Hasya is another little girl who used to live in "Garnet's" orphanage. Her primary diagnoses are very similar to Garnet's, I believe. She has CP, she is teeny tiny, and she is malnourished. Like many of the children at that orphanage, she has endured the unimaginable for almost her entire life.
Hasya is now home. I have been watching her journey with great interest, because Garnet's could be very similar. There is a part of me that is VERY scared. Hasya has been in and out of the hospital since she came home; her body has had a hard time handling the shock of the travel, and she has had numerous nutritional and other issues. Doctors who are dealing with her have never had a patient who was 14 years old and so malnourished and neglected. They have to respond to things as they happen and try to figure out how to help her best. There are very few precedents.
It is pretty easy to say "Uh-oh, this is not for me! I don't want to deal with so many unknown medical problems with my child!"
It would be easy to be scared off by the story of Hasya's journey. But there is the good part, too. Hasya, who was once unloved, is now part of a family. She has a mommy, daddy, brothers, and sisters. Her parents aren't scared to do what it takes to show her love in every way.
Once in Sunday school at my church we were talking about knowing God's will for your life. A lot of times it is not very obvious very far into the future! Many times we have no way of even guessing what will come our way, or what we will be supposed to do in a week, or a month, or a year. The elder who was teaching the class said "How do you know God's will for your life? Do the next right thing."
In pursuing Garnet, we are trying to "do the next right thing". Right now my "next right things" are pretty small; fill out some paperwork here, wash dishes there, make dinner, work on reorganizing the house...
We don't know for sure that Garnet will be our daughter. We don't know for sure that she will have health problems like Hasya, or worse. What we do know is that we are following God's path for us right now, and if, in a year, that path has us dealing with scary medical things for Garnet, we will "do the next right thing" then, too.
How do we know this? Because we are so strong? Because we are awesome, super-hero-like people that everyone should look up to? Nope. It is because our God is good, and we know that He will always give us the strength to do what He has commanded.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Hasya's mom keeps a blog at www.nogreaterjoymom.com