It is with much sadness that I write this post.
While playing in the snow with the kids Tuesday morning, we received a call that Royce passed away.
Royce is the reason we began this crazy adventure. We were both drawn to something about him and we immediately pictured him in our family. His needs were quite severe though and he grew tired of fighting before we were even able to meet him.
I just wish I could have looked into Royce’s eyes as I held him in my arms for the first time.
We are sad, disappointed, and confused. However, we find comfort in knowing that Royce is with Jesus now and he is no longer limited by his cp. We are thankful that God used him to open our eyes and make us aware of all of the children like Royce who need homes. Initially, when we thought about the fact that he may be unavailable at any point in the future, we did not know if we would continue. After all there was just something special about Royce.
As time passed by we heard about circumstances in which children were unavailable due to paperwork errors, adoption domestically, etc. We began to think about what we would do if the time came and Royce was not available for adoption (we never imagined that the circumstances would be what they are). We found that we both felt led to continue with adoption and God has provided for us and made the path clear up until this point. Please pray for our family as we seek direction to continue on this journey.
As Royce’s biggest advocate Joanna Rist said, “Royce WAS loved”. I am confident that he IS loved by many.
We never had the opportunity to meet you, but we fell in love with you when we first saw your picture. Your story broke our hearts and we knew that we wanted you to become our son. When we tucked our children in at night we imagined tucking you in one day too. The thought of our children knowing they are so loved while they rested in their cozy beds brought me to tears, as I thought of you in a lonely baby house without a bedtime prayer, story or song. When we attended soccer games for the kids we imagined you there on the sidelines watching with us. When we planned for future summer vacations we imagined you joining us this year and adding to the fun and chaos. We weren’t able to meet you, but we had big dreams for you and you were already becoming a part of our family. Now we will imagine you meeting Jesus, running, jumping, eating, playing, laughing, and smiling.
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