Monday, December 13, 2010


We got some sad news from Ethiopia.  Baby D passed away.  We do not know when it happened or what her cause of death was.  She was dealing with several medical problems, so it could have any of those issues or perhaps something else that we were unaware of.  While we are sad about this, we knew that this would be a likely outcome.  While we were trying to make the decision as to whether or not we should continue with our adoption of Baby D, we had wondered if she would even live to the end of December - when our court date was.  We do not know for sure if our agency will continue to work with the orphanage where Baby D was, or if there will be any consequences for any of the staff their that may have played a role in Baby D's demise.  We are confident that our agency did what they could to advocate for Baby D, but since the staff at the orphanage were not their employees, our agency could not control what may or may not have happened there.  We are so thankful to have closure in this situation.

 This has been a difficult road.   At times we felt so helpless, knowing that there was little that we could do for Baby D so far away. . .except pray.  I have been through a myriad of emotions -  anger, sadness, impatience.  We had been praying since September, when we got our referral for Baby D, for God to be the father to the fatherless and the Great Physician that His word says He is.  At first, I was angry with Him.  Because He didn't heal her in the way we wanted her to be healed.  It was through death that He chose to heal her.  May she be found safe in the arms of Christ.  Thank you so much to all of you who have prayed for us during this difficult time.


  1. Oh, Stephanie, while this makes me so very sad, I know you and James are glad for closure and as you said, she is now safe in the arms of Jesus. Bless her precious little heart!

    I am sure that the Lord is at work right now preparing another baby for you and James to adopt.

    May you be especially blessed this Christmas season! I'm remembering you in prayer. Hugs!

  2. I'm so very, very sorry to hear that this sweet baby girl has died, though I am glad that she is not hurting and is at our real home in Heaven. It is still hard, though, for us here on Earth to understand and accept her loss. Praying for you both and for the little one who will one day be your sweet girl.