Rob and Kathryn testified in the afternoon, Rob sent us the following:"Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. The judge still awarded temporary custody to the birth father, and set Nov. 1 for permanent placement. We are still listed as interested parties in the case, so we are not out of the picture. We get to have visits every other weekend for 6 hours. Wendy gets 2 hours, 3 times a week and 4 hours on the weekend. If Nick messes up in the next two months, the judge can change his mind. We have to give Travis up Sunday Aug. 28 at noon in Durango. If anyone wants to see him one more time we will be home Friday evening and Saturday."
Wendy actually went with Rob and Kathryn to see Travis again, and visit with them. She will be central to any case to prove Nick (the bio-father) unfit, as she will have much more interaction with him and Travis during the next two months. She still feels very strongly that Travis should be with Rob and Kathryn and Ethan, So that is encouraging. We haven't given up hope, but yesterday was a very dark and sad day for all of us.
Anthony and Ashley drove up from Mesa Thursday night to be here when they got back. Amy and Andrew's family came down as well, to support them, which was very much appreciated by both Rob and Kathryn.
We received so much strength from friends in our two communities and our extended family who have continued to remember them in their prayers in. We haven't given up hope that something will yet turn the tide in our favor. We pray that Travis will be safe while he is with this other family. We are really worried about his ability to care for this little one-year-old, and can't believe the court would just turn him over with no apparent concern about his welfare.
On Saturday The Redds and Wilcoxes got together to go on a hike,and then later celebrated Travis's birthday. It was a very bitter/sweet day, with this dark cloud hovering of loss over our heads the whole time.
|Eating the birthday Cake Ethan made for him|
Travis, we love you. You have blessed our lives so much.