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Old 09-28-2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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Please Pray for Our Friend and Her Family

My best friend is the same age as our daughter (29). She is married and has two sons, ages 8 and 5 (the youngest mildly autistic). She is our pastor's daughter, and she has such a heart for people (I always say I am married to the male version of Christi!). Some of us at church, but mainly Christi, have been helping a pregnant young lady who, for reasons I won't go into, cannot keep her baby.

A very nice couple was found, the adoption was arranged, and after a few months, the baby was born a few days ago. Christi was there for the birth and even cut the cord. The adoptive mother-to-be flew down as soon as labor started, while the father-to-be went to the doctor, planning to join her right after. That is where things changed. The father-to-be discovered he has cancer, and they decided that it would not be fair to the baby to adopt her right now.

The girl who had the baby asked Christi to take the baby. So now, if all goes well (this will be a year-long process) Christi now has three kids. She said the boys are great big brothers and her husband is being awesome. Christi has some health issues (she falls sometimes and needs knee surgery, as well as a few other issues). Please pray for this new family. As her dad said, there are so many reasons why this is probably not a good idea, but when He leads us, we need to follow. Christi and her husband are great parents to their boys and will be wonderful parents to this sweet little girl.

So, could you please pray for Christi, her husband, the baby, the boys, the biological mother, and the man who will no longer be able to be her dad because of his cancer (and his wife)? Thank you in advance.

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Old 09-28-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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Thoughts and prayers are being sent right this minute
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:00 PM   #3
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Our prayers are joined with yours! But I know the Lord is already there.
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:11 PM   #4
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prayers, they are coming now for all and also for you for letting us know of someone in need..In a way some prayers have been answered, that sweet little girl now has a wonderful mother..Maybe her need will help her mom.
I'll pray for that too.
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:14 PM   #5
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What a lucky little girl!! To have such a loving new family!! My prayers go out the the poor couple that were ready and waiting for her. Bless his heart! So many people would have taken her anyway and not cared about her, just themselves. Good for them. I hope all goes well for them. My prayers to the biological mom too. I hope that, whatever is going on, she is able to get past this and get her life going for herself.
My prayers are to them all!!
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #6
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More prayers from here. TX, thanks for also bringing up the fact that the birthmother also needs us at this time. Barbara, thank you for bringing this family to our attention. They really do need all the support they can get.
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:47 PM   #7
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prayers coming from here, too!

what an immense challenge for all the parties concerned.
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Old 09-28-2008, 03:25 PM   #8
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Gosh, what a situation but God seems to be there in the midst. Prayers for all concerned.
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:05 PM   #9
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We got to meet the baby, Kaylen Leigh, today. She is the tiniest little thing, and so adorable! She is 18 inches long and weighs somewhere between five and six pounds. She looks like a doll!

I got the full story today (I already knew everything up to the birth), and it was an amazing story. Christi didn't just make this decision light-heartedly, and everything confirmed that it was to be. Christi was scared to call her husband to ask how he felt about it, but when she talked to him, he wasn't surprised or shocked at all because he had seen it all in a dream the night before. Believe me, he is not the kind of guy who could register no shock and then make something like that up. It was real. Then a woman at the hospital (a nurse?) said that she didn't know what was going on in Christi's life, but she said she knew Christi needed prayer. Christi doesn't like strangers touching her face, but she felt right at home as this woman kissed her on the forehead and wrapped her in what felt like a fully enveloping hug and prayed for her. Then she kissed her fingers and touched the baby's head and said, "She's perfect." I have never felt so strongly in my life that someone was an angel, but I do believe she was one (and so does Christi).

Anyway, everything is going well. The birth mother is scheduled for a little surgery (she agreed to it) to stop this from happening again, but the money from the planned adoptive parents will stop before it is scheduled, so we worry that she will disappear before it happens. The thing is, she is 31 and this was her 7th pregnancy (7 dads). Her mom (in her 60s) is raising the other 4 that lived, and she just can't deal with this happening all the time, so she drew the line after the last one before this one. I'm not being judgmental--this young woman is a nice person. We really like her. She just has no feelings of self-worth and relies on drugs and men to get by. We are praying hard that she can turn her life around. We just don't think she is ready to now.

Thanks for your prayers for all involved. They are very much appreciated.

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Old 09-29-2008, 06:33 AM   #10
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Lovely act of Christi and her husband and a terrible loss to the adoptive-to-be parents, and to happen on top of/as a result of the cancer. Somethings are just meant to be. Good fortune to all parties.
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