In one of our last updates on the children, the social worker that sometimes M gets sad and goes off by herself to cry for a while.
I know all kids cry. My 4 year old cries at some point nearly every day. But Mom or Dad is always nearby to comfort him.
I keep wondering what would cause a 9-year-old girl to cry. It could be anything really. A toy not shared. A disagreement with her sister. The perception that someone else is receiving preferential treatment.
Or maybe she cries because she has no mommy to tuck her in at night. Maybe someone is bullying her, and she doesn't have a grown up to stick up for her. Maybe she longs for a daddy to tell her how beautiful and funny and smart she is. Perhaps she is hungry. Feeling sick and not getting the right medication. Maybe she longs for a family. Maybe she is sad or scared or anxious and doesn't know why.
Whatever the case, the fact that she sometimes cries, alone, keeps me motivated.
We won't give up on these three children. No matter how long it takes. No matter how much money it costs. We will keep praying, advocating, and trying every avenue we can think of to get our kids home.