Although we had only been in Montrouis 5 days, life would never be the same again after those five days. We drove back to Port au Prince that morning to catch our flight back to Denver via Miami. The drive back was once again amazing, the huge mountains on one side and the Caribbean on the other with Isle de la Gonave in the distance. The drive back was emotional as I wondered if I was coming back. I hadn’t received a clear yes, from God that Mary was the child He had for me. Holding back the tears at points on the ride as I wondered if I would ever come back to this country I had fallen in love with and the children there in need of love and nurture until they could go home.
The entire way home, I felt uneasy. This had been such a life changing trip for all of us, and each of the other four were all planning on going back. But I wasn’t. I struggled on the way home. It was such an amazing experience, and yet it didn’t seem to have changed anything for me. I was still planning on going home to “Build my house and acquire Children”. So even though nothing had changed, everything had changed. I just didn’t quite know how to deal with that. So the next week was filled with emotional turmoil and the ups and downs of it. As my heart was still sitting up that night rocking Mary.
Everyone around me was in full swing in preparation for leaving Ellerslie and going home. But I felt nothing, I left as if I was lost in my own little world where I wanted this child so badly that it hurt, but God had not told me yes. Once again I was learning to let go, and this time it was incredible fresh and painful. So much so I was barely able to form a sentence when talking about it to my friends without breaking down and sobbing. I was trying to see what the purpose for me in going to Haiti was, trying to make sense of it all. But it wasn’t really working. My heart was broken. I was trying to get on with life, smile and enjoy it. But that week, those last few days were incredibly difficult. Learning to give it all to Jesus and trust that if it was what He had for me He would give it back. But I was having a difficult time letting go. Struggling with knowing that the trip to Haiti was a turning point in my life and that my life would explode with blessings out of it. It was during that time that I remembered the picture I always had of adoption or fostering was of sitting up at night and rocking and praying over my baby, which was exactly how I spent that night in Haiti.
I was desperately trying to let this go and give it to Jesus and hear from Him, His heart but my emotions were in turmoil, and it was getting difficult to hear as I was looking for answers in scripture, with people around me, in dreams. The only problem was I was seeing answers in everything. And so with a heavy heart I prepared for graduation. I looked around and people were sad to be leaving, saying goodbye to friends, unsure of what they were going back to, and what they were going to do when they got back. Me? I think I was different, I knew I was going home to start the process of building a house and acquiring children. I had done so many of these goodbyes before, I think I’ve just accepted it as a part of life, although sad because I knew I would probably never see some of these people again, it was also with excitement that I was looking forward to going back home and beginning a new phase of life.
Our graduation ceremony was very special, as each person was called out and the girls were given a name, a scripture, and a “virtual” rose. My name was “The Undeterred Pursuit”. My scripture was Matthew 13:46 “Who when (s)he had found one pearl of great price went and sold all that (s)he had and bought it.” And my rose was the “Irish Hope Rose” meaning ‘Ardent Advocate’. Looking at the struggle I was going through, these seemed perfect for me, but at the time I really wasn’t aware of the road ahead.
The ceremony was over and as we stood up to worship at the end. I was once again laying it at Jesus feet when I finally got the YES I had been praying for. I was elated, ecstatic, so many words couldn’t describe the end of the struggle, and now I was ready and prepared to fight for this child, to bring her home no matter what the cost or how long it took.
Things seemed to all make sense now, the reason for going to Ellerslie, was Haiti, the reason for going to Haiti, was this child that God had for me, and the reason now for going home was to fight for her, and make her mine. Bringing her home. All of my life up to that point now made sense. Some of the things I had been through and learned and studied that seemed to have been wasted time, now there was a reason. All the seasons of my life had come together and made sense. I couldn’t wait to get back home!