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Apr 10, 2013

Answered Prayers & Abby's Wish

For almost five years Abby has been praying for a baby. We all have. Actually the KIDS have been praying for TWO babies. Abby usually prays for a sister and Hannah and Landis pray for a brother. Then occasionally, just to keep Brent and I on our toes, they swap roles and pray for the opposite.

We thought we were going to adopt from an Eastern European country, but they are no longer willing to allow Americans to adopt and US immigration has decided they wont approve adoptions between our two countries. I am heartbroken for the kids who will grow up in an orphanage and age out, never having a family.

Ethiopian adoptions are moving very slowly as they put into place almost extreme measures to insure only ethical adoptions. Unfortunately, Brent and I aren't aging slowly, so we don't feel right about that choice now.  :-)

The opportunity to adopt from the Marshall Islands is a Godsend. Brent, the kids, and I were able to spend several hours with some very sweet, young, pregnant women. The time together allowed us to ask them any questions we wanted and more importantly allowed them to get to know us and gave them the chance to ask us questions.We were encouraged to attend prenatal doctors appointments as much as possible. I am thankful that we will have that time together.

We had reached a point where we were only planning on adopting one baby. We had wonderfully logical reasons for that decision. It made sense. But, sometimes God's plans are different than our own. Two of the women we met were sisters. Al involved were hoping both babies would go to the same home and grow up together. While it will stretch us in many different ways, we are very excited that we will have to chance to raise two more children.

We will know more after the birth-moms see a doctor, but for now it looks like one baby will arrive in June and the second in September or October.

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Abby update:  what can you say.  Abby is doing great.  She has beautiful black hair down to the small of her back (and it's been cut a couple of times even)!  She plays softball and basketball. She's doing great in school.  The cancer is more and more becoming a distant memory but she hasn't forgotten. She knows what happened to her.

Even a couple of years later, we still get notes and prayers and comments from people who journey with her through those 3 years of misery. For everyone who prayed for her recovery, survival and growth, we can only say one thing: PRAYERS ANSWERED!


Mama Ds Dozen said...

Yeah for an update from the Riggs Family!

Yeah for healing for Abby!

Yeah for Adoption . . . and TWO babies!

Woo Hoo! So excited for you all.

Linda Smith just told me today that her kids were wondering when the D. Family was going to come visit. It certainly seems like time for another Road Trip. Maybe we will have to come meet the new Riggs Babies.

(One of our sons and his wife will be moving to OKC this summer or fall, and they have a baby due in June. So, we might have a grandbaby to come meet in OK, as well.)

Hope you all are doing well! Praying God's BLESSINGS upon the new adoption plan.


mama of 12

robin said...

I prayed for your daughter. Tears well up upon reading how well she is doing!! Praise The Lord! And it's thrilling to read about your upcoming adoptions. :)

Penny said...

So wonderful to see Abby doing so well! She is beautiful! :) Congrats on the possible adoption(s). Hope to see some updates soon. God bless. :)

Leilani's Longing and Designed By M said...

I am just so very thankful and filled with joy as I read this update on Abby and the news that God is growing your family. What a stretch! God's plans can really surprise us, but they also fill us with His peace and joy as we follow. I'm thankful and joyous for you! God DOES answer prayers!

PRDama Sellers said...

Wow- I cant get over how big she is, how healthy she looks. PRAISE The Lord for the babies and Abbys health.


Ellen said...

God Bless Abby and your entire ones included!
I have followed and prayed for Abby since her diagnosis and it is SOOOOO wonderful to see how GOD has answered our prayers ! What a BLESSING !!!

Gulf Coast Girl said...

Wow, I am so happy to read this update. I've thought about you all many times and wondered if you were affected by the recent adoption situation overseas. I hope you will let us know when your new babies are safe and sound at home with you. My heart sings knowing that Abby is well and living a normal, happy life. Praise the Lord!

Anonymous said...

An update! Hurray! I've been praying for Abby since her diagnosis and while I live far away from you guys and have never, and probably will never meet you here on Earth, I;ve come to feel like I know you just a little bit. I still pray for Abby every morning and night. In fact she's the first name on prayer list. So very thankful and glad and happy to hear that she is doing well!

With continued prayers,

Hazel said...

I haven't been to your alls blog in a while. When I saw Abby playing basketball I was so grateful to God. I followed her time with that cancer. Im so glad it's over. Even now it's hard tomtypenthrought the tears of joy and the tears of the memories of that trying time for you all.
I'm happy you all will be getting two sweet new babies. God bless you all. Please give Abby a hug and tell her that she touched my life and I am so pleased the Great Physician healed her precious self. Love to all,

Jacquie Familypictureideas said...

Wow, I just discovered your blog, and I am so glad I did - it is a moving and inspirational space on the web. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to your whole family!

Donna C said...

So glad to see an update. Abby looks wonderful! What a miracle! And two babies. Wow- I hope God continues to bless you during this journey :)

Sweet Joni said...

Totally Amazing what God has done for your family!!! Congratulations on the decision to adopt not one but TWO lil ones!!! (those were my prayers, thoughts, & words for you) :D But it's even more amazing that God brought 'sister babies'!!! Prayers for healthy lil ones to come to you!!! I'm EXCITED to follow your 'new' adventure so hope lots of pics & words on blog come along with adoption!!!

What a sweet Abby you have...those pictures warm my heart to see how she has grown -- & WOW! Abby certainly has!!!

Thanks so much Michelle/Brent for posting this blog!!! I've so missed coming here each morning & reading your words & seeing beautiful photos from you!!!

*Note: where do I go to change my email address so I get your 'alerts' but yet keep this (google) sign in???

Anonymous said...

What great news all around. Two babies coming and Abby is looking fabulous. How wonderful.

Peggy said...

YEAH ABBY!!! You go girl!!!

Thanks for this Riggs' family update and as always great photos!!!

Aspiemom said...

Where in the Marshall Islands? My brother and his wife are missionaries in Majuro, Marshall Islands.