Cutest bath full-o-kids EVER!
Sadie looking ever so cute in her hooded coat and boots!
Just wanted to touch base about today.
Not sure that anyone is on the edge of their seat waiting for this, but still.
So many of you have been so good at praying for us and Cooper's Law.
You deserve to know how today went.
The hard part is that I didn't expect that it would be received with great enthusiasm. I knew that.
But I also didn't expect what happened today. We walked out of the room feeling beaten down.
To be quite honest, I think I blocked lots of it out. Maybe that was God protecting my heart.
Mandy and I enjoyed sharing our story together...it was wonderful to say the least just standing up there together.
But then came questions and concerns...some of which were valid (fear of coercion) and some that just made me sad.
I won't go into detail because my point in this is not to offend anyone.
I thank God that Mandy was brave enough to join me today, because if I was standing up there alone...I wouldn't have had an audience at all. I was so proud of her. She was a champ. There were times I could tell it was hard to hear the things others were saying...those that had never been in her shoes telling her that she just didn't "receive the questions" as they were intended to protect her.
I thank God that Becki was there today as she was able to answer so many legal questions that I could not have (and also that she responds better to this type of situation!). There were several things said in response to our law that just were not true, and Becki knew it and identified the fact on the spot. She was good!
My parents were there too, and I was so proud of them knowing that it had to be hard watching two of their daughters and Mandy (whom they think is theirs too!) get grilled relentlessly.
Seriously....no one spoke up on our behalf. No one seemed to agree.
As hard as this was to take, I still felt God's presence and that we were where we were needed today. Mandy felt the same. I don't feel like this is the end. It might be. But I am staying strong and praying hard that God will show us what we are to do here.
**If any of you are close friends and want to know more details please email me. I am being vague here for a reason. Please keep this covered in your prayers.**