Sunday, October 11, 2009

Back to life...

After speaking with CPS Thursday night, when our case worker came to take the babies to their grandmother, I asked if Hakeem could please stay the weekend with us. 

Of all the kids, he can be the toughest as he battles what he's come to refer to as his 'anger problem'.  In spite of his temper, our kids, especially our boys, had loved having him with us and were sad to see him go.  CPS agreed to let him stay the weekend, calling it an 'extended sleepover'.

It was homecoming weekend for our youngest four so we spent the weekend going to various events, one of which including the crowning of the Covenant Homecoming King and Queen.

Hakeem asked from the sidelines, "Do it mean they gonna get married?"

I love that kid.

This afternoon, preparing him to go home, we packed up the few things he had, the things we had bought for him, and the souvineers he'd gathered throughout his weeks with us.  He took one of Tee's Pine Cove t-shirts, a fake gold chain necklace with a giant dollar sign hanging from it, the allowance he'd earned from making his bed and brushing his teeth every day, and a Covenant Homecoming spirit ribbon.

I told him over and over how much I loved him as I hugged his little body and kissed his face.  How proud I was of him, and what to do if things got bad.  "Come get us - tell us right away."

"What if she won't let us go outside again?"

"Then you tell your teacher to call Mr. Trey.  You tell anyone to call Mr. Trey.  Buddy, we're gonna be checking in on ya'll all the time.  We'll know if something isn't right, o.k.?"


Trey loaded him up and drove him the 1/2 a mile to his apartment.  When he dropped him off, Hakeem ran inside, said hi to his granny, and then left again before Trey could even say goodby.

A few minutes later, Trey walked in our door, and we looked at each other, listened to the comparative quiet of our house now officially minus three children, and hugged each other.

And then there was a knock at the door.

We opened it.  It was Hakeem...with the biggest grin on his face, "Hey!  Whatcha'll doin'?"

He'd run all the way back to hang out and play some more before dark.

"Not much, Hakeem, come on in."

And so we are back to our life as we knew it.  We are praying that Hakeem's and his siblings' lives will be, somehow, radically different and the Lord will use us to do whatever it takes to make it so.


Henley on the Horn said...

Precious. Thank you for sharing. May the Lord protect Hakeem and his siblings.

Totally Desperate Mom said...

I am teaching Bible Study at Church on Wednesday. I am teaching out of Ephesians 4 & 5. Vs 28 reminds me of you. 28"He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need." I don't know that you were formally a "stealer" (although I have my suspicions) but I see your family working in order to share with those in need. I am going to talk about typical "The American Dream" vs. God's ideals. Not a hint of greed. I think you are living out the true "American Dream." What everyone is searching for, but not finding because they are not surrendering their lives to Christ and making sacrifices in love as a result of His love.
Another verse reminds me of your family.
Ephesians 5:2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
You and all your Mercy Street peeps are a fragrant offering before our Lord. With just a touch of Christ (through you) lives are being changed. Hakeem is no different. Press on sister!

Dawn @ P.S.He loves you.. said...

My heart aches..what your doing is so good to hear of. I can't wait till there's no more reasons to run back to the "safe house"..Come Jesus come!

happygeek said...

Praying with you.

Joyce said...

Praying for these sweet little ones and your family too.

The 5 Bickies said...

So sweet...I bet you were so happy to see his sweet face when you opened the door. So great he knows where to you!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

You are living out Isaiah 58:10. Thanks for being a living Bible that people can read.

pendy said...

You are such a 'doer of the Word' and that inspires me so. Bless you and your family.

Traci said...

Breaks my heart and makes me happy all at once.

The Niemeyer Nest said...

Awesome! You and your family are so inspiring. You make me want to be a better person. Micah 6.8 - What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Grateful for Grace said...

Oh, I'm still crying.

Ok, on a happier note, I linked to you today. I hope that's ok.

in Him,

Holli said...

Praying for Hakeem, his siblings and Quincy too.
People come into our lives, touch us, teach us. People come into your life and I learn. thank you so much for sharing your life with us and the 1000s of kids that come through mercy street!
God bless your family, your neighborhood and beyond.

Becca said...

I am so excited to come see you soon - I hope I get to meet Hakeem and the other kids :-)

talk to you soon!

Anonymous said...

i just love reading your blog. what an inspiration you are to so many! may God continue to bless you and your family abundantly!


The B Family said...

Tearfully catching up on your last few posts. What a heartbreaking, and unfortunately all too common, situation for these precious children.
You are such an inspiration to me.