Monday, December 27, 2010

My "Other" Family

I will be meeting with my family for a couple days this week. But, as most of you know, I've been mentoring a young woman in prison for the past 2 years, and she and her 2 kids and her grandmother have really become a second family to me. Nichole has gone to school while in prison, and taken a cooking course, and has developed a lot of skills that she didn't have previously. Most importantly, she has grown spiritually and has a personal relationship with the Lord.

(The above picture was taken in July, when I took the kids to see their mom in prison).

Nichole's grandma, Colleen, and I have kept in contact with the kids, R.J. and Nyla. They are 3 y/o and 2 y/o and are very sweet. Colleen and I bought them some Christmas gifts (from their mommy and from us) and took them over to them.

The children stay mostly with 2 great-aunts--Nyla is mostly with Renee, and R.J. is mostly with Donna and they are well cared for. However, the kid's father stays with his sister, and the children are in that home quite a bit as well. It breaks our hearts, as that home (with the father and aunt) is a poor environment for them.

Nyla and R.J. had been in separate homes, so when we arrived with the gifts, Nyla wasn't there yet. When she came, she immediately ran to her brother and gave him a big hug. It was so sweet, and it just re-inforced to me that it would be so much better if they could be together in a good environment.

It's hard to get Nyla to smile, especially for pictures. I don't think she likes having her picture taken.

We spent a little time with the kids. This is great-grandma Colleen loving on them.

This is the kid's Uncle Marcus. He is great with them, and helps take care of them when they are at Donna's home.

Nichole is supposed to be released on February 8th, as she's been given some time cuts for classes she took. However, with these last elections, they have a new commissioner, and he has said they were given too many time cuts and he is quite possibly going to take away 2 of her time cuts, which would mean she may need to stay another 60-90 days. I know if that happens she will accept it as the way it has to be; but I am very concerned about these 2 precious children. They need to be back with their mom and become established in a stable, safe environment. I would appreciate your prayers, for the kids and for Nichole, that she might be able to be released in February as scheduled.

Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the Lord; offspring, a reward from Him.

Mark 10:14 Jesus...said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.


Bernie said...

You are one lovely lady as you look out for these children as well as their mother. I will pray that she is released in Februay and that the 3 of them will become safe and secure as a family, God Bless you Donna.....:-)Hug

Diana said...

Oh I will pray for them Donna. I knew two children (brother and sister) that were in a similar situation. They have since become adopted and have a very good home life but it would be a blessing if these two could be with there mom. And the sooner the better! Love Di ♥

Kristen said...

Oh Donna... this post, these pictures touched me to the depths of my heart. I will be praying that these sweet children will be reunited with their mama very soon! You are a true servant of the Lord... you are a dear, dear woman... I LOVE your heart!

Dee said...

Donna you have the true heart of Christ.♥ My heart felt sad to see the two little one's hug each other. I do hope they get to be together soon. They will be in my prayers. (♥) Dee

Donna's Book Nook said...

Everyone--Thank you so much for your prayers! It looks very much like Nichole will have to stay another 90 days. I am still praying for a miracle. The "heart of the commissioner is in the Lord's Hand" and He can still turn it and change his decision if it is meant to be.

Rebecca said...

I will be praying for her timely release. They are all blessed to have you in their lives, Donna. I know you'll enjoy your time with your family. Thinking of you....

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Such hope in this post... with God, all things are possible. I pray for a swift, healing reunion between mother and children very soon.Thank you for all you're doing to fill in the gaps, Donna. God sees your love and obedience from afar; you delight his heart.