Thursday, May 24, 2012
Just When you Think Things Can't Get Worse...
So my dad had this saying that "When you see light at the end of a tunnel it's probably a train coming at you."
I always laughed and rolled my eyes and thought it was a little pessimistic, but darn it...dad's have a way of being right sometimes.
For real, though. On Tuesday, all the paperwork was in and done for Evolet and Keira. I was so happy...went out and celebrated by watching a movie with my friend. Came home and hugged my kids and sang songs about Jesus! It was a really great day. I allowed myself the joy of feeling like we were at the end and the fight was almost over. I spent that night restless thinking about home and how I'm so close to being there. The plan was to file for court the very next day after my lawyer finished up his paperwork. It sounds simple...right?
So I woke up to a text from my social worker--who I thought I was done working with. She says "A woman came intot he police station in Balastone claiming that Hope (Evolet) is her daughter."
And the Bomb falls.
What? How in the world is this possible? Why the day I'm supposed to file for court? Why do I have more crap to deal with now? Have I not done enough?
All those thoughts kind of hit me at the same time. This is absolutely beyond ridiculous. Everyone--lawyer and social worker included have said they think it is a false claim. There are myriad of possibilities that it COULD be, but it is very unlikely that this woman is actually her birth-mother.
So I told my lawyer to go ahead and file for Keira before something else goes wrong. The plan was to go to court for her at least on Monday. Did he do that? No. I still can't get a hold of him and the courts close in 30 minutes. And tomorrow is a holiday--African Freedom Day. So...as if weekends aren't the bane of my existence anyway I get the special treat of having a three day weekend to freak out about all of this.
My social worker wasn't able to get a hold of anyone until late in the day so now she'll be going to Balastone on Monday and trying to sort this through.
Add to that that British Airways is sold out past June 22 and we need to get our tickets...well, now.
And I have to move for the fourth time since being here. Thankfully, I didn't have to stress about that for long. My friend Katryn has graciously agreed to open her home to an "on the verge of psychopath" mom and her three kids for a couple of weeks. What a blessing! I really don't think I could have handled the whole house hunting thing again.
I feel like this tornado of impossible circumstances is like swirling around me. I don't know alot of things right now, but I do know this:
1. This kind of insanity has to end--now. I won't continue to live in another country at the whim of this person or that person anymore. I'm going home to my husband and that's that.
2. God knows that and he's got the whole world in His hands. I can't explain the peace that gives in the middle of this. It doesn't make the pain and uncertainty go away, but it does give me a freedom to know that even though I am only human and can only do so much, God has known from the beginning of time what my tomorrows would look like. He knows these girls and He cares for them so He'll do what's best by His holy will. He can't do anything else--He's God. And he specializes in "impossible things".
"He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,
a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.
He turns a desert into pools of water,
and parched land into springs of water.
And there he lets the hungry dwell...
he raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let him consider the steadfast love of the LORD."
-Psalm 107:33-36 and 41-43
Posted by Darren and Jacky Lewis at 8:51 AM