by adustyframe ~ March 31st, 2011

We knew that Lee should be able to move home sometime in April so we were expecting it soon. I just don’t get my hopes up anymore. That’s a lesson I’ve learned through all this.We can plan and hope but unless the state says so “It ain’t happening.”

Lee’s move home involved another city–remember he didn’t live in our city. Which means another county and a new parole officer. I think this is number 8! New parole officers are always a little scary because of the unknown. We figure out how to communicate and work with one and then we get a new one.

I am a little nervous about Lee’s parole being in this office because it’s the office that started this Lee and James can’t see each other. That parole officer isn’t there anymore. When the officer came out a couple weeks ago to check out our house, she was very nice. We felt at ease with her (as much at ease as you can feel with a parole officer). She talked with us for quite awhile and gave Lee some helpful job suggestions. She said she wouldn’t be his officer–she was only doing the home check.

When he went yesterday, she was his officer! Lee said she had a Bible, Max Lucado books, and Lee Strobel books on her desk. Interesting!

While he was at her officer transferring, James and I taped up his sign across the door and James filled 2 paper cups with confetti to throw. When Lee came home, we cheered and James threw confetti everywhere.

I spent the afternoon afraid and not in peace. There are so many unknowns! I prayed and asked God to give me peace and help me to trust.

1. We prayed that if it was God’s will, He’d let our home be approved and it was.

2. We said “Too bad we couldn’t get her for a parole officer” the day she checked us out and we got her.

3. She had Christian materials on her desk.

Perhaps I should just trust that God is working all of this out right? Especially when there are direct answers to prayer.

Thank you for praying with us. It’s been so long. Actually it’s almost exactly 5 years give or take a few days since the parole officer (on her own and against a court ruling) removed James from Lee’s life. It’s been such a long long hard road. It’s pretty amazing that we’re almost to the end.

In many ways, I think I’d given up ever seeing this day happen while he was on probation.

Your kind comments and excitement made me cry! Please please don’t stop praying for us. We still are not home free. I’d love to get through these next 6 weeks with no bumps!


11 Thoughts Shared to Details…

  1. Sally Martin

    Praying there will be NO more bumps. I have goose bumps because I’m so happy and excited for you all.

  2. TransitionGirl

    one day at a time, the Lord gives little gifts to comfort and cheer us on. 😀 Praise the Lord and am happy for your family

  3. Lisa

    His will be done.

    This all reminds me of how scared I was to put the kids back in public schools–then God put them in rooms with Christian teachers who assigned them some of the books I was planning to assign, led us by a wrong turn to our then Church [in the state we used to live in] where the pastor’s wife was the head of the JR High cafeteria and the Youth Pastor’s wife was the Jr High nurse and a church member was the special ed person at the Jr High and an elementary school teacher and her parents were church members………… God is so good.

    Some day I hope you get a rational explanation [and an apology] for the “no contact” thing with Lee/James.

    I’m always praying.

  4. Barbara H.

    Exciting to see God’s answers!

  5. Christy

    Oh yes, friend, the prayers keep on and more God-victories are to come! I expect it’ll be a transition for all three of you of to be together in the same house all the time and figure out the dynamics of how that will work best. It’s a journey! But for this day, we take time to rejoice and thank God for His glorious grace and love poured out up ’til now. Especially for redemption and continued sanctification through the process and being reunited at last!!!! May God put his hand of protection around you three and build up your family on the Rock!!

  6. Lona

    No bumps, Lord. Please?

  7. Ame

    God is faithful … one purposeful step at a time 🙂

  8. Robin in New Jersey

    Did you ever tell us why Lee was separated from James? The judge didn’t do it? The parole officer did? They sure do have a lot of power. I can understand why you are afraid. But I also know that God is in control. Take each day as a gift.

  9. Susanna

    sending steam roller prayers to flatten out those bumps!!! Ok, flipancy aside, we kepe praying and thank God with you for all HE has done- and for your faithful and honest testimony to HIm through all of this. xxxx

  10. theprincessofquitealot

    What a family reunion! Praying these next weeks go smoothly 🙂

  11. Jen

    OH!! I missed the announcement!! I’m so stinking happy for you three!!

    I am praying for a beautiful easy, streamline, zero hiccup 6 weeks 🙂

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