Friday, April 20, 2012

I have come to the end of my Journey to Bring Home Blossom Jaylynn. On April 17th, I received my Travel Approval, along with the most devastating news that my baby had been hospitalized, and it was found that she has a brain tumor. She is now back at the orphanage and deteriorating. I have prayed so hard since the news, my heart broken, my head hurts. My daughter has opened so many hearts, the outpouring of prayers and love has been overwhelming. If she has brought attention to the need of orphans, then she has done God's purpose, with so much love, I will always remain your Mother, and cherish the bond we shared from afar, never able to hold you in my arms, but forever in my heart. Your daddy is waiting for you in Heaven. My sweet daughter in China.


  1. Cheryl,
    I'm so sorry. My family has been praying for you as well as my church family. Please know you are remembered and thought about in this most difficult time. Praying God's perfect peace to surround you as you go through this storm.
    Much love to you.
    Heidi Turner

    1. Dear Cheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your are so strong. Hugs, Donna Po

  2. Dear Cheryl, I don't know what I could say to ease the pain you're surely feeling. But know that I am lifting you and your three children - two with you and one in China - up in prayer before the one who knows your pain. He who raised His Son will raise us all up one day, and you will be together again with Blossom and Jay. May you find peace and consolation in His Word and with your loved ones. I am so sorry.

  3. Cheryl,There are no words to express how sorry we are you are going through this. Holding you up in prayer and by our faith that God will be with you and will bring you healing. So sorry. Love, Karen

  4. Praying for you, your family and your daughter Blossom. I'm so sorry. Hugs!

  5. I am so sorry. We have been praying for your family and sweet Blossom. My heart breaks for you and your daughter

  6. Cheryl:

    There are no words. No one deserves the kind of pain you have been through in the loss of not only your husband, but now your daughter too. The only comfort you may someday have is knowing they are both together, father and daughter, in Heaven, with our Heavenly Father.You don't know me, but I have cried for you and prayed for you. (I am a mom adopting from China for the first time and I have been following your blog online.) May God hold you in His arms and comfort you. I know it is too soon to say this, but maybe He is giving Blossom to your husband to be with until you can all be reunited again someday....and maybe He has another little girl He will be sending your way, not to take Blossom's place, but to be her sister for all of eternity.

    All my love, Amy Patterson from Michigan

  7. Cheryl,

    My heart aches for what you are going through and have already been through. BUT...please know that even if you never hold Blossom Jaylynn in your arms here on this earth, you will be able to for eternity. She has experienced the hope and love of a mother from afar. This journey was never in vein.

    I pray that God's peace surrounds you and that there will be a rainbow at the end of this storm.

    Hugs to you,

    Angie J.

  8. Cheryl, my heart aches for you. Love and prayers going Vicky

  9. Dear Cheryl,

    I've been thinking of Blossom and your family since this happened, and my heart goes out to all of you. I'm sure you are right, and Jay will welcome his daughter with open arms. Like the others, I can't help but cry, when I think of all you've been going through and how hard the days ahead will be.

    All we can do for you is pray, which we've been doing that all along, but there are many more prayers being sent up now.

    Love, Hugs & Prayers for you & the kids,

  10. Cheryl,

    You and your children (all of them) are in our prayers. As someone else said, there just are no words for a moment like this.

    May God's peace be with you your girls, and especially Blossom.

    Denise T.

  11. Cheryl,
    no words to express how sorry I am for you...
    We pray for you and your children.
    Hugs from Spain

  12. Cheryl-

    I am so sorry to hear about Blossom. I have been thinking of you during this time. I know that each year as we travel through spring it is a time of remembering for us and this is your first year traversing this. And now, to have travel approval and hear of Blossom's illness is unbelievable. After our son Jack died, a young wise Buddhist Monk gave me great comfort at the Bodhi Monastary in Lafayette, telling me how strong our love and bond had been to have been called half way around the world to love each other for a short time, that he had received what he needed to continue his journey. And while I found comfort in his words, I always felt God could have come up with a better plan...

    Loss of a child is beyond belief and yet, you will endure. And there can be comfort in God's love for you throughout your journey, and all of the family and friends that embrace you.

    I know the loss you are feeling and am here if there is anything that I can do.

  13. I truly cannot imagine. I have no words. I am so so so sorry. Praying for your sweet girl and for your heart.

  14. sending light, love and prayers from our heart.

    Megan and Gabriel Franklin

  15. Cheryl,
    Our hearts ache for you and your family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.
    With Love, Hugs & Prayers,
    The Phillis family

  16. Dear Cheryl,
    I am so sorry to hear this tragic news, for you, and for your most beautiful daughter, Blossom. May she be kept comfortable at this time, and peacefully leave the Earth and be united with her Daddy. Heaven will soon receive the most beautiful Angel.
    Nicole Walsh (adopted Aaron from Bao'an in April 2010)

  17. I am so so sorry. You and your children will be in my thoughts.

  18. Dear Cheryl,
    I have been praying for you since I heard the sad news of your husband's passing. Once it was known that you were moving forward with Blossom's adoption, I was so happy for you and continued to pray for everything to work out. Hearing of Blossom's condition, I am just so terribly sad for you and your family. I will continue to pray for Blossom to have everlasting peace and for you and your children to be able to cope with all of this.
    God bless you all,

  19. Dear Cheryl -

    Yes, precious Blossom has not finished impacting lives - she will raise awareness and move hearts regarding the plight of orphaned children. And your love for her is a testimony as well...moving the hearts of many to love until it hurts - as Mother Teresa used to say. My prayers are with you.

    Karin, Jerry and JunFen

  20. I am so very sorry, Cheryl. Please know we are praying for you and Blossom.

  21. Praying for you, for Blossom and for your family.

  22. Thinking of you today. Praying for you and for Blossom.