how his first few days went.  She said that just like our family did not get a typical "honeymoon period" when we received custody of the boys, Y did not give his house parents, teachers, or the other children living in his cottage a honeymoon period either.  This is actually a good thing, because if they can see behaviors, they can start working on them.  She called it, "getting right down to business".

After speaking with her, I am able to get on the plane knowing that we did the right thing.  What a gift!  

Thank you for bathing the last few days in prayer.  Alan and I felt them all.  God went before us to prepare the way, and He is still with Yohannes.  

Now we go home to begin working with the rest of our children.  Keep praying for our family at home and Y as he is away.  

A sweet friend sent me this verse:  "I have set the Lord continually before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." -Psalm 16:8