Just about a year ago I wrote THIS POST.
It was a Fatherless Friday post and it featured six children.
Six older and hard to adopt orphans.
It was the first time I introduced this child.
A young, beautiful girl who was close to turning 16 and heading straight for an adult mental institute.
From that point on we began to yell. And scream. And pray. And raise money. And pray some more.
She was included in our Mulligan Stew.
Her picture went out everywhere.
And on the last day of the Mulligan Stew... On the last day when we were watching money pour in for all our orphans and families....
On that day a lady in Indiana was sitting at her computer at 11:30 at night with her husband next to her. She started reading on the internet and stumbled.... in a God-ordained stumble... onto a blog ... where a dear friend (Susanna Musser who I am going to see next week) had written about Laurel. And she broke down and wept. And her husband sitting beside her asked her what was wrong. With tears pouring down her face she told her about our Laurel. And he got up ... left the room ... went outside. And prayed. And prayed. And GOD SPOKE. And he came back inside and together - that night... ON OUR LAST NIGHT OF THE MULLIGAN STEW... They committed to bring home OUR LAUREL!
And on Monday I got to meet her.
And I cried.
And so did her Mama from Indiana.
Oh what joy to see her. To hug her. To plant kisses on her cheeks and whisper love into her ears and to hear her tell me she loved me too.
Ransomed because you helped pay the fee.
Rescued from transfer that was only WEEKS AWAY. She was scheduled to be transferred AS.SOON.AS.SHE.TURNED.16.
They got her out just in the nick of time.
It was pure joy to see her.
She is doing amazingly well. Her English blows me away. She is funny....
The doctors at Shriners are convinced she will be able to walk. The treatment is not easy but she is handling it with grace and courage!!!
OH WHAT JOY TO SEE HER!!!
But that is not all because on Monday... while I was with Laurel...
Another one of our Mulligan Stew babes became a son!!
He was in that same post of six orphans.
And on Monday he was named Joseph Igor Patterson.
Because they are still in their 10 day wait and because there have been issues surrounding his adoption (they almost didn't get him) - I can't freely share pictures of him but I can jump up and down and praise God because Igor is getting out soon!!
Of the six children in that post almost a year ago....
FIVE HAVE FOUND FAMILIES...
Only Emmitt is left.
He turns 16 exactly a year from now.
That is all he has left to find a family.
We cannot leave him behind!