dust on my shoes, nothing but teardrops (awaiting a supreme court decision)

Baby G - Three Shoes

At 10 months old, the Wisconsin courts took Baby G away from a loving and caring home – and the only parents she ever knew. Now almost 3, she has been moved from foster home to foster home. Her story is being heard next month by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. With your support, you can help bring Baby G back home to the adoptive parents who love her, who have never stopped fighting for her, and who she still calls Mommy and Daddy.  http://www.gofundme.com/3ev1b0

“Pictures on the nightstand, TV’s on in the den
Your house is waiting, your house is waiting
For you to walk in, for you to walk in
But you’re missing, you’re missing
You’re missing when I shut out the lights
You’re missing when I close my eyes
You’re missing when I see the sun rise
You’re missing …” ~ Bruce Springsteen, “You’re Missing”

They are so close.

So close after two years of sheer unimaginable hell.

So close after the oceans of tears.

So close after two years of sleepless nights of worry, of nightmares that don’t end in the daytime.

So close to seeing the power of prayer and the meaning of miracles, to having the test of their faith validated.

They are, as regular long-time readers of my blog may have guessed, my friends who are involved (still) in the now 2 year long adoption fight for Baby G.

I’ve written about them here:

The Real Victory That’s Needed in Wisconsin (2/5/2011)

 “That Sound You Heard? Was the Other Shoe Dropping” (4/27/2011)

“Sky Blue and Black” (4/28/2011)

“Mommy, Why Does Baby G Have to Go to Jail?”  (5/25/2011)


“What Has Been Lost”  (9/20/2011)

There are reasons I haven’t written much about this since 2011. The whys don’t really matter. What matters is that this is STILL GOING ON, TWO YEARS LATER and has gotten more complicated … and, as these sorts of trials do, more costly in every sense of the word.

“Children are asking if it’s all right
Will you be in our arms tonight?” ~ Bruce Springsteen, “You’re Missing”

Nothing will bring back the missing years, the un-celebrated in person birthdays and holidays, the milestones missed. Nothing will erase the pain, the hurt and injustice that my friends have suffered. There’s no excuse for what this innocent little girl has been through because of the mistakes of a misguided and misled jury and judge.

But there is still a chance.

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has agreed to review my friends’ adoption case, and this is a very, very good thing indeed. It means that the mistakes that were made in the lower courts (and there were many) will see the light of day. It means that outdated legislation in Wisconsin for children’s rights will be changed for the better.

It means that Baby G might get to go home.

The case could be heard in a matter of weeks and this family needs our financial support now more than ever. That’s why a gofundme site has been established to help the family with the legal bills for this Supreme Court fight. The site also has information about the legal history and status of the case.

“Morning is morning, the evening falls
I have too much room in my bed, too many phone calls …” ~ Bruce Springsteen, “You’re Missing”

This is extremely humbling and difficult for my friends to do. If you knew them, you would know that they are the type who would do (and who have done) anything for their friends, family, and strangers in need. I know how tight money is these days and believe me, so do my friends. They are far from wealthy themselves; instead, their riches come in the abundance of love they have to give a child who would face a very different future if it wasn’t for the years that they have already invested in her and in other children like her who simply need a stable, caring, loving home.  

As a fundraiser, I know this is a daunting amount to raise. As a fundraiser, I’ve seen the best in people and how even $5 or $1 can really make a difference.

And that’s all that they want. A chance to make a difference in a child’s life.

I know we can help make this happen.

Thanks so much.

Baby G - Three Shoes

My friends’ shoes, with Baby G’s shoe in the middle, from when they were once together as a family.

 “I got dust on my shoes, nothing but teardrops…” ~ Bruce Springsteen, “You’re Missing”

Click here to read more of BabyG’s story and to make a contribution to the BabyG Legal Fund.


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3 thoughts on “dust on my shoes, nothing but teardrops (awaiting a supreme court decision)

  1. Melissa Firman Post author


    Thank you. As a Wisconsin resident, your tax dollars have paid for the incarcerated biological father to have a free public defender in this case – as well as for this to be taken to a jury trial. Meanwhile, the couple that wants to adopt Baby G has spent upwards of $100,000 and counting to date.

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