Adopted Baby's Family: Pray for Sandi and Hannah

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

From her hotel room in the early hours of Friday in China, Sandi Sheldon says she feels optimistic things are moving along.

What she and Baby Hannah can be sure of tonight--there are no shortage of prayers that mention their names.

"There's always room for one more," Darlene Hill, matriach of the big family, says of her granddaughter.

Sandi's family has set up command central at her parents' house. They worry right now about how she's feeling about the delay, especially since the rest of the adoptive families she's traveled with may be leaving her and 17-month-old Hannah behind.

"That's why we need this to move as quickly as possible," Hill says.

On the internet, the outpouring is in the form of hundreds of posts in memory of Dennis Sheldon, and prayers for the baby and mom.

The couple's personal blog on adopting Hannah talks about their first days with their daughter. "Daddy is sick, " Sandi writes several times. She counts down the days 'til they fly home.

"She tells me this little girl is her joy," Hill says. She says Sandi says she can't imagine doing this without her.

The Hills are able to talk with Sandi twice a day and the blogs--the pictures on them especially--are a comfort.

"That one of her and her daddy," Hill says, of a picture of Hannah and Dennis, "You gotta think of the joy he was experiencing."

Dennis and Sandi were married nearly 20 years before adopting a baby.

The process of clearing up the paperwork is only important to the family for its end result--baby and mother on a plane from China to begin a new life here at home.

"That's all we want--and all the prayers anyone can give," Hill says.

Sandi tells us Dennis Sheldon has been cremated, and she plans to bring the ashes with her to the U.S. The family is hopeful a funeral service here can bring some closure. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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