We have sent an update to Anna's foster family! It feels so good when we do that- our dear daughter would not be alive IF it weren't for them! The took the time to feed her with her open cleft and made sure she got the care she needed to survive - God Bless them! She was left 4 days after her birth - her precious birth mom loved her and held her until she realized she had to let her go. Anne had a bilateral cleft- a double opening as wide as her little nose. She had no suck what so ever and could not get any food. For 3 weeks she lost weight until they put her in a foster home- then everything turned around and this dear lady did what she needed to do for our precious daughter- thank you Jesus! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We try to send her updated photos each year, a letter and a little gift. We are so grateful for what she did for our daughter. I know she cried for many days after our Anna left. ( I know because we called her). It is heartbreaking to love and bond with a child only to have the child taken away. These are very special women and very special families that do foster care. We hope to someday visit her and her family. Anna is only 3.5 years old. She would have to be about 7 yrs old before we would do a heritage trip. I pick the younger age only because her sisters will be older. Oh my, when Anna is 7, Sarah will be 13, Emma 12 and Ellie 11.
On another note I am so excited to have this done because the next gift goes to Emma and Ellie! We will not know if they receive it until we bring them home. Sarah received parts of the gifts we sent but was not told who it was from, it would be so difficult for them (the girls) to know too early. I do not think they would be comforted by our thoughtfulness but instead they would fear the unknown. I am okay with however they handle it- I will just pray that it is a fit for our girls. If they get something new and it makes them happy that is all that matters. They will soon enough learn about us, their new family and at that time we will begin our adjustment journey!
I know I say this a lot but "Thank you Jesus!"