December has been quite the month for us. Specifically, last Wednesday was quite the day. I received an email from Isabelle's social worker stating that they had identified a home that could accomodate Isabelle and her siblings together, and that there would be a meeting to discuss transitioning her on 12/14/10. We were so sad to hear about her moving, but also hopeful that she would be placed with a great family where she could maintain a relationship with her siblings. We didn't even know if we would be able to see her open the Christmas gifts we had bought her. It was heartbreaking. Then on 12/14/10 I was preparing mentally for the meeting in two hours that would determine Izzie's fate with us, and the social worker called to say that the meeting was canceled and the prospective family was no longer an option. She will indeed spend Christmas with us, and we are back on the roller coaster ride that is foster care.
Something else happened last Wednesday. Sadly, two of our beloved pastors (Matthew's co-workers) resigned from their positions at the church. For those of you who don't know- that's 50% of the staff! It is so sad to say goodbye to our friends, but they are leaving to chase after the Lord's will for their lives and we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for Matt and Chris, as well as the Journey Church.
I don't think we could possibly experience an emotion that hasn't been experienced in the past couple of weeks. But as always, there is hope!