October 13, 2015 is an anniversary I won’t soon forget. Steven and I celebrated 31 years of marriage and it was spent in the waiting room of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Some of you may know that a little miracle landed in our family about eight months ago via adoption. My niece, Fahlin Maria Chapman, is my brother’s youngest child…the youngest of his eight children. Fahlin was born in China with a broken heart. So broken in fact that when my brother and sister-in-law adopted her, Fahlin’s condition was viewed as palliative. In spite of that and with great faith, they stepped out and committed to give her what she needed…a family. What she received today was a step towards life.
I want to invite you to read the blog my brother has been keeping to journal Fahlin’s story. It is one miracle after another. We all often ask where God is when things in life go terribly wrong…but I rarely hear someone say “did you SEE God?” when things go miraculously right. I’m here to tell you that in the last 18 months, the Chapman family has witnessed miracles. God has been in our midst and continues to answer the prayers for Fahlin in very profound ways. In short, God has given us the ability to SEE his hand so clearly at work in the life of this little girl who was admitted into palliative care at MBHOH when she was about five months old. If you would have told me she would become my niece and have a chance at life, I would have never believed you. Oh me of little Faith!
You are invited to read her story from my brothers perspective. This is a story of a little girl named Fahlin, but it is representative of hundreds of stories of little miracles who are being cared for at a Show Hope Care Center, and who are coming home through the miracle of adoption. Thank you for being a part of this story by praying for, giving to, or being a physical part of moving the work of Show Hope forward.
-Mary Beth Chapman