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Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Countdown

Monday night my precious family returns to me with our new little one! As I thank the Lord for the technology to skype, call, facebook and email, I can attest wholeheartedly to the fact that none of these modes of communication can trump the good old fashioned hug.
Yesterday in The Philippines, my husband decided to take the three children to see the new movie "Alice in Wonderland". . .hey, where else can you see a first run new release for about $3? I was quite skeptical that a two year old child could sit through such a long movie but sit he did! Anthony was astounded at how calm and enamored he was of the entire experience.
A heart rending experience that also happened on this trip was our 11 year old son, Lemuel was able to visit his 19 year old biological brother, Ariel.
Ariel is living at a shelter for street kids in Antipolo City. He was never adopted.
The Philippines customarily does not separate siblings but this was truly an emergency situation. Ariel's health as a young child prevented him from immigrating. As his brothers grew older, their chances of being adopted diminished. As a result, the painful decision to separate was made. We have made a point of writing to and sending small gifts to Ariel since we adopted Lemuel three years ago. I have to tell you in all honesty, that is not enough! I feel that God wants us to do more for this young man! I don't know what our options are or what God is asking of us but I am praying daily that He will show us. When I look at his handsome face, I see my son just a few years down the road. I believe he should be somebody's treasured son. He should have the chance to call out "Mom, Dad, I'm home" and see relief in the eyes of people who love him. I shared my sadness with my husband on the phone and his response to me was "sweetie . . . we can't save them all". He's right, we can't but maybe we can help just one more . . . Please pray for Ariel. There has to be more for him than life in a shelter, unclaimed.


  1. Nikki,
    I can hardly wait for Monday to come for you!

    Ariel's situation is very sad. I hope you will know without a doubt where God is leading where he is concerned.

  2. Wow...lots of emotions after reading this post! I am so excited for you to finally get to hold your new son, so soon! And my heart aches for Ariel and Lemuel and the rest of your family to have to leave Ariel behind. Saying some prayers for peace and strength for all of you this next week.

  3. It's so sad to know about so many teens who do not have a mom and dad to come home to. Could he possibly come here on a student visa?
    Kerry (RR)

  4. I don't think it would work due to his special needs but I am praying about what to do! I can't stop thinking about this young man and what it would mean to him to come here!

  5. I am so excited you will all be together soon. And my heart is touched by Ariel as well. May God direct you very clearly.

  6. What an amazing time they are having in the Philippines. My heart is saddened by Ariel's situation, too. How special that the two boys could meet up again. And your new addition is so cute!