Friday, January 22, 2010


bittersweet: being at once bitter and sweet; especially : pleasant but including or marked by elements of suffering or regret
I finally recieved a new picture of Olivia Mame today....the last few batches of pictures, from traveling families brining there children home, did not contain any pictures of her. I was worried. Fearing she was hiding from the camera, the vivacious girl who is normally upfront and out there!
Today I saw a picture of her and the tears rolled.
Such a bittersweet little Mona Lisa smile on her face. And her eyes so big and sad. My heart melts like chocolate.
I have had word that she feels she is forgotten. That she had a spell of refusing to talk to the workers, because they do not have a family for her. (Or at least one who will come and get her! I am sure our photo album and care packages have long been forgotten. How could you expect a child to hold on to that, day after day?)
I have heard her real name is Hiwot or Hewit...and that it means Life. After 22 months of "Mame", (which I am told is a "house" name or nick name)... it is hard to wrap my head around a different name... I have heard that others call her by Hiwot though, as well as Mame....
You are not forgotten dear one. You are not. By me or by God. I promise!
You are spoken of and prayed for and heart-loved constantly.
Image 0220, in the light blue shirt with the sad smile, you are my daughter.


  1. We continue to pray. Could you share specifically on what you are waiting for and what the loophole in the system is again. I will share it on my blog and share specifics for the many who are praying. Thinking and praying daily....

  2. Oh - this just breaks my heart to read. I am so sorry you are both still waiting. I do pray for you and your family. I wish I could do something to make it change for you.


  3. Oh Sandee... you and Mame continue to be on my heart. I cannot believe you are still waiting...Again, your faith and perseverance inspire me. But what I want most is to see you hugging that sweet girl!

    Lord God, has your servant not endured enough? Please Lord, answer her cries quickly!

  4. Bittersweet. Hope she gets to go home soon.

  5. I feel so sad for you and your daughter. I hope whatever is keeping you apart is "fixed" soon.

  6. "if I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast". Psalm 139:9-10

    Sandee, His hand is on you, and is on her (on the far side of the sea) His hand is there to guide you, and his right hand is holding her. Stay strong my sweet friend. Stay strong

  7. oooh I didn't realize you were adopting again, how wonderful. I hope your precious daughter is home soon!