One mum shares her heartache and not having her children home on Christmas.
Sally Faulkner shares her pain of not being able to spend this Christmas with her two children this year. She claims they were abducted and taken to live in Lebanon by her ex-husband.
The openly raw piece in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday reads…
If we could all have our wishes come true in this life what would yours be?
I know what mine would be. I’d wish for you both to come back to me.
You see your daddy made a decision to take me out of your lives completely more than six months ago when he took you on a ‘holiday’ to his home in Lebanon, and never brought you back. Since then things have gone from bad to worse, with all contact between us having been cut off.
Your daddy and I have not been in a great place for a while but when we parented together I felt you both had a better start in this life than many children in the world today.
Together, your daddy and I made a promise that we would always make things work and continue on our selfless journey of parenthood together from the moment we laid eyes on you both. The hardest thing for me is to forgive myself for believing this promise and trusting him, because now you are left without your mummy around.
I wish I could turn back time.
My life has been full of wishes and to say I’ve been blessed up until this nightmare began is a very truthful statement.
That memory of your births will never leave me. When I first laid my eyes on you both I couldn’t quite understand how your daddy and I had created such perfect little people from scratch. Even to this moment this memory still brings tears to my eyes.
A parent’s love reaches above and beyond anything else we as humans feel. My love for you both has always been my strength and my passion has always been to ensure you are both happy and safe.
So right now, I wish I could hug you both like I used to whenever either of you were having a bad day, because I feel these days aren’t the best ones for any of us.
You are my best friends, my laughter, my reason for believing in true love and most of all you are both my reason for living. I wake up every morning with the hope that my wishes come true and that my only wish for Christmas is to have you both come home.
This Christmas will be empty without your morning cuddles and shrieks of excitement. It will not be the same without your laughter and conversations echoing through the house.
To all the mothers and fathers reading this who have been alienated from their children — don’t ever give up hope, one day the truth will be known.
To my own beautiful children, I hope to see you both very soon and I hope your daddy has a change of heart. We are all human and humans make mistakes and sometimes anger can cloud our judgment.
Your dad is a good man deep down and I will never say a bad word about him even though he has been so cruel in his actions. I know the only people hurt by horrible statements and accusations in all this mess will be the two little people who matter the most.
Some day you will both grow older and some day you may come across these stories and letters and wonder why?
I truly believe your memories of me as your mother and all the wonderful things we did in that short time will stay with you until you are old enough to find the answers for yourself.
So for now my wish will stay as it is, until I see those glimmering big brown eyes and hear your beautiful voices.
Merry Christmas to my much loved and immeasurably missed children,
It has been eights months since Sally last saw daughter Lahela, 5, and two-year-old son Noah. She was told during a Skype call with her ex-husband: ‘By the way, plans have changed – the kids aren’t coming back.’
‘It’s literally like a living hell,’ Ms Faulkner told Daily Mail Australia in October.
“I’m desperate to hear Lahela’s voice, to hold Noah’s precious hands – to tell them both mummy loves and misses them terribly,” she said.
“It is a parent’s worst nightmare. There is no real light at the end of the tunnel.”
Sob* I now can’t see to type anymore. I feel so sad for this mum. Hug your kids tight people.
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