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Title: Dear David,
Post by: Bob D'Amico on February 21, 2009, 03:08:51 PM
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.

If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.
Title: We are behind you!!!
Post by: snoslidr74 on February 21, 2009, 04:02:37 PM
David,

I had not heard of your case until I saw the Dateline NBC special in January 2009.  I was heart-broken.  As a father, I cannot even imagine your grief and frustration.  Like many others that have heard of your story, I felt compelled to help in some way.  Just know you are not alone! Through the bringseanhome website, facebook, and this forum, the word is spreading like wild-fire.  We will not rest until Sean is back home with you!  Hang in there!

God bless you,

Brad
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Isabel on February 21, 2009, 04:38:02 PM
David,
 
Only recently did I find out about your story by chance, and cannot get it out of my mind. As a mother, just the tought of having my children taken from me horrifies me. I cannot even begin to imagine the nightmare it must actually be to go through what you have been going through for the past 4.5 years.

Rest assured, you are not alone. You may not be allowed to talk about the tremendous injustice of which you and Sean have been victims, but we certainly can. I have written about your story on my Portuguese blog and intend to tell all that will listen what is going on in the Brazilian Courts. Money and good connections may buy justice in Brazil, but it does not by the silence of those that believe in freedom of speech, in justice, and in just plain fighting for what is morally correct.
 
Let them try to gag us all.
 
Stay strong for Sean. Soon I am sure you will be together.
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on February 21, 2009, 08:27:34 PM
David i know that Sean will be home soon. We all are making a difference. Stay strong. Help is on the way.
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Bean22 on February 21, 2009, 08:43:00 PM
Dear David-
Words cannot even begin to describe how moved I am by your story, your sacrificial, unending love for Sean and the amazing support that your faithful friends and countless, faceless supporters are relentlessly sending your way. Count me among the multitude that is emailing and making calls, praying and believing that the time has come for this horrendous wrong to be righted. God's strength to you! Robin
Title: Dear David,
Post by: M.Capestro on February 21, 2009, 09:24:00 PM
David,
   
  I just wanted to say hi and let you know that you and Sean are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. Be blessed.
   
  Missy
   
  We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we donít yet haveĖĖfor a man who already has something doesnít need to hope and trust that he will get it. But we must keep trusting God for something that hasnít happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. And in the same wayĖĖby our faithĖĖthe Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we donít even know what we should pray for, nor how to pray as we should; but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with Godís own will. And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.
 
ĖĖRomans 8: 24-28 (The Living Bible)
Title: Dear David,
Post by: SONYAMARSHALL on February 21, 2009, 09:40:53 PM
Its funny, you know. In September I happen to come across an article while  was web surfing at work (shhhh, don't tell) and when I read about this loving father who was being kept away from his son for no reason, my heart broke. I immediately began emailing, calling and doing anything I could. There has been so much progress since the beginning of this web site! I am so excited for David and I know very soon, that Sean & David will be together very soon. David you are very blessed to have such wonderful friends who are willing to fight for you! Mark, bob, and everyone else, I hope my friends are just like you if I ever needed them to be.
Title: Dear David,
Post by: mfer on February 21, 2009, 09:43:28 PM
David,

I was so moved by your story on Dateline.  I have a 13mo boy & cannot imagine depriving him the special & irreplaceable bond he shares w/ his father.  Keep up your strength you have support & soon Sean will be home.  Then you can both begin to heal as a family.  The truth is out here for him & someday when he is old enough he will know his father that loved him so much did not give up on him.  All of us here will not give up until he is resting in your loving arms again.  

Monique
Title: ONE OF MANY -
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on February 21, 2009, 09:49:33 PM
- that will never give up on returning your son, Sean, back to you where he belongs. Have been following your strong support network and will continue to keep doing as much as possible ! With you all the way David!
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Amazee on February 21, 2009, 09:52:58 PM
David;
 
I have been praying for you.  I will continue to pray for you and Sean to be permanently reunited.
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Lisa P. on February 21, 2009, 11:00:55 PM
I feel like you are almost a family member now and I think about you all the time.  Your story has gripped people all over the world, and I hope that brings you comfort.  With all these prayers and positive thoughts for you--in conjunction with the fact that you are on the right side of the law--I can't believe that there is any other ending to the story than Sean will be home with you again.

From all the blogs, you can see we've worried about all aspects of this--does Sean remember you, speak English, etc.  Thankfully, your interviews have helped keep us posted.  Many of us (myself included) have been frustrated that Sean doesn't have the complete picture yet.  Your desire to protect him is stronger than your need to bring the full truth to him and I think that you are probably a better person than many of us might be if put in that position!  I keep thinking: if only Sean knew about the bringseanhome website: he could see for himself what the truth is because surely he is being lied to and brainwashed by his Brazilian family.  If he just Googled his own name, he would see thousands of web pages telling him what you have gone through to get him home for four painful years.  (I know he may seem too young to be using the Web, but as a parent myself, I know kids are very internet-savvy these days!)

I hope this increased exposure has brought you an increase in donations to pay for your legal fees...I worry about that for you too!

Bloggers have also asked if you are allowed to speak to him by phone--and if so, are there restrictions?  I know you can't answer these questions, but perhaps the site administrator can.  We all inherently want to have hope for you so the updates are important to us too!

One more thing for now: I see a consistent presence on the online Petition from Brazilian residents so the grassroots campaign seems to be working.  In addition, my boss heard from both me and another person about your story, and another friend who has a website was asked by both me and another person to post the links to bringseanhome.org so the reach of this story appears to be growing (note we are in Michigan, too)!!

May you find peace and comfort throughout this ordeal.  We are all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on February 21, 2009, 11:06:33 PM
Dear David,
 
I watched Dateline online and was instantly captivated by your moving story. I wish nothing more than for you and Sean to be reunited. I won't quit until that happens as many others on here as well. We are dedicated to this cause so please take comfort in that. I also have 2 little boys, one of which was born only 2 days before Sean. That really hit home for me. I went into his room and watched him sleep and tried to imagine him gone and I couldn't even go there. Too painful to imagine. I pray for you everyday David. I pray for Sean also. I pray for you to be reunited with your son and for Sean to have a happy and healthy transition back to where he belongs, with his amazing father. I hope one day Sean can see how much you truly care about him. I hope he sees how your love for him made tens of thousands of people come together to help him come HOME. I hope he realizes all the lies that were put into his head were just that, lies. I hope that he can recover from the loss of his father and his mother. I think being with you will make that happen. Good luck David and best wishes.
 
Sincerely,
Teena Duffy
Title: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on February 22, 2009, 08:45:45 AM
Dear David,
Your love for Sean and strength in surviving this nightmare are utterly amazing. Sean will soon be home with you, there can be no other way. You asked for help and so many have heeded the call. How heartwarming this must all be for you. It is so hard for me to grasp how the government of our country - the leader of the free world - cannot simply go to Brazil and demand Sean be handed over to you, no further questions or arguments asked. If only it were that simple.
I have never been so touched by a story in my life.  I have two young boys, 4 months and 18 months, and their relationship with their father is beautiful to see.  The people who have hurt you for so long are heartless, and you deserve far better.
When this cold winter is over and the warm spring arrives, Sean will be home with you forever. He will soon know the wonderful father you are and adjust to life back in NJ.
So many concerned and outraged people you now have behind you, and no one will rest until Sean comes home. See you in Washington DC on the 17th!
Keep the faith,
Christine Schmitt
Title: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on February 22, 2009, 09:22:57 AM
Dear David,
 
I heard about your story on Dateline and it absolutely broke my heart.  I have a little boy who looks alot like Sean and I can not imagine being away from him.  I live in Canada and I have been busy e-mailing and calling media outlets, the Brazilian and US government and I will do so daily until Sean is home with you!  It will happen soon just be patient a little longer.  Don't worry about the lies that Bruna's family and friends are telling Sean...once you are together, your bond will re-establish and will grow.  My brother's ex did the same...and in the end, his children realized the truth and they are now with my brother.  I will keep you in my prayers!  Stay strong and healthy for Sean!!!  We are all behind you!
Title: David and Sean
Post by: KimmyRN on February 22, 2009, 09:31:03 AM
Hello my name is Kimmy and I am also a mother of two boys. I will stand behind you David and mail/email everyone until Sean returns home in the USA. We love you and Sean! We are all heart broken by your story and love will reunite us. Great things happen to Great people. I believe you are a great one. Your Sean is sooo adoreable. We will support you and help everyday. I know president Obama will stand by your side. I have told alot of my nurse friends and we will all help you fight for your son. That is what we do! We help and we will not rest until he is with you forever.:)
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Evadc on February 22, 2009, 07:55:26 PM
Dear David
I'm Brazilian married to an American citizen and I have been fighting with/for you since last summer if I'm not wrong.
I am NOT a proud Brazilian because there is nothing to be proud of besides being proud of my family,friends,community and who I turned out to be growing in a place where chaos and disrespect to the justice is cultural.
I am really sorry about your story but I also think we are all heading to a happy ending this year.
I am amazed with everyone's help,amazed with the progress of the case and like everyone here, I am praying for you and Sean.Better days will come soon for you and your boy,we will not give up on your cause and many more fathers who had their kids taken away from them.
May God Bless your heart and touch the Federal Judge's heart while making decisions for Sean to come home with you.
Hang in there!Together we will make a Tsunami for Sean.
See you in March 17th!
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Chuckles on February 23, 2009, 03:28:01 AM
David -
 
I'm one of Bob D's SSc guys and a DC denizen.  Obviously, there are LOTS of people pulling for your and Sean's reunion here in the states, and lots of people pulling every string they can to get this done.  It WILL pay off in the end.
 
In the best of all possible worlds it won't be necessary to have the rally on 3/17, but should it still be on I'll look forward to meeting you there.  One thing I know for sure... we're going to turn out in force.
 
Should things reach the favorable conclusion we all pray for before that, I'll look forward to booking a charter with you and your new first mate!
 
Keep the faith, David!
 
- Chuck Caspari
Title: Thinking of David and Sean
Post by: teebee on February 23, 2009, 10:37:32 AM
Goldie,
 
Jess and I and the kids keep you and Sean in our thoughts daily.  We can not wait for this "Living Nightmare" to end for you both...  Abigail, our oldest child has repeatedly asked me to go fishing with you and Sean when he returns into your arms in the US... Not a day goes by when she doesn't ask if Sean is back with his Daddy yet...  She wants to meet him and you and learm more about Daddy and his friend that she has never met but heard many stories about.   Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you for the Return of Sean to your waiting arms soon.
 
Todd aka "CLYDE"
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on February 23, 2009, 02:10:03 PM
Dear David...
 
I have been consumed by your story for weeks now.  I have reviewed thousands of petition signatures at the request of Steve Wash on the Facebook site and it's overwhelming to me the support that you have...and rightfully so!  Of the over 15,000 signatures I personally have reviewed, there might have been three that had questionable or inappropriate content.  That shows amazing empathy and support for you and Sean to be reunited.
 
As the mother of a 6 year old boy, I can't even begin to comprehend what you have gone through...but what breaks my heart the most is what that family has put your son through.  I know that my son would be devastated to be separated from his father and I can't comprehend how this family could be so cruel.  
 
I know in the depths of my soul that you will have Sean back and soon!  I also believe that your struggle will also benefit thousands of other children who have been abducted and held from left-behind parents because the Hague Convention has not been upheld by countries such as Brazil.  You are an exemplary father and an inspirational human being and it has been my extreme pleasure to have been able to help in any way possible.   I only wish I could do more from Canada!  Take care and know you are in my thoughts.
 
Wendy Irving
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Title: I'm here
Post by: dingersol on February 23, 2009, 02:40:39 PM
Hello,
 
Since following this from around September / October of 2008, it is wonderful to see all the support and momentum this is taking on.  The websites, media exposure, and petition were wonderful tools to gain public concern and support.
The petition seems to be doing really well, but I am still amazed after the number of months that have passed Sean is still not home.  Every time I think about it my heart aches for you David.  
I was so happy to hear you were finally able to spend some time with your son; however, you having to leave him must have been difficult, so my heart goes out to you as you are facing all these difficult tasks.
I am writing to every Senator and Representative and President Obama, and hope this is resolved by the Brazilian President's visit, or even before.  Certainly, they must realize the negative publicity this gives their country.  I love Survivor, but have been thinking of writing to the station and boycotting it because it was filmed in Brazil.  I love the show, but thousands of US dollars are pouring in Brazil through tourism, maybe if that were stopped, with the government knowing why it may make a difference?
I am feeling disappointment that not one Senator or Rep from Washington is supporting the resolutions yet.  I hope there are more members from Washington State registered.  We really need to work in our state to get these supported!  
David, you are in my families thoughts and prayers, I so wish I could be in DC for the March rally, funds are tight but you have my voice!  
I want to thank all the administrators for making it easy, for us who want to write, to access the correct individuals, and providing all the contact information.  It makes my time I spend writing much more effective, so thank you!!!
You are all in my prayers, Sean will be home soon!! :)
 
Debbie
Washington State
Title: Dear David,
Post by: tagara1 on February 23, 2009, 02:50:30 PM
David -
 
Hope, prayers, and best wishes.  When I saw your story on Dateline I literally said out loud "NEVER GIVE UP!" at the end of the program, then proceeded to see how I could help by contacting my representatives.  I've been following this story since Dateline, and keep looking with hope everyday for any snippet of news.  Like many others here, especially the parents, we get so emotionally charged from your story.  It's a complete injustice, and the clock is ticking.  Kudos to you for staying the course with such tact.  May God bless your quest, and we'll keep pushing for action and results while supporting you with prayer.  When Sean does get home, he'll have a lot to read about how much his Dad loves him, how much he fought for him, and how much America stands behind you.  God Bless.
 
Adam
A Father from MN
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Kimberly on February 23, 2009, 11:12:40 PM
Hello I saw your posting.  What a thoughtful message.  Perhaps you can send a letter to the Larry King Live show tomorrow as we are all planning to send them emails telling them about this story and urging them to please put David on.  The international exposure could help to make a difference for Sean and David's case.
 
Anyway, thank you for your consideration.
the address if you are intested is:
LKLshow.ideas@cnn.com
 
 
;)
Quote from: tagara1;260
David -
 
Hope, prayers, and best wishes. When I saw your story on Dateline I literally said out loud "NEVER GIVE UP!" at the end of the program, then proceeded to see how I could help by contacting my representatives. I've been following this story since Dateline, and keep looking with hope everyday for any snippet of news. Like many others here, especially the parents, we get so emotionally charged from your story. It's a complete injustice, and the clock is ticking. Kudos to you for staying the course with such tact. May God bless your quest, and we'll keep pushing for action and results while supporting you with prayer. When Sean does get home, he'll have a lot to read about how much his Dad loves him, how much he fought for him, and how much America stands behind you. God Bless.
 
Adam
A Father from MN
Title: A prayer delayed is not a prayer denied.
Post by: Teena on February 24, 2009, 12:21:18 AM
Father, you know our difficulties and our needs.
In your love we can overcome all things;
Strengthen our confidence and our faith,
And let us know your fatherly care.
Lord, grant us the grace to meet our tasks
and responsibilities with calm and fortitude;
consoled by you, help us bring
encouragement to our brothers.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen
 
 
 
Comforting Blessing
 
May you see the light in the darkness during these challenging times.
May you feel the loving presence of those who hold you in their thoughts and prayers.
May your spirit find what it needs to sustain you on this journey.
May you discover your inner strength and face all difficulties with dignity and grace.
May you be filled with comfort, love, strength, grace and a lasting sense of peace.
Title: Our Unconditional Support For You David
Post by: Irish17 on February 24, 2009, 01:25:08 PM
Hi David,
 
Since I began working on this campaign about 6 months ago, it has become a very important part of me.  I talk to anyone and everyone about it. I wear a t-shirt about it, have posted bumper stickers on my car and my husband's car. There is nothing that I will not do to bring Sean home permenently to live with you in Tinton Falls New Jersey.
 
I have also seen the numbers of supporters grow in numbers like I can not believe. You have brought attention to a very serious issue and all of the parents & children involved are thankful.  I know that Sean will be home with you, he will be enjoying your wonderful home and learning all about life with you.   Both of you will go through the painful yet neccesary part of healing, yet with the bond that you two share, there is no doubt in my mind that you & Sean will be as close if not closer then before.
 
David, please know that you have all of my family's support. We are behind you and are working on this campaign very hard.  We loook forward to the day when we can go out on the great ocean aboard Sean2 with you & Sean to fish, to laugh and to enjoy life.  It can not be long now.....
 
All the very best David, you & Sean are always in our prayers.
 
Irish17;)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sue on February 24, 2009, 06:16:26 PM
We're getting him back.  Nothing like a bunch of angry mother's :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on February 24, 2009, 06:44:27 PM
Quote from: gail;409
We're getting him back. Nothing like a bunch of angry mother's :)

I second that!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: dana on February 24, 2009, 07:38:08 PM
David,
 
I have been so upset w/ your situation since I watched your story on Dateline (Jan.30, '09).  I have been praying for you and Sean daily since then.  I have been consumed w/ helping anyway that is feasible for me.  (e-mailing, calling and passing the word to family and friends). Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the rally in DC due to distance and my 2 young children.  I will be there in spirit. Just know that so many people feel like you and Sean are family.  We are doing everything to help this horrible injustice.
You are a wonderful person and justice will prevail!!
I continue to pray for God's blessings on you and Sean, and that you are reunited very soon at your home in NJ- the USofA!!
 
Keep the faith!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: dana on February 24, 2009, 07:38:57 PM
I make it a 3rd!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tstravis on February 24, 2009, 09:56:54 PM
David,
Keep the faith! They tried to sweep your case "under the rug" because you were just one person.... but you are not just one person anymore!! We are all behind you and will work and pray till Sean is home, tucked in down the hall!
 
I saw this on another post, and I am putting into all my emails that i send...
 
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke.

Hope you get some peace soon!
tstravis
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: diane g on February 24, 2009, 10:24:06 PM
Dear David,
 Ever since I saw your story on Dateline I have been praying every night that you get Sean back!Your story broke my heart like it did to so many people.I feel so positive  that the right people are involved with your case and that things are moving towards reuniting you with your son.

I know he will be with you soon and the two of you will be able to heal from all of this horrible mess and move on with your lives.Then you will continue to be the wonderful father that you are! Don't lose hope!Hang in there!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Silvina on February 25, 2009, 10:49:56 AM
I 've learned about your case today in a Dr Phil show. I beleive it was aired last year but in Europe it gets delayed. I've been reading the updates on the blog. I was really heartbroken about the story. But mainly, I pray that justice is made in a South American country. I'm originally from Argentina and fighting brasilian laws about a different subject for years. It is about a property so it does not compare with your case in that extent. But one of the points I wanted to make is that everytime I wanted to use the justice there, most of the people advising me there were totally hopeless on the corrupted brasilian justice system, in their minds it does not work. And I think it is a really sad reality that needs to be changed. Unfortunatelly in South America there are many influential families that step over the systems and in those countries they are allowed to do it somehow, I beleive is the case of Sean's stepfather. The fact that Sean is american and the public attention are the best hopes and I'm really looking forward for justice to be made. I hope that this is an eye opener for the world on how the laws in South America work only for the influential people, because they have the power to bend it. It needs to be a stop to that abuse and I know this will be a successful story.
My prays are with you.
 
Silvina
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: joey2051 on February 25, 2009, 12:19:42 PM
Well then if Dr. Phil just being aired in Europe thats big because their will be a lot more attention now!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jdv28 on February 25, 2009, 05:12:04 PM
David...Having gone thru this & still struggling, now that you've SEEN, TOUCHED, & SPOKEN to Sean, he KNOWS more in his heart what the deal is than ever before.  Take comfort in that.  Knowing you're fighting for him, & simply that he's WANTED by you has to make his heart overjoyed.  We CAN imagine whats been told to him all these yrs, & YOU gave him hope again that'll he'll be with you shortly.  Take comfort and joy in that.  Yes that was me that called and said hi to you.  Something I needed to do.
Jill
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on February 25, 2009, 05:55:47 PM
David, ever since Dateline aired your story back in late January, I believe it was, my heart ached for you and I knew that I had to do SOMETHING, anything to help out, even if I'm located on the other side of the country. Your plea at the end of the show saying that all you needed was help tore me apart. Thank goodness Chris Smith was watching and thank goodness for his wife in saying "You need to do something".
 
I'm a mother of a 3-year old son and the bond that he has with his father is unbreakable. I could never keep them apart. Just know that your bond with Sean will never break. It was proven only weeks ago when you saw him. And when he's back in your arms, it will only grow stronger.
 
Also know that you have so many supporters fighting for you, David. You're not alone, although I'm sure at times it feels like it. This story only has one ending and that is when Sean is at home in Tinton Falls, NJ with you tucking him into his bed. I can't see it any other way and nor can anyone else. Unfortunately, I can't make it to DC; although I would love to meet you and give you the biggest hug; but I will be there in spirit fighting all the way.
 
All my best,
 
Paige Faust
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: katie on February 26, 2009, 08:05:55 AM
David -
Just keep imagining the day that, as his father, you send him off to his first prom or teach him to drive or make a toast at his wedding or wait up because he's late for curfew.  All of those things WILL happen and all of this will be far past you and maybe not forgotten but at least healed in some way.
I can't imagine the loss and anger you must feel.  Something was stolen from you and you were horribly, horribly wronged.  But that time of your life will be ending soon and you two will begin to rebuild.  
We're all working hard for you because you deserve to have your son back!  
Hang in there......this will all soon be over and Sean will be home in New Jersey with his father.
Katie
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on February 26, 2009, 02:47:32 PM
David -
 
Just a note to encourage you in the midst of this terrible struggle. It has been my pleasure to work on this since the startup of the website - and I WILL stay with this until Sean is home with you. The days, weeks, months and years have been long and hard for you, sucking away all that meant the most to you. We want to see Sean home and you able to be restored to yourself in all ways... to be blessed as you should... and to be honored as it due to a man of your caliber.
 
Yes, David - you are a tremendous example to so many! You have been strong when the going has been the toughest... and shed tears of great pain and sorrow, which is all the more that I/we respect you.
 
My prayers and my efforts are for you each day, until you/we see this through to completion. Be strong... and of good courage... and encouraged that each day brings you closer to Sean coming home.
 
Thanks for being such an example!
 
tenorplus
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mags on February 26, 2009, 03:06:57 PM
I'm a mother of 3 from Tinton Falls, I live only a few blocks from you and I'm ashamed to say, I only first heard of your nightmare when Dateline aired.  After Dateline ended that night, I went into my children's rooms and gave them smothering kisses while they sleep. No different than all the others supporting you, this has touched me in a way that I can't explain. As I have said to my husband, if this were our children and something happened to them, we would want any and all support from whoever was willing to offer. I promise to continue making calls, sending emails and whatever else is possible. My family and friends are all on-board, doing whatever they can.  Anyone who will listen to me, I find myself discussing your situation and the other children abducted and left in Brazil.  Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you daily.  I have great hope that Sean will be home soon and someday, he will realize how special his father is. :)
 
Molly Cimini
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: joey2051 on February 26, 2009, 03:39:40 PM
David-

   I'm just going to keep it short for now, but you have opened up my eyes.  I am young and am now questing why I'm proceeding down such a monetary-driven career when this can happen at any moment.  Why am I planning on living the American life, the average powerless life the government wants you to have, when this is how they treat us.  Why am I pursuing a materialistic lifestyle when you prove their is so much more.  Now I am wanting to join a career where I can make a change, a positive change.  Why should I be born, go to school, have kids and save up, and then live a decent retirement.  What is the point in that.

   A similar situation has happened to both my brother and uncle.  Two men who I know would never get angry, who were thrown out of their house by their wives, one for an unknown reason, and one citing aggressive behavior.  I know this isn't true, and although all is now forgotten, they missed precious months with their kids.

  Why is their so much bias towards male fathers.  Sure, there are those who abuse theirs wives and children, but why should the loving, caring, hardworking, fathers have to suffer from those very few, isn't that what were preached everyday, not to judge everyone by the actions of the few.

  The atrocity of the situation, you missed out on the best four years of your son's life, I just hate this fact, and the way you have never given up has given me a new outlook on my future.  You remind of my brother who has worked so hard throughout his life, just wanting a family, and then years down the road realizes he married a girl he really didn't know, but he would never leave her.  I love my brother and I cannot imagine him going through those lonely four years you have gone through.  All he ever wanted was a family.  

    My brother has recently gone through a lot of stress because of his situation and I hate seeing him stressed and I feel so sorry for him because I know how hard he has worked and how innocent he is.  He has faced so much injustice and everyday is a struggle, but I now he wouldn't trade it for anything.  That is why I feel such compassion for you, because you guys are so similar and I hate seeing that stress he goes through.  It makes me lay awake at night wondering why this heartless women has made him go through all this when he has worked so hard.

  This is why I can't help but spend all of my waking hours checking for updates on the case, emailing officials, trying to find some helpful article on the internet.

 I  can't even watch any of the videos anymore, look through the myspace site, or read through some of the articles, because I can't help but picturing my brother in all of this.

  And that is why, even though I am not your family, I feel so close to you.  I don't know what I would do if my brother had to go through those four years; four years lost, four years he would never get back.  

Never give up,
J
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on March 01, 2009, 05:26:02 PM
Hey David - fine example of strength in numbers - could you ever imagine ?! Nobody will give up - ever ! Hang tough and take care of yourself -
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on March 01, 2009, 07:11:32 PM
Hi David,

Just wanted to say that I am one of the many who felt devastated by your story and your pain.  I have three young children of my own, one age 4, and one age 8, one age 10, and I see the difference in those ages and I am heartbroken by all that you've missed of Sean's childhood.

If it helps, the frustration and determination is growing with me and those I know who are watching this case.  

Honestly, when I signed the petition and saw all the people signing and adding supportive comments from around the world, from Jordan to Norway to Brazil to South Africa . . . .I, for the first time, felt a part of our world community.  My anger has subsided a bit, seeing the goodness from all these people.  This is something that makes me and others realize that regardless of culture or political tensions, we are human first, and parents from all over the world understand your pain.  

It is emotionally exhausting for ME to be emailing and worrying about your case, but I do so willingly, to be a part of something that is righteous and because I cannot stand the thought of this happening in my family and not having world wide support to get my child back.  I WANT to help, and am frustrated by the lack of results, but I'm not slowing down.  I speak for many people who aren't on this forum, we all feel the same way.  We will continue to help until Sean comes home.  

I know if this did happen to me, you would be one of the first people to step in and do what you could.

I am hoping that justice will be served soon, and please know you are in our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers and please remember there are good people world wide, not everyone is like the Lins E Silva family, so ready to abuse their power and hurt innocent people.  I believe the vast majority of the world are peaceful and loving and want good things for everyone.

I am an attorney who just helped someone very deserving gain custody, after a 1.5 year battle.  Time and time again, I saw the reward of telling the truth, following the rules, and eventually justice prevailed.  This was pro-bono work and it was very rewarding to know that sometimes the good guy wins.  It is tempting to fight fire with fire, but that never seems to work.  So, stay on the path you are on and let justice prevail.  The damage that has been done can't be undone, but I pray you and Sean can make up for lost (stolen) time, soon.  He will have your influence for the rest of his life, and this time away will slowly fade in to the distance.  

Please take care and be hopeful today,

Love,

KarmaGirl
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LDJVR on March 01, 2009, 08:28:36 PM
Hang in the David. I'm so sorry for this horrible suffering that Satan has bestowed upon you using these wicked unbridled animals. Those Wild Donkeys owe you $$$$millions$$$$ in damages! You Will get divine justice which has already started. You are being prayed for by thousands of people including Brazilians. Read these verses in the bible. Read from the bible what God says about injustice. Psalm 94: 20-23
God bless you and that precious boy of yours! LaDonna
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: missylynn on March 02, 2009, 10:51:49 AM
We are thinking of you and praying for the return of your son as soon as possible.  This is a terrible injustice to you and Sean and our hearts break for you.  No matter how difficult it becomes, I hope you can take at a least a little comfort in knowing that you are doing the right thing and at the end of the day, Sean will learn the truth and will know how much you love him and how hard you are fighting for him.  Know that there are so many supporting you and that we will not rest until justice is served and Sean is home with you.  God bless.
 
Marci
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tweinstein on March 02, 2009, 11:06:12 AM
Quote from: LDJVR;1390
Hang in the David. I'm so sorry for this horrible suffering that Satan has bestowed upon you using these wicked unbridled animals. Those Wild Donkeys owe you $$$$millions$$$$ in damages! You Will get divine justice which has already started. You are being prayed for by thousands of people including Brazilians. Read these verses in the bible. Read from the bible what God says about injustice. Psalm 94: 20-23
God bless you and that precious boy of yours! LaDonna

The Hague Convention gives the judge the option to order the abducting parent to pay any fees incurred by the left-behind parent.
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Article 26
 Each Central Authority shall bear its own costs in applying this Convention.
 Central Authorities and other public services of Contracting States shall not impose any charges in relation to applications submitted under this Convention. In particular, they may not require any payment from the applicant towards the costs and expenses of the proceedings or, where applicable, those arising from the participation of legal counsel or advisers. However, they may require the payment of the expenses incurred or to be incurred in implementing the return of the child.


 However, a Contracting State may, by making a reservation in accordance with Article 42, declare that it shall not be bound to assume any costs referred to in the preceding paragraph resulting from the participation of legal counsel or advisers or from court proceedings, except insofar as those costs may be covered by its system of legal aid and advice.

 

Upon ordering the return of a child or issuing an order concerning rights of access under this Convention, the judicial or administrative authorities may, where appropriate, direct the person who removed or retained the child, or who prevented the exercise of rights of access, to pay necessary expenses incurred by or on behalf of the applicant, including travel expenses, any costs incurred or payments made for locating the child, the costs of legal representation of the applicant, and those of returning the child.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on March 02, 2009, 11:28:47 AM
I hope the hearing demands the immediate release of Sean and makes this cruel family pay for all your expenses!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on March 02, 2009, 02:24:05 PM
Dear David,
 
It's been many years since I've seen or spoken to you. I just learned of your situation after joining Facebook and talking to Karen and Githens a few months back.
 
I wanted you to know that ALL of your old friends from Va. Wesleyan are supporting you as much as they can. I've spoken w/ Gooch ( Nicole James ), Angie Knight, Amy Moss, Taylor Grissom, Jocelyn Willis, Liz Slaven, Maryanne, Chuck Kumkey's family, and many others who remembered you fondly and are all praying for you. Each of these people have expressed outrage along w/ concern for you and Sean and they all said to give you their best wishes.
 
We have emailed, written, and called our Congressmen and Senators and so far it seems as though the state of Virginia has responded fairly well. We will not stop until all of our representatives have signed on to Resolutions 125 and 37 respectively.
 
As a single parent of a 6 year old son, I can only imagine the heartache you have experienced. Nobody can imagine what you are really going through. But as I watch you on TV and read about you in the papers, I am inspired by your strength, love, and resolve. The momentum has seemingly turned in your favor and hopefully you will have Sean back home in a matter of days, not months. Until then, stay strong and no that you are not by yourself.
 
If you ever need anything from and of us, just email me or call and I can assure you that we will do all that is in our power to help.
 
God Bless you and Sean,
 
Jonnie Lester
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: diane g on March 04, 2009, 10:57:15 PM
Dear David,

Despite what you may be feeling,the Larry King interview went very well. I'm sure it was very hurtful to sit there and listen to the accusations that Bruna's uncle threw your way.Everything he said sounded so ridiculous and didn't make any sense.

There is a momentum happening within our Government and this will hopefully be all behind you soon!I think that you will gain even more support after the interview.Sean is your son and not just in a "social" way.He belongs with you and he will be coming home to you soon.Hang in there!!!You did great!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on March 05, 2009, 06:53:42 AM
David, I am so sorry for you that you are a victim of these sick and perverted people in Brazil.  They are so completely out of touch with reality, and their lies and filth about you on national television only add to your nightmare.   You do not deserve another moment of pain and suffering from these people and we all want it to end for you. The end being of course when your son comes home to you, exactly where he belongs.  
 
The LKL show tonight was powerful - you, P. Apy and C. Smith came across and the good, honest people you are.  And the Ribiero creep came across as a sick, twisted, demented and mean person.  (Hardly a 'gentleman' as P. Apy referred to him).  Watching him made my blood boil, and has fueled the fire of your loyal supporters.
 
And from what I have seen of LKL over the years, he is a very soft interviewer and basically only reads from his cards, hardly responding to or challenging his guests, even those who are so obviously lying.   The second fool on the show last night was LK himself, so clear that once again he did not do his research.  
 
For those watching last night, there is no question about your sincerity and intentions - you are Sean's loving father, he was abducted from you, and you have been trying for years to get him back.  You do not support kidnappers or love your child any more or less because you do not want to give up and let him be with his 'social father'.  By the way, there cannot even be such a thing.  Pathetic.
 
So what can I say but hang in there.  This needless nightmare will end and Sean will be yours again.   We will never give up fighting for you.  So take good care of yourself and let everyone work hard for you and Sean.
Christine
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on March 05, 2009, 09:42:29 AM
David - I/we are so pround of how you conducted yourself last evening in the face of so many lies and the terrible slander that was "dished out". You continue to be a shining example of what a great father is really all about. I/we pray that this terrible saga comes to an end soon - and you and Sean can then build and rebuild together. Thanks for being a special person. You'll ALWAYS have my support... encouragement... assistance... thoughts and daily prayer... and anything I can do. Keep strong, my friend.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on March 05, 2009, 09:43:20 AM
David - the word is PROUD!!!! Sorry for my typo (must be fat fingers!!). Yes - PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: mlee on March 05, 2009, 08:55:48 PM
Dear David,

I've been following your story since the Dateline program in late January. I've been reading this site as well as Facebook and contacting whomever I can to share your story, but I've never registered for any of these sites nor posted until today. The uncle's brazen slander on LKL last night made me sick. I was disgusted by him, but more than that I was moved by your dignity, class, and honesty in the face of such lies. That interview fueled more people to fight for your cause (and, I hope, for the many others who are in similar situation).  

I used to live in and travel to parts of Latin America, but not Brazil. However, I've associated with the Brazilian elite as well as other Latin American elites. I know about the skewed and narrow reality they inhabit and influence they exert. In spite of such power play, I can confidently echo many other people's sentiment that we will not stop fighting for you until Sean is back with you. Thank God you have decent people like Congressman Chris Smith on your side. (Sadly, I'll be moving out of NJ soon and can no longer proudly call him my representative -- first time I've ever voted for a Republican! We need more dedicated and genuinely concerned elected officials like him). Also, your passionate and hard-working friends who have highlighted your fight to the world are to be highly commended.

You're an inspiration for many of us! Sean is so blessed to have a loving father as you.

Sincerely,
M
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Grace on March 05, 2009, 10:13:30 PM
Dear David:
 
Everyone has noticed that both the Lins e Silva and the Ribeiros are a very cohesive family, as most familes are in Brazil. I have not heard anything about your family. Are your parents or siblings helping you? When Sean comes home (and he will, soon) will it be only you and him or are you going to have someone else's support to take care of him when you are at work? Are your parents close to you? I ask that because as a Brazilian, I know how much the family and the grandparents are involved, while here in the US people live very alone and distant from the extended family, who only calls to touch base once in a while. Since you cannot write, maybe Bob can clarify this to us?
 
Thanks,
Grace
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Grace on March 06, 2009, 12:33:10 AM
David I know we should not cry over spilled milk but although I greatly despise what Bruna did to you, I have some insight into her mind, being a Brazilian and living in this country. Also, having been married twice, I know what happens in many marriages after the kids arrive and the honeymoon and the excitement are over. I noticed twice in your home videos Bruna had an annoyed look, almost bored. You must have had signs, but missed them. Men have a harder time in reAding emotional cues and body language, so many times they are blindsided. She craved adventure and independance from her family when she went to Italy, but in her last years in NJ with a young son she probably felt stifled and wanting the big family thing again. Did she start complaining about the US? Did she seem depressed sometimes? Did she spend a lot of time on the phone or email with Brazilians instead of making new friends in NJ? Did she make plans for the future with you? Did you feel you loved her more than she did you? Did she get less affectionate and less touchy feely with you? These are all signs she was unhappy. But instead of communicating them to you, she chose the cowards' way: running. Bruna thought about only one person in the world: herself. She had grand plans for herself, namely to snatch a rich husband in Rio, while throwing you out like a pair of old slippers. And I bet she was Catholic, like many hypocritical religious folks.
old slippers was not difficult for her. I can understand what went through her mind. She did not love you for real, she wanted more for herself: important busband, fancy parties, nice clothes, social status. When she met you you were a model, remember? She thought she would lead a glamurous life with you? And it did not quite happen that way? You were nice but not rich enough, not powerful enough, and she wasn't jetsetting with you. As for the stepfather and grandparents, I think they genuinely love Sean, but are also being tremendously selfish. And stupid.  You know you could sue their asses if you wanted, they have money.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Grace on March 06, 2009, 12:40:00 AM
Sorry for the lack of paragraphs above, writing from my PDA XXXXXX
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: heather on March 06, 2009, 04:38:53 AM
Dear David,
You are a stong, couragious person!  I can only hope that my son grows up to be as man as you.  My mother moved away, far away, from my dad when I was not much older then Sean's age.  I got to see my Dad just a handful of times growing up.  I have had a stepdad for a very long time and that is all he is.  I love him yes and I have appreciate his support.  My fathers blood runs through me so thick.  I feel him when he is not here.  He is my Dad, always will be, till the day I die, not matter how often we see each other.  I have always loved him so much and sometimes it hurts real bad to think that I have not had the oppertunity to show him.  I remember getting mad at my mother and just saying I want my dad and she knew who I was talking about.  I am sure Bruna had to hear that many times.  As much as I love my mother I am still angry with her.  I know she had her reasons, but it hurt me bad and still does till this day. That is why the bond was still there when you reunited with Sean after 4 years.  I have been there and I just know what he felt. What you felt was 10x less than the joyous feeling Sean felt.  Children need to be with their blood parents plain and simple.  No money in the world is going to take away the feeling you have with not being with a blood parent.  
Respectfully,
Heather
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: chu on March 08, 2009, 01:56:04 AM

Dear David,
My heart breaks for youÖI just finished watching your Dateline NBC interview for the second time, I canít stop thinking about your heartbreaking ordeal since the first time Iíve seen itÖI am just truly sincerely heartbroken for you, my eyes fill with tears when I see your pain. I canít wait for the day that youíre reunited with Sean for goodÖ.I feel that it is going to happen soonÖ.we people will not rest until this happensÖI am in Canada so I can not attend the rally or call the Congressman or a Senator  but I will continue to tell people about your story, contact the media and whatever I can think of to help you outÖ.Hang in there David, all the very best to you!
Chu
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SherylD on March 08, 2009, 10:48:38 PM
Dear David,
Your story has touched me deeply.  I think about you and Sean often and that is why I am here.  I have two boys of my own and could not imagine being away from them.  My life revolves around them and I truly understand your unconditional love for your son.  You have many supporters from around the world and we will not give up until Sean comes home.  Take care and have trust in God.  He has a plan for us all and things will happen that are meant to happen.  Some day you will understand why this has happened.  In the mean time stay strong and have faith.
Sincerely,
Sheryl
(Clinton and Shawn's mom)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on March 08, 2009, 11:26:18 PM
David you are a true gentleman. You have been tested and you stayed true to everything you hold so dear. I pray for you everyday. While i am not a mother i do have nieces and nephews that i love with all my heart. Please know that i will help you as best i can. Support you have from my family. So smile David we are almost there. Take Care       Aida   :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on March 09, 2009, 03:54:00 PM
David - once again, I want to encourage you since each day brings its own set of challenges, hopes and dreams! The time has been long and the pain deep (from so many directions). Yet, in the midst of pressure, slander, dashed dreams and hurtful comments/situations ~ you continue to be a glowing example to everyone. We are truly proud of you... you should be proud of you... and be assured that Sean, when he learns and comprehends the complete truth will also be very, very proud of you. You are HIS "DADDY" - there is no replacing you! And WHAT A FATHER YOU HAVE BEEN. Prayerfully, you can soon have Sean permamently and without interference. There is sure to be some adjustments for your son ~ but with you at his side he will not only adjust, but certainly blossom and flourish! Thank you, David for your example to so many - to myself - and to the world. You are tuly TOPS. So, as this week progresses - be encouraged and know you have an ever-growing base of firm support. My one regret - that I/we (other than the close circle who started this blong) were not there with you from the beginning.
 
Look ahead and hopefully soon... Sean will be home!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: flytrapgirl on March 09, 2009, 04:33:20 PM
Hi David,
 
I also have been following your story since seeing it on Dateline and my heart goes out to you.  Never give up and keep fighting.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on March 09, 2009, 06:10:43 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.
 
If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.

Bob...surely this gag order no longer applies?  I mean seriously...they put Seans picture on THE COVER of a national magazine in Brazil! It's ridiculous that he can't come here and talk to everyone.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on March 09, 2009, 06:27:09 PM
Dear David and Sean,
I wish I could be there in Washington for your support. I pray to God Sean will be coming home soon. I watched you on Larry King Live and on Nbc, my heart breaks and I begin to cry knowing the love you have for him. I am a mother of two boys and I believe in never giving up. You are an outstanding person and I will be there in spirit on Saturday. I will continue to pray for Sean's return. When Senator Chris Smith explained about the look on Sean's face, and the bond had never been broken, my heart lepped, IT LEPPED! I cannot wait for the happy ending . It will be soon . I can feel it. Our country will not ignore your fight, and we as mothers will not stop until we see the happy ending. Sean your daddy loves you and we love you too. We know you will do alot of fishing and swimming with your dad and Grandpa, Grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins. You will have many new experiences with your dad. You should be so proud of your dad he was with you always. Even though you could not see him , every time your heart beated he was there. Every time you looked at the moon , He was looking at it too, thinking of you. Everytime you thought of him, he thought of you.. You are a wonderful boy Sean and America cannot wait for you to hug your daddy again... Forever and never let go. Go David Go !
Sincerely Your Cheerleading Team from Illinois,
Kimberly Williams RN
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kmoor88 on March 09, 2009, 07:02:59 PM
Dear David,
It broke my heart to see your story on Dateline. We all seen on that show
the true love that you have for your son. We also seen the pain and frustration that you feel on a daily basis. We will support you until you
have your son home again. I have been on a E-mail and letter writing campaign since I seen that show. I mailed alot of hot pink envelopes with
letters of support for the return of Sean. Emails they can delete but letters
they have to open. I chose hot pink because that is how my daughter who
is a screenwriter got Oliver Stone to call her directly to discuss her movie.
Please keep the faith that you will have your son home soon.
You and Sean are in my prayers every day.
Kim
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lisacordova on March 09, 2009, 09:20:42 PM
Dear David,
 
I read the Community Reporter (here in Middletown) last summer and couldn't believe what I was actually reading. I remember... my hand over my mouth and tears streaming from my face and my husband looking at me with confusion on his face. I read the article about You, Sean, and Bruna TWICE because I was shocked and appalled that this was REAL.
 
I have followed the progress (and step backs) since. I have been spreading awareness to everyone I know (in the real estate community too) to get more support behind you.
 
I worked in the same real estate office with you in 2002 and ironically Bruna was my Italian Professor~ I remember meeting Sean (he was crawling!) when you brought him into that class.
 
I cannot contemplate what you are living. Absolutely gutwrenching. I have had all of you in my prayers and thoughts and I will continue to support you and Sean in whatever way I can. Wishing peace to you, Sean, and your family!
 
I'll be in DC!
~Lisa Beveridge-Cordova
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: liesl78 on March 14, 2009, 11:09:54 PM
Dear David
 
I have just attended the rally in DC. We all had a good time, despite the weather, and I hope soon we can all get together again to celebrate Sean coming home.
 
There are so many things I'd like to say to you, but I'm at a loss of words. When that happens, I usually have an artist do the job for me. On my way home, the radio played the Celine Dion song "A new day has come". And I thought of you, and what you will feel when that great day comes. I think it's perfect.
 
God bless you! :)
Renata, in MD
====================
A new day has...come
 
I was waiting for so long
For a miracle to come
Everyone told me to be strong
Hold on and don't shed a tear
 
Through the darkness and good times
I knew I'd make it through
And the world thought I had it all
But I was waiting for you
 
Hush, love
 
I see a light in the sky
Oh, it's almost blinding me
I can't believe
I've been touched by an angel with love
Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun
A new day has...come
 
Where it was dark now there's light
Where there was pain now there's joy
Where there was weakness, I found my strength
All in the eyes of a boy
 
Hush, love
 
I see a light in the sky
Oh, it's almost blinding me
I can't believe
I've been touched by an angel with love
Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun
A new day has...come
 
A new day has...come
Ohhh, a light... OOh
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on March 14, 2009, 11:13:09 PM
Quote from: liesl78;7638
Dear David
 
I have just attended the rally in DC. We all had a good time, despite the weather, and I hope soon we can all get together again to celebrate Sean coming home.
 
There are so many things I'd like to say to you, but I'm at a loss of words. When that happens, I usually have an artist do the job for me. On my way home, the radio played the Celine Dion song "A new day has come". And I thought of you, and what you will feel when that great day comes. I think it's perfect.
 
God bless you! :)
Renata, in MD
====================
A new day has...come
 
I was waiting for so long
For a miracle to come
Everyone told me to be strong
Hold on and don't shed a tear
 
Through the darkness and good times
I knew I'd make it through
And the world thought I had it all
But I was waiting for you
 
Hush, love
 
I see a light in the sky
Oh, it's almost blinding me
I can't believe
I've been touched by an angel with love
Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun
A new day has...come
 
Where it was dark now there's light
Where there was pain now there's joy
Where there was weakness, I found my strength
All in the eyes of a boy
 
Hush, love
 
I see a light in the sky
Oh, it's almost blinding me
I can't believe
I've been touched by an angel with love
Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun
A new day has...come
 
A new day has...come
Ohhh, a light... OOh

 
That is a beautiful and perfect song for David and Sean. It was written for her son as well. Absolutely beautiful!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on March 14, 2009, 11:31:01 PM
Yes, God is working THROUGH you David!   Hold on, be strong, keep the faith, you have so many people who are on your side, praying for you and your son! There is a bigger picture, that HE is painting through YOU - You are a beautiful light, who now has Interantional shine!  David, KEEP STRONG, NEVER GIVE UP, Your SON will be with you again and your story will help many others in the future.  Hold on, hold on -
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kerry on March 14, 2009, 11:39:52 PM
Hi David,

I could not make the rally in DC today, but "rallied" in the Forum right from my 'puter most of the day.

I have been thinking ahead (not jumping the gun), just thinking ahead, and I have a suggestion for you.

If you do not already speak Portuguese, I am suggesting that you start to learn the language as soon as possible.
This will surely make a stronger bond between you and Sean - certainly during his transition period, which may come sooner than you think.

And what fun to be able to speak in both languages to your beloved son at home in Tinton Falls.

Of course you may already know the language fluently - and then this is a moot point - but I thought I'd throw this out to you to think on.

Stay strong.
Keep the faith.

Know that many thousands across the globe have you and Sean in their thoughts and hearts.


A Friend.





 
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: heatheram29 on March 15, 2009, 02:05:58 AM
If you consider the gravity of the current news cycle:
The mere fact that this is EVERYWHERE in the midst of such important issues speaks volumes about the significance of this situation. You are not only successfully(!) reuniting a father and son. You're challenging the social order of a priviledged society, and clearing the way for others in the same situation.

That being said..

DAVID, once you get your son back: WRITE A BOOK. Tell your story, and the stories of those still fighting for their children. Shine a light on the way governments ignore international child abduction laws. I doesn't end with Sean. It begins with him.
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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on March 15, 2009, 08:24:16 AM
Hey David - still here and ready for whatever request is next to try and BRING SEAN HOME. Your support network is strong and growing. Whatever it takes - we aren't going away. Hope your holding up and taking care of you. You are definitely leading by example !
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on March 15, 2009, 11:20:58 PM
Dear David,
I am a mom of two boys and have been following your story since it was shown in January. I have written Oprah several times in hopes she can help you too. She is a very influential lady, and is close with president Obama. I will continue to email her daily. I have nothing but positive feelings Sean will be home soon and your dreams will be real. I am a nurse here in Illinois and I help people everyday. I will help you everyday until your son is home. Your are an inspiration to all men. Keep fighting and so will I.
Your friend,
Kimmy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarlHindle on March 15, 2009, 11:48:02 PM
Dear David,

There are many who will say they understand your pain and there are a very few who feel it because they are in the situation you face.

I'm one of them and have not seen my beautiful daughter for 3 years now and I'm here in the US hoping against hope I may get to see Emily this time - the 3rd time I've been here in 3 months to see her and so far have not done so.

I've been through the highs and the lows and still am riding this emotional rollercoaster - the endless waiting, nerves on edge and getting worse as a deadline approaches for something to happen, the hope and despair of perhaps seeing or hearing my daughter or you your son, the disappointments, the appreciation of someone who just does something decent in a crowd of badly behaved wretches - all the stuff that gets written about but which we both know, is with you when the room is dark and your head is on the pillow with nothing but thoughts and if you're unlucky, dominates your days as well as nights with no respite for weeks on end.

Now enough of that doom and gloom - I have a beautiful little girl, and you my  
 fellow traveller have a beautiful son and I say that one day, we are going to get them together and watch them play in the pool, run like mad things around the garden, kick back with a beer and know darn' well that everything we went through was worth it to have that one beautiful moment.

Back home in England I have four kids along with little Emily here in the US now - my ambition is to have all of them playing together in the garden, that's what I dream of and what I hold on to as well as my love for Emily.

So stay cool and keep doing what you're doing because you are so close to getting my dream - having your child home and being able to have a decent nights' sleep knowing he's safe and well.

Best regards

Karl
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kathleen on March 16, 2009, 01:07:07 AM
Dear David, When I first saw your story on Dateline six weeks ago, I was shocked and saddened that this type of thing could happen.  This story has caught so much attention because it is obvious that you are such a terrific and loving father who has done everything he can to get his son back. Like you said in your interview, you and Sean obviously share a bond that is strong, if not stronger than many fathers and sons share and that bond will not be broken.  The first few years are so important in a child's life and you were there to structure the boy he is today.  What is striking to me is how similar you two seem.  In appearance and in demeanour.  No one can take that away.  You as Sean's dad, are not replaceable and he will be in your life again. Hopefully very soon.
 
We are all amazed at how well you are handling yourself but I can only imagine how difficult this is.  I feel confident that all your efforts will pay off in the end.  Please stay strong and take care!
 
Kathleen
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: AngelaJack on March 16, 2009, 10:51:02 AM
Quote from: KarlHindle;8388
Dear David,

There are many who will say they understand your pain and there are a very few who feel it because they are in the situation you face.

I'm one of them and have not seen my beautiful daughter for 3 years now and I'm here in the US hoping against hope I may get to see Emily this time - the 3rd time I've been here in 3 months to see her and so far have not done so.

I've been through the highs and the lows and still am riding this emotional rollercoaster - the endless waiting, nerves on edge and getting worse as a deadline approaches for something to happen, the hope and despair of perhaps seeing or hearing my daughter or you your son, the disappointments, the appreciation of someone who just does something decent in a crowd of badly behaved wretches - all the stuff that gets written about but which we both know, is with you when the room is dark and your head is on the pillow with nothing but thoughts and if you're unlucky, dominates your days as well as nights with no respite for weeks on end.

Now enough of that doom and gloom - I have a beautiful little girl, and you my  
 fellow traveller have a beautiful son and I say that one day, we are going to get them together and watch them play in the pool, run like mad things around the garden, kick back with a beer and know darn' well that everything we went through was worth it to have that one beautiful moment.

Back home in England I have four kids along with little Emily here in the US now - my ambition is to have all of them playing together in the garden, that's what I dream of and what I hold on to as well as my love for Emily.

So stay cool and keep doing what you're doing because you are so close to getting my dream - having your child home and being able to have a decent nights' sleep knowing he's safe and well.

Best regards

Karl
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on March 16, 2009, 12:26:44 PM
Dear David,
 
I watched the Dateline clip last night and it brought tears to my eyes.  Please do not give up hope!  You are an amazing father and person!  You said yourself that Sean is still connected with you (so focus on this)...I teared up when you said that he called you Dada when he first saw you!  We are all fighting for you and I for one will not give up.  I will e-mail, call and communicate the governments and media until Sean is home where he belongs.  I have kept you and Sean in my daily prayers as well!  Please stay strong and healthy for Sean...he really does need you...I know your visits with him are trying since you can't take him back with you but you will!!! As for the evil family...well. let's just leave it at that...they are purely evil!  The stress you have been under is alot to take but it will be worth it in the end.  I hope and pray that the hearing is this week!  Please take care.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: dinj on March 17, 2009, 02:23:36 PM
Dear David
I wanted to tell you how very sorry I am that this is happening to you it is simply heartbreaking. Please know that I am praying for you and your son's happy reunion.  Stay strong and God Bless
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on March 17, 2009, 03:44:37 PM
Yesterday I came home after having spent the weekend in New Jersey and travelling to the rally.  When Liam, my six year old, saw me, he yelled at the dogs to get out of his way because he had to go see his mommy!  When he jumped into my arms and hugged me so fiercely, all I could think about was not just how many of those hugs you have missed from Sean but how many more there are going to be in the future!!
 
You look tired...and I think I had just the very tiniest taste of how that must feel after my drive down from Canada.  I hope you are taking care of yourself!!  
 
I know Sean is coming home and my heart says it will be by his birthday!! I just know it with every fibre of my being!   He HAS to come home!!
 
Hang in there!!
 
Wendy :hug:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Nicole's Dad on March 17, 2009, 04:14:30 PM
David,
 
You don't know me but I feel strongly that you and I have a connection because we are going through the same exact thing. I was in church this morning and God asked me to deliver a message to you. His word.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 TRUST IN THE LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.
 
He is watching all of this David and he will prevail. Trust him, praise his son and glorify God's name. Let not your heart be troubled.
 
I have seen and watched this entire story for the last 5 months and firmly believe this is the devil's work. Keep your faith in God and hope alive and the truth will prevail.
 
I have seen the pain on your face and I feel it as well because of my own ordeal. I prayed hard this morning for God to cover you with the blood of Jesus and surround you with his hedge of protection. For him to lift the burdens off of you and take them from him. God rewards the righteous and only he will judge this situation.
 
You are blessed to have so many people supporting you. God delivered an angel to you. Mark DeAngelis. I commend him for what he has done and how God manifested himself into this organization to what it is today and what it is about to become with the announcement yesterday.
 
Just remember one thing. Seek him. He is the prince of peace. The King of Kings. He will prevail.
 
Marty Pate
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: AngelaJack on March 17, 2009, 05:04:53 PM
Hello David, I do not need to say to you whats its like as you know it only too well, but know I feel the pain literally too and am with you all the way, give that beautiful son of yours an extra big hug ok . Thinking of you and Good Luck from Bonnie Scotland, you will eventually get Sean home trust me x
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kerry on March 17, 2009, 07:07:54 PM
David, I wrote this for you and Sean - letting you both know how we all on BringSeanHome have become one, in our support of you and for you.
 

    Strangers
  Meeting in a Forum
  Together here for a common goal.
  Justice for injustice.
 
  Men, women, banding together
  Bonding, learning, angry yet resolved.
  For the common goal.
  Justice for injustice.
 
  Strangers, yet friends  
  Reaching out, giving, receiving,
  Doing, wanting,
  Justice for injustice.
 
  Strength in numbers we fight for Sean,
  We fight for David,
  We fight for all left behind parents.
  We are the Army.
  We stand for justice for injustice.
 
  We’ll fight for Sean,
  We’ll see him home.
  Then we’ll light the way for all
  The children wronged.
  We are your laager.
  We have your back.
 
  We will not rest until the wrong is right.
  We think, we act, we love,
  We hope, we pray,
  All in the name of
  Justice for the injustice.
  Rights for those wronged.

A Friend                                                                                  
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on March 17, 2009, 07:22:22 PM
That poem is beautiful, Kerry.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: teebee on March 17, 2009, 09:55:49 PM
David,
 
I can remember back almost ten years now when you told me that you and Bruna were getting married.  The shear joy she brought to your life and the life you envisioned together seemed to take you to another place.  That joy and love was magnified even more when you found out that you two were going to have a child.  I remember you telling me how excited you were and how scared you were as well.  While we drifted apart after you and Bruna got married, I remember one chance meeting at the restaurant in Little Silver right after Sean was born...  The smile and joy that seemed to eminate from you was amazing.  You were the proud Papa showing off Sean to Jess. I only was able to relate and understand that feeling after our daughter was born. Goldie,  I know how much you love and care for Sean because I know what type of man you truly are...  Jess, Myself and the kids eagerly wait for the day that Sean comes home and you can begin living again and teaching Sean all about life and your passions and sharing his with him.  Be strong my friend, the end of this living nightmare is soon at hand ...  All our love and prayers are with you...  "Clyde"
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on March 18, 2009, 12:41:41 AM
Quote from: KarlHindle;8388
Dear David,
 
There are many who will say they understand your pain and there are a very few who feel it because they are in the situation you face.
 
I'm one of them and have not seen my beautiful daughter for 3 years now and I'm here in the US hoping against hope I may get to see Emily this time - the 3rd time I've been here in 3 months to see her and so far have not done so.
 
I've been through the highs and the lows and still am riding this emotional rollercoaster - the endless waiting, nerves on edge and getting worse as a deadline approaches for something to happen, the hope and despair of perhaps seeing or hearing my daughter or you your son, the disappointments, the appreciation of someone who just does something decent in a crowd of badly behaved wretches - all the stuff that gets written about but which we both know, is with you when the room is dark and your head is on the pillow with nothing but thoughts and if you're unlucky, dominates your days as well as nights with no respite for weeks on end.
 
Now enough of that doom and gloom - I have a beautiful little girl, and you my
fellow traveller have a beautiful son and I say that one day, we are going to get them together and watch them play in the pool, run like mad things around the garden, kick back with a beer and know darn' well that everything we went through was worth it to have that one beautiful moment.
 
Back home in England I have four kids along with little Emily here in the US now - my ambition is to have all of them playing together in the garden, that's what I dream of and what I hold on to as well as my love for Emily.
 
So stay cool and keep doing what you're doing because you are so close to getting my dream - having your child home and being able to have a decent nights' sleep knowing he's safe and well.
 
Best regards
 
Karl
WOW - I am writing from my heart - God Bless You Karl for sharing YOUR story with David - He needs to hear from others who can TRULY understand his nightmare - Please keep in touch with David - I know he will really appreciate it
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on March 18, 2009, 12:52:04 AM
Quote from: Nicole's Dad;9591
David,
 
You don't know me but I feel strongly that you and I have a connection because we are going through the same exact thing. I was in church this morning and God asked me to deliver a message to you. His word.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 TRUST IN THE LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.
 
He is watching all of this David and he will prevail. Trust him, praise his son and glorify God's name. Let not your heart be troubled.
 
I have seen and watched this entire story for the last 5 months and firmly believe this is the devil's work. Keep your faith in God and hope alive and the truth will prevail.
 
I have seen the pain on your face and I feel it as well because of my own ordeal. I prayed hard this morning for God to cover you with the blood of Jesus and surround you with his hedge of protection. For him to lift the burdens off of you and take them from him. God rewards the righteous and only he will judge this situation.
 
You are blessed to have so many people supporting you. God delivered an angel to you. Mark DeAngelis. I commend him for what he has done and how God manifested himself into this organization to what it is today and what it is about to become with the announcement yesterday.
 
Just remember one thing. Seek him. He is the prince of peace. The King of Kings. He will prevail.
 
Marty Pate
Yes! This is the Lord, working THROUGH you, David! Through your nightmare, the Lord is working on a bigger picture - He is using you to be a LIGHT, an INTERNATIONAL LIGHT, to bring attention to International Parental Abuctions, in violation of the Hague Treaty.
 
This is so much bigger than you could ever imagine -
 
KEEP STRONG, THE ENEMY IS COUNTING ON YOU BECOMING WEAK - NEVER GIVE UP!
 
You have so many people, strangers, like myself all the way in California, who are so touched, haunted by your story, who are willing to HELP YOU - KEEP STRONG and KEEP THE FAITH - THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END
 
If you don't fight for Sean, who will?!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on March 18, 2009, 08:03:42 AM
David - I want to encourage you today and everyday. There is not a day that you and Sean are not in my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of my entire family and close friends. The struggle you have endured has been long and harsh. However, you have been a stalwart of a man; a continuing example for me (and everyone here); a loving and caring person; a man with a vision and willing to risk everything to see your son back home again; someone I/we are proud to support all we can.
 
Be strong and of good courage. Hold onto the dream and the goal - for in time it will be fulfilled. Sean truly loves you and you have evidenced your love for him over all of his life, and this he will understand more and more as he matures. You have been slandered and hurt, frustrated and abused - but the man that continues to emerge is truly a great and honourable man.
 
My prayers are with you each day and will continue!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on March 18, 2009, 11:04:03 AM
David, I felt I had to write to you again. Ever since the Dateline show aired at the end of January, you and Sean are all I think about. I became a member of the Bringseanhome website shortly after that and I can't tell you how good it feels to know that there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of so many good people out there helping in any way they can to bring Sean home to you. I've been eating, breathing and sleeping (and sometimes dreaming) this case for you and I know many others are as well. We will NOT stop until Sean is home with you, David. You're doing awesome, stay strong and we are going to get him back.
 
God Bless,
 
Paige Faust
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lisacordova on March 18, 2009, 12:13:35 PM
Dear David,
 
The experience I had at the DC Rally to Bring Sean Home is etched into me forever. I hope that it brings you a little peace to know that there are so many supporters who know you and who dont know you that share the same goal, to bring sean home to you~ Just from hearing you speak and seeing you in interviews on tv, i feel like you are very honest and caring as well as composed and focused. I appreciate truth and facts. You are doing the right thing. I definately believe that your "story", the life you live, will change people forever.  Stay Strong. Know we are all fighting for Sean to come home to you and your family...and to us..."Sean and David Supporters".You and the fam are in our thoughts and prayers everyday and I certainly promise to spread the word in support of Sean returning home. :cheer:
 
All my Best,
Lisa :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jenncece on March 18, 2009, 03:59:11 PM
Dear David,
 
I have not read through this entire thread and do not know if anyone else has said anything like this but I have wanted to tell you exactly how you, your son, and your story have touched my life forever..
 

Iím a fairly new stay-at-home mom (my son will be 2 in June). He is the absolute most precious thing in this world to me. I love him more than I ever thought it possible to love anyone or anything else in this world. As a sahm, I have only been apart from him for one day and it was the worst day of my life. My husband and I have been happily together for 9 years, married for 6-1/2. Even though I may have been frustrated (especially in the beginning) with how nervous and maybe hands-off he was with our son, I have never ever ever questioned for one moment how much he loves this little boy and what an incredibly good father he is.
 

Like any couple, we have our moments of arguing. With my Irish heritage and his Italian, needless to say, we can get pretty hot-headed in those moments. And I have to admit, there have been times when Iíve been so incredibly frustrated and angry that I have told my husband to go back to Boston (where heís from) and to know I will keep our son. I have even said to him that he will never see his son again. Any time I said those things, he called me on how lousy it was to say but I couldnít have cared less in those moments. I knew what it would do to him to even hear those words and, unfortunately, that was exactly how I wanted him to feel in those moments and I didnít feel bad about it..



Until I heard your story.
 

When you first appeared on the Today Show, I was a skeptic, as Iím sure most people were. All I could think was thereís no way he didnít do something. A mother would never run away like this and take the child if he didnít do /something/. When I saw the in-depth story on Dateline, my heart broke for you. Just knowing how much I love my son and how devastated I was when I couldnít be with him, didnít even see his face or touch his hand or hair, that one day we were apart, I was devastated for you.
 

And the moment your segment was over, I knew I would never ever ever ever EVER again use my son against my husband the way I had and immediately wished I could take back those times I did.
 

I KNEW how much my husband loved our son but I donít think I understood or connected with it until I saw your story. I did not grow up with a father or brothers and only one male cousin so even now Iím still learning how men communicate and care differently than we women. I donít think I ever really understood that my husband feels love for our son just as much as I do because he doesnít necessarily show it the same ways I do. But you, David, you gave me that perspective. You, as a man going through a horrific journey that had nothing to do with me or my life and family, opened my eyes and taught me one of the greatest lessons I will ever learn in this life. There are not words enough to thank you for that. There are not enough ways to ever show the gratitude I feel towards you for giving me that perspective. It has changed my life in such a profound way that even after this whole long letter, I still donít think I have expressed just how very changed I am. And I am completely changed. After watching your story again with my husband, I apologized to him and promised I would never again say those things and I could tell how much that meant to him to hear me say it. I feel so bad that I was ever so cavalier with his feelings for his child. I know in my heart I never would have kept our son from him or anything like that. I was so careless with my words and know now how they must have truly hurt him. Seeing your anguish has made me understand how devastating it would be for a father who truly loves his child more than life itself to be without that child and I know I would never ever want to put my husband through that.
 

So.. thank you.. Thank you for teaching me about a fatherís love. Thank you for changing my life with your story and making me a better person..
 

David, I am so very sorry your wife made the choices she made and created this situation for you and your son. I am sorry that with her passing you will probably never really know why it happened in the first place.. But I do know that you are closer to the end than the beginning and you can make it! I do not envy you the road you will have to travel once you and your son are reunited, all the questions he will have, all the changes you will both be going through, but I know just having him home will make it all worth it. David, you have been a model of grace and dignity through one of the toughest ordeals I think anyone can go through. You are an inspiration to us all and a tremendous example of honor and respect in the face of adversity. Thank you for your strength and for allowing us into your world so we may all learn, grow, and above all HELP!!!!
 

Sean will be home soon. Youíve come so far. God bless you both.
 

Jennifer Cece
 

Oh, and one last thing.. to anyone who has doubts about your character or feels like I felt in the beginning, when I first heard your story, understand this: after all these months and as high profile as David and Seanís story has been, if there was dirt to be dug up or if the allegations being made against David were true, it would have come out by now. One of the things we do best in this country (sad but true) is find even the tiniest speck of dirt on people to tear them down with. And in all this time, NOTHING has come out about this man! Anyone that listens to him can see his honor, his grace, and his devotion to his son. I only hope that one day Sean will understand just how amazing his father has been in the face of all the obstacles that have kept them apart.
 

DONíT GIVE UP DAVID!!!!

Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: janelr on March 18, 2009, 09:11:59 PM
Hi David -
I just wanted to add my words of encouragement to hang in there while you fight this long, hard battle for the greatest win ever - the opportunity (and God given right) to be with your son.

I have been stuck like glue on the Blog (precursor to the forum) and now the Forum so that I could provide help to you in any way I could.  Writing letters to congress? done. Writing letters to talk show hosts? no problem.  Rebutting wrong arguments from the other side? You bet.  Wish that I could do more.

My family thinks I am nuts but being a mom and knowing the joy that I experience every day from my two fantastic sons is a right that should be afforded to every parent!  I initially saw your story and got fired up angry!!!  I am glad that the anger and determination has allowed me to do my small bit to help you in your fight.

Hang in there, David.  You have well over 14,000 others on your side waiting for Sean to come home!  God Bless!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on March 18, 2009, 11:49:58 PM
Quote from: janelr;10416
Hi David -
I just wanted to add my words of encouragement to hang in there while you fight this long, hard battle for the greatest win ever - the opportunity (and God given right) to be with your son.
 
I have been stuck like glue on the Blog (precursor to the forum) and now the Forum so that I could provide help to you in any way I could. Writing letters to congress? done. Writing letters to talk show hosts? no problem. Rebutting wrong arguments from the other side? You bet. Wish that I could do more.
 
My family thinks I am nuts but being a mom and knowing the joy that I experience every day from my two fantastic sons is a right that should be afforded to every parent! I initially saw your story and got fired up angry!!! I am glad that the anger and determination has allowed me to do my small bit to help you in your fight.
 
Hang in there, David. You have well over 14,000 others on your side waiting for Sean to come home! God Bless!

 
Dear David - When you read these notes, please know, FEEL the love and the power of love, that so many are sending your way.  It may be hard to believe, but so many people, people that you have never or never will meet, are so INSPIRED by YOUR STORY, they are willing to help you!  It is living proof that there is still GOOD in this world!  MOMS AND DADS FIGHTING AND PRAYING FOR YOU!  STAY STRONG!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Brazilady on March 19, 2009, 12:46:12 AM
Hi David,
 
I just want to say that the best time of my life was spent in Lahaina-Maui with my three-year-old niece. We went to swim in the ocean, in the open waters, we even saw dolphins. And I know you love the ocean and Sean loves to swim, and I assume he loves Rio's coastal beaches. But he needs to know that Maui -and Hawaii- is the paradise here on Earth.
 
See? I am already visualizing you and him spending summer vacation there, I mean, this summer! Can you imagine him touching the dolphins?
 
One more thing that I will never forget was one day walking through the streets of Lahaina, watching the ladies doing the Hula dance, I passed by a store and heard a beautiful song. Never, a song touched me so much like this song. Of course, I bought the CD. To me this song is like a lullaby.
 
It is called, "Kauanoeanuhea" by Keali'i Reichel.
 
Where are you
O cool, fragrance mist?
I search for its sweet fragrance
but it isn't found
 
Perhaps you are high above
In the shelter of Maunaleo
An adornment of Kanehoa
 
It is the gentle Malie wind
That will bring my love back
A love so cherished
From season to season
 
Here indeed is the love
For the cool, fragrant mist
An adornment of that upland
The upland of Kanehoa
 
By the way, I found a youtube video of this song, Enjoy! And think of you and Sean being there this Summer!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGeeaisnZMk&feature=related
 
Aloha,
Adriana
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on March 19, 2009, 01:48:35 AM
Dear David,
 
I'm encouraged by all that has happened since I first heard your story on January 31, 2008, but I'm discouraged that Sean isn't home yet.  I worry about you, and hope you are taking care of yourself.  I have no doubt Sean will be home, but am anxious about when.  
 
I am an attorney who will do any work you need for free.  You just need to contact me and ask.  I know you are well represented, but I want the offer out there.
 
Take care and keep strong, public awareness is growing, and with that the outrage that I believe will eventually move mountains.  I believe with all my heart that you'll win this next round, and Sean will be ordered home with you.  
 
Please let me know how I can help, more than just emailing people about the case.
 
Stay full of hope and energy, and know you are cared about by so many.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: AnotherDad on March 19, 2009, 02:04:40 AM
Quote from: KarmaGirl;10540
Dear David,
 
I'm encouraged by all that has happened since I first heard your story on January 31, 2008, but I'm discouraged that Sean isn't home yet. I worry about you, and hope you are taking care of yourself. I have no doubt Sean will be home, but am anxious about when.
 
I am an attorney who will do any work you need for free. You just need to contact me and ask. I know you are well represented, but I want the offer out there.
 
Take care and keep strong, public awareness is growing, and with that the outrage that I believe will eventually move mountains. I believe with all my heart that you'll win this next round, and Sean will be ordered home with you.
 
Please let me know how I can help, more than just emailing people about the case.
 
Stay full of hope and energy, and know you are cared about by so many.

KG, you are very kind and really set a great example for myself and everybody here by putting your time where your mouth is. Now I want to try harder. I'll admit I'm less about karma and more about God, but your heart is definitely in the right place, whatever your belief.
 
Richard
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on March 19, 2009, 08:39:49 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarmaGirl (http://bringseanhome.org/forum/images/buttons/viewpost.gif) (http://bringseanhome.org/forum/showthread.php?p=10540#post10540)
Dear David,

I'm encouraged by all that has happened since I first heard your story on January 31, 2008, but I'm discouraged that Sean isn't home yet. I worry about you, and hope you are taking care of yourself. I have no doubt Sean will be home, but am anxious about when.

I am an attorney who will do any work you need for free. You just need to contact me and ask. I know you are well represented, but I want the offer out there.

Take care and keep strong, public awareness is growing, and with that the outrage that I believe will eventually move mountains. I believe with all my heart that you'll win this next round, and Sean will be ordered home with you.

Please let me know how I can help, more than just emailing people about the case.

Stay full of hope and energy, and know you are cared about by so many.


 
Quote from: AnotherDad;10541
KG, you are very kind and really set a great example for myself and everybody here by putting your time where your mouth is. Now I want to try harder. I'll admit I'm less about karma and more about God, but your heart is definitely in the right place, whatever your belief.
 
Richard

I couldn't agree more!
 
Dear David,
 
Still thinking about you and Sean everyday and won't quit supporting you until the day he is permanently returned home in NJ with you where he belongs.
 
Teena
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on March 19, 2009, 09:56:10 AM
Hey David...this is letter number three from me.  I'm hoping that our letters are helping you to keep going.  I am warmed every day by the impact your situation has had on people's lives.  Sean and you are never far from my thoughts.  
 
I was reading bedtime stories to Liam last night and all the while thinking that soon you'll be doing this with Sean!  I tuck him in every night and tell him, "Goodnight, I love you, see you in the morning" and when I do I think of Sean and how nice it will be for him to have you tuck him into bed at night.  When I play with Liam and chase him around the house to pinch his wee backside, I think of how you're going to be playing with Sean every day soon.  
 
Hang in there. Take care of yourself and know that we'll be with you until Sean comes home and beyond.  You have new friendships that you don't even know about yet that will last for a lifetime!  And so does Sean.  My little guy asks me all the time if Sean is home yet.  I tell him, "not yet sweetie, but soon!".
 
soon.
 
wendy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: grela on March 19, 2009, 01:00:51 PM
David,

Perseverance
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: MomKS on March 19, 2009, 05:50:54 PM
Dear David,
 

You and Sean have been in my thoughts and prayers every day since I watched the Jan. 30 Dateline NBC special, and your story has impacted me forever. Iím the mother of two sons who are now 9 and 7, and I canít imagine being separated from either of them the way you have been separated from Sean for so long. Like the rest of your supporters, I wish there was more I could do to help end this tragic injustice.
 
You have suffered unspeakably, but I want you to know that you are truly shining a light around the world. Think of the thousands of people you have touched so deeply by sharing your story, the attention you have brought to critical issues such as parental kidnapping and the Hague Convention, and the amazing example you are setting to parents everywhere with your courage, dignity, and perseverance. Sean will come home, that much I know, and he will be supremely proud of his father for never giving up.
 
Stay healthy and stay strong. Sean will be home soon.
 
Sincerely,

A Kansas Mom

Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on March 19, 2009, 11:38:05 PM
Dear David -
Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Sean and your family.
 
Please know, THOUSANDS of people are praying for you and your son!
 
Justice will be done - With God, ALL things are possible!!
 
STAY STRONG FOR SEAN     - YOU ARE HIS FIGHTING KNIGHT!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: CarpenterSteve on March 20, 2009, 07:05:30 PM
Dear David,
 
"Love shall Conquer All"
 
You have my deepest heartfelt respect for "Taking the High Road".
 
I eagerly await the day I meet you and Sean on the beautiful beaches of IBSP!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on March 20, 2009, 07:23:49 PM
David,
I have become obsessed since first reading about yours and Sean's story. My heart just aches when I think of the lost years and moments not shared. Myself and anyone who has children of their own could not imagine what it would be like to suddenly, after 4 years, or even after 4 months of holding your child in your arms and watching him change and grow every day, sharing his triumphs, watching him open his eyes to the world and knowing that you HAVE to be there every day, planning your life around this tiny little being, and then have someone else take him away is just to much to comprehend. The number of years Sean has been there in no way can be a measure of the love and the bond the two of you shared for the first 4 years of his life.
I believe in GOOD, and I believe it will prevail. Remember, Sean loves you "Forever".
I will do everything in my power to get this to as many people as I can. Although I speak Italian, I am learning Portuguese only for to help you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: AnotherDad on March 21, 2009, 01:05:22 AM
David,
I'm sure you've noticed as I have, all of the great people on this website who are sincere and passionate about you and your child. However we all got here, we are united in this. I not only wish, but pray as well that once you have your Sean back in his bedroom in your family home, that you will please allow us to continue to help you and avail yourself of the many skills these fine people posses. When the time comes, please do not hesitate to speak up. You and Sean are not just strangers to us anymore and I think I can speak for just about everybody here when I say we would be proud to help in any number of ways. I've seen one person already offer legal services. I've see somebody say something regarding flying out for the reunion party (they were saying not yet, but still, the point is that people would come from far away). Your boy will need counseling, as maybe you will, and I just know some people here can help with that as well. Food, transportation, anything. You just name it. We believe you would help us. Please let us help you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jenicoy on March 21, 2009, 01:43:58 AM
David, you and Sean consume my thoughts.  I hope for the day I don't have to look at this website... knowing that Sean is home with you... where he belongs.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on March 21, 2009, 05:00:28 AM
Hi David,
 
I'm going to see if I can move this case forward single handedly from my home state, rather than just talking about it here.  (It is always good to have determination, right?)
 
I'm going to patiently await good news, while pushing public awareness of this case in every way I can.
 
Keep yourself strong and focused, and rely on your safety net, none of those around you will let you fall.  The end of this nightmare has got to be around the corner.  
 
You are blessed to have so many people lifting you up.  I'm sure you are overwhelmed by the caring.  You deserve it.
 
Contact me if you need hands on help.   I will be watching and waiting for that joyous day when Sean comes home!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jdv28 on March 22, 2009, 01:11:11 AM
David nobody can fake the love you portray in your eyes and face when you speak of your angel.  By walking in the right side of the law, and God, you will not fall short.  Team Evil is doing all they can to destroy what you are building. If they worry so much about him coming back  here to a empty home, you have my profile at your fingertips, we can fill that house, with love, laughter, music, and so on.  You have a HUGE group here to back you up.  And all the rest of the LBPs that may now finally have a chance to be helped if it wasn't for you.  That's deep.  One day it would be awesome to meet you and Sean, to meet the young man we've all been fighting very hard over.  And if you DO fall, make sure you have SOFT landing spots.  :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mommyof2 on March 22, 2009, 09:07:32 AM
Dear David,

I am really sorry that you have to go through all this ordeal in order to have your son back. I've heard about your case by chance and I immediately registered here in the forum hoping that someday I will log in and read the thread "Sean is back home!!!".

My prayers go to you and your little one. Keep the faith.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: mlever on March 23, 2009, 12:23:07 PM
Dear David - I know we've never met, but every day I think of you and Sean being reunited and every day I talk about it with other people in an attempt to continue to speard awareness about you and Sean. I feel for you both so deeply and can not begin to imagine the pain that you feel, that you've felt for all of these years - you are incredibly strong and incredibly inspiring for a lot of people around the world. I am so sorry this is happening to you and pray for the day Sean is home with you. NOTHING can break the bond between a parent and child.  Sean may have lots of people that love him but he only has one father and the older he becomes the more he will realize how much you love him and how much you have endured.  I can not see that doing anything else but bringing you both closer and closer together - FOREVER! :)  
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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: abbysomething on March 23, 2009, 07:39:24 PM
I say without anger, a gag order is a flimsy attempt to silence the truth and grossly underestimates not only the power of truth, but of people.  
 
To David, Rest assured you are not the cause d'jour. There are growing numbers of people who will not relent in support of you. One only has to look at your video footage to know you never once faltered in your quest to bring Sean home where he belongs.
All my best.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on March 23, 2009, 10:05:43 PM
David and Sean,
I think of both of you daily. Please know we will never give up helping you.
I pray to God to help you and Sean. He is such a great looking boy. He looks like my son Alexander. I will fight in any way to help you. I wish I could of been at the rally. You should be so proud of , what great love people have "for doing what is right." Giving your son a good night kiss everynight, is your right.
Forever helping,
Kimmy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on March 24, 2009, 11:30:33 PM
Dear David and Sean -
 
Another day, MANY more prayers - I pray to GOD daily that I will log onto your site and see the news -- THAT SEAN IS HOME!
 
Please stay strong, do not give up the fight -  I know you never will because as a parent, its what you KNOW TO BE RIGHT -
 
From parents in CA - So far away, but so close - Please know that you and Sean are in our prayer groups - We believe in the power of prayer!  God Bless - HOLD ON!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: litenloppa on March 25, 2009, 03:03:28 PM
Hi everyone - just a little "nudge" urging all the people who leave these wonderful and ecouraging messages for David to also post a note of encouragement for Sean under the thread "Dear Sean."  I don't know if he is able or allowed to be on the internet but, just in case, I think it would be great for him to be able to read his very own messages of support.  Just a thought.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sue on March 25, 2009, 03:55:20 PM
David,  I can't and don't want to ever have to imagine the pain you are going through, and I hope with all my heart that this madness ends soon.  I'm sure you and your son will have a wonderful life together.  Just know that we are all here for you and all the other left behind parents, and we will continue to do all that we can to bring home your son.
 
Take care.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on March 25, 2009, 05:53:03 PM
Hey David  ! - hang in there buddy - your doing a GREAT job and we are all still with you in support and helping in any way possible. Many interesting twists and turns in the road on your way home with Sean in New Jersey.  Travel safe and keep taking care.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: beth on March 26, 2009, 10:49:42 PM
I admire your perseverance on getting your son back. I first saw your story on Dateline and since then I think about it every single day and night, not kidding.

I will be soooo happy when you finally are able to be with your son again.

Take care
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KS MONTANA on March 31, 2009, 12:51:49 AM
"I'm unsure of who's hands this entry will land, however, it doesn't matter to me, as long as someone sees it. Awareness must be increased. I believe today is the first time I've heard of this tragic and almost unbelievable truth. David, I can only imagine what this feels like for you. My heart is terribly heavy now, after watching the videos of you in this horrific pain without your precious child. There is nearly NO words to explain the tremendous emotion you must be experiencing. Sitting here in my small town in my small home, I feel helpless, but hopeful for you and Sean. I am going to look further into this and do what I can to help, if even just to raise awareness. My heart is so terribly heavy."
 
I was browsing the petitionsite and this was the latest entry that was posted from a lady in Wisconsin (#45,961). It is so very touching, as if she just wants to reach out and give David a huge hug, like we all do. I think that this rings true for so many of us feeling so helpless.  Thank you for posting such a compassionate, heartwarming message and I couldn't agree with you more, "the awareness must be increased."   ks in Montana
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on March 31, 2009, 09:14:04 AM
Quote from: KS MONTANA;14919
"I'm unsure of who's hands this entry will land, however, it doesn't matter to me, as long as someone sees it. Awareness must be increased. I believe today is the first time I've heard of this tragic and almost unbelievable truth. David, I can only imagine what this feels like for you. My heart is terribly heavy now, after watching the videos of you in this horrific pain without your precious child. There is nearly NO words to explain the tremendous emotion you must be experiencing. Sitting here in my small town in my small home, I feel helpless, but hopeful for you and Sean. I am going to look further into this and do what I can to help, if even just to raise awareness. My heart is so terribly heavy."
 
I was browsing the petitionsite and this was the latest entry that was posted from a lady in Wisconsin (#45,961). It is so very touching, as if she just wants to reach out and give David a huge hug, like we all do. I think that this rings true for so many of us feeling so helpless. Thank you for posting such a compassionate, heartwarming message and I couldn't agree with you more, "the awareness must be increased." ks in Montana

This really sums up how a lot of us have been feeling.  Thanks for bringing it over.  David, you and Sean are in my thoughts every waking moment.  I still can't believe it's been 17 days since the rally and still Sean is not home.  I share your feelings of frustration every day! But have heart...he's coming home soon! I have decided that he will be home by his birthday!!  I'm gonna be pretty mad if that doesn't happen and I'm working really hard right now to make sure it DOES!!  
 
Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way!  It's almost over! I can FEEL IT!
 
Wend
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on March 31, 2009, 02:16:56 PM
David,
Here are a picture of my little guys, Alexander and Andrew. We are all here in Illinois praying for you. We cannot wait for the celebration of Sean's return. Thinking of you daily...
Your friends ,
The Williams family.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: chopchop on March 31, 2009, 05:05:46 PM
David,
Just want to say that I have been following your case since the Dateline program and my heart goes out to you.  Your love for your son Sean is so beautiful that it brings me to tears to know that you have been separated from him for so long.  Hold your head up high my friend, you are an inspiration to many and we are pulling for you and Sean's reunion.
 
Much affection,
Paul
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: emanna3 on April 02, 2009, 09:23:10 AM
Hi David,
 
When I tuck my young son in to bed at night I always think of you and Sean.  I know you will be together again very soon.  You have every right to feel defeated, but you are obviously a strong, determined man whose love for his son supercedes anything standing in your way.  You have a lot of "strangerfriends" who believe in your story and we will stay right here until the light is turned off and Sean is tucked into his own bed in your home in NJ.  
 
Kelly Guzek
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ENR on April 05, 2009, 08:00:43 PM
Hi David,
I just want you to know I think you are doing a tremendous job!  You are a wonderful father and Sean is a very lucky boy to have you as his Dad.  You are paving a better road ahead for all left behind parents and for all those to come in the future.  This world would certainly be a better place if there were more David Goldmans.  I, like so many around this world, support your efforts, stand behind you and will never give up until Sean is home in NJ with you.  Stay strong and take care.
E. Redfield
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Belleizel on April 05, 2009, 08:56:39 PM
David,
I am brasilian, I lost my father few years ago. Father is father. I did love mine.
I miss him so much. Was a i justice that did hapened with you.
I cant imagine all this pain that you have.
I wish all the best to you. I am try to help you with comments in blogs, websites.
I do that have so many fathers that live in the same situation than you.
I hope one day all this injustice stop. Children is not a object, and deserve to receive love for bouth parts. Father and mother.
I pray for you and for your son.
When came the day, that you will need to came back to Brasil, look for the sky, and speak with God, the best is to pray in midle of the night.
 
Read in scriptures new testments. lucas 18,you can talk with God,
"God in your word say it that you make it justice for your sons that speak with you day and night. Help me Lord, I believe in your power, I believe that in that day with the jurge, You will be in front for me. In the name of Jesus help me."
 "                      And will not God do right in the cause of his saints, whose cries come day and night to his ears, though he is long in doing it?"
http://www.bispomacedo.com.br
In this website is from a minister to Brasil, give your name for he pray to you. He speak english.
In the name of JESUS, soon you will be with your son.
In the name of Jesus, and you will be from the jurge, you will win.
God bless you.

God dont forgot you, Jesus loves you, and is with you every minute.
 Keep your heart free, what they did with you one day they will give back. What the man do it, he will receive.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: C‚mara on April 07, 2009, 06:42:40 PM
Stay strong, David. Hopefully Sean will be back to his room, that you've been so kindly keeping as you wait for him, soon enough. Although you'll have to redecorate it when he gets back :-). He might be too old for Scooby Doo! lol
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on April 08, 2009, 01:09:53 PM
Hey David...
 
I've been thinking about you a lot lately and hoping that you are coping okay.  The past few weeks have been VERY frustrating for me and I think a lot of the supporters.  I'm losing sleep even.  I can't even BEGIN to comprehend how you must be feeling.  Nothing I say can ever make this frustrating wait better so I'm not even going to try.  Just wanted you to know, you're not waiting alone!
 
Wend :hug:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Phoebe on April 09, 2009, 10:12:22 AM
The battle always seems the most difficult right before VICTORY.  Don't get frustrated, stay focused on what has been accomplished in the last couple of months which has been a lot.
 
Since the Dateline story on January 30/09, there have been much attention and wins, the main one being the visitation with Sean.  I hope you are able to take full advantage of this breakthrough on a monthly basis until some resolution has been reached.  I know it is difficult but don't let the attitude of the other side interfere with visiting Sean.
 
In the meantime, just know that people all over the world are watching the progress on this situation.
 
I keep you and Sean on my Prayer List daily!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ks63 on April 11, 2009, 12:41:43 AM
Dear David,
 
I recently contacted a priest and asked him to keep you and Sean in his prayers. Here is his response:
Greetings and peace.

Please know that Mr. Goldman and his son Sean will be in our special prayers during this Easter season.

You also will be remembered.  Seeking the good of others is the classical definition of love.  You clearly manifest a loving heart by your concern for this father and son.  Continue to let your heart embrace those in need.

May you be abundantly blessed.

Sincerely,

Fr. Bernard



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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lisacallenwood on April 11, 2009, 01:49:50 PM
Dear David,
The time passing with your son away from you must be excruciating. I have to say I'm SO very sorry that you've been put through this with Sean. I feel with all my heart that you and Sean will be spending the rest of your lives together as it should be.
You were so kind to my mother-in-law Ruth when you lived next door - I feel I know the kind of man you are. I'm a BIG believer in karma....this nightmare for you will be over and there will be nothing but happiness in your days ahead with Sean.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on April 12, 2009, 10:48:34 AM
Happy Easter friend.......

May this be the last Easter Sean spends in Brazil......

jonnie
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: suzyhomemaker on April 19, 2009, 02:56:45 AM
David,

There really are no words to adequately express how deeply I feel about your fight to get Sean back, how unjust your situation is.  You've been amazingly strong and focused.  Stay the course and stay strong.  You and Sean are always in my thoughts and heart, and I will continue to do anything I can to help you bring Sean home.

Suzy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: m1987 on April 19, 2009, 10:30:12 PM
Dear Mr. Goldman,

     At least several times each day I look at this particular forum and wonder if I'll ever have the courage to write to you and tell you, a person I've never met, how spectacular I think you are and the admiration, sorrow and so many other emotions I feel when I see the the power of your love and determination when it comes to your son Sean and bringing  him home to you (where he belongs).  I watch as the number of Facebook members in the BSH group approaches 40,000, and I am humbled as I remind myself that it is your love for your son and then your bravery in sharing your story with a stranger on a fishing boat that has brought so many people together; giving all of these people from all over the world something in common.  

So tonight, I have told myself that writing a public note takes very little courage in comparison to the raw pain and loss you must feel constantly.  I'm ashamed I haven't been brave enough to write this note to you until now.

Ever since I heard about your story, there was one specific moment in a video clip you shared with the public that I couldn't get out of my head.  It is a short clip that makes it so clear where your son's heart was all those years ago when your family was together and where, even if he buries his feelings for the sake of survival right now, his heart must still be.  The clip that seems to always stay with me is the one where you are behind the camera and Sean is crying because he hurt himself (?).  Instinctively, he doesn't go to his mother who is closer to him for comfort, he comes to you even though you are behind the camera and (it looks like) standing further away from him.  I don't mean at all to be presumptuous with this thought or discredit his mother in any way (during that time).  It is just a simple observation that I made early on and believe is true:  

     When given the choice, Sean chose the greater distance to be closer to you.  No one asked him, coached or  
     prodded him.  It was his unconscious, innocent and wholesome choice to go to you for comfort.  

I don't know you personally, but I want to thank you for daring to share your story with so many people, which, in turn, has brought to light what I believe to be one of the most horrific crimes.  You have handled yourself with such grace, humility, patience and compassion (as have the people you have entrusted with the responsibility of this site, Facebook, organising events, etc.), and I cannot imagine where you find the strength, but you are an inspiration to tens of thousands of people.

What you and Sean have had to endure all of these years is unfathomable.  I am so excited for the day that Sean is back with you in your home for good with the family and friends here that he has been alienated from for so long.  It will come, and I believe that day will come soon.  In the end, you will have not only brought your son home but laid a firm foundation for other children to be reunited with their alienated parents.  No one will ever know the number of people who were considering abducting their children and changed their minds because of your story.  

Mr. Goldman, because you shared your story with so many, it has become part of our story as well.

I don't have any biological children, but I am an aunt who absolutely adores my nieces and nephews.  My heart also goes out to your sibling/s, parents, cousins and friends who must also ache so deeply for Sean to come home.

Warm regards,
M1987
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on April 21, 2009, 09:43:30 AM
David - the time continues to drag on for you, much harder than for all of us... but please remember that you are being supported in thoughts, prayers, love and care each and every day. We will stick with you until this fight is won and Sean is finally home with you in NJ!!! Stay strong - in the midst of so very much hurt, heartache, slander and frustration... keep your vision for the future!! You ARE NOT ALONE, my friend. We are with you ALL THE WAY.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on April 21, 2009, 10:16:39 AM
David,
 
Stay strong. the end is near and Sean will be home. You have a whole army behind you to make sure of that. Don't listen to all the garbage that is spread through the media by that terrible family. It is all desperate lies. they know the truth and where Sean belongs. I keep you and Sean in my prayers daily along with the other left behind parents. Your undieing love and will to fight for Sean will not only bring your son home but it will also set a precedent and soon the other parents will share your glory in bringing their children home.
 
Take care,
Teena
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jdv28 on April 24, 2009, 10:43:08 PM
I currently have my son with me right this second.  It feels like he's 1000 miles away emotionaly.  His dad has used every method he knew that would rip my son's and I's connection.  It's so hard.  How you felt the day you visited Sean, is exactly how I'm feeling right now.  All these emotions from one end to the other can make you dizzy.  Im getting questions that I can't answer unless I bring the truth about his dad to light.  And I'm not in a position to make sure that my son would be proscessing that info in a healthy way.  So I say nothing.  It'd just be explained away in my absence.
 
This is such a struggle, and I shall cry in my sleep later, after my son goes to bed.  Then go and watch him sleep a bit like I did while he was younger.  Last time I seen him he was to my shoulders, he is now 2" taller that me, and I'm 5'8"....how the time flys.

Sean is young enough that you still have time to mold his brain and thought process.  Have an influence on how he grows up, and the type of person he becomes.  Take comfort in that.  It takes a STRONG loving parent to wait and not act out against team Evil.  And I say we are doing pretty damn good!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on April 25, 2009, 07:35:30 PM
Hey David - Just a little note to let you know how much everyone still is paying extremely close attention to BSH and that myself and many more will never give up. Life simply shouldn't be this difficult - and yet at times it is. As you know, many good things have come out of your situation and one of the best is soon to come. You have lead your life by example - your family, no doubt, is very proud of this. Your son will be extremely proud as he grows into an adult and has a better understanding of the personal strength and love it took for you to simply maintain and move forward in an honorable way.  
                                                     All my best,
                                                            Jackie in Upstate NY
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on April 25, 2009, 09:54:22 PM
Dear David,
I sit here and just cannot imagine how you are coping.  You are one very strong man.
This whole nightmare just goes on and on.  But the end is near, a lot closer now than ever before.
All I can offer at this moment, is that while you ache for Sean like only his father can, we too share your burden and will never rest until he comes home to you for good.  You literally have an army of dedicated people behind you.  Truth and love prevail, and the heartache will start to melt away once you tuck Sean into bed at night, every night.
Big hugs,
Christine
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: TomD on April 27, 2009, 02:07:35 PM
From Care2Petition
47,019: 9:56 pm PDT, Apr 26, David Goldman, Delaware
We share a name, and I have a 5 yeah old son... When I heard your story I got goose bumps. I don't even dare to imagine what you must be feeling, how this tears you apart... You have my prayers, may Sean come home to you soon!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kathy on April 28, 2009, 09:56:37 PM
Dear David, Ive been trying to find some comfort for you in all of this ..Youve shown the world the deep love you have for your only son and youve touched soo many hearts with your story and no one should have to endure what you are going through and also Sean....I see you at the end of your fight, still standing tall and strong  but with Sean on your side and your looking up to god and saying thank you dear lord for my strength and my son...Sean and you will have that closeness you once had ..because you will have it no other way and i know when Sean does come home..  the love that you have for Sean will comfort him and he will adjust right back into the swing of things ....I know in my heart that he still remembers alot from his home in NJ but being away for soo long i'm sure some of it faded but rest assure sean will bounce back and know you fought the right way and held your head up with dignity and love...David stay strong ..stand tall.... and never give in ...justice will prevail.... Sean is coming home!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on May 01, 2009, 06:06:49 PM
Dear David,
Sean is coming home. Close your eyes and remember his cute face. This is the reason you are fighting so hard. God will bless you with your son once again. You will have him, but there will be another plan . You and Sean will be together and help others resume the same happiness. I believe in carma, and you have done such good and greatness will be yours too. Hang in there , we will not stop helping you. Bring Sean Home!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: bostonmom on May 05, 2009, 08:32:08 AM
Dear David,
I just wanted to write a quick note to say that so many people out there are still on your side and praying for the return of Sean.  I don't post frequently, but check the site to look for updates and see if there's any way to help on a daily basis.  I know many who do the same.  We're all with you, believing that Sean will come home, and ready to support the fight in any way.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on May 06, 2009, 12:36:29 AM
Dear David,
I sit here, half night, half morning sending off email to the hundreds of people I know all over the world, wondering how you have endured all the sleepless nights you have  spent. No words can express the connection I have to people I've never met, but once I heard your story, I knew I couldn't stop until Sean comes home. Never dreaming there are so many in your situation, who now also need help, I guess it is the "hobby" I never had time for in my youth.  Sean WILL come home, and some kind of justice will forever change how countries deal with abducted children. I just know it.
                                                              Sashia
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Alezio on May 06, 2009, 12:53:59 AM
:)I really know what it is to be away from the people we love the most, our children. Be strong and keep doing what you have started and you will for sure have a happy ending with your little boy. May God bless you and your family!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on May 07, 2009, 09:09:53 PM
Dear David,
 
I keep praying that the ruling happens soon!  It has been too long!  I really do hope that Sean will be home with you in New Jersey before his birthday arrives!  I am sooooooo looking forward to your reunion with your beautiful son Sean!  Please stay strong!  You and Sean are in my thoughts and prayers!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jenncece on May 14, 2009, 04:20:48 PM
Dear David,
 
This is the first time I've checked in in a while.. I haven't stopped thinking about you and Sean in my absence. I hope and pray things are progressing and the end of this journey is in sight. I am still praying for you both, especially for you. Yours is a very lonely path, even though you are surrounded in your life by so many people who love you as well as by all of us here who support you as best we can. Just know, please know, this will end in your favor. There is no other possible solution. The facts are clear and on your side. Stay strong. Stay strong, David, and know your son will be with you, in your home, in your everyday life again soon. Each day is a struggle but the morning you wake up knowing he's just down the hall in his bed and you get to wish him a good morning and hug and kiss him.. this struggle will seem so very far away and long ago. You just have to keep hanging on. In your weak moments, know you have your nearest and dearest to catch you if you need to fall. They'll shield you from the storm so you can keep on keeping on. You keep your head up and know you are a man of honor. The end is closer today than last year, last month, last week, yesterday. Every day is one step closer to Sean, in the losses as well as the victories. Every day is one step closer. You just keep hanging on.
 
With all the support a stranger can give,
Jennifer Cece
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on May 21, 2009, 01:24:10 PM
Hello David ! Every day there has been a heartfelt continuous support of making every effort possible to help return Sean back home to you - where he belongs. There is absolutely no doubt that you and your family have not only worked hard to make this happen, but to also prepare in any way possible to help Sean with this transition. We can just only imagine what this has put your family through. However, that aside, it is with absolute certainty your primary interest is what is best for Sean. The world is with you and wishes you the very best. Thank you again for allowing us to help make a major positive effect on yours and hopefully other LBP lives.
                                                    All my best,
                                                              Jackie Siplo
                                                              Upstate NY
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: rmcwhirter on May 22, 2009, 12:48:25 AM
Everyone is still behind you - we are following the progress you are making to regain your son.  Don't quit - you can do this.  Thinking of you and Sean every day, hoping that he's back in your arms very soon.

Rachel
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on May 22, 2009, 01:25:30 AM
David, I know this has been a long journey for you and Sean. I truly believe you will NEVER have to spend another birthday away from Sean.
All of us here are holding our breath, waiting to exhale.
Soon, it's coming soon, this wonderful reunion of father and son.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jgiraldo on May 22, 2009, 10:24:54 AM
David, the end of this nightmare is near!  Once Sean is back home, which will be soon, it will be a time for healing for all.  Your love and support system of your family and friends will eventually undo all the psychological trauma Sean has and will go through.  Remember that at the end, love and the truth always win (http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_4_13.gif) (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxpt014YYUS)!
 
(http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/15/15_2_103v.gif) (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxpt014YYUS) Sean and David forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
I just wanted to thank you for allowing total strangers in your life to help support your cause.  I know as one of your grand supporter, you have changed my life forever.  It has made me a stronger individual, more loving wife and mother to two beautiful little girls; 8 & 6 yrs old.  I know that you have been living in a never-ending nightmare for close to 5 years but your story has changed many lives, brought awareness and may have even adverted other parental child abductions from taking place.  Most important it will help other LBP out there!  I thank you and your family for showing human nature at it's very best. Even in times of pure hell, you always held your head high with love, dignity and respect.  And you can't buy these values, they have to be taught and learned through modeling.  You and your family will do such a great job in raising Sean.  Always know that that your strength and conviction came from a higher being watching you and is your greatest supporter of all.  And it is this higher being that we must all at the end of life answer to for an eternity.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kathy on May 22, 2009, 10:30:09 AM
Dear David, You must feel and I hope that you feel great pressure lifted off of your shoulders to know such great news keep leaking out that Sean is coming home...Its not the end of the fight until Sean is on a plane with you back home to NJ but this sounds like your getting your lil boy back ...I have tears in my eyes knowing that all this is coming to an end for you and Sean...Your  lil boy deserves such a great Father like you because he has endure so much as a lil boy ....None of this should of never happen to a dedicated Father and husband..But like I said in another thread maybe you and Sean have this great purpose in life is to speak out and help all the left behind Parents and the children that went thru this ordeal like yourselves... Kathy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lisacordova on May 24, 2009, 11:53:52 PM
I am hoping and praying for Sean's return to you. I have you, Sean, and your family in my thoughts as Sean turns 9 years old.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on May 25, 2009, 12:25:58 AM
Dear david,
 
My heart goes out to you that you had to spend another birthday without your son. How terrible for you. You created him and you were there when he was brought into this world. You deserve to spend this precious day with your boy. You are in my prayers as always. Please don't give up hope.
 
Teena
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on May 25, 2009, 09:40:49 AM
Quote from: Teena;22664
Dear david,
 
My heart goes out to you that you had to spend another birthday without your son. How terrible for you. You created him and you were there when he was brought into this world. You deserve to spend this precious day with your boy. You are in my prayers as always. Please don't give up hope.
 
Teena
:yeahthat:
 
Soon my friend, soon.........

I wish that everything could have fallen into place and that Sean would be coming home TODAY.......

But if that is not the case, take comfort in knowing that this will be the LAST birthday he spends away from you.....I can feel it......

Take care my friend......
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on May 25, 2009, 09:54:15 AM
I'm so saddened that you had to spend yet another birthday away from Sean, but I KNOW that this will be the last! Sean will be home soon and you can have a month long celebration of birthdays, missed christmases, easters, thanksgivings and so on!  Hang on! The end is in sight!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: caique mateus on May 25, 2009, 10:51:34 AM
You have an amazing son and you are a great example of dignity and courage.
 
Time is funny. When all of this is over, you'll feel the presence of Sean and nothing else.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on May 25, 2009, 02:24:50 PM
David,
I too was hopiing that you would get to spend Sean's birthday with him. But, knowing that you care more for Sean's feelings than your own, I'll bet given the opportunity, you would not want Sean to be experiencing the trauma of separation on his birthday. David, you and your family have shown the world how much character and class you have. You've been able to convey all the love you have for Sean and all the hurt of missing him without all the meanness shown by those who have no class.
There will be ALL of Seans future birthdays for the two of you to celebrate along with his first car, his first love and his first child of his own. Soon, you two will have the rest of your lives to spend together. Soon we'll see video's of you and Sean rowing in that canoe and fishing in the lake.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on May 25, 2009, 04:20:51 PM
David, I was hoping that when i got home today there would be some good news for you. I am very sory the that did not happened. But know that this is coming to an end. And you will have Sean And ALL of us. There will be other birthdays and while it is not fair to you and Sean that he is not there with you, he will be soon.  God Bless And take care            AIDA        :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: FC_Florida on May 25, 2009, 05:08:50 PM
David,
 
I just wanted to say that I admire you more and more.
 
Despite what you must go through every single day (let alone in an event like today), you have kept your dignity intact, maintained your chin up, raised the bar even higher. I don't know where you find the strength. There are mothers and fathers out there that even together are unable to teach their children one iota of that. It is a true lesson of love. Sean is a very fortunate child.
Our minds and hearts are with you and Sean!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: BrazilianFriend on May 25, 2009, 06:54:35 PM
I am a Brazilian father who lives in the United States.  Please accept my deepest sympathies for what you have been going through all these years.  I hope you will soon be reunited with your son.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on June 01, 2009, 07:52:04 PM
David.......I am so happy for you,Sean And the Goldman Family. I have prayed for this day since i first heard this case. My trip to DC was done with you and Sean in mind. To help you in any way i could. While traveling Stand-By is not always fun i made sure it was for me. I was on a mission...... and that was to help you get your little boy home. It was worth it and i would do it again in a heart beat!  You have my info if you ever need anything don't ever hesitate to call. We will celebrate soon. I will wait until you and Sean are home......then let the party begin!    God Bless And have a safe flight!      Aida :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on June 01, 2009, 08:34:46 PM
Congratulations David!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: busylizzy on June 01, 2009, 09:35:47 PM
Congratulations David, Sean and the entire Goldman Family. Such a long wait and such a horrible nightmare is finally coming to an end. I pray that you and Sean are on a plane to the USA as soon as possible, and that you arrive safely and slowly start to rebuild your lives together again. I thank the judge for making the 'right' decision to return Sean to you. God Bless you both and keep you safe.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mom25 on June 01, 2009, 09:43:10 PM
David!! We have been here from DAY ONE - there were 20 people in the first "core group" of BSH older forum committed to help you out in every way... and then we became a huge group, thousands of supporters (who signed the petition online) joined us, other parents-left-behind found a place to share their stories, to give support and have hopes.
 
We believed in justice and we never gave up because this is a good cause, a just cause to fight for! We walked miles and miles with hopes to see the result we now celebrate!
 
David, here we are, celebrating with THOUSANDS of PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD your victory, the BRING SEAN HOME FOUNDATION VICTORY!

TOGETHER WE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS!!!!!

CONGRATS to you, David and thank you, Ricardo Zamariola!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: beth on June 01, 2009, 10:27:19 PM
Congratulations David, I am so happy for you, for the decision of the judge, justice has come and now  you are finally going to be reunited with your son, I canīt believe it, I am sooo happy, everything was so unfair and now you can get your son back, finally. Congratulations!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cathlabnurse on June 01, 2009, 10:34:12 PM
The prayers and wishes of all the people involved in your case since it aired in the Dateline NBC had been so amazing,and we will continue to do so to make the transition of Sean smooth and a happy reunion for both of you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: orangepunchbuggy on June 01, 2009, 11:14:03 PM
OH MY GOODNESS, DAVID I AM THRILLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAFE TRAVELS TO YOU, BLESS YOU BOTH.
I hope you can enjoy life from this moment forward. I wish you nothing but peace, happiness, and fun together!
I am also happy you are dragging Dateline along with you...lol. Since we aren't able to be there with you on the journey, at least we can watch and shed our tears of happiness for you both. I hope that Sean will feel some comfort back in his first home, although I am expecting it will take a while. Let him know that we all care about him very much, and David, we are so happy for you. Despite all of this, and given some time, I hope that you will be able to return to that fun, easy going true personality that we all saw before all of this. Don't let anything keep you from getting back to that David. Love from Canada. :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: UD_student on June 01, 2009, 11:21:16 PM
Congratulations David!! I'm sure the road ahead will continue to be extremely emotional and have it's own unique challenges. However, I rejoice with you and am proud that your friends started this website to give us all a chance to help you and other LBPs. You and Sean (as well as the rest of your family) are in my prayers as you start this new phase of your life after a much drawn out, unnecessary separation. Save travels and I am sure you will treasure every day forward with Sean and being together forever again!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: mlever on June 01, 2009, 11:32:29 PM
I'm so happy for you David.  I feel like I've known you and Sean my entire life and yet we've never even met!  My heart is so open and hopeful and thankful for you and your family.  Although I am terribly sad that you have had to endure this torture, your story is inspiring for so many other parents adn we've all learned from this.  big love!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on June 02, 2009, 05:34:09 AM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO OOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
I can hardly believe what I am reading!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!  AT last Sean will be home where he belongs!!  At last. :hug::hug::hug::hug:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on June 02, 2009, 06:56:53 AM
Dear David,
It is 4am, and I can't sleep.  Somehow I know you are somewhere not sleeping either.  We will all be happy when Thursday arrives and Sean is home.  I know the next 48 hours will be the hardest, but I believe justice has finally arrived and this time you can believe it.
Thank you for allowing us all to love you and Sean from afar.  Your dedication and unconditional love for your son, your respect for the law and your character have shown through and you have changed people's lives.  It is a small reward for such injustice, but one day you can reflect on how your fight for Sean became everyone's fight and that is only because of you.
You two will work it all out together, it will all make sense, I'm not worried one bit about the two of you.
Enjoy your privacy (I hope) and know that you are thought of and cared about and LOVED by our family and really . . . the WORLD!  
Stay strong and exhale, by the time you read this, Sean will be home, I am about to fall out of bed even writing those words.
My best to you both always,
ME
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: whartn on June 02, 2009, 07:08:18 AM
:)
Quote from: KarmaGirl;24389
Dear David,
It is 4am, and I can't sleep. Somehow I know you are somewhere not sleeping either. We will all be happy when Thursday arrives and Sean is home. I know the next 48 hours will be the hardest, but I believe justice has finally arrived and this time you can believe it.
Thank you for allowing us all to love you and Sean from afar. Your dedication and unconditional love for your son, your respect for the law and your character have shown through and you have changed people's lives. It is a small reward for such injustice, but one day you can reflect on how your fight for Sean became everyone's fight and that is only because of you.
You two will work it all out together, it will all make sense, I'm not worried one bit about the two of you.
Enjoy your privacy (I hope) and know that you are thought of and cared about and LOVED by our family and really . . . the WORLD!
Stay strong and exhale, by the time you read this, Sean will be home, I am about to fall out of bed even writing those words.
My best to you both always,
ME
This says it all for me.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on June 02, 2009, 08:10:05 AM
Dear David - the years of waiting... the years of hurt and separation are soon to come to an end, as you begin a new life with Sean. Words cannot express the joy that I/wew feel for you at this time. You have fought a good fight - stayed the course - and now the victory of truth, justice, ethics, morals, and love can be enjoyed. I/we will always be here for you and continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I/we have come to know you so well over these many months and truly treasure your example... and your friendship... your leadership! I am so proud of you and thrilled in this long-awaited ruling. Blessings, my friend - and a great reunion with Sean as you return to the USA soon. I/we can't wait!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jenncece on June 02, 2009, 08:17:44 AM
This is amazing news and I am sure you're still holding your breath until you pull up to your house, walk through the door, and welcome Sean home again.  I pray pray pray that once you are together again and starting this extremely difficult transition for your Son that we as consumers use that power to send a message to photographers and paparazzi that might feel the need to follow you.  Of course we would want to follow your story as we have been for this long but we must be very careful to step back now.  This time is going to be so so difficult for Sean and you and everyone else involved.  You need your privacy and I hope and pray you receive it!!  If you feel it's the right time to give an update, so be it.  None of you need the extra pressure that comes with photographers following you, ESPECIALLY Sean!
 
David, I am soo incredibly happy for you.. It has been an honor to follow your journey. I nearly shouted with joy when I saw the snippet at the beginning of the Today Show (my little one's still sleeping though :>)  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  We are all holding our breath along with you!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on June 02, 2009, 08:51:13 AM
Quote from: jenncece;24404
This is amazing news and I am sure you're still holding your breath until you pull up to your house, walk through the door, and welcome Sean home again.
 
Dear old friend,

ALL of your friends from college who prayed for Seans return are THRILLED!!! You would not believe the reaction and you have no idea how many people you have effected and inspired.......

Congrats and go get YOUR SON!!!!!

Jonnie
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kathy on June 02, 2009, 08:57:10 AM
David , I dont know where to begin ...You as a father and as a true gentleman ...Youve struck my heart when i first saw you on dateline show..I just couldnt believe my eyes what I was seeing.My husband asked me what i was crying about my kids also asked me...I was soo choked up about your story . It felt like i was living your nightmare with you although I wasn't in your shoes..Since then I prayed and prayed and couldnt push the keys on my keyboard quick enough..I Hope your heart will be fulfilled once Sean is back home to you and you and your son Sean can live the life you have plan for him in the begining..May God bless you and Sean the life you two deserve and may Sean heel the pain in his heart that he has endured...Go and get your son ..Hold your head up very high cause you deserve the right to raise your one and only son.....God Bless both of you
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SteveW on June 02, 2009, 09:36:04 AM
It has been one of the great honors and privledges of my life to be able to provide some small bit of help to you in this incredilbly sad, tragic story.  We are all praying for this to be truly over, and for both of you to find the peace, healing and privacy you deserve.  We also pray that the world will learn from this tragedy so that all abducted children will be returned.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Davis1 on June 02, 2009, 10:01:28 AM
David,
You so deserve to have your son home with you. May God bless you and Sean as you start this new journey together.
I have 3 boys and I told them about the rulling last night, all 3 of them jumped of joy. It was an early celebration at our house. My boys have a great relationship with their dad and know how important it is to have a real dad around.
They want the same for Sean.
Sean will be so much happier when he is home. It will be a little awkward at the beginning, but love will conquer it all and soon he will be glad and thankful to you for your perserverance and love.
God bless you both.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on June 02, 2009, 01:03:52 PM
David, this is the second time I'm posting in this thread. I promised that I would post a second time after I heard the news that Sean will be coming home. Today is the day I heard the ruling and I just want to wish you and Sean a safe trip home. I've said this before, but I have to say it again; you are the most amazing father and person that I've "known" (I've never officially met you but feel that I know you from fighting this battle with all of the BSH supporters). Sean is a lucky boy to have a father who has been (and will forever be) unrelenting in his fight and love for him. You are truly an inspiration to me. Stay strong, my friend, and I can't wait to hear when he's back in your house in New Jersey. Today is a day to celebrate!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: meg3325 on June 02, 2009, 02:21:42 PM
Congratulations to you and the safe return of Sean.  I'm glad Rep. Smith is going with you for moral support.  Be prepared if Bruna's family tries to pull a fast one.  I don't think they have much to stand on.  After the celebrations are over, don't be surprised if you see a backlash from the Brazilians.  I think you will be able to brave whatever storm comes your way.  You will get your son back.  The Brazilians will have to deal with it.  You have suffered a great deal and victory is near.  There is a God and he heard you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SherylD on June 02, 2009, 02:36:38 PM
I am sooooo happy!!!!!!!  God heard you and He answered.  Since I saw your story on Dateline I have been watching and praying for you, Sean, and your family.  Know that you are an amazing man and father.  Sean is a very lucky boy to have even one person that loves him so much, I know there are many more.  My thoughts and prayers will always be with you two.  You have touched my life and have made it better.  On this forum there was an amazing amount of human kindness and it reminded me of what life is suppose be about, helping others.  Congrats David and Sean!!!:clapping:                                                                                         :cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Curious5849 on June 02, 2009, 04:27:01 PM
I just rec'd an e-mail saying that Brazil is going to give Sean back. My prayers are answered... Thank you God
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Evadc on June 02, 2009, 06:01:29 PM
Dear David,
I am -like everyone else here at BSH- very very happy for you and Sean.
When I heard the news yesterday I cried, overwhelmed by the feeling that the weight in your heart will be lifted in less than 48 hours.GOD HAS SHOWN HIS GREATNESS  through you and the judge's decision.
I'd like to thank you for showing me how strong a person can be, for showing me how people are still wonderful when it comes to helping each other and giving each other strength even if they have never met before,but united we can do things to ease somebody's or lots of people's pain.
I admire your intelligence and love for Sean.I admire how you stood tall and never gave up your rights to have your baby boy back,I admire you for showing love and sadness in just one single look.I simply admire you for being peaceful and noble through these 4 and a half years.
I'm sure Sean's transition will be smooth because of this wonderful love you have for him.
Because of you,judge Pinto and the people of BSH, I still have faith in humanity.Thank you for not letting my eyes close and avoid seeing there is still some good out there.
May God cover you and Sean with HIS blessings and wish you and your family the best always.
Love to everyone here.
Eneida F.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cathlabnurse on June 02, 2009, 06:24:07 PM
Dear David, You have touched my life ever since i saw the Dateline NBC.My day includes praying for your reunion with Sean, browsing the BSH everyday, telling your stories to the people who wants to listen including to a Brazilian doctor i am working with. Today I shared to him the good news and he was delighted that his country did the right thing. The prayers and the candles i lighted for you and Sean paid off. I know it will not be easy to begin the transition but in HIS help it will prevail.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on June 02, 2009, 09:11:59 PM
David...We're with you and sharing in your disappointment, anger and frustration.  Hang in there!! The end IS near!!  That family can throw appeals all they want but Sean IS COMING HOME!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on June 02, 2009, 11:06:52 PM
Heartbreak again, this is not acceptable.  This is corruption and manipulation and the latest decision staying Judge Pinto's order cannot stand.

My thoughts and prayers are with you now.  I want only the best for you and Sean.  

Your lawyer has to fight for Sean's immediate release and he can reside in NJ pending appeals.  This HAS TO HAPPEN.  You have to get your son on US soil.

Enough with the games, this isn't about justice anymore, not after five years.  This is about getting Sean home, it has to happen now.  

They can file 100 appeals.  Sean has to be with you pending all appeals!  He HAS to come home now!

Keep strong!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kathne on June 03, 2009, 12:07:10 AM
david,
 
america is pulling for you!  the world is pulling for you!
 
you are a shining example of a REAL HERO born out of REAL LIFE.
 
during tough times like these, in the usa and all over the world, when people are losing jobs, losing homes, losing health care, we can look to the example of how you have lived your life -- strong, bold, true, holding to the course even when the chips are very down -- and we can find inspiration.
 
heros win.  that's the rule for american blockbuster movies.  heros win.  i have never liked art flicks.  i like heros.  and i like seeing heros win on the big screen.  you and your fight to counter kidnapping and be with your boy are now on the big screen.  your case is grabbing huge world attention.  
 
a winning ending.  that's how this movie has to end.  you are in america, and this is a blockbuster if ever i saw one.  i watched titanic 5 1/2 times in the theater.  i'd watch this movie double that.
 
i'm sorry for your heart that you've had to go through this.  but for your SOUL, this musta been a helluva challenge building you into a completely amazing and awesome human.
 
your son will be ok and get through this.  remember, he is made from you.
 
i feel that your trials (no pun intended) are just about over and an awesome grand finale is being cued up!!!  this is the kind of movie where i'd stand up in the theater and cheer out loud, toss social convention out the window, my heart so moved.
 
you have shown the strength and stamina that we all wish for ourselves.  and you are the real life example making our wishes for ourselves palpable and possible.
 
if hillary clinton keeps helping you with solid effect, i may actually reverse my prior opinions on her and get behind her as well.  you are magic and any politician who gets behind you will surely win the lotto.  for the first time can i now understand how people get swayed by emotional issues when voting politicians in and out.  i used to leave emotional topics at the state level.  but i'm now so moved by your case that i'm ready to consider emotion as well when it comes time to vote the next round.  are they against kidnapping or not?
 
kathne
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on June 03, 2009, 01:14:31 PM
Uggg....David, I can't tell you how frustrated I am so I can only imagine your frustration and let down. It's breaking my heart. Please know that we will NEVER give up on getting Sean home. They can appeal all they want, but they KNOW that Sean needs to be with you. It's the only ending I can see. I know that you'll never give up either. We're with you on this all the way through! You're in my thoughts and prayers all the time.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 03, 2009, 01:22:32 PM
We are with you 100%. Just got done calling President Obama's, SOS Clinton's office, and the Brazilian State Department.
 
I was at the rally in DC in March. At his visit with President Obama, President Lula said he did not want the government to get involved in child abduction cases. Well, now the PP has done just that and President Lula must act.
 
If the JPLS clan and Bruna's family think we were fighting before, then they better be ready. We were just warming up.
 
BRING IT ON!!!
 
My kids and I are praying for you and especially Sean.
 
Love
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: todez on June 03, 2009, 01:26:21 PM
God knows!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Fightness on June 03, 2009, 01:29:55 PM
I am stuck at work up here in Canada at work following the events with teary eyes as I ahve been for months....I cannot fathom my own husband being separated from our toddlers-I can't even let my mind go there....its too sad a place...so I sit here, tears flowing in public.....busily writing emails to your goverment officials, Brazilian judges and International news outlets....feeling helpless, because there isn't anything more I can do for this father and son.
 
I have been to Brazil 4 times-lived in Curitiba for a wee bit....was abducted in a taxi in RIO and had to jump out of it while moving upwards towards the favelas....I will never go back there especially now. Not when I know there is a total lack of respect for family. Blood is stronger than anything and they need to respect that.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Gail660 on June 03, 2009, 02:38:17 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.
 
If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.
David,
  I have followed your case for some time now and will continue praying that you soon can bring your son home with you.  I, too, am a parent and cannot imagine the pain you must be going through for all this time.  This is so horribly unfair.  Keep believing and praying and the day you are dreaming of will come!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on June 03, 2009, 03:36:44 PM
David,
I have a broken heart for you today.  I keep crying for you and all you go through in the fight for your very own son.  I've made the phone calls, helped organize a rally, prayed for you, spread the word for you, been here at BSH ever since Dateline in January.  I just cannot imagine the force of the pain you must feel day and night, and I am so sorry.
 
You are a victim of the worst kind if evil.  And why, I'll never know.  Sean will be yours someday.  I wish it was soon, but the people and the country you seem to be up against is just too much to bear.  
 
But there are so many good people behind you, and together we will right this wrong.  The world is on your side but for a few corrupt and evil people.  Good will prevail.
 
Keep the faith.
Christine
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lisacordova on June 03, 2009, 04:06:46 PM
Dear David,
 
Making my morning calls to our elected officials this morning was easy. I made those calls with cracks in my voice, from sadness and disappointment of the latest appeal "stay". The hard part is having the mental strength to deal with the roller coaster ride of news. I get through by watching how strong you are on the news, guessing you probably might just want to crumble inside. I get it~ I totally do. I have a son. He is just about 17 months old and each time I look at him I think about how much more I hope to accomplish to help you get your son back and to help all of the "left behind parents" reunite with their children. Your fight is strong and so is the determination of all who support you and the other "left behind parents".
 
I pray for you and Sean to have strength, courage, and peace.
 
~Lisa Beveridge-Cordova
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Katherine Brown on June 03, 2009, 05:11:52 PM
I cannot even begin to place myself in your's or your son's shoes. I cannot imagine what this nightmare has done to you, your son or your family.
I am contacting all my US representatives (Senate and Congressional) for the state of Texas. I know people make fun of us down here, I don't care. I truly wish I could round up every Texas Ranger and send them to Brazil for a little justice Texas style, if you know what I mean.
God Bless You.
 
Katherine Brown
Dallas, Texas
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on June 03, 2009, 05:53:27 PM
Quote from: Katherine Brown;26540
I cannot even begin to place myself in your's or your son's shoes. I cannot imagine what this nightmare has done to you, your son or your family.
I am contacting all my US representatives (Senate and Congressional) for the state of Texas. I know people make fun of us down here, I don't care. I truly wish I could round up every Texas Ranger and send them to Brazil for a little justice Texas style, if you know what I mean.
God Bless You.
 
Katherine Brown
Dallas, Texas

2nd the Texan Rangers idea. We here in Texas do it big and right. Back to e-mailing. We are behind you all the way.
 
Sunshine in Texas
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on June 03, 2009, 09:44:04 PM
Dear David,
 
I was saddened to hear that you could not bring Sean home but please stay strong!  You will be reunited with your son soon!  I am glad that at the very least you were able to see Sean!  We are all behind you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Anyman on June 03, 2009, 09:53:33 PM
David, I have defended you now and I will defend your character till this issue is resolved.  The Lins E Silva family has acted in a disgraceful and unprofessional manner.  Perhaps Brazil and its government needs to weigh the good versus the bad in this situation.  Returning one child to his rightful father or lose millions perhaps billions of dollars of world investment and become a rogue nation in the company of N. Korea, Iran and Cuba.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: flytrapgirl on June 03, 2009, 09:54:00 PM
Dear David,
 
Hang in there and stay strong.  Remember that all of at BSH will be with you every step of the way, through the good and the bad.  Sean is a very lucky boy to have you as his father.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Anyman on June 03, 2009, 09:55:54 PM
Oh, one more thing.  When this is all over and Sean is with you, have his grandparents visit him in America and show them what true respect and human decency really is, evidently this type of behavior is lacking by only a few citizens in Brazil.  The rest of Brazil's citizen's seem to be good, hard working and honest people.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tartine on June 04, 2009, 06:12:43 AM
David, stay strong and stay well!  You and Sean deserve each other!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 04, 2009, 08:14:51 AM
Good morning David,
 
we just heard the news that your case might be decided on today! Brazil knows the world is watching and they better make the right decision.
 
We are all sitting at the edge of our seats.
 
Praying for you and Sean,
 
Isabel
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: djbriggs on June 04, 2009, 11:11:37 AM
David:

I would think that from time to time, you come to this website for support and comfort.  When one feels lost and down, it is always nice to know that others care.  And so, it is my hope that while you await the Court's decision today in your hotel room, you will read these entries and that they serve a needed purpose.  This if my first contribution to this forum.  

Like others who read and contribute to this website, I was so very happy with Monday's decision.  But, like you, I was cautiously optimistic.  Because of my speaking of your plight, my office staff has also followed your case, and they were overjoyed that the Court had ordered Sean returned to you.  And I sort of had to rain on their parade by telling them that we weren't out of the woods just yet.  Being an attorney, I am painfully aware of the long and winding road of appeals.  Though disappointed, I was not at all surprised.  

Through all of this, you have remained strong and dignified.  I have seen this in your TV interviews.  You make it a point before the conclusions of the segments to express your thanks for the support you have received, not just to government officials and your legal team, but to plain folks like us.  We appreciate your gratitude.

I write only to impart to you the need for you to persevere and stay strong, no matter what today's outcome may be. Through your actions, you have taught me more than you will ever know.  This case has touched my very core and has caused me to take action as I have never taken action before.  I have written letters to my Congressmen and State Senators, thinking a physical, tangible letter would mean something more than an e-mail, though I have also sent plenty of e-mails.  I have called both of my Senators, the State Department and even the White House - on more than one occasion.  I have contributed financially to your cause because I believe that you have been wronged.  You have taught me that I cannot be passive because others are being pro-active.  It is said that, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.  I'm not sure who said it, but I remember it, and it applies.  So thank you for teaching me the lessons you have.

Your determination, strong will and dignity are an example to us all.  It is a father's love for his son which has sustained you thus far, and it is that same love which steels your resolve to persevere and fight on.  Your fight for your son - your love for him - is a beautiful thing.  

I am convinced that you are nearing the end of the tragic part of this journey.  I am convinced that Sean will be returned to you.  I am convinced that life will be good for both of you.  Continue to take the high road you have taken  Never lose hope.  Never give up.  Be well.  Be strong.

Good things are happening!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on June 04, 2009, 11:28:22 AM
Quote from: djbriggs;27431
David:
 
I would think that from time to time, you come to this website for support and comfort. When one feels lost and down, it is always nice to know that others care. And so, it is my hope that while you await the Court's decision today in your hotel room, you will read these entries and that they serve a needed purpose. This if my first contribution to this forum.
 
Like others who read and contribute to this website, I was so very happy with Monday's decision. But, like you, I was cautiously optimistic. Because of my speaking of your plight, my office staff has also followed your case, and they were overjoyed that the Court had ordered Sean returned to you. And I sort of had to rain on their parade by telling them that we weren't out of the woods just yet. Being an attorney, I am painfully aware of the long and winding road of appeals. Though disappointed, I was not at all surprised.
 
Through all of this, you have remained strong and dignified. I have seen this in your TV interviews. You make it a point before the conclusions of the segments to express your thanks for the support you have received, not just to government officials and your legal team, but to plain folks like us. We appreciate your gratitude.
 
I write only to impart to you the need for you to persevere and stay strong, no matter what today's outcome may be. Through your actions, you have taught me more than you will ever know. This case has touched my very core and has caused me to take action as I have never taken action before. I have written letters to my Congressmen and State Senators, thinking a physical, tangible letter would mean something more than an e-mail, though I have also sent plenty of e-mails. I have called both of my Senators, the State Department and even the White House - on more than one occasion. I have contributed financially to your cause because I believe that you have been wronged. You have taught me that I cannot be passive because others are being pro-active. It is said that, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing. I'm not sure who said it, but I remember it, and it applies. So thank you for teaching me the lessons you have.
 
Your determination, strong will and dignity are an example to us all. It is a father's love for his son which has sustained you thus far, and it is that same love which steels your resolve to persevere and fight on. Your fight for your son - your love for him - is a beautiful thing.
 
I am convinced that you are nearing the end of the tragic part of this journey. I am convinced that Sean will be returned to you. I am convinced that life will be good for both of you. Continue to take the high road you have taken Never lose hope. Never give up. Be well. Be strong.
 
Good things are happening!

I could not stand by without saying what a wonderful post. More people like you are needed in this world to help turn it around. Your a beautiful person.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on June 04, 2009, 11:30:57 AM
Quote from: djbriggs;27431
David:
 
I would think that from time to time, you come to this website for support and comfort. When one feels lost and down, it is always nice to know that others care. And so, it is my hope that while you await the Court's decision today in your hotel room, you will read these entries and that they serve a needed purpose. This if my first contribution to this forum.
 
Like others who read and contribute to this website, I was so very happy with Monday's decision. But, like you, I was cautiously optimistic. Because of my speaking of your plight, my office staff has also followed your case, and they were overjoyed that the Court had ordered Sean returned to you. And I sort of had to rain on their parade by telling them that we weren't out of the woods just yet. Being an attorney, I am painfully aware of the long and winding road of appeals. Though disappointed, I was not at all surprised.
 
Through all of this, you have remained strong and dignified. I have seen this in your TV interviews. You make it a point before the conclusions of the segments to express your thanks for the support you have received, not just to government officials and your legal team, but to plain folks like us. We appreciate your gratitude.
 
I write only to impart to you the need for you to persevere and stay strong, no matter what today's outcome may be. Through your actions, you have taught me more than you will ever know. This case has touched my very core and has caused me to take action as I have never taken action before. I have written letters to my Congressmen and State Senators, thinking a physical, tangible letter would mean something more than an e-mail, though I have also sent plenty of e-mails. I have called both of my Senators, the State Department and even the White House - on more than one occasion. I have contributed financially to your cause because I believe that you have been wronged. You have taught me that I cannot be passive because others are being pro-active. It is said that, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing. I'm not sure who said it, but I remember it, and it applies. So thank you for teaching me the lessons you have.
 
Your determination, strong will and dignity are an example to us all. It is a father's love for his son which has sustained you thus far, and it is that same love which steels your resolve to persevere and fight on. Your fight for your son - your love for him - is a beautiful thing.
 
I am convinced that you are nearing the end of the tragic part of this journey. I am convinced that Sean will be returned to you. I am convinced that life will be good for both of you. Continue to take the high road you have taken Never lose hope. Never give up. Be well. Be strong.
 
Good things are happening!

Very well said and WELCOME aboard!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: mlever on June 04, 2009, 11:37:43 AM
Dear David - I have been following every forum, news posting and TV interview regarding you and Sean.  I am absolutely astounded at your strength, dignity and composure when you speak about what these people have done and are continuing to do to you and your son.  Please know that my family, friends and I are sending as much support in as many ways as we can from the west coast of Canada and we are praying for the wheels to be up on that plane very soon!  Like trying to find the energy to sprint to the finish after a marathon, dig deep now, you're almost there!  Keep shining :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Fightness on June 04, 2009, 11:52:24 AM
!  I never thought I would feel so passionately about a cause other than the disease killing my Mom right now...I feel like giving everything left of myself I have after I've taken care of my own family to support parents of abducted kids living abroad.  You have inspired normal people to do great things David, and through all your anguish and struggle and inconceivable grief, be proud of that.  You have done something great and given others something greater than themselves to believe in and that is definitely something your son will be proud of.  That is quite a legacy to give your child.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on June 04, 2009, 02:39:43 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.
 
If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.

My best to you David.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on June 04, 2009, 02:40:28 PM
My best to you David.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on June 04, 2009, 09:36:26 PM
Dear David,
 
You and Sean were on my mind all day today!  Please keep the faith...you and Sean will be together very soon!  Enjoy your special bonding time with him...it will be permanent soon!  We are all behind you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: MomTo4xys on June 05, 2009, 02:04:53 AM
Dear David:

I came across your story by accident one night while changing channels.  After I listened to just a couple minutes of your plight I was horrified by what has happened to you & Sean.  I have been following developments in your case ever since, but more importantly - praying to God that you are reunited as soon as possible with your beloved son.

David, when I see you, I see a man who is the type of father that we need more of in this world.  Your tireless fight and pure love for your son is heartbreaking to watch, yet an inspiration at the same time.  In a country where so many fathers take their role in their child's life for granted, you demonstrate how committed you are to your responsibilities as a father to your son.

One of my sons was missing last week for an hour, and I was a wreck.  I look at the counter on your website and simply cannot wrap my head around the length of time that you have been deprived of Sean.  I don't know how you hold yourself together with the courage and determination that you do, but I am in awe.  Stay strong.  

I pray for your strength.  I pray for Sean's well-being and protection.  I pray for the reunion to come as quickly as it can.  I pray that once Sean is back in New Jersey where he belongs - that the adjustment will go as smoothly as possible.  And lastly, I pray for all of the children who were wrongly taken from parents who love and miss them yet are separated by international borders and foreign governments.

Godspeed, David.  He WILL be home soon.
-Michelle
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ks63 on June 05, 2009, 02:05:55 AM
Quote from: djbriggs;27431
David:
 
I would think that from time to time, you come to this website for support and comfort. When one feels lost and down, it is always nice to know that others care. And so, it is my hope that while you await the Court's decision today in your hotel room, you will read these entries and that they serve a needed purpose. This if my first contribution to this forum.
 
Like others who read and contribute to this website, I was so very happy with Monday's decision. But, like you, I was cautiously optimistic. Because of my speaking of your plight, my office staff has also followed your case, and they were overjoyed that the Court had ordered Sean returned to you. And I sort of had to rain on their parade by telling them that we weren't out of the woods just yet. Being an attorney, I am painfully aware of the long and winding road of appeals. Though disappointed, I was not at all surprised.
 
Through all of this, you have remained strong and dignified. I have seen this in your TV interviews. You make it a point before the conclusions of the segments to express your thanks for the support you have received, not just to government officials and your legal team, but to plain folks like us. We appreciate your gratitude.
 
I write only to impart to you the need for you to persevere and stay strong, no matter what today's outcome may be. Through your actions, you have taught me more than you will ever know. This case has touched my very core and has caused me to take action as I have never taken action before. I have written letters to my Congressmen and State Senators, thinking a physical, tangible letter would mean something more than an e-mail, though I have also sent plenty of e-mails. I have called both of my Senators, the State Department and even the White House - on more than one occasion. I have contributed financially to your cause because I believe that you have been wronged. You have taught me that I cannot be passive because others are being pro-active. It is said that, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing. I'm not sure who said it, but I remember it, and it applies. So thank you for teaching me the lessons you have.
 
Your determination, strong will and dignity are an example to us all. It is a father's love for his son which has sustained you thus far, and it is that same love which steels your resolve to persevere and fight on. Your fight for your son - your love for him - is a beautiful thing.
 
I am convinced that you are nearing the end of the tragic part of this journey. I am convinced that Sean will be returned to you. I am convinced that life will be good for both of you. Continue to take the high road you have taken Never lose hope. Never give up. Be well. Be strong.
 
Good things are happening!

 
well said. David, we will always be there for you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ma23peas on June 05, 2009, 09:42:26 AM
David,
 
You have seen a lot of doors close in the past five years, your faith to look for those windows even in the darkness will bless you in the years to come.  When our family is going through a trial, I encourage myself by knowing that it will not always be this way...in five more years, you WILL be showing Sean how to drive a car, reminding him to pick up his room, going on boating excursions, teaching him life lessons....at that point, it will be another trial, but nothing will seem insurmountable because of the dedication and commitment you've shown these past years.
 
Most parents will never know the lengths/sacrifices/struggles you have had to endure to restore your right as Sean's father.  But we do open our hearts and prayers to you in hopes that some small measure of them will lighten your load.  My children are praying for Sean in the months to come, knowing that it would be difficult for them to have his experiences.  Our kids have seen God's hand work in many lives (even their own!) and know that He will not forsake you or Sean....we may never know the purpose for your journey, but we can see how this struggle will help the dozens of other families facing the same obstacles you have overcome.
 
Praying diligently for a final decision next Wednesday, and for an acceptance on the part of Bruna's family to stop the appeals and embrace the path that God chose for Sean when he was born...to be with his father.  
 
God bless you!
 
The Hall family
Toney, Alabama
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: applesauce on June 05, 2009, 05:43:51 PM
I have only the strongest hope for you and your son.  I have been following the story and send daily emails to Brazil in support of you and Sean.  You two are on my mind and deserve to be reunited.  

I, too, believe that good things are happening and it will not be long before your great and happy ending!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 05, 2009, 07:46:55 PM
I am very sorry that you were unable to have Sean by your side on your return. Nevertheless, I am glad that you were able to visit with him and show him your unconditional and everlasting love.

Sean WILL come home! We will not rest and stand by your side until that day.

I will try to come to NYC for the protest.

Sending you best wishes and strength
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: whartn on June 05, 2009, 07:54:53 PM
I believe you will be united with Sean very soon.You have inspired me by your decor.We came so close this week.You can`t give up.Let us hope Sean will be home for the week end.
You are a model for America.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ekc on June 05, 2009, 10:52:02 PM
Dear David: I remember actually hearing about your case a long time ago. I have been following everything since the fall now again. I am letting you know that if you ask, I will do what it takes to help you get your son back. I sit hear tonight looking at my young son sleep, feeling pain for you which I am sure is nothing of what you are feeling. I however, know in my heart of hearts that your son will be coming home with you. I do not know why for sure I say that and I am not some kind of freak with esp or anything. Blood relatives are like a magnet. After 27 years I found my blood family. It was by the grace of God...in a way, a drawing together of some power. Not to say it will take you that long because I really was not trying...what I am trying to say is that people are drawn together. The bond is really never broken. I pray for you to find stregth to make it through to the day when you can take your son home on the plane with you, and hold him until he falls asleep next to you, play video games together, and be goofy together. It will happen. I hope you can read this and find strength and let me know if there is anything I can do for you in any way that I am here. I have some means and I am not afraid to use it.:cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: mom2many on June 06, 2009, 10:08:55 AM
Dear David,
I have been following this case for some time and just joined this group. I wanted to send my heartfelt prayers and wishes to you and your son for the horrendous injustice you have had to endure. Your devotion to Sean goes without saying and the goodness of your every step forward, not only for your son but for the other children, is a blessing and example of dignity, strength and pure and unconditional love that a parent has with a child. You are Sean's father, his blood, his bond and his shinning example of greatness. I know that you will be together again and although you cannot regain back what you have lost, you will always have many tomorrows to look forward to. Your bond will never be broken and Sean will always know everything you have done. May God bless you with peace until he is permanently by your side and may you always know that hundreds of people have you and Sean wrapped in their hearts. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and may we all lead our lives with just half the dignity that you have displayed. Rest assurd, Sean WILL COME HOME!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cm on June 06, 2009, 10:45:16 AM
Dear David,

A while back I happened upon your story online (Dateline). I was truly appalled and quickly developed a dislike for Brazil and it's people.

I was jumping for joy when I heard that Sean would be returned to you, and was once again appalled at the political folly of Brazil and it's elite.

I watched your interview after the court's decision was overturned...and heard you say that no grudges are held against Brazil or it's people. Shame quickly hit me. You hold no dislike or grudge against this country or it's people...so what right do I have to do so? I apologize to Brazil and it's people for blaming all of them for this travesty.

You are truly centered and focused on the REAL issue, and that's the return of your son. Your battle to Bring Sean Home is without malice, without prejudice...an act of pure love.

I am humbled by your ability to maintain focus and compassion. You and Sean will be in my prayers daily. Thank you for the lesson, David.

~cm~
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on June 06, 2009, 03:25:10 PM
Dearest David, I'm thinking of you now!  A lot!

Because of some very honest Brazilians on this site, I'm convinced that the only legal issue that means anything is the following:

"Who will Sean reside with pending all appeals?"

The answer needs to be YOU!

That's it.  I see this battle coming down to this issue alone.  Fight to have Sean with you pending all appeals.  Do not wait any longer, because they are counting on you patiently waiting for justice in Brazil, because you love your son so much you are willing to follow the rules.  That is JPLS/Rubiero's ONLY strategy.  Keep David mired in the legal system, and Sean will live with us until he is 18.  They are winning, regardless of how the world knows YOU are in the right.

Fine, let's watch this play out over the next few years, but until then Sean must live with you pending all appeals.

Is this issue before any court?  It seems to me that your lawyer can fight HARD on this point, and Sean can return to the US with you pending all appeals.  You have a solid order stating Sean should come come with you (last Wed) from Judge Pinto, so any appeal should err on the side of allowing Sean home with you pending all appeals.

No more waiting.  

Please be safe and keep strong and know that you are loved by many.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on June 06, 2009, 05:53:42 PM
Quote from: KarmaGirl;29321
Dearest David, I'm thinking of you now! A lot!
 
Because of some very honest Brazilians on this site, I'm convinced that the only legal issue that means anything is the following:
 
"Who will Sean reside with pending all appeals?"
 
The answer needs to be YOU!
 
That's it. I see this battle coming down to this issue alone. Fight to have Sean with you pending all appeals. Do not wait any longer, because they are counting on you patiently waiting for justice in Brazil, because you love your son so much you are willing to follow the rules. That is JPLS/Rubiero's ONLY strategy. Keep David mired in the legal system, and Sean will live with us until he is 18. They are winning, regardless of how the world knows YOU are in the right.
 
Fine, let's watch this play out over the next few years, but until then Sean must live with you pending all appeals.
 
Is this issue before any court? It seems to me that your lawyer can fight HARD on this point, and Sean can return to the US with you pending all appeals. You have a solid order stating Sean should come come with you (last Wed) from Judge Pinto, so any appeal should err on the side of allowing Sean home with you pending all appeals.
 
No more waiting.
 
Please be safe and keep strong and know that you are loved by many.

 
AMEN!  I agree - Just get him back to the U.S. with YOU NOW!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on June 07, 2009, 11:34:43 AM
Dear David,
This fight is almost over my friend! I am so proud of everyone who is still listening and fighting for you and Sean. Be strong I see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are almost there! God bless you and your beautiful son. I cannot wait until the victory celebration!!!
Love,
KimmyRN
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: smarti on June 08, 2009, 04:08:20 PM
David,
I'm probably sure you don't read these with all that is on your mind.  But I'm a mother of 2 children and I hug them both every night and praying for your sons safe return.  I cry every time I think of your situation.  I said it when Elian was kept from his father, and now Sean from you.  Under no circumstance should a child be kept from his father.  I cannot believe this behavior from anyone in their right mind.  
I'm just one of many standing tall behind you in your fight.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: AngieA on June 09, 2009, 02:05:19 AM
Dear David,
 
Hi, Angie here...the lady who left you a phone message yesterday evening.
 
Keeping you i my prayers that you have a safe flight to Brazil, and hoping that when you return from Brazil this week Sean will be by your side. Praying that Sean's "Brazilian Keepers" treat him well and that this young man does not have to endure their lies and nonsense for much longer.
 
Once Sean comes home, the next chapter in your lives will open. It will be a tough road for awhile, but I know you two can work through this time and emerge with the Father & Son relationship I know you have both dreamed about.
 
Regardless of what happens in Brazil this week, NEVER GIVE UP OR LOOSE FAITH.
 
REMEMBER...God never gives us more than he thinks we can handle. We may not understand his reasoning during times like these, but he does have a purpose, and one day it will be revealed to you and then understood.
 
~Angie
Title: Dear David; I can't begin to imagine...
Post by: amiamida on June 09, 2009, 03:01:58 AM
...what you are going through.  I just learned about your case tonight, and it has me so upset I can't sleep.

I am French and raising my two little boys in the US, because it is where they were born and where their father lives. After our marriage failed, I had no other reason to remain in the US than to allow my children and their father to be in each other's lives.  And this is what I am doing, regardless of the financial strain that staying in southern California imposes on me, and regardless of the fact that I have only seen my extended family twice in 9 years.  
I live 5 minutes away from my ex-husband and our boys are happy.  That is all that matters.  I set my dreams and personal desires aside because I would never even think about keeping my children and their daddy apart.

I cannot comprehend what led to the situation you are in, but my heart bleeds for you and your little guy.  And I am SO outraged that Brazil would allow your late wife's family and new husband to violate the Hague Convention so blatantly.  This amounts to telling everyone that they are entitled to considering themselves an exception and doing as they please.  It is very scary on a global level, but mostly right now, so terribly heartbreaking for you.
You are in my thoughts and I pray that the Brazil Supreme Court upholds the federal judge's ruling in your favor.

Hang in there.
Title: Re: Dear David; I can't begin to imagine...
Post by: KarmaGirl on June 09, 2009, 04:27:26 PM
Quote from: amiamida;30226
...what you are going through. I just learned about your case tonight, and it has me so upset I can't sleep.
 
I am French and raising my two little boys in the US, because it is where they were born and where their father lives. After our marriage failed, I had no other reason to remain in the US than to allow my children and their father to be in each other's lives. And this is what I am doing, regardless of the financial strain that staying in southern California imposes on me, and regardless of the fact that I have only seen my extended family twice in 9 years.
I live 5 minutes away from my ex-husband and our boys are happy. That is all that matters. I set my dreams and personal desires aside because I would never even think about keeping my children and their daddy apart.
 
I cannot comprehend what led to the situation you are in, but my heart bleeds for you and your little guy. And I am SO outraged that Brazil would allow your late wife's family and new husband to violate the Hague Convention so blatantly. This amounts to telling everyone that they are entitled to considering themselves an exception and doing as they please. It is very scary on a global level, but mostly right now, so terribly heartbreaking for you.
You are in my thoughts and I pray that the Brazil Supreme Court upholds the federal judge's ruling in your favor.
 
Hang in there.
----------------------------------------
This has brought me to tears.  You are an amazing mother, with the same love that David has for his son.  Thank you for posting here, your boys are so lucky to have YOU for a Mom and I know they will have a better chance at life because you chose to keep the family unit intact, even though divorced, from the child's perspective they get their Mom and Dad at their soccer games, or at their school conferences, etc.  You are allowing your boys to be loved by both parents.  What could be more important?   This kind of sacrifice is LOVE.  Pure love.
 
Can you tell those family members in France about this case too?  I think the more this becomes an international shame for Brazil, the more likely the right thing will be done.  
 
Best of luck to you and your children always.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kathne on June 09, 2009, 04:43:18 PM
"The hero is the one who comes to participate in life courageously and decently, in the way of nature...The hero's sphere of action is not the transcendent but here, now, in the field of time, of good and evil, of the pairs of opposites."
 
Joseph Campbell, in his book The Power of Myth
 
 
david, hoping and visualizing that tomorrow goes well for you and your boy.
 
kathne
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Emma on June 09, 2009, 06:55:59 PM
Dear David,
 
When I was in middle school and my brother was in elementary school, my mother left my father and our native England to move my brother and I to the United States.  She ripped us away from a father that we loved, and the country that we had been raised in.  I share this because the thing that hurt me the most through this situation wasn't the fact that I was uprooted or even that I had to adapt to a new living situation (back before the internet age, when contact with my father was extremly limited), it was that I never felt like my father fought for me.  I felt abandoned, like I didn't count.  Which is something that I know that he regrets to this day.  So I commend you for not ever giving up.  For putting your son first, regardless of the cost.  I wish that all fathers would follow your example.
 
Emma
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on June 09, 2009, 07:24:40 PM
Dear David,
 
Have a safe trip to Rio. Remember you are not alone. We are all with you in spirit rooting for you and Sean.
 
Teena
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: vivienne on June 09, 2009, 07:30:51 PM
Dear David, I also wanted to wish you a safe trip to Brazil and let you know that I am praying for you to be reunited with Sean. Your story has touched my heart and my family's heart as well. No matter what happens tomorrow, know that you have friends and supporters rooting for you. Best wishes.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Amy on June 09, 2009, 07:33:07 PM
Tonight I am getting my two teenagers ready for Prom, putting the finishing touches on a huge graduation event for which I am chairperson, helping my son with his paperwork to start college.....
 
However, my mind is occupied with a prayer for you and your son.  I am so hoping for you that finally this insanity will end.  
 
Best wishes and I pray to God that the right thing will happen tomorrow.
 
Amy
Title: Re: Dear David; I can't begin to imagine...
Post by: petekaplan on June 09, 2009, 07:39:13 PM
Quote from: amiamida;30226
...what you are going through. I just learned about your case tonight, and it has me so upset I can't sleep.
 
I am French and raising my two little boys in the US, because it is where they were born and where their father lives. After our marriage failed, I had no other reason to remain in the US than to allow my children and their father to be in each other's lives. And this is what I am doing, regardless of the financial strain that staying in southern California imposes on me, and regardless of the fact that I have only seen my extended family twice in 9 years.
I live 5 minutes away from my ex-husband and our boys are happy. That is all that matters. I set my dreams and personal desires aside because I would never even think about keeping my children and their daddy apart.
 
I cannot comprehend what led to the situation you are in, but my heart bleeds for you and your little guy. And I am SO outraged that Brazil would allow your late wife's family and new husband to violate the Hague Convention so blatantly. This amounts to telling everyone that they are entitled to considering themselves an exception and doing as they please. It is very scary on a global level, but mostly right now, so terribly heartbreaking for you.
You are in my thoughts and I pray that the Brazil Supreme Court upholds the federal judge's ruling in your favor.
 
Hang in there.

I have to compliment you for deciding not to kidnap your kids by taking them to France. God bless you.:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kathy on June 09, 2009, 07:45:29 PM
Amiamida, I also believe you are one stand up individual that has your childrens best interest at heart..I applaud you for not taking the high road on this situation and sticking around unlike some mothers.......
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on June 09, 2009, 07:56:22 PM
Dear David,
 
I really hope all goes well for you tomorrow and that you will finally be reunited with Sean!  Have a safe trip!  You and Sean are in my prayers and thoughts!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ks63 on June 09, 2009, 08:19:09 PM
Dear David,
 
Stay strong. We are all with you. At the end, it will be OK. Take care of yourself. Sean needs you.
Good luck.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pinkbassist on June 09, 2009, 08:50:30 PM
Dear David:
 
You have, quite literally, the world behind you. You are Sean's father. Period. He belongs with you forever - starting RIGHT NOW! "They" may be a family with so called "connections and power". They as a family are small, "we" as a world are VERY,VERY LARGE, and COMMITTED to REUNITING YOU WITH SEAN! When (not IF!) you return with Sean to New Jersey, never feel obligated to share your lives with any of us ever again. Go on and live a normal life. It will be a long period of readjustment, and the public and news media does not need to be privvy to that. Your lives will become private once more. Enjoy your time together again in your canoe on the water! If you wish to be a part of being an advocate for other parents in the same situation as an adult, then that is up to you. We do not need an interview with Sean, or even photos. It would be best if he was allowed to grow up as anonymously as possible - so he could walk right by people some day, and not even be recognized. I know you will prevail - you have to - I believe in you and your tenacity and strength. It will be all right! You WILL travel home someday with a little boys hand in yours, sleeping next to you in that airplane heading home!
Much love to you both!
Carol
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: LAB on June 09, 2009, 09:06:06 PM
Dear David,
 
Today I called the White House comment line (something I have never done before) and e-mailed Senator Clinton, regarding your case.
 
I want you to know that the person that I spoke with taking the message KNEW EXACTLY WHAT CASE I WAS COMMENTING ON and wanted to know the spelling of Sean and your names.:cheer:  It made me feel so good that she knew what I was talking about that I thought on the eve of tomorrow, you should know this.  
 
Thousands are praying for you and Sean - God Speed Tomorrow!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on June 09, 2009, 09:21:44 PM
Hey ya David! Hope you're having a safe and restful flight!  I can't be on the forum tomorrow but my thoughts will be with you for sure!!  Hang Tight!! I am hoping with all possible hope that Sean will at last be reunited with you tomorrow!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: liesl78 on June 09, 2009, 09:23:47 PM
David,
 
I hope it's the last trip you have to make to Brazl. I hope you and Sean are back  together in NJ really soon!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on June 09, 2009, 09:34:45 PM
Hearts and thoughts are with you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DB4 on June 09, 2009, 10:24:37 PM
You and Sean are in my thoughts and prayers.  Stay strong and keep the faith tomorrow!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: busylizzy on June 09, 2009, 10:43:50 PM
Dear David,
 
Please stay positive and strong. You are a remarkable man and Sean knows that and loves you. Visualize -  see and feel yourself getting on that plane hand in hand and coming home. Believe.
 
I am sending you positive thoughts, positive light and love and the same to all of the judges tomorrow. I know in my heart the judges will make the right decision for you and Sean and return your little boy to you.
 
This will be the first step in returning all other children being held illegally in Brazil.
 
May God be with you  and Sean tomorrow. The world is on your side.
 
Liz
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Gary on June 09, 2009, 11:46:02 PM
Dear David,
 
Be strong tomorrow - your will, determination, and integrity has your son's abductors on their heels.  I have a good feeling the right decision - the humane decision - is going to be made tomorrow. You and your son will be in my prayers tonight.
 
Gary
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Odete on June 10, 2009, 12:07:39 AM
Dear David, I hope your time for victory is close. Finally you are going to have your lovely Sean in your arms forever.
 
My thoughts and prayers are for you an Sean. Boa sorte!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: MomTo4xys on June 10, 2009, 12:15:48 AM
You are in my prayers - especially going into tomorrow.  You are in the home stretch - and millions are at the sidelines cheering you across the victory line!  

It's hard not to take notice of your radiant smile in the photos when you & Sean were together - I am looking forward to seeing that smile on your face again once your son sets foot back in the US with you.

Your strength, courage, and determination are such an inspiration.  This absolutely should not have happened to you, but you have   Sean could not be a luckier boy to have you for a father!  

Godspeed,
:) Michelle
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: PhilandFiomm on June 10, 2009, 01:48:51 AM
Hey David

One day you and your son will be together and this will all be over - I fought for my son and he is asleep upstairs as I type this - I feel your pain. Know that you are a true hero and I fully support you and others fighting this type injustice.
Cheers

Phil and Fionn
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 10, 2009, 06:25:13 AM
You and Sean are in my thoughts and prayers every day. May God give you strength to keep fighting and wisdom to the judges, and may He especially watch over Sean and protect him.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cathlabnurse on June 10, 2009, 06:46:26 AM
Quote from: MomTo4xys;30882
You are in my prayers - especially going into tomorrow. You are in the home stretch - and millions are at the sidelines cheering you across the victory line!
 
It's hard not to take notice of your radiant smile in the photos when you & Sean were together - I am looking forward to seeing that smile on your face again once your son sets foot back in the US with you.
 
Your strength, courage, and determination are such an inspiration. This absolutely should not have happened to you, but you have Sean could not be a luckier boy to have you for a father!
 
Godspeed,
:) Michelle

 
let's rally with our prayers, today is the day that the Lord has made for  David and Sean to be together forever. I love that conversation of the two when Sean said "DADA I LOVE YOU FOREVER".
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cathlabnurse on June 10, 2009, 07:01:41 AM
Dear David, My family are very much aware of your case, and today like most any other day, our prayers are with you. Every Sunday when we go to church you are always in our special intention. On Fridays i always write a prayer petition for your cause and a group of people will lift all this petitions together. " 2 or 3 gathered in my Name, I am in the midst."
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on June 10, 2009, 09:28:44 AM
Dear David,
I'm sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath,(I'm as blue as a smurf). I know deep within my heart that Sean will be leaving with YOU, TODAY. I give thanks. Thoughts become things, dreams come true, and all things remain forever possible!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on June 10, 2009, 09:52:59 AM
Dear David

I have been following your efforts since February. I check BSH website every day as well as the Facebook group. Only today I registered to this site as I really want to tell you how much I think of you and Sean, specially today....

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
~Irish Blessing

As all the BSH members, I am just waiting for the good news. Sean will go home!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lovellboys on June 10, 2009, 09:58:39 AM
I am hoping and praying that all your efforts will be rewarded today and you finally get your son back.  Stay strong and know that you are an inspiration to others.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Colleen D. on June 10, 2009, 09:58:52 AM
Dear David,
 
God speed for you and Sean to return to the USA together.  As always, you are in our prayers.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: clowermom on June 10, 2009, 10:42:04 AM
Dear David,
Although I am newly registered, I am not new here. I have lurked and read just about every post since I first heard your name back in September, 2008. I was drawn to your story, your strength, your loss, and your determination to never give up.

I have contacted my congressmen. I called the White House. I have followed this story as rabidly as many of the seasoned members, but always in lurker mode. (I'm just shy like that.)

However, today, I am filled with anxiety. I'm nervous, a little nauseous, and completely obsessed with hitting the "refresh" key to read any new messages that pop up. This was the first site I checked this morning when I got up at 7am.

And finally, I felt it was time for me to come out of the lurker closet and let you know that I am here. And especially let you know that you have MANY, MANY people supporting you that never really make themselves "known". Before my husband left for work today he asked me to call him the minute any updates were given on your case. He is another silent supporter.

I may not have a lot to offer in many of the conversations that go on around here, but I read them all and have learned so much.

I will be watching and praying all day, hoping that today will be the day that you are rightfully reunited with Sean.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Bean22 on June 10, 2009, 10:46:17 AM
Quote from: MomTo4xys;30882
You are in my prayers - especially going into tomorrow.  You are in the home stretch - and millions are at the sidelines cheering you across the victory line!  

It's hard not to take notice of your radiant smile in the photos when you & Sean were together - I am looking forward to seeing that smile on your face again once your son sets foot back in the US with you.

Your strength, courage, and determination are such an inspiration.  This absolutely should not have happened to you, but you have   Sean could not be a luckier boy to have you for a father!  

Godspeed,
:) Michelle


David -  I am praying for hope, strength and peace for you today. And of course, for victory in this fight to bring Sean home!  Robin
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jgiraldo on June 10, 2009, 11:33:23 AM
Dear David,
Please note that you are no longer alone in this journey for justice.  You now have an army of world-wide supporters that wait with you today for justice to finally be served.  We will never rest until you and Sean are together again (http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/15/15_2_103v.gif) (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxpt014YYUS) with maximum force!  Walk in the court room as you always do with your head held high and with the strengh of all your supporters in your heart.  Today we pray for you and hope that the judges are inspired by a divine force to protect the basic human rights of both Sean and yours to be together as nature intented it to be.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: turo on June 10, 2009, 11:42:30 AM
God bless Sean and David and bring them together today.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: brazilianmn on June 10, 2009, 11:51:08 AM
Hello David,

I am Brazilian and I live in Florida. I can't tell you how much it bothers me to see my country doing such injustice.

Unfortunately, as a 3rd world country, the power of money is bigger than the power of justice in Brazil.

However, I believe MONEY CANíT BUY EVERYTHING in lifeÖand I believe there are still honest people in Brazil and these people will make a difference in this case.

SEAN IS YOURS and HE WILL BE RETURNED!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on June 10, 2009, 12:32:01 PM
Hi David, well, today is the day. I've been praying all morning that Sean gets to come home with you. Stay strong, stay as positive as you can possibly be (although you've been "kicked in the teeth" so many times, I'm sure it's hard to) and please, please know that you have so many supporters and prayers behind you.
 
God Bless,
 
Paige
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: dmdaven2 on June 10, 2009, 12:52:45 PM
Today's your big day David, I hope your prepared for this positive life changing event that's about to take place, you deserve it.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: shanie20 on June 10, 2009, 05:03:12 PM
I've been following your case for quite some time. Please know that your grace and dignity give me so much hope for the world. Despite the horrible things that go on throughout this world, your dedication to Sean reminds me that ultimately it's the true love we have for our children and how we show that love that defines us. You are a hero!
 
Congratulations on the ruling today. I hope for a speedy resolution to the appeals and that Sean is home with you soon.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Lorraine on June 10, 2009, 08:49:01 PM
Dear David:

I have been following your story since the beginning.  I am a friend of someone where Sean went to preschool in Tinton Falls.  I remember when this first happened and Bruna took Sean back to Brazil.  I also remember of how fondly Miss Bobbie spoke of you and how devoted you both were to Sean.  She would tell me how you would stop in to read to Sean  and his class if you were not going to see him later that day.

Your life has been in a turmoil and will continue to be until you can bring Sean Home to Tinton Falls.  As a loving Dad you will never give up and as a supporter for Bring Sean Home we will all will continue to support you in your fight.

Stay strong..  This fight is not only yours, but all of ours!!  Sean needs to be given the chance to get to know what a Dad's love really is.  You are an honest man it is sad that Bruna's family continues to hold Sean hostage and tell him lies....
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Irish17 on June 11, 2009, 12:00:00 AM
Hi David,
 
Well today is over and what a day you had. You just heard the Supreme Court of Brazil basically tell Toasty and JPLS and company that they were wrong and sent them back to the court where they should have gone in the first place.  You expressed gratitude that the emotional damage that is evident to you and to the three independant psycologists is now out in the open.  I agree.  You did not get Sean back to bring home, yet your case took a huge positive step forward and I truly believe that it will be sooner then later when Sean will be on the plane home with you.  
 
I have been following this case for some time now and it has been gut wrenching to see you go through so much and still not have Sean.  You have gained so many friends, so many supporters and so much respect from around the world for the fight you have put up to bring Sean home.  I truly do not know how you do it, yet you do. And for that I so admire you  and respect you.  
 
We may never meet face to face, that is fine. My two sons may never meet you or Sean. Yet you, Sean and this whole case has had a very deep impact on all of us and will continue to do so.  I along with my family will continually support you, support Sean and do what ever we can to bring the two of you together in NJ permantly.  
 
Hang in there, believe, and above all; don't ever give up. We will bring Sean home no matter what!!
 
Irish
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Claudia T. on June 11, 2009, 06:55:55 AM
David and Sean,

What's happening to you both is moving the entire planet. No matter what nationality we come from (I just happen to be Brazilian), we all know how ridiculously stupid is the fact that a court allows a stepfather to hold on to someone else's child! So hang in there, stay strong, the world is praying and cheering for this whole thing to have a happy ending. This whole story has moved me, my family, my friends, and it also brought me and my husband into conversations about creating some sort of legal document, from both of us to whoever "stays", in case one of us "goes", that would protect each other's wishes (and our twin children's!) from situations like these. Ridiculous, but maybe necessary!!!

Anyway, stay strong, there must be a solution for this somehow soon, and I call for all americans to please help David by calling your politicians, call the government, call the president, call Spiderman, I dont care!!!! I am available to help, let me know how.

Claudia, from Canada
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on June 11, 2009, 08:52:53 AM
Dear David -
 
Another victory won! Anothere day closer to ending this terrible struggle that you have endured for 5 years now! You continue to be a tremedous example to me... to everyone in how you handle yourself. The measure of you, as a man, is truly outstanding - and example the Sean will want to be like as he grows.
 
Hang in there, my friend! I/we are all with you - 100%+++ and ALL THE WAY!!!!!! I/we are committed to seeing you BRING SEAN HOME - and sooner rather than later. And when this is all over ~ we'll still be here to listen and to encourage, to offer you a helping hand whenever and however it is needed.
 
Prayerfully, the end of this ordeal is near! To that end you have my/our unending support, care, concern, efforts and love.
 
Be strong and of good courage! We're with you all the way.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 11, 2009, 09:02:49 AM
Here I go again. I just read the latest posts and I cry. My ex took the kids away, but luckily the courts were supportive of me and they were returned to me after 2 weeks. I remember the panic when my ex had initially had taken the kids. For the first time they were away from me against my will.
Now I imagine my panic of 2 weeks and multiply that by 130; that's 5 years of agony you have endured.
I admire you. You are an incredible person and father. The entire world needs to have a look at you and take some lessons.
 
As always, you and Sean are in my thoughts and prayers.
 
A.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lovellboys on June 12, 2009, 11:04:38 AM
With all the back and forth in the forums, and knowing this may make me appear EXTREMELY naive, I am hoping there is just a small portion of selfless love somewhere within the Brazilian family.  At least just enough to say that if they truly love Sean, they will let him go.  That they will give you time to get to know each other again and allow Sean to be with the father that the world now knows truly loves him.
 
However misguided and malicious their intentions, I have to try and believe that somehow, they will come to see how selfish they have been.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: teebee on June 12, 2009, 12:44:49 PM
David,
 
Throughout this whole ordeal, you have demonstrated to the world the type of person you are.  You focus has been only to get Sean home with you where he rightfully belongs.  You have ignored all the comments and lies by Bruna and the Brazilian clan.  You have held your head up high.  When Sean returns, I hope that in years to come, he can take from this experience and understand what type of man and father you are.  You have been a gentlemen in every sense of the word during this horrific time. KEEP YOUR HEAD HIGH, YOUR THOUGHTS FOCUSED AND SEAN WILL BE IN YOUR ARMS SOON YELLING " MAXIMUM FORCE, MAXIMUM FORCE".  Take care my friend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
 
Todd aka"CLYDE"
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on June 13, 2009, 11:59:07 AM
"Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain". Unknown.
David, it has been almost five years fighting for your little boy. You are inspiration to many....after so many obstacles you still fight as it was day one. It has been a tough journey, but we all pray for it to be soon, a part of the past.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Leah Rochelle on June 13, 2009, 01:51:36 PM
David,
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son, Sean. I can't wait to see the news coverage when you bring Sean home! Stay strong.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on June 13, 2009, 05:17:44 PM
Dear David,
 
How a family that has been proven to be alienating Sean from you can still have custody of him after five years and now a 80 + page solid federal court ruling stating Sean should immediately be returned to you is beyond me.
 
The last valid court ruling is Judge Pinto's, so Sean should be WITH YOU pending all appeals.
 
I'm about to blow a gasket on this issue.  I will see what you and Rep Chris Smith say about this issue tonight, and I will scour the site for an answer.  I do not believe any judicial system in the entire world accepts the premise that the status quo remains pending an appeal.   The filing of an appeal doesn't stay an order, it is the actual appeal being heard that could potentially overturn Judge Pinto's order.  So, what if there are 10 appeals filed now?  Sean should be WITH YOU as Judge Pinto ordered, during all this legal process.  This has to happen!
 
I just had to vent.  I hope it helps to know others are just as confused, and upset as you are.  I am still very hopeful, all the people trying to make noise in a common sense way about what is happening are hopeful, but getting very impatient.
 
The fact that it is out in the open that Sean is being harmed by his kidnappers makes this more egregious that he is not in your sole custody right now.
 
You are such an example of LOVE and class and strength, so keep it up and I will try to follow suit.
 
We are all in this for the long haul.
 
I know Sean wants to be with his Dad and 24 hours alone together is all it will take to get back on track.  You'll have such fun getting to know each other again.
 
God Bless you and Sean, stay strong!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: robtremp on June 13, 2009, 09:04:07 PM
David...just saw you on Huckabee....I'm a father of a 9 month old girl....I can't imagine...words can't describe...your story touched me deeply; I became fully enraged for you....David, do not quit...do not stop fighting...you will win this...you will prevail...you will reunite with Sean...my wife and I will keep you and Sean in our prayers...you will conquer this....hang tough...remain brave, remain bold....with love and respect, Rob, Jaclyn and baby Claire.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: costavideo on June 14, 2009, 09:01:53 PM
My thoughts are :  Your day coming home with Sean is very close now.
I was very touched at people's actions towards helping you and reaching out in so many ways. I have being watching for some time now but just recently registered on the forums. I also helped in a small way in the translation of Judge Pinto's document. I have a similar situation where my children suffer from parental alienation syndrome imposed by their mother.  I was just lucky enough to get a restraining order before she fled the country with my children. Guess where to:  Brazil.  Thank God today I have my children living next to me and I have access to them on a daily basis. I can just imagine how life would be to be facing a situation such as yours.  Still, these days are close to an end.  You will have Sean back here in New Jersey where he belongs. My daughter Tiphanny is now 10 years old. She was born in New York, goes to school in 5th grade in Kearny NJ and she speaks both Portuguese and English.
I know Sean will face some adaptation back in NJ after so many years in Rio.  You may have a summer long before Sean is back to school in September and get new friends his age. We are not so far and we often go to the beach by Long Branch and other shore points close to you. Tiphanny is a very happy and outgoing child and she would be a very healthy resource of friendship for his adaptation. Please keep us in mind and in the meantime we will be participating in everything we can to make his return as soon as possible, including this weeks candle vigil.
All the best,
From me and my family,
Coimbra Costa
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: wisdomofsolomon on June 15, 2009, 08:52:32 PM
How is David doing on money?  Do we need to donate more so he can stay in Brazil during the appeal?
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: eez on June 15, 2009, 11:04:20 PM
Dear David,
I am a mother and I can feel the love you have for your son.  I have followed your story since the day my 2 year old son accidentally turned the TV channel to the Dr. Phil show. I couldn't change it back to the previous channel.  Your story was unbelievable to hear. I was so sad that day, but remained a constant follower since.  I have cried for you many times....and every time I watch the you tube video with the amazing one republic song that seems to have been written for you.  I have remained very hopeful for you.  I have happy, excited butterflies in my stomach for you. You love Sean and Sean loves you and we at BSH love U2 together!  I can't wait to celebrate your new lives together as father and son.  I wish you all the best of everything in your life.
Love, Erin
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: greg4sean on June 15, 2009, 11:27:25 PM
Dear David,
We may never meet each other, unless I win the lottery and could take a trip to NJ and have you take me fishing, but I want you to know how much I admire you. I have never married and have no children of my own. Well in a way I do my nephews and nieces who I love very much. When I look at a picture of Sean I see my oldest nephew and I think that if he was taken away by my brother-in-law I would do anything to get him back or go crazy.
There is no way for me to even imagine what you have been going through but know that I pray for you and Sean every day. I pray for your Mom and Dad and the rest of your family every day. I do not have a lot of money but I give what I can to help you, again if the lottery thing comes through that will increase dramatically. I write letters and talk about you and Sean to everyone; coworkers have any asked if you were family or something as much as I talk about Sean and you. I tell them no but I hate injustice and for them to think about if it was their son. That makes them think and write letters as well. I do what I can and as much as I can to try and help.
One day Sean will be with you of that I do not have any doubts. When that day comes and he is finally at his home in NJ give him a hug for me. For now just take your arms and give yourself a hug for me and know we are with you all the way no matter how long it takes.
I really have to go now to buy that lottery ticket. If I win you will be one of the first to know.
greg4sean
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DeeCee on June 16, 2009, 10:42:40 AM
I have been following your story for a while now...hoping and praying that your son returns to you soon.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sylviaw on June 16, 2009, 10:52:43 AM
David,
We lived through your hell, loosing 2 girls to Germany for 5 years!
[yes, even a "western" and US ally has difficulty enforcing Hague, even when US courts and the abducting parent signed the custody arrangements]
 
But keep the faith and hope....love does prevail, and we've seen it over and over
again when supporting others going through the ordeal as well...the children we fight for can feel it, even from afar.
 
The day WILL come, may it be very soon for you and Sean!
 
Sylvia
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sully on June 16, 2009, 03:51:03 PM
The immorailty, the heartlessness, the injustice. I'm devasted for you David, and devastated for Sean. I can't help but think about you, the loving and devoted father, being emotionally tortured every day, seeking the return of your son -- your SON -- YOUR son -- my heart aches and breaks for you both. Those behind and associated with the continued abduction of Sean will have a lot to explain at the pearly gates. Their answers will, no doubt, not be good enough. It's absolutely, gut-wrenchingly and insanely cruel what these people are doing. You and Sean are in my prayers daily. Stay strong David...you will ultimately win this battle. Your love for Sean is inspiring, incredible, honorable and unwavering.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: countrygirl on June 16, 2009, 05:23:18 PM
dear david
i just cried and i felt so sorry for what you are going through. i sure do hope that you get ful custody of sean and bring home for good also. my heart goes out to you david. i know excatly what you are going through. and they should let you bring sean home for good. because your sean real father to.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on June 16, 2009, 09:12:03 PM
Dear David,
 
Stay strong!  You will have Sean home soon and your love and bond for each other will grow stronger!  Bruna's family and husband know this and this is why they are being so heartless!  You and Sean both are constantly in my thoughts and prayers!  You have also done a great job in raising awareness for all the other LBPs!  Wishing you and Sean a lifetime of happiness and health together!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on June 16, 2009, 09:51:29 PM
Dear David,
Another day, another year has passed without your sweet boy at your side.  The time will come when Sean is home with you forever, and these past 5 years will be far outweighed by the lifetime you will have together as father and son.  
Prayers tonight and every night for you and Sean.  As my sister said tonight... she and my three nieces are 'storming the heavens' for you.  
You could feel the love and support tonight in Red Bank.  We will never give up.
Much love,
Christine
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: turo on June 16, 2009, 09:56:29 PM
Dear David,
As I sit on the couch tonight next to my four year old son, I think of how he is the age when Sean was taken from you.  No matter how many years have past, Sean will be by your side again.   Prayerfully soon with Godspeed.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gina.pomerico on June 17, 2009, 12:59:54 AM
Dear David,
  I am two doors down and not a day has passed by when I dont think about you and your son. You both have  the strongest bond between a father and a son i had ever seen before in my life. This will all work out and i pray every day for things to return to how they should be.  
 
Your family welcomed me when i would come and play with Sean. I have always considered Sean my little brother. You are loved and thought of here at my house. Support is always here. And while i watched and cried at the vigil i was awed by how many people support you. Things will get better.
 
Love,
Gina P.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Chicco on June 17, 2009, 02:07:17 AM
Dear David,
 
I cannot imagine the pain in your heart when you wake up every day or how difficult it is for you to go to sleep at night, waiting for your beautiful Sean to return home. I learnt to admire the strenght and courage of your actions and the calm in which you express your words and your heart breaking story whenever you have a chance to speak out.
 
You are an example to all fathers, on the meaning of our promisses to our kids, when we say we will love, protect and never leave them behind.
 
You and your son, Sean, are im my prayers. I am praying for you two to be blessed and reunited very soon. I also pray that the moments you will have with Sean once he gets back to you, are so magic, intense and filled with love that you are able to forget all the violence and unfair actions taken against you during the last 5 years.
 
I am deeply sorry that you had to live the experience of our judicial system. God bless you, Sean and your family as well as the heart and minds of the judges in Brazil with the ability to end your nightmare once for all and hopefully very soon.
 
I will be next to you and BSH community, helping the way I can until this is over.
 
My best wishes,
Chicco Vassellucci - S„o Paulo - Brazil
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 17, 2009, 04:55:26 PM
David,
 
The weather here in NJ is going to be awful again for yet another week. How does that affect your business?
 
I just read the threads on the awful video tape of Sean released in Brazil. Total exploitation, parental alienation, and probably a good amount of Stockholm syndrome. You need to be with your son!!! Is it possible for you to head down there in the next few days?
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Amber on June 17, 2009, 07:37:02 PM
David,

I have been following your progress since I saw the Dateline interview in January of this year.

Be encouraged to know that you have an army of people behind you.  So many of us are lifting you up in prayer, daily.   "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God" - Romans 8:28

I believe that for your life and for Sean.  God is faithful and you will not be forsaken!  I cannot wait for the day that we get the good news.....you and Sean on an airplane, headed home for good!

God Bless!

Amber Sollie - Issaquah, Washington
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Martin on June 17, 2009, 08:20:16 PM
Dear David
Your story was forwarded to me by a friend in Brazil and I really feel for you. What an awful bloody mess. All the more so, since your wife has died tragically as well. Your story has remarkable similarities to my case. I am a British citizen who has been trying to contact his daughter in Brazil without success for years and years in the face of exactly the same bad faith and legal jiggery-pokery as you are facing. After years of frustration and getting nowhere through British and Brazilian authorities and after my Hague Convention appeal had collapsed because my ex-wife had simply hidden my daughter, Rebeca,  away, had lied and refused to cooperate until she had reached her 16th birthday, I went to Brazil in person only to be immediately arrested at the airport on a trumped-up charge of non-payment of child support (I had never been summonsed). I was put in a 3mX4m cell with 15 other men while the British consulate in Sao Paulo connived with the authorities by lying to my family in the UK and to the British press about my conditions. I was held there for 15 days and eventually left Brazil without managing to see my daughter because she had been fraudulantly adopted by her stepfather in a way remarkably similar to the way in which Sean was. The image that was put accross by the press reports was that here was a deadbeat dad who hadn't paid child support for years when in fact I have been putting money into Rebeca's bank account in the UK since I left Brazil. All my attempts to see Rebeca, and all attempts to send money to Brazil had been ignored by her mother and her family. I too have been subjected to character assassination while my daughter gets turned against me day after day after day (she was told that I had disappeared and didn't want to know her). My case continues - my Brazilian lawyer is trying to reverse the illegal adoption (haha) but is up against a powerful and well-connected family here too. My ex-mother-in-law is a lawyer who specialises in family law and my ex-father-in-law is Brazilian director of a famous US toolmaker. The elites in Brazil...the country of impunity, eh? Well they created the Brazilian State and they run it...
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/2477192/British-University-lecturer-behind-bars-in-Brazil.html
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7532611.stm
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Steph on June 18, 2009, 11:08:53 PM
David

My husband and I are praying for the return of your son. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't discuss your story. We have a six month old baby, and we know that no one else in the world loves a child more than it's own parents. We are proud of you. We know that you will never give up on your boy. Your efforts for his recovery are nothing short of heroic.

I guess the Brazilian family thought they could intimidate you with their power and wealth. What they didn't realize is you having nothing to lose.
Whatever happens from here Sean can never doubt how much you love him.

Much love and support from your friends in Austin Texas
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kamishiro on June 20, 2009, 01:13:29 AM
David , i have been following your situation for a long time . I fell ashamed to be brazilian for so much injustice that you have gone through but i believe and i know for sure that Sean will return . In a word so twisted ( where Brazil is a country that put wealth above the law ) you proved that being a honest and a good person is worth it ! You serve me as a exemple to follow ! You never gave up and justice will win , your love for four son got through everyone ! Soon in a very veery near future , you two will be together again , living happily  :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Teena on June 20, 2009, 09:26:52 AM
Dear David,
 
Hang in there! I truley believe that Sean will be home soon. The odds are on your side. I will continue to pray for you both and do everything I can to assist in Sean's return. You have a huge support system here! And like you, we will never give up!
 
Take care,
Teena
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: zaxmom on June 20, 2009, 02:48:01 PM
To A Wonderful Father,
    My mom always says to me it gets worse before it gets better.  I think you about to have an entirely different life. You are just about to bring your son home.....life will never be as it was and this, that you are going through will soon be over.  So to speak, you are just about to pull the boat into the dock and throw the lines up.  Wash down the deck and secure the boat for the next run. Walk away from a fishing trip that should have ended much much sooner.  

You are a wonderful father and now is the time that your son and you will have the rest of your lives to enjoy together.  May you have peace an love from here on.  To a new beginning.      
                                           Fondly,   Tami from Brick, NJ
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cathlabnurse on June 20, 2009, 06:47:03 PM
Quote from: Chicco;34226
Dear David,
 
I cannot imagine the pain in your heart when you wake up every day or how difficult it is for you to go to sleep at night, waiting for your beautiful Sean to return home. I learnt to admire the strenght and courage of your actions and the calm in which you express your words and your heart breaking story whenever you have a chance to speak out.
 
You are an example to all fathers, on the meaning of our promisses to our kids, when we say we will love, protect and never leave them behind.
 
You and your son, Sean, are im my prayers. I am praying for you two to be blessed and reunited very soon. I also pray that the moments you will have with Sean once he gets back to you, are so magic, intense and filled with love that you are able to forget all the violence and unfair actions taken against you during the last 5 years.
 
I am deeply sorry that you had to live the experience of our judicial system. God bless you, Sean and your family as well as the heart and minds of the judges in Brazil with the ability to end your nightmare once for all and hopefully very soon.
 
I will be next to you and BSH community, helping the way I can until this is over.
 
My best wishes,
Chicco Vassellucci - S„o Paulo - Brazil

It is really a heartwarming letter, thank you, i just just feel it in my heart but i know it is more so with David and his family.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Lisa P. on June 20, 2009, 10:47:09 PM
David,

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said by all the many people who have grown to care about you.  You and Sean are on my mind as if you are family.  As Father's Day has approached, my heart has grown heavier knowing what you must be feeling...what you will be feeling when you wake up tomorrow and Sean isn't there.  We all feel a degree of that heartbreak for you...and we are all outraged about everything that has happened.

I hope you find comfort in knowing how much you are cared for, how much people support you and are rooting for you.  I firmly believe that the universe has a way of taking care of things and that Sean WILL come home.  I cannot wait for the day that I hear the good news!!

Keep up the hope...sometimes, it's all that we've got to hold on to.  Everything WILL work out!!  

I wish you many blessings, much love, and tremendous happiness.  

Lisa
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ENR on June 21, 2009, 12:14:01 AM
Hi David,

Hopefully you are out on the calming water fishing with your clients seven days a week in hopes to help sidetrack you from the roller coaster going on in Brazil.  You know you have all our support and that Sean loves his one and true father so much.  Keep the faith as momentum is seeming to be moving in your direction.  It is like sailing through the storm in order to get to the calm.  Keep moving forward with dignity and pride as your day will come.  It won't be long.  God bless you.

E Redfield
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on June 21, 2009, 12:26:44 AM
David, I want to wish you A very Happy Fathers's Day. Know that we are all here for you. Your little boy also loves you. I had hoped this was going to be the year that you spend it with Sean. But know this will be over soon and every day will be Father's Day. May God bless you and enjoy the day. :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on June 21, 2009, 11:09:10 AM
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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Bill33 on June 21, 2009, 11:36:40 AM
Dear David:

Happy Father's day.  It is obvious to every one the bond you have with Sean, and I know you'll be together soon.  While I cannot imagine the pain you've been through, I admire your persistence and love for your son.

Bill
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: vipermann1 on June 21, 2009, 07:21:00 PM
David,
 
My prayers are with you and I know you and Sean will be reunited very soon!!!!
I wish you the best in bringing your son back home!!!!
Be strong and keep up the pressure!!!
 
Thanks,
Usman "UZY" Malik
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Bree on June 21, 2009, 09:05:25 PM
Hi David!
 
As I sit here and watch my little guy fall asleep (also named Sean, 6 weeks old), I think of you and how you must feel not having the same opportunity for the past 5 years. It breaks my heart to know that Sean is still in Brazil without the father who loves him more than life itself. I know in my heart that it will not be long now and your Sean will be in your arms in New Jersey.  I pray that you are able to watch Sean play soccer, practice martial arts and wrestling very soon at home. I know that you both will enjoy remodeling his bedroom. He may be too cool now for Scooby Doo. ;)
 
Like most of the others here, I do not know you and may not ever have the opportunity to meet you. However, I wish for you nothing but the very best.  You are a wonderful role model for the other LBP's and you are an inspiration to me. The love you have for each other has not faded nor do I expect it ever to. It's sad what he has encountered at the hands of those who claim to love him. They do not know love! But you do!!! I will continue to hold you and Sean in my thoughts and prayers!
 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails! -- 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)
 
Hang in there, David! Remember, you are not alone; there are thousands of us that stand right here beside you! Happy Father's Day to a wonderful father! I hope you enjoyed the day with your Dad. I hope that next year on Father's Day, it will be you and Sean that can take your Dad out for a guy's day.
 
Take care,
Wendy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lauralee817 on June 21, 2009, 09:47:23 PM
Dear David,
 
On this Father's Day, know that Sean will be safe in your loving, protective arms very soon.  He will come to understand what a true hero is....YOU!  Stay strong for him...it's almost over.  
 
You & Sean continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.  
 
May God bless you and Happy Father's Day David!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on June 21, 2009, 09:56:50 PM
Dear David....I swear...this is the LAST fathers day you will spend without Sean.  I hope you did managed to have a peaceful day with your own father. You and Sean were definitely in my thoughts today.  Take care!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on June 22, 2009, 12:55:11 PM
David, this is a day late but I wanted to wish you a belated Happy Father's Day to probably one of the best fathers out there (next to my husband, :)). I say a prayer for you and Sean every day but yesterday was different as I know that you're spending your special day without your precious boy. I went to church and prayed for you there and prayed for you yet again before I went to bed.
 
Like Wendy said, this will be the LAST Father's Day you will spend without Sean. I know there are many of us that will not stop until you and all of the other LBPs have their children back where they belong.
 
God Bless,
 
The Faust Family
Eric, Paige and Owen
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigeplant on June 22, 2009, 08:09:57 PM
Quote from: Amazee;93
David;
 
I have been praying for you. I will continue to pray for you and Sean to be permanently reunited.

 
David ,I hope you have the chance to read this , I know so much is going on in your life .
 
When I was 4 I was taken from my mom and dad and placed in a foster home until I was 9. I had never seen or heard from my mom in 5 years , but my Dad stayed a constant in my life . If only for thinking of him , he loved me so much and the conection never left us. When I came home all of my brothers and sister's were there as well as my parents . My mom passed when I was 10 and still I held on to my Dad . He never let me go, the way you have fought is the way my Dad did and believe me if he had to go to the president to make known he would have done the same. Now I'm 47 ,my Dad has since passed as well , and he will always be my greateat treasure, the way your are for Sean , just hold on to him and it will work itself out , I promise, I have lived it . FOR YOUR ARE SEAN'S GREATEST TEASURE!!!
 
YOUR ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS Paige
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sherrybar on June 23, 2009, 08:15:09 PM
Dear David,
You have been so strong, standing and calling for justice when no one was listening. I know they are listening now. You have many friends, most of whom you have never met, doing what they can to stand with you in this fight for justice, for Sean. You no longer need to carry the load alone, we will all help you fight for Sean.
WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on June 23, 2009, 10:10:05 PM
Hang in there!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Martin on June 24, 2009, 05:00:23 AM
Dear David
 
Just to say that I've spent the last few days and nights reading through all of the documentation on here and that it's given me hope in two ways: 1) that I am not alone in this - there are many of us out there 2) that 'the truth will out' - no matter how duplicitous these well-connected, powerful people are, popular campaigns like yours can expose them as the fraudulent and dangerous emotional wrecks that they are. ForÁa!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cristinawelborn on June 24, 2009, 01:43:54 PM
Dear David,
 
When you feel like the battle is hard on you, please remember that you have a team, a very strong team of people working hard with you. We are working the telephone lines, the faxes and e-mails on Sean's behalf. Your team is getting larger and larger everyday, and remember, there is power in numbers.
 
Keep fighting strong. You inspire us to be better citizens and make our voices heard.
 
You have my promise that we will keep fighting until Sean is home.
 
Cristina
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ConcernedDad on June 25, 2009, 08:53:34 AM
Dear David,

You and your son are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Like thousands and thousands of your supporters, we will continue to actively stand behind you until your son is home in NJ. Stay strong, you are a very honorable man.

Sincerely,

Will and Katrina
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Rockford on June 26, 2009, 02:14:01 PM
Dear Mr. Goldman,
 
I have recently joined with the throngs of others who have not met you but empathize with your pain and that of your family's.
 
In view of the latest roller coasters you have been forced to ride on, I wanted to leave some wise and comforting words from a historical namesake of yours who was no stranger to sorrow or disappointment. Like you, he also fought fair for many years and never gave up what was rightfully his. I speak of King David from the Bible.
 
His writings have been greatly instrumental in bringing me peace in times of personal turmoil. I leave you with these words:
"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD."
 
Waiting alongside you,
 
Rockford
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: buckeye on June 26, 2009, 02:20:20 PM
David,
You have 50,000+ working for you!  Never give up.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ks63 on June 26, 2009, 02:44:23 PM
David,
You are not alone in this ordeal. All of us think of you daily. Take care of yourself. Sean needs you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Caldwell on June 26, 2009, 08:04:40 PM
David,

I am a recent arrival at this website and this cause.  I'm not much of a TV watcher, so some thanks go to cnn.com for running your story recently which got my attention.  After spending a few hours one evening lurking around this website looking for evidence of the "other side of the story", and not finding it, I can safely say that I have been emotionally consumed by this travesty.  As a father of two, I cannot imagine what is has been, is, like for you to put one foot in front of the other each day. This past year, my son (late teens) has been overseas as an exchange student, and it kills us to have him gone that long--and this is by choice and at an age when he's supposed to ship off.  So, with the power of the internet and the human spirit, know that you now have at least two more fervent supporters (my wife and I) who will work until justice is reached for you and the other LBP who suffer.  Your strength, courage, and measured demeanor in the face of this obstacle is truly inspiring.  I wish we could do more.  Hang in there.
Caldwell
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: margie on June 26, 2009, 08:18:29 PM
Dear David:
 
I know you cannot answer this but have you ever asked to meet with President Obama yourself? With all the attention your case is getting, I wonder if this could help.
 
Margie
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: heatheram29 on June 26, 2009, 09:57:01 PM
Quote from: margie;39274
Dear David:
 
I know you cannot answer this but have you ever asked to meet with President Obama yourself? With all the attention your case is getting, I wonder if this could help.
 
Margie

Male Eclectus.. nice  :D
 
SOS Clinton called him a while back.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: mikeberry on June 26, 2009, 11:38:37 PM
I so deeply respect David's ability to remain "cool" all these years.  I, unfortunately, would be in jail by now!  I would have either hired mercenaries or gone over there myself!  You are a man's man David Goldman!  Keep the faith!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on June 27, 2009, 10:23:22 AM
Quote from: mikeberry;39329
I so deeply respect David's ability to remain "cool" all these years. I, unfortunately, would be in jail by now! I would have either hired mercenaries or gone over there myself! You are a man's man David Goldman! Keep the faith!

I am with you on that mikeberry. But the way the Brazilian "judiciary" works, if all the LeS and Robieros died, I am sure they will grant custody to some complete stranger, rather than David.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Caldwell on June 27, 2009, 03:57:57 PM
David, and supporters here at BSH.  I just attended a wonderful small town high school graduation.  It was not for a family member, so my mind was free to think about other things, and it kept coming back to my deep hope that David and Sean will share a day like this one.  And it was punctuated by a wonderful speech by the beloved school principal who, by his own tradition, turns the lectern around to face the graduates seated behind him. Among his many heartfelt words, he quoted, of all things, the West Point Cadet Maxim, which I got from him after the ceremony and reprint here for all to take in:

Risk more than others think is safe.

Care more than others think is wise.

Dream more than others think is practical.

Expect more than others think is possible.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kojoky on June 29, 2009, 12:04:21 PM
David-
my heart goes out to you. my husband also has a 9 year old son, who was kept from him for the last 5 years. His story is very simmilar to yours. Only instead of being seperated by an ocean, they were only seperated by the Columbia Rivier. He has recently won his long battle and we enjoy 4 days a week with a boy who we hardly know. It has been a long, long, long five years, but we are so greatful that we did not give up.
 
My step-son is adjusting to his "real" father and we are all so happy he is home!! Keep your head up! I pray that your boy will come home soon!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on June 29, 2009, 12:53:27 PM
David,
We all stand united to the end. The man upstairs has a plan but it is taking a little longer than planned. Keep your head up!
 
"We will never give up the fight"
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on June 29, 2009, 08:13:45 PM
Dear David,
 
I hope this ordeal ends soon for you!  I just sent an e-mail to Obama, Clinton and Lula...these leaders need to do more to bring your sweet boy home!  I will continue to keep you in my prayers!  Please have faith...it will happen soon!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mary355 on July 02, 2009, 03:06:30 PM
David,
 
i am sorry for my english,i hope you understand.I saw you yesterday on TV at Dr.Phil.
Hier is something i would like to tell you.I spent my life sorounded from brasilian people and i can tell you they are absolutely great people,especially the women.They have a great heart and are beautiful inside and outside.I am also an european latin woman and i feel like they do.
I would ask you for a moment to look honestly back and into your heart.Was your marriage really so perfect,are you the person,that you pretend to be???I do not think so.No woman runs away like this (withouht looking back),if everything was perfect,if he has at home a great husband,that makes her happy. A woman makes such a step when the situation at home is not to endure any more.I think,that you are not,what you pretend to be.For a brasilian,latin woman,marriage ,family is very importante and she only makes such step,when she can not take it any more,when her husband abuses her and makes her life to hell. They are also great women,they try to hide in the public the misery in their marriage.So the picture you both had in public,was not the reality.
To call your wife a monster is absolutely disgusting,brought me closer to the thought,that you maybe abused her and made her life to hell and nobody knew about it.Brasilian women suffer a lot,before they decide to make the step and confess to anybody.I do not wonder ,that she kept her pain and misery in her marriage for herself.
I do not believe that she run away with no reason.This is a bad fat lie.
I do not believe that everything was perfect like you pretend.
Your son is not only american,he is a latino and i am a latina too.He will one day find out the truth,never forget that.He will one day find out the truth from the grandparents.Latinos never forget and forgive.If you treated your wife bad,finally her parents found out,your child will find out too one day.You may win and bring him back,but i can tell you one thing,if you pretended to be,what you are not,and this in fornt of the whole american nation,he will not forgive you and he will go back to brasil,when he is old and understand everything.
You will lose him later like you lost his mother!!
if your heart is honest,go for it and fight for it,but if not,you should give up,because your victory is only for short term.As soon as the boy is old enough,HE WILL FIND out the truth.He will search for his grandparents,you should know that.I know Latinos better then you will ever know. You will remember my words one day.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on July 04, 2009, 10:30:34 AM
Quote from: lbl;40487
Hi everybody,
 
I'm the canadian whose child has also been kidnapped in 2004. Given that my case is still ongoing (will be heard in Brazilia in the coming months or years...), I must be careful in my comments ...
 
I won the first instance trial and the appeal ordering the return of my son to Canada. Then, the mother of my son got the approval for the case to be heard in Brasilia (STF).
 
All I would like to say to Brazil is that everyday is so painful to live because of the sadness of missing my son. How can a country can take 5 years (or more) to decide for the life of a child!
 
My son barely speaks english (although the mother being fluent in english) but last time I phoned him he told me "I love you Pai" for about 10 minutes at the end of our conversation.
 
I know one day we will be reunited and we will be the best friends on earth. And I hope this moment will come soon...
 
I would like to thank everybody on this website for what you have done (and still do...) for David's case and all the other cases around the world with Brazil.

Welcome! lbl
 
Thank you for becoming a member. Hope to hear of your case, so we can possibly help. Hope you are reunited soon. Again Welcome...
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on July 04, 2009, 10:49:21 AM
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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on July 04, 2009, 10:59:30 AM
Quote from: lbl;40487
Hi everybody,
 
I'm the canadian whose child has also been kidnapped in 2004. Given that my case is still ongoing (will be heard in Brazilia in the coming months or years...), I must be careful in my comments ...
 
I won the first instance trial and the appeal ordering the return of my son to Canada. Then, the mother of my son got the approval for the case to be heard in Brasilia (STF).
 
All I would like to say to Brazil is that everyday is so painful to live because of the sadness of missing my son. How can a country can take 5 years (or more) to decide for the life of a child!
 
My son barely speaks english (although the mother being fluent in english) but last time I phoned him he told me "I love you Pai" for about 10 minutes at the end of our conversation.
 
I know one day we will be reunited and we will be the best friends on earth. And I hope this moment will come soon...
 
I would like to thank everybody on this website for what you have done (and still do...) for David's case and all the other cases around the world with Brazil.

Welcome......
 
Hopefully, ALL of the American children will be returned to the U.S. for REAL custody hearings soon.....including yours.....
 
It amazes me that EVERY LBP with a child in Brazil isn't a member of this site. I know we have some, but I haven't seen 50. With Davids case getting so much publicity, I'd think all LBP's with children in Brazil would be following this VERY closely. David and HR2702 could very well cause the return of ALL of these children. His story has shed light on this very serious problem, which is why Brazil's dirty little secret is now exposed. The more voices we have, the better..........
 
Happy 4th....and then get back to work calling congressmen and the Prez. on Monday............

Happy 4th to you also Dave.....hang in there......
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: JamesJosephs on July 04, 2009, 06:52:17 PM
Quote from: lbl;40785
Hi everyone,
I know other cases in 3 other countries. I have contacted some fathers by email asking them to find politicians in their respective countries. On my side, I have talked to a politician at the federal level (Canada) and I'm waiting for a response. My goal is having a canadian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs) involved with Congressman Chris Smith. That would certainly put more pressure on Brazil if more countries join USA.

That's great LBL. I hope the Canadian government is responsive to your request for assistance! It would make it clear that this is not a Brazil vs US issue, rather, the Brazilian government and judicial system vs the civilized world.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Bill33 on July 04, 2009, 07:08:44 PM
Quote from: lbl;40785
Hi everyone,
I know other cases in 3 other countries. I have contacted some fathers by email asking them to find politicians in their respective countries. On my side, I have talked to a politician at the federal level (Canada) and I'm waiting for a response. My goal is having a canadian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs) involved with Congressman Chris Smith. That would certainly put more pressure on Brazil if more countries join USA.

lbl
 
First of all, I hope and pray for your child to be returned to you soon.  I think it is great that you are encouraging your Canadian politician to work with Chris Smith.   Please also encourage the fathers to come to this site, there are a lot of people willing to help and make phone calls, etc on their behalf.
 
Bill
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on July 04, 2009, 07:51:13 PM
Another holiday goes by and Sean is still not home.  I just don't know how you hold up, David.  Your strength astounds me.
Every holiday that has gone by since I heard about your nightmare, I've thought of you and Sean and believed that it would be your LAST holiday apart.  I just don't know what it is going to take for Sean to come home.  I can be happy for you knowing that NO ONE will rest until that day happens.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on July 05, 2009, 01:13:26 AM
Good night David. I hope you were able to spend this holiday surrounded by the love of your family and friends. Yes, another day without Sean, but also one day less until you are reunited. :hug:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lovellboys on July 15, 2009, 10:23:06 PM
Good luck tomorrow David.  I hope and pray that your action and the support from Chris Smith and other political leaders will help keep this issue fresh in everyone's mind.  

All the children need to come home.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on July 17, 2009, 08:42:11 PM
David you are an amazing person! I am so honored to have you help , not only your son , but all the lbp's . It was so touching to see a clip of you fighting for all the children. Keep fighting with " Maximum Force." David Goldman you are a wonderful man. I am a nurse and try to do good everyday, but you are such an inspiration. You inspire me to be an even better person!! The Nurses of Illinois Love and Support BringSeanHome!!!! Go David! GO! I will never stop trying to help you get your sweet boy home.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: EdDeragon on July 26, 2009, 08:27:07 AM
Hello. I am an American Male from Massachusetts who is married to a Brazilian woman with a son of 13 months now. She is from Belo Horizonte. She tells me that the stepfather has a lot of pull because he knows a lot of higher ups who can help him do what he is trying to do now to keep Sean there, which is obvious.
  In Brasil, if you come from a wealthy background, pretty much you can manipulate anything if you are a lawyer.
My personal opinion on this case is why isn't President Obama talking at all about it and why did Hillary Clinton stop talking about it after she said she would do everything in her power to return him to the USA? Politics again get in the way after so many promises they always offer to get into office to say they are for helping us.
  I look at Davids video on youtube with the song "Come Home", and I picture myself in that situation of losing my son. I tear up everytime i hear that song together with all the pictures of them together. My son means the world to me. The USA helped bring Elian Gonzales home to his native Cuba when there was a big custody problem, how on earth did the USA let this happen for 5 years without nothing?
  Hague? Come on, we aren't even enforcing ur own laws. Unless, of course, it happened to Chelsea Clinton or Malia and Sasha Obama. Wait.... read what I wrote above about having money and power to get what you want..... Does Hillary and Barak look at Davids Video on youtube at all? I wonder what they would think?
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on July 27, 2009, 11:46:16 AM
David,
Thank you for joining us at Dunesday! It was wonderful to finally meet you in person. I think I speak for all of us, who contributed to the huge success of this event, that we are happy and proud to have been able to help.
Although I hope that there will not be a need for our support much longer and Sean will be home, I want you to know that you can always count on us.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on July 28, 2009, 08:48:49 AM
I'm still fighting for you, your son, and the other children.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kim in socal on July 28, 2009, 01:42:10 PM
David,
 
You say that you will never give up and I want you to know we won't either. We must work hard to bring all of our kids home! I saw a pic of you at the Dunesday event and hope you were able to enjoy the day even with a heavy heart. I believe that good things will always come to good people so your are long overdue.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on August 07, 2009, 12:33:15 AM
David,
 
Whenever things seem to stagnate or not move as fast as we would like them to, many people might just want to give up.
 
Not I! I will continue fighting for Sean and the other children. As a matter of fact, slow times give me even more incentive to push even harder.
 
We WILL get your son home.
 
Sending love, prayors, and strength your way,
 
Audax
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on August 07, 2009, 07:34:09 AM
Quote from: Audax;44725
David,
 
Whenever things seem to stagnate or not move as fast as we would like them to, many people might just want to give up.
 
Not I! I will continue fighting for Sean and the other children. As a matter of fact, slow times give me even more incentive to push even harder.
 
We WILL get your son home.
 
Sending love, prayors, and strength your way,
 
Audax

:yeahthat:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on August 08, 2009, 09:25:36 PM
Still with you David ..... ALL THE WAY !!!!! Tough times, tough year and we're still hanging tough !
                                              All my best,
                                                       Jackie in Upstate NY
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Caldwell on August 09, 2009, 01:08:52 AM
David,

I did something today that I have never done in my 55 year life, I had a personal meeting with a Representative to the United States Congress.  And did I do this to advocate about war, the environment, healthcare, the economy? No, I did it to talk about the injustice being heaped upon you, your son, and the hundreds of other parents and abducted children in your shoes.

Last night, in preparation for my meeting with the Congressman, I found myself looking at the Dateline segments again for only the second time, and I missed it when it first aired. You made two statements that stuck with me all morning, playing like a small voice as my meeting progressed.  One, you said, as all of us feel, "this is just so wrong on so many levels". And two, you said "I think about Sean every waking minute of every day, and then again when I sleep".

Well, my friend who I have never met, these two statements gave me the all the energy and motivation I needed to make the most of my meeting, and I hope this small step will contribute to the swift return of Sean and all the other children who need to be reunited with their parents.

Never give up.

Caldwell.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on August 09, 2009, 06:27:39 AM
God bless you, Caldwell.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on August 18, 2009, 09:25:47 PM
David,
 
Know that we all feel your agony and are frustrated by how long this process takes. But for me, the energy produced by my anger gives me even more strenth to keep fighting. There is no turning back. There never has been and there never will be.
 
Sending love, strength, and prayers to both you and Sean
 
Audax
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on August 19, 2009, 01:28:12 PM
David - I have not had an opportunity to [recently] comment to you - lots of reasons and excuses! However, I want you to know that you and Sean in daily in my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of my family and many friends. Your situation is foremost in my/our minds each and every day. I can only imagine the pain and hurts you endure - more than any of us can truly comprehend. PLEASE know that I/we are with you today... tomorrow... every day until Sean IS home with you and this nightmare is past. And even after that - my/our support will continue for you [both]. You continue to be an example - a stalwart of a man - a blessing to me/us in how you have handled yourself in every situation. I commend you. I thank you. Be encouraged in all if this - Sean WILL come home... and the sooner this happens the better. Sean is so blessed to have a father such as you - what a testimony to all of us "other" dads! I/we are here for you, my friend. Hang in there!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Chicco on September 09, 2009, 02:24:26 PM
David,
 
I just saw you at NBC interview today. Once again you delivered a very strong and clear message. Your determination in face of your problem and the choices you have made to fight Sean/ your rights are a life inspiration.
 
You have my full support in Brazil. I hope your saga is over soon with Sean back in your life at his home in NJersey. I continue to pray for you, Sean, your family and for those ruling in this case so they make the right decisions and create the foundations for our legal system to stop international child abduction to Brazil from happening again.  
 
God bless you,
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on September 10, 2009, 11:07:01 AM
David,
I saw you yesterday on tv as I was caring for an older gentleman patient, He said you were going to get your son , and You are destined for greatness. He was so calm and confident , as he knew what would transpire. Just a happy note! It gave me the chills, and a sense of calmness. The nurses of Illinois support and Love David Goldman.:cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on September 11, 2009, 08:45:33 AM
Dear David,
I am now in Rio de Janeiro visiting my family and my church ,and I realized that I just can pray for you and Sean be together soon. All my friends and family are for you and our churches are praying and all believe that justice will be done. God bless you!
Celita Polsgrove
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sherri on September 17, 2009, 10:06:59 AM
David,
I have been following you and Sean for years. What is wrong with our God? What is wrong with our Government? For this to be taking so long. You and Sean can't get those years back! All things you must live with each day that goes by. I hate when everyone says "God Bless You and Sean". If he did you would have had Sean back years ago.
 
I sound REALLY negative I know, but how much can one father and son take! I am just frustrated with it all. You have always showed complete composer but inside it must be "Hell". Show after Show! The support from everyone around the world must be extremly important for you but what about Sean? What support does he have. He only knows what he is being told by those around him. What a selfish woman your ex-wife was! A mother is suppose to look out for her child.
 
Your intense love for Sean is a wonderful thing to see. That love is what gets you through all these interviews and court hearings I am sure. You are a honorable man David Goldman! Standing by your son no matter what. I hope when the day comes when Sean comes home that you don't show him all of this. You don't have to you know. Your love for him will be enough and with time, that is all Sean will need to see from you. Not all these strangers opinions of a situation that only you and him have lived through...no one else knows but you and Sean. So try and remember that when the day comes.
 
Sherri
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on September 19, 2009, 09:04:57 AM
Hey David...I'm sorry I have not been around so much lately.  I simply cannot comprehend how you, carlos, tim, and all the LBPs cope every day with this nightmare.  I have had to step back and take a break for my own family and then last night it dawned on me that you don't get to do this.  You have to live with it every single day and my heart breaks for you.  I wish I could make it to the walkathon but it's my own son's 7th birthday that weekend.  Whenever we celebrate milestones like this I think of Sean and send a silent wish that he will be able to enjoy them with you soon.  I am ever hopeful that the good people of Brazil will not let a 6th year come before you are reunited with Sean.  Take care of yourself and stay strong!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on September 29, 2009, 04:38:15 AM
Dear David, I continue to think about you and Sean every day.  I hope and pray and talk about this tragedy and injustice to whomever will listen.  Sending my love to you and your family now.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Stacey Lee on October 05, 2009, 03:17:38 PM
I participated in the walk on Oct. 3rd and I want you to know that my friends and family support you and will continue to support you until Sean comes home. I can only imagine how difficult this situation must be and as I saw you on Saturday I thought what I would say to you, if I had the opportunity to say hello...and I couldnt think of the right words except a poem that my father had given me when I was going through a difficult time and this is the poem:
 
Pain's furnace heat within me quivers, God's breath upon the flame doth blow; And all my heart in anguish shivers And trembles at the fiery glow; And yet I whisper, "As God will!" And in the hottest fire hold still.
He comes and lays my heart, all heated, On the hard anvil, minded so Into His own fair shape to beat it With His great hammer, blow on blow; And yet I whisper, "As God will!" And at His heaviest blows hold still.
He takes my softened heart and beats it; The sparks fly off at every blow; He turns it o'er and o'er and heats it, And lets it cool, and makes it glow; And yet I whisper, "As God will!" And in His mighty hand hold still.
Why should I murmur? for the sorrow Thus only longer-lived would be; The end may come, and will tomorrow, When God has done His work in me; So I say trusting, "As God will!" And, trusting to the end, hold still. --Julius Sturm
 
David, I pray that you continue to have the courage and strength to bring you through this most difficult time and I pray for your son Sean, that he will always be protected and you both will be reunited again.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on October 08, 2009, 08:56:08 PM
ďFirst they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.Ē Mahatma Gandhi

Looks like we're 3/4 of the way there! Hang in there, David.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on October 16, 2009, 09:00:14 PM
Dear David,
 
I check this site daily hoping to hear that the Brazil judicial system will return your son to you soon!  I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers until the day Sean is reunited with you on a permanent basis!  Please stay healthy and strong!  Take care for now!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: orangepunchbuggy on October 28, 2009, 11:44:03 PM
Hi David.
Hang in there honey. I have been waiting patiently for updates. I thought we were working on the begining of Oct. No surprise though. Just patience really. Think about you all the time.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: margie on October 29, 2009, 10:21:27 PM
Dear David: I too check this website almost daily hoping for something to break in your case. I still remain optimistic since there may be a lot more going on than the public knows right now. I hope you can get on TV as much as possible since that is how I and many others learned about your case. You are remarkable. Take good care of yourself. You're a very special person.
 
Blessings to you and your family. Hang in there.
 
Margie
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on October 30, 2009, 12:58:25 PM
~still here!~
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: rlgriffo on November 19, 2009, 11:18:37 PM
I live in Australia and we just had the Dr Phil show air with David on it.  I was shocked at this situation and was so touched by his story that I did an immediate search online to see if the case was resolved yet.  I am absolutely disgusted, shocked, amazed, dismayed, and terribly saddened that David and Sean still have not been reunited.  I can totally understand why some people go to the lengths of "kidnapping" their child back again rather than dealing with these official channels.  They are meant to be there to protect people, and more often than not they only end up protecting those in the wrong.  It is sickening that a country like America is not demanding more from Brazil and is allowing their refusal to return Sean to go unpunished.  I expected more from Obama.

I just can not believe that this can be allowed to happen in any circumstance.  Especially though with the amount of media and government attention this particular case has received.  It just seems totally unreal that this is still going on and has been for so long.

All the time lost that can never be replaced for Sean and David.  I can not find the words to describe how flabbergasted I am by this story.  It is sickening and my heart goes out to David and Sean.  

How can the media keep describing Sean's mother's death as tragic?  If you ask me, the only tragedy in this story is what has happened to Sean and David. That woman  committed the biggest and most unforgivable offense against David and her own son, I for one would not describe her death as a tragedy.

David my thoughts are with you.  Stay strong and I hope with all my heart that you get your little boy back soon.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: luvthelake on November 20, 2009, 09:05:21 AM
You are doing a awsome job of getting the message out about your Son and all the other LBP. As you see from the post before me that rlgriffo saw your story on TV, You are making a impact for Sean and all the others. May God be with you and Sean.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Caldwell on November 23, 2009, 06:02:07 PM
We hope everyone in the WORLD will pay attention to your upcoming testimony at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of Congress (Dec 2).  This will be the most significant opportunity you have had in a while to tell your story, which you do so well.  May your head be as clear as always, your heart strong, and know that there are thousands of us who would be in that room with you if possible.  Your voice, along with ours, MUST be heard at the highest levels of our government, for that is how Sean will be returned to you where he belongs.
 
Caldwell
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on November 26, 2009, 10:19:55 AM
David and Family,

I hope that you have a peaceful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for being able to be part of your quest to return Sean "and all the other children on your back".
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on November 26, 2009, 10:45:15 AM
Quote from: Audax;49481
David and Family,
 
I hope that you have a peaceful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for being able to be part of your quest to return Sean "and all the other children on your back".
:yeahthat:
 
And we'll see you on Wednesday..............

This is the last Thanksgiving you will spend here w/out Sean.....
Title: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on December 02, 2009, 07:44:49 PM
Dear David,
 
I continue to keep you and Sean in my prayers.  I hope that Sean will be home soon.  I am disgusted at the both the US and Brazilian government/ judicial system for not acting quicker.  I truly believe Sean will be coming home to you (where he belongs)...I just hope it is soon.  Stay strong and I look forward to the special day!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 03, 2009, 11:58:01 AM
David,
I am so proud of you. I know the rainbow will be coming your way. Take a deep breath and know that so many people are standing behind you. We are cheering for you! I know you will have your son home soon. Your tragedy will turn to supreme happiness. You will have your boy soon. THE NURSES OF ILLINOIS SUPPORT AND LOVE DAVID & SEAN GOLDMAN. GO DAVID ! GO!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: TimothyRomer on December 04, 2009, 12:07:04 PM
I just wanted to say that you're always in my prayers and thoughts. I'ts so hard for me to accept what those people are doing down there, and how they can live with themselves..All I can do is just pray..I live in Hawaii, and cannot wait for the day you and Sean come out to visit, and just get away. I have a five year old and just could'nt imagine this happening. The things we will do for are children, and what you have accomplished is nothing short of amazing..Sean will be home soon..!!
 
I have have alot of friends that live here in Hawaii that are from Jersey. I have invited them to join the fight..They too can't wait for the day you come to The Land of Aloha..
 
God Bless and Aloha For Sean...
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on December 11, 2009, 10:30:06 PM
David and Family,

Happy Hanukkah! The festival of lights. May you be blessed and be reunited with Sean soon.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Caldwell on December 11, 2009, 11:01:32 PM
David & Family,

Happy Chanukah,

May this be your last without Sean. In fact, our prayers are that by the seventh or eighth night this year there will be a miracle, and justice, and you can light candles together. We lit an extra Menorah for you and Sean tonight.

Caldwell
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on December 12, 2009, 10:31:48 AM
Dear David,
Happy Chanukah,  It has been an hounour to be involved in this gemilut chasadim. We are all waiting for Sean's return.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: margie on December 13, 2009, 06:00:13 PM
Dear David:

I am praying that your nightmare will end very soon. You are a remarkable man and your son can be very proud of his Dad. Will stayed tuned for this Wednesday with high hopes for a reunion with your son.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers as always. Best to you and your family.

Margie
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: abbysomething on December 15, 2009, 06:22:51 PM
David,
How long your days must be. I am so sorry. I don't know you or the other parents who suffer like you, but I have a child I would not want to be without. Who could imagine, in this day and age, you'd even have to argue to get your child back from a kidnapper? How much empathy does it take to see there is no gray area here?
 
I don't have to tell you to keep fighting. I already know you will never take no for an answer. No one can tell a parent to cut their losses and go away. This is not a condo or property you are fighting over. They underestimate your love.
 
My family and I will be pulling for you and will continue to request that our congressmen do their utmost to grease the rusty wheels of justice for you and all other parents of abducted children. I want to live in a country that has honor. We need a morality bail out.
In solidarity,
Kerry Mills-Weishampel
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kerry on December 16, 2009, 10:13:17 AM
Dear David,


Channukah celebrates the triumph of faith and courage.

How wonderful it would be for you to achieve the right and just outcome/decision during this week of Channukah


Thinking of you as always.

Kerry
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on December 16, 2009, 12:50:53 PM
~ Hang in there David...the world is watching and we all care! ~
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 16, 2009, 01:36:58 PM
Dear David,
Let the joyous words be spoken. We are all here at your side. It is almost here . I cannot wait for your true happiness to begin. David you are so admired and your strength is outstanding. I pray your dreams come true today.
Happy Holidays,
KimmyRN
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jeni25 on December 16, 2009, 02:35:37 PM
YES! YES! YES! Merry Christmas. He's coming home!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: UD_student on December 16, 2009, 03:30:16 PM
David-my prayers are with you (and Sean) during this time of increased roller coaster emotions. Best wishes for safe travel to Brazil and back again, cautiously optimistic that Sean will be with you this time :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KLG on December 16, 2009, 04:12:57 PM
With the holidays upon us, the best gift would be Seans return.  I am so hoping, cautiously, that Friday will be a great day for you and your family!  The world is waiting to celebrate with you.  Stay strong.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: catherine on December 16, 2009, 06:10:06 PM
I've been following this story since the first Dateline story ran.
 
This is incredibly unfair, unjust and amoral of the Brazilian government to drag their feel on.  A young man's childhood is being lost while the courts drag their feet.
 
What on earth is the hold-up?  It's doesn't get ANY more clear-cut than this!  Sean Goldman should be returned to his father David immediately.  I'm going to be there when this young man comes home to thank God for his safe return!
 
DAVID:  You're an inspiration and you have an army of parents praying for you and Sean.  Hang it there.  He's going to be back in your life soon, perhaps even for Christmas 2009 because I just received the latest news of the court's ruling.
 
God Bless you and Sean always.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on December 16, 2009, 06:10:51 PM
David, I really hope that this is it. I hope that Sean comes home on friday. I will be praying for you and Sean. Extra Hard. Happy Holidays to you and your family. God Bless.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on December 16, 2009, 06:16:33 PM
If I was able to give you some extra stored energy and strength ... it would be all yours ! Our hearts and minds are with you - take extra care - and hope you are able to Bring Sean Home
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kimmy on December 16, 2009, 08:55:31 PM
David, as I write this you are headed to Brazil for yet another time.  I am hopeful that you will return with Sean in time for the holidays.  I just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration to many.  Sean will grow up knowing that you never gave up.  Here's to many years ahead for the both of you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: abbysomething on December 17, 2009, 12:43:25 AM
I can't really imagine how you feel. I know you are on your way to Brazil and we are biting our nails over here, hoping for great news. This term "cautiously optomistic", makes a lot of sense but it's such a difficult task. Optomism by nature is not as controled as caution. How does one keep their hopes low?
 
Every minute must seem like an eternity for you. Our thoughts are with you. I know you are strong enough to handle another setback but the optomist in me dreams of a soon to be cheer heard across America.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Rodtl on December 17, 2009, 12:44:35 AM
David, my prayers are with you. Im going through the same thing here in the United Stat s. And now that she is out of hiding she is trying to make me look like a dead beat, and an abuser. I just wish I could have the strength as you. Its not easy some days. I would like to see the end of this nightmare.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sissy36360 on December 17, 2009, 12:57:32 AM
I have only recently heard your story, and I am so sorry for what you and Sean have been through. Having raised 2 children that were not my or my husbands biologial children, I certainly do not believe a child is better off with his/her biologial parent based only on that fact. And certainly do not believe a child should be with his/her mother just because she is the mother. My sister is the mother of the children my husband and I raised. However, I believe with all my heart that Sean belongs with YOU and you with him. You are not only his biologial father, but his father who loves and adores him. If only there were a lot more fathers like you, not willing to give your child up JUST because she was his mother. I firmly believe that being a parent is not a right but a privalidge.Thank you for being a REAL father. I'm praying for a safe return to the United States for you and Sean. God bless you and your son.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cabindweller on December 17, 2009, 02:12:28 AM
David, we are believing this is "the one" that will bring Sean to you and the two of you united at your home for the holidays.
Godspeed,
Laura & Family
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: orangepunchbuggy on December 17, 2009, 04:13:52 AM
This HAS to be it! I will just look forward to seeing the report that the two of you have landed safely, and I will wish you two a wonderful Christmas/holiday, settle time ect. Just going to stay positive :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tg0476 on December 17, 2009, 08:46:49 AM
David - wow - I wish you the very best and pray that you are able to bring sean home this time.  With that said - what a great Christmas present for you of course it will mean you will be going shopping...asap when you get home.  Best of luck to you.  Kind regards, tg0476  :cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kingm on December 17, 2009, 09:52:36 AM
David, My 5 year old Harrison and I have been praying for your son's return for so long now. So many pray for you. May God be with you and Sean today and tomorrow, He will bring him home.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on December 17, 2009, 09:57:42 AM
Quote from: kingm;51091
David, My 5 year old Harrison and I have been praying for your son's return for so long now. So many pray for you. May God be with you and Sean today and tomorrow, He will bring him home.


Welcome, kingm!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 17, 2009, 11:52:11 AM
Go David !!! We are all here emailing and calling for extra help. We are awaiting anxiously. We will never give up. Bring Sean Home!!! We love and support you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Carlo Filho on December 17, 2009, 12:11:21 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.

If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.

Dear David,

I wish you and your son a lots of luck.

As a brazilian citizen, I know how hard your struggle must have been.
I have been figthing to protect my 8 year old daughter from parental alienation in Brazil, and I know how you must feel.

Good luck!

Carlo Filho
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KatiMurphy on December 17, 2009, 02:59:30 PM
Dear David,

My heart is breaking for you and your family on a day that started with so much hope. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I have been contacting legislators and working to bring attention to your case along with thousands of other people who care deeply for the tragedy you are enduring.

We are sending prayers, love, and strength from Chicago.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Alice on December 17, 2009, 03:06:58 PM
TODAY - I just heard on CNN that the Brazilian Supreme Court has blocked David from taking Sean home! How can this happen!?!?!? I'm baffled - I'm heartbroken for both of them. I believe he will be able to take David home eventually - but SHAME ON BRAZIL!!!

CNN: "The Brazilian Supreme Court has halted and delayed at least the departure of his son..."
Title: Dear David,
Post by: smibr05 on December 17, 2009, 03:40:48 PM
I don't really know what to say...I'm sorry David, and I'm crying for you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sylviaw on December 17, 2009, 04:19:09 PM
Your in our thoughts and prayers....I am sorry you have to go through this anguish, but keep the faith, love will win. We pray God gives you continued strength!  It took us 5 very long years to bring our girls home, it will happen and we pray very soon!  San Diego supporters!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: justice491 on December 17, 2009, 04:58:43 PM
Dear David-
 
If you fall we will stand behind to catch you.  You have millions of us on your side.  Today was just another step towards tomorrow.
 
 We will not fail you or Sean.  Look forward and believe.  There's a revolution starting in your favor.
 
2010 is your year.  I can feel it.
 
We'll be watching and praying-
 
Heather and my 7 year old son Kaden in Oregon
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Barby on December 17, 2009, 10:04:29 PM
I am just sick, sick, sick, sick by today's news! I was walking around Target Christmas shopping and feeling so "heavy hearted" and I wondered why and then I remembered/realized what had happened to David, Sean and his family today.
 
My family and I spent seven months and $70,000 to get my cousin's baby out of foster care - when my cousin and the birthdad WANTED to place with us.  I thought that introduced me to the idea of absurd and outrageous and injust.  And then I heard David and Sean's story.  I think because of my own experienc is why this story resonates so with me.  While my struggle was nothing in comparison, my experience left me with an appreciation for the deep, deep, deep grief and frustration and anger and fear and truly soul-sucking despair that this sort of situation can cause in a person.  It is nearly beyond any sort of human comprehension that this can be happening and yet it is.
 
I'm just sorry; I'm just so, so, so sad and sorry for David, Sean and his family.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: rmcwhirter on December 17, 2009, 11:15:54 PM
David,

Don't give up - you will be reunited with Sean.  The stay does not mean victory for the Da Silva's - it simply means that when Sean is returned to you that they will not be able to argue that all was not done to ensure that their interests were represented.  You will be together - trust in that.

Thoughts go out to you and yours,

Rachel & family
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sandrinhanyc on December 17, 2009, 11:33:34 PM
I am a national from Brazil and a lawyer, but I am living in the USA, and I have to tell you I am ashamed to be Brazilian,period! It's unacceptable the way the Brazilian Justice is handling the case, not to say the least. The Brazilian court advocates  for the child's best interest and because of that they always  consider the child's desire to stay with one parent or with another one, but for God sake this is " child abduction"  it's not just a dispute about custody, It's a crime, and of course the child's opinion shouldn't matter at all!.

If one of the parents of a child is a Brazilian citizen, then the child is a Brazilian citizen, regardless of place of birth                         or any other citizenship that may be possessed by the child, but in this case Sean doesn't have his mother with him. Brazil signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Abduction,but they are not following the convention either...What a Justice System..it's a shame! I feel so sorry and I really do apologize, because the Brazilian Court decision it's not just contrary to the  law, but it's immoral as well!

Peace out.
Sandra
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on December 17, 2009, 11:37:19 PM
Quote from: sandrinhanyc;51848
I am a national from Brazil and a lawyer, but I am living in the USA, and I have to tell you I am ashamed to be Brazilian,period! It's unacceptable the way the Brazilian Justice is handling the case, not to say the least. The Brazilian court advocates  for the child's best interest and because of that they always  consider the child's desire to stay with one parent or with another one, but for God sake this is " child abduction"  it's not just a dispute about custody, It's a crime, and of course the child's opinion shouldn't matter at all!.

If one of the parents of a child is a Brazilian citizen, then the child is a Brazilian citizen, regardless of place of birth                         or any other citizenship that may be possessed by the child, but in this case Sean doesn't have his mother with him. Brazil signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Abduction,but they are not following the convention either...What a Justice System..it's a shame! I feel so sorry and I really do apologize, because the Brazilian Court decision it's not just contrary to the  law, but it's immoral as well!

Peace out.
Sandra


Sandra,

Welcome to BSH and thank you for your comments. Yes, you are correct on all points. Let's pray that justice will be served, not just for David, but especially for Sean.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SandyAmador on December 18, 2009, 09:25:53 AM
My family and I have been folllowing your jourey to bring Sean home for quite some time.  We watched anxiously yesterday as events again unfolded - from hope and optimism - to yet another heart-wrenching setback.  I just wanted to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you and Sean.  Keep the faith that he will someday - soon - be on that plane with you coming home.  Keep that strength, courage and determination that so many of us around the world have come to know and respect.  Love and justice will prevail!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Yaroslaffortaleza on December 18, 2009, 03:59:51 PM
David, wasn't it you in july 2006 in an internet-cafe in fortaleza, CE? I am that Russian guy, who came a couple of times, and we chatted a bit, right at the moment when Brazil was losing its World Cup...  I signed the petition... I am shocked, really shocked. To tell the truth, I was sure that the story would finish soon and you would reunite with your son. Here in Ukraine, your case is not a breaking news, naturally, so I have just learned that you are still on the same stage as if the time had stopped.   Sad to say, anti-americanism is rather strong in ever-leftist Brazil, as well as populism. To use a little boy as a PR weapon to remind of oneself as it was done by Partido Progressivo, is a kind of horrible practice. "Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward"...  I wish you get Sean back and return to normal life as soon as possible. And be hard, stay in good health!  Yaroslav
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Janet Countryman on December 18, 2009, 05:59:44 PM
Just wanted to let you know that there are people here in Iowa thinking about you and Sean. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You and Sean WILL be together again!! I will keep watching this situation, calling and emailing the White House and SOS. Hang in there! :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on December 18, 2009, 07:35:43 PM
There is strength in numbers and the numbers are growing as you read. Hope you are able to find some strength from that knowledge to help you through this ridiculous ordeal. One more day... one step forward at a time
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on December 18, 2009, 07:58:25 PM
A year ago most of us would have said 'David and Sean Who?' Now the tides have turned. LBPs and BSH have earned tremendous recognition. And that's what the Lies and Snakes never predicted.

Hey, Testes, LeS, et al, you are not the only ones with connections anymore.

David, I will always follow your example and NEVER give up! You have an entire army and God behind you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jeanne M Hannah on December 18, 2009, 10:01:26 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.

If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.

 [FONT="]Today someone posted a comment on  Updates in Michigan Law (http://tinyurl.com/y99hpf6)as "Thinklogically": He/she (A/K/A "Anonymous") said that Sean's kidnapping was not an "abduction". "Thinklogically" stated the facts incorrectly. "Thinklogically" slanted the "factoids" to the point of view of the current kidnapper, Lins e Silva, Sean's Brazilian stepfather. Next, "Thinklogically" opined that it could not possibly be in a child's best interest to go live in a country he doesn't remember, with a father he's seen twice, and leave his home, his sister, and the only family he knows? "Thinklogically" said, "People so often forget the perspective of the child while fighting so hard to establish an adult person's "rights" to that child."[/FONT]

[FONT="][/FONT]
  [FONT="]Well, OK. Those who want a child . . . those unable to have a child . . . under the logic of "Thinklogically", can just go down to the local supermarket, pluck an infant out of a shopping cart, hide the infant for years and then . . . then when the biological parent shows up to recover the child say: "Oh too bad, so sad, the child doesn't know you and has spent so many years in the care of us (the kidnappers)  . . . and we've been brainwashing the child to say he/she wants to stay here with us . . . and, well, the (young) child should be allowed to tell the court where he/she wants to stay." Or, "it would be too harmful for this child to be returned because we're (I'm) the only parent he knows."[/FONT]

[FONT="][/FONT]
  [FONT="]Of course, Thinklogically" makes no mention of the fact that David Goldman has been seeking the child since the kidnapping, has taken all of the proper legal steps, has been forced to spend more money than most people could possibly commit . . . simply to recover that child who has so wrongfully been removed from him. [Continue reading (http://"http://tinyurl.com/yh5k8gf)][/FONT]
 
Jeanne M. Hannah, Michigan Family Law Attorney
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Herb Wife on December 19, 2009, 04:34:39 AM
Ms. Hannah,
 
Thank you so much for all your kind words and continued support of this cause!


David...the world is watching and we are all ~still here~
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: American in BR for Child on December 19, 2009, 05:27:40 AM
I was very sorry to hear what happened today, but as you, not suprised.  I live in Brazil and I know how it is.  I was especially sorry to hear the offensive invitation for dinner from their attorney.  It is upsetting, because I know they do that as well as some other things specifically to hurt you - no other purpose.
 
These are very bad people and I feel for you and that your son is exposed to them.  I know I am not telling you anything you don't know.
 
I just don't know how strongly I can say that I feel for you and hoping you get through it soon.  In the end, I now you will get your son back.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gemro311 on December 19, 2009, 10:38:50 AM
Dear David
 
Your cousin Meg and I pray for the returm of Sean everyday. Please do not give up hope .
 
Love
 
Robin and Meg
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Miriamtx on December 19, 2009, 11:41:10 AM
Dear David,
 
I just want let you know that my heart is with you in that battle and I know very well who you are dealing with. Please be very careful with Court Justice Marco Aurťlio Mello. Ask someone to see his biography and what this monster is all about.
I'm was Brazilian, now an American Citizen. I'm so mad with what they are doing with you. You guys have no idea who Marco Aurelio de Mello is. I know well his background. He and his family were the reason I left Brazil 20 yrs ago. If someone expose his life would be great, it is a history of dishonesty, mistakes, corruption, etc.
Minister Marco Aurelio Mello is the disgrace of Brazil. His family says it all...cousin of the former president monster Fernando Color de Mello who received impeachment after a couple of years in the presidency. He is the one who nominated his cousin Marco Aurelio de Mello for the STF.
I have read comments about this situation in every online newspaper in Brazil and I can tell you, people are outraged with the government right now for what they are doing with you.
I hope you get Sean back soon. Please, tell people to expose the true life of those trying to attack you because they will try to make up lies against you soon David. I know they are going to try. Please be prepared. Ask someone to research the big guy’s biography, you and your lawyers going to need that soon.
You are a winner, don't give up.

Miriam, Texas
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on December 19, 2009, 02:46:55 PM
Quote from: Miriamtx;52743
Dear David,
 
I just want let you know that my heart is with you in that battle and I know very well who you are dealing with. Please be very careful with Court Justice Marco Aurťlio Mello. Ask someone to see his biography and what this monster is all about.
I'm was Brazilian, now an American Citizen. I'm so mad with what they are doing with you. You guys have no idea who Marco Aurelio de Mello is. I know well his background. He and his family were the reason I left Brazil 20 yrs ago. If someone expose his life would be great, it is a history of dishonesty, mistakes, corruption, etc.
Minister Marco Aurelio Mello is the disgrace of Brazil. His family says it all...cousin of the former president monster Fernando Color de Mello who received impeachment after a couple of years in the presidency. He is the one who nominated his cousin Marco Aurelio de Mello for the STF.
I have read comments about this situation in every online newspaper in Brazil and I can tell you, people are outraged with the government right now for what they are doing with you.
I hope you get Sean back soon. Please, tell people to expose the true life of those trying to attack you because they will try to make up lies against you soon David. I know they are going to try. Please be prepared. Ask someone to research the big guyís biography, you and your lawyers going to need that soon.
You are a winner, don't give up.
 
Miriam, Texas
Wow!!!

Well said Miriam.......

Title: TO MIRIAM
Post by: Alice on December 19, 2009, 04:48:03 PM
MIRIAM, THANK YOU for posting this information! I'm just astonished at all this. Astonished. It seems impossible! I've been wondering if Rio winning the Olympics might help David and Sean. The world is looking at Rio more than before. Do you think that social embarrassment might help? Or are these guys so rich and powerful that it won't make any difference? I would love your opinion.

Again, THANK YOU for giving us this information.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Alex on December 19, 2009, 06:02:19 PM
Dear David

Your story is absolutely heartbreaking. When I was 6 abducted by my mother (my father had legal custody) luckily my ordeal only lasted 6 months. It was the most confusing and frighting time in my life. I'm 39 now and this experience has left me with scars that still are with me today. Looking back the experience now my mothers actions don't  make anymore sense now then they did then.  For months my father was frustrated by the legal system unwillingness to enforce its rulings.  In the end other then legal methods where used to get me back home.  And no matter how hard my mother tried to convince me I knew my father had not abandoned me and I knew he would come for me and he did...

Your in my prayers
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: melissam on December 19, 2009, 06:56:30 PM
Dear David,
I have been following your story ever since Dateline aired it almost a year ago. I check back often, and feel my heart breaking every time I think of you and your son. I have only been waiting a year; I can't imagine what you have been going through for the past five years. I was extremely disappointed to see that a country which harbours abducted children is allowed to host the Olympics; an event to me that symbolizes goodwill, sportsmanship and international community. It is an absurdity like never before. You have an amazing resolve, and you are an incredibly strong man. I wish you all the best this Christmas, and pray to God you will never spend another Christmas without your son.

Sincerely,
Melissa from Alberta, Canada
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Roberta Palermo on December 19, 2009, 07:48:42 PM
Now I really believe something new will happen! I just watched the news on TV and finally Brazil will have big problems if doesn't follow the rules. It's the first time I heard something like this. Our country will have huge problems because of this horrible family? I hope this crime finishes now!

Roberta Palermo
Family Therapist
http://www.robertapalermo.com.br
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on December 19, 2009, 08:28:28 PM
Quote from: Roberta Palermo;52913
Now I really believe something new will happen! I just watched the news on TV and finally Brazil will have big problems if doesn't follow the rules. It's the first time I heard something like this. Our country will have huge problems because of this horrible family? I hope this crime finishes now!

Roberta Palermo
Family Therapist
http://www.robertapalermo.com.br


Hey Roberta! Welcome back!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Alice on December 19, 2009, 10:24:08 PM
David, we are praying for you every day. I hope after you get Sean back, people will continue to make financial contributions. This has cost you a spectacular amount of money and we all need to continue to help so you can recover financially and provide for your son as you get back into life with him and provide for him.

My biggest fantasy is that you take him home on MONDAY and then someone slaps a BIG FINE on that horrible family! They should pay for all the harm they have caused... they're rich. They should have to compensate you financially.

That's my fantasy, anyway.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: 1boyand2girls on December 20, 2009, 06:27:51 AM
Although I have never posted before I have been viewing this website since February and I felt today I had to post...I pray for you and your precious son on a daily basis, David.  May God give you the strength you need to keep going and the protection Sean needs from the obvious mental abuse he has suffered more than 1/2 his sweet life...
 
Felicia
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 20, 2009, 11:01:56 AM
Dear David,
Thanks to LukeD for the updates. It seems confusing .. I have been scared for you and Sean. I am feeling better after the update. I pray your angel will be on the plane with you soon. We are here waiting and helping in any way we can. We support u and we will not stop!!! Hang in there.
Love,
KimmyRN
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on December 20, 2009, 11:45:42 AM
Dear David,

I haven't been as optimistic about Sean going home, as I am now!! Many years have passed, but during all this time you never gave up. Time has been an enemy, but now its on your side.

People (some of those who were on the dark side!) are finally starting to realize that Sean belong to you and should go back with his only and real dad! (whether they have come to this point for the right reasons, or just, tired of time passing by...)

I hope you, and all your supporters (internet "family") can raise a glass of champagne this xmas to celebrate your reunion with your lovely son (once and for all!)..

Best wishes , nina
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ChristineS on December 20, 2009, 02:03:35 PM
Dear David,
 
I was just out for a run - the roads are paved but we are knee deep in a beautiful snow storm.
 
Listening to my iPod shuffle, thinking about you and Sean and how much more time until you are together. And then this song came on, and so did the tears.
 
"Get Me Through December" by Alison Krauss.The words and music are hauntingly beautiful and moving, but very calming. I hope this helps.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcWN6gmDKT0
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on December 20, 2009, 02:39:50 PM
:bawling::bawling:I'm right there with you Christine. But, with faith, I just know that soon we'll all be :cheer::cheer::D
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on December 20, 2009, 08:33:39 PM
David, I didn't think my heart could break for you any more than it has, but right now it is in pieces.  The cruelty and injustice is more than I can bear.  My thoughts are with you and Sean and I don't know what else to do to help.  I will use my greatest asset, my voice, and keep talking to raise awareness.  Keep strong and hopeful.  With love, KG
Title: Re: Dear David, we are praying!
Post by: Alice on December 20, 2009, 08:44:18 PM
David, we are praying for you and Sean! This will be a long night for those many, many people who care about you. Many of us have written letters and made phone calls on your behalf. You have remarkable strength and character; I'm sure so many people feel as I do - wishing we could do more.

I hope you can see all the support that is here - I have so much gratitude to those who have worked so hard to create this website and maintain it.

For all of us here, the BEST Christmas present is to see you take your beautiful boy home. That's all we want for Christmas.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: georgiajudi on December 20, 2009, 08:53:54 PM
David, It is true that you have some many people who are praying for you and Sean right now.  Although I don't know you personally, your story has touched my heart in ways that I could never have imagined.  It will be a long night for a lot of us here in the USA too but we know nothing compares to what you are going through.  May God grant you some sort of peace during these days and grace you and Sean with a miracle soon so that you are both home in NJ soon.
 
That is truly what we all want for Christmas!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: rainman on December 20, 2009, 11:09:04 PM
Wow, I feel sorry for the people who have to live in Brazil.  What a corrupt government.  I pray that you have your son before Christmas. Enough is enough.  I've written all my congresspeople, senators.  I think the tides will turn this week.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gpfaile3 on December 21, 2009, 12:05:58 AM
There simply are not words to express my sympathy for what you, your son and your family have been and are going through. Your strength is amazing. It is mind boggling that there are people who think that they have the right to keep your son from you and at the same time completely insane that they cannot see the harm that is being done to your son. Where is the love that they supposedly have for him? I feel like it has simply gone beyond that now and is a matter of refusing to lose a battle. If everyone could just shift their focus back to that precious little boy and where he so obviously belongs, this would all be over. He has already lost one parent. How in the world can they justify taking away the other? You have both suffered so much, it is unimaginable. My prayers are with you. I know that you will win your fight. Keep your faith and courage. And I hope that everyone out there will remember to just pray that the people involved in this terrible act of injustice will come to their senses and see what is right. They should all try to put themselves in your place. This has gone on way too long and it's past time to do the right thing. Sean deserves a normal life with his dad. Again, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.:wave:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Evadc on December 21, 2009, 12:19:17 AM
Dear David and Sean; I hope you both will be reading all these support messages together and feel very loved.
This might be my third message for you and all I can say is that I am sorry for all these sad things that happened in your lives but the good thing that will come out of this is that because of your story, other people will be helped,other children will have the opportunity to live their lives with their parents who were left behind.
I really wish with all my heart that your pain will come to an end tomorrow and you and Sean will be on a plane asap.
Healing will take time, but you have proven you are emotionally capable and loving,so, all I can do right now is pray for your happiness together and as I have been doing for 2 years.
Wish you both the best and stay strong, you too are my hero.
God Bless you and your family.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: greg4sean on December 21, 2009, 12:24:43 AM
Merry Christmas David and Sean from Texas. Here is to hoping that this Christmas will find you both together in New Jersey.
Title: Boycott Brazilian Products
Post by: hoping4thebest on December 21, 2009, 12:29:13 AM
Sometimes money talks. Perhaps if people stopped buying products imported from Brazil, big business might put some pressure on the powers that be.  Big business might have more pull than this so-called politician in Brazil.  If there is anything I can do, it will not be to buy Tropicana O.J. or any other products imported from Brazil.  I will start to do my research online to see what other products I can boycott.  But for now, Tropicana is off my shoppping list.

Tropicana - Take Notice!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sandy on December 21, 2009, 12:30:08 AM
Dear David,
 I dont know you personaly but your story as touch me on so many level i never though my heart can break more then it already has!!!! with a story similar to yours but i was Sean on the other side. even if they told you he doesnt want to come home, its not true I've been there i know. dont give up my friend for God never forget his childrend keep the faith, may your christmas be fill with joy and happiness with your son with you in the USA!!!!!!!!!! God bless you and the world need more Fathers like you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kmoor88 on December 21, 2009, 01:02:40 AM
Dear David,
May tomorrow be the last day you have to fight for your son. We are all with you all the way back home with Sean. We will be so happy to see a great father finally have justice and a smile on his face. Father & Son as it should be on their way home together. Wheels up and New Jersey bound. :)
Always in my thoughts and prayers,
Kim
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: IsidoroRapitDeploymentLit on December 21, 2009, 08:57:20 AM
Having litigated since 2003 against the obstruction by government attorneys and judges of my rights as a father and later since 2006 a criminal conspiracy to punish me for exercising my Treaty and statutory rights (See, http://home.earthlink.net/~isidoror), I write that you must be strong for your Son.  My boy is now a Junior at Virginia Tech, and appreciates my fight to protect him and retain his rights as a U.S. citizens.  My best to you and your family this Holiday Season and New Year.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: djbriggs on December 21, 2009, 09:18:27 AM
David & Sean:  It is my sincere hope that today is the day of your reuniting as father and son, a day that has been much too long in coming.  Sean, you are a tremendously loved son and grandson, and you will grow to know the enduring love your father has for you.  What he has done for you and how he has fought for you over these many years is unassailable proof of the depth of his love. And he did this without sinking to name calling and unfounded accusations.  The greatness of your dad's love is truly amazing and something from which all of us can learn.  Truly, no greater love.  David, you are an inspiration to all people.  The love you have for Sean and the dignity of your fight to restore him to your family is worthy of praise and admiration.  For too long, you fought this fight alone, but despite the frustration and despair, your quiet voice for love and justice kept rising, and the ranks of your supporters grew.  It is said, "it is better to light one candle than to stumble in the dark."  And you lit a candle which grew to be a raging inferno.  You are a true hero to me and have caused me to believe that justice everywhere is possible.  Keep the faith, keep fighting the fight, keep hoping, keep moving forward and keep loving.  Know that so many others whom you will never meet are walking beside you every step of your fight, hoping and praying that a father and son will soon experience the beauty of that special, special bond.  Only the best, DJB
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pam.in.ny on December 21, 2009, 04:36:32 PM
David and Sean, I hope that the both of you will be starting your life over together this Christmas. Lots of love and prayers being said for the both of you.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: doleary on December 21, 2009, 04:51:07 PM
I can't and won't say that I have the slightest clue about how you feel right now. Thousands of people hold you and Sean in our hearts, it's not because we want a cause to rally around or that we hate Brazil. Its because your pain is real and your hurting is deep. Today, and everyday since I learned of your plight, Sean and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kimmi720 on December 21, 2009, 05:29:38 PM
I check your web-site and the internet several times daily for updates. You and Sean are in my thoughts and prayers at all times.
 
My son is dealing with a very similar situation up rather than it be an international case it is a national case. My son is in Arizona and my grandson was snatched and taken to Florida. January 7th will be 6 years that our case has been going on. The Mother is also out of the picture as she is in prison. The case is between my son and the maternal grandmother. The courts have awarded custody to my son but keep coming up with new reasons for delaying his return to his father.
 
I know Sean will be reunited with you soon and I pray that the healing process can begin quickly.
 
Kim
Joshy's Oma
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on December 21, 2009, 06:09:29 PM
David, can't even BEGIN to imagine how you are feeling tonight.  It is my dearest hope that you will be wheels up with Sean tomorrow.  As always, and every day, you both are in my thoughts.  Not a day goes by that I don't think about Sean and what he has been through...that I don't do something with my own 7 year old and think about Sean.  Hang in there...the end is in sight!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mary on December 21, 2009, 08:42:35 PM
I will be saying a special prayer for you and Sean tonight.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jgiraldo on December 21, 2009, 09:01:21 PM
It's time for Sean to come home and he will come home with you right beside him.  You need to think and remain positive.  Justice is around the corner and injustice is no longer an option any more.  There is too many eyes on Brazil to do the right thing.  Justice has been delayed for way too long and further corruption is no longer possible :)  You have thousands of supporters behind your cause and you are not alone as you await for this excruciating verdict to be released.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Title: GOD BLESS DAVID AND SEAN
Post by: Celita on December 22, 2009, 09:09:41 AM
DEAR DAVID, FOR ALL THESE YEARS WE LEARN YOUR SAD STORY AND i WANT YOU KNOW THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE HAS A GREAT HEART AND THEY ARE PRAYING (ME INCLUDED) FOR YOU. I KNOW THAT GOD WILL GIVE SEAN AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE SO HAPPY AND PROUD OF HIM AND HE WILL BE SO PROUD TO LEARN HOW YOU SUFFERED AND FOUGHT FOR HIM. THE LORD IS ALOWING THIS HAPPEN FOR HIS GLORY AND YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE WORLD AND PEOPLE WITH ANOTHER EYES, THE EYES OF LOVE, MATURE HEART, GROWN AND WISE, BETTER PERSON.
WE LOVE YOU AND IF YOU NEED MY APPARTMENT TO STAY FOR FREE THERE IN BARRA DA TIJUCA, I CAN MAKE SOME ARRANGEMENTS.
GOD BLESS YOU AND START TO THANK GOD FOR YOUR VICTORY! ENJOY
YOUR LIFE WITH SEAN!
Title: Re: GOD BLESS DAVID AND SEAN
Post by: noah3698 on December 22, 2009, 09:14:43 AM
Quote from: Celita;55034
DEAR DAVID, FOR ALL THESE YEARS WE LEARN YOUR SAD STORY AND i WANT YOU KNOW THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE HAS A GREAT HEART AND THEY ARE PRAYING (ME INCLUDED) FOR YOU. I KNOW THAT GOD WILL GIVE SEAN AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE SO HAPPY AND PROUD OF HIM AND HE WILL BE SO PROUD TO LEARN HOW YOU SUFFERED AND FOUGHT FOR HIM. THE LORD IS ALOWING THIS HAPPEN FOR HIS GLORY AND YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE WORLD AND PEOPLE WITH ANOTHER EYES, THE EYES OF LOVE, MATURE HEART, GROWN AND WISE, BETTER PERSON.
WE LOVE YOU AND IF YOU NEED MY APPARTMENT TO STAY FOR FREE THERE IN BARRA DA TIJUCA, I CAN MAKE SOME ARRANGEMENTS.
GOD BLESS YOU AND START TO THANK GOD FOR YOUR VICTORY! ENJOY
YOUR LIFE WITH SEAN!

That is so nice of you!  I am sure David appreciates your thoughts!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: thecry on December 22, 2009, 09:47:55 AM
Knowing that the birth of my own son was beyond sublime, I cannot imagine the grief that you have experienced since this nightmare began. I hope that you are able to persevere and that the court favors the best interest of Sean. He belongs with you!

Be well. Stay strong.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Claudia T. on December 22, 2009, 10:29:17 AM
Dear David,

Hang in there. We're praying for you.

Claudia
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ICR&I on December 22, 2009, 01:04:09 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.

If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.


David... The hope is that all turns well in your favor today... If it do not, please inform us as to how we can help within South American
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 22, 2009, 01:18:10 PM
DEAR DAVID,
Still here waiting just like everybody. Praying for your Angel to come home today. You have to proved to be such a remarkable person through your composure. It is impressive and honorable. God Bless you and your son. Know that so many want your dreams to come true today. Stay strong it is almost over.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on December 22, 2009, 01:54:57 PM
Dear David,

You and Sean have been in my thoughts all day (not really very productive at work today!!!).

:D

Hope tonight is the last night....or better said: hope today is the first night!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kamilla's Kids on December 22, 2009, 04:33:36 PM
David,
 
I am praying that you and your son Sean are home for the holidays. I can't begin to image what you are and have been going thru these past years to regain your son.  It is criminal what the brazilan courts and that family has done to you and Sean. Simply unforgivable. My hat is off to Chris Smith for not just giving you lip service such as Obama and Clinton, but actually working his XXX off for you. Please forgive my language. Other politicians should have been behind you and the others.
 
As my son returns home from Korea for the holidays (he is a PFC in the Army), it reminds me that I am very lucky to have my children and how much I love them and would do anything for them.
 
David - You are to be commended on the courage that you have shown and are showing in the face of such adversity. You are a strong man. You are a loving father. And you WILL do everything in your power to be with your son and have him home. YOU ARE A FIGHTER. Never give up. There are thousands of people who are praying for Sean's safe return into your loving arms. Sean will know that you are not a father that gave up on him, no matter what anyone says to him. Deep down, Sean knows that you love him and never stopped.
 
Sean - Your father has been fighting for you for so long. He has never given up on getting you back; no matter what was thrown his way. He has shown courage that I have never seen before.  I cry everytime I hear a decision go against your father. My hearts breaks for both of you for the time lost that you will never get back. First bike ride. First lost tooth. First day of school. First time learning how to write your name. There are so many first that you and your father have missed, but I have no doubt that the two of you will make many first of your own when you return home.
 
Each day at church my 10 year old and I light candles in your honor. We pray everyday that you are both reunited very soon. My family and I wish you the very best and pray that both of you return home soon.
 
Best regards,
Kamilla
Title: ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...
Post by: Alice on December 22, 2009, 05:29:09 PM
David, all I want for Christmas is to hear that Sean is going home with you - TODAY!! That's it - if that happens, I will be satisfied for Christmas for the rests of my LIFE! And I bet EVERYONE here on these boards feels the same way.

I want nothing more for Christmas - and I'm praying that it happens. I'm a child psychologist; I KNOW how important this case it! And from everything I see, YOU are the guy to help your beautiful boy get past this.

Alice
California
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SageDad on December 22, 2009, 05:40:31 PM
Dear David,

May God grant that the vigil you are holding there in Brazil as you await yet another judicial decision ends soon.  We all suffer with you as you are promised a decision at one time only to have that time come and go with nothing.

Giving you an answer in a timely fashion at the time and place they say is the absolute least they can do while maintaining some shred of common human decency.

Wishing you all the best,
Carlos Bermudez i
Title: Re: ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...
Post by: merapi on December 22, 2009, 05:46:13 PM
Dear David,

I cannot even  begin to comprehend the agony, anguish and stress you must be going through. I am keeping all my fingers crossed (and all other crossables) and hoping against hope that you get good news either tonight or tomorrow morning and that you're reunited with your child soon.  Hang in there David, you're on the home straight.

On another note, you'd be heartened to hear that people in countries as far away as Indonesia  have heard about your story and are appalled by the  magnitude of injustice. I am a social scientist by profession and I have just returned from a tour of Jakarta and a few other cities in Indonesia. I was checking this website a few days ago in an internet cafe in Jakarta and the person next to me immediately identified this site and the cause behind it. In her own words, "You're following this case too?... it's such a shame what's happening over there..." She also said that she knows several people in her circle of friends who are aware of this story.

I don't believe in god, but David, I am sending you all positive vibes, energy, good thoughts, love and warmth your way. Know that you will be reunited with your son soon and  be able to rekindle the bond that you had from four years ago. Also know that people the world over are behind you and  supporting you all the way.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: rainman on December 22, 2009, 06:50:48 PM
I just heard on the news that you will get Sean on Friday????  I am SOOO happy for you!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DaFish on December 22, 2009, 07:19:53 PM
Wheels up !
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on December 22, 2009, 07:34:54 PM
I know I shouldn't be screaming the walls down...and I will be celebrating even more when the wheels are up....but today is an AWESOME day!! You ARE getting Sean back!!!  It should NEVER have taken this long...but it's going to happen!! You are both in my thoughts always!! Hang in there!! The light in the tunnel is HUGE!!!
Title: Dear . . .
Post by: KarmaGirl on December 22, 2009, 07:54:04 PM
Please God, let this be the end of tremendous suffering of this one innocent child and his loving father.  Let justice prevail.  Let Sean know that his Dad loves him and allow the transition to be smooth, today and always.  Please God, hear our prayers.  Help me believe in you, and goodness in this world, once again.

KG
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KPNJMOMANDDAD on December 22, 2009, 07:57:54 PM
Dear David,

My Husband and I have been watching your story for a while now.  We couldn't even begin to understand what you are going through.  We have two boys and we know how important they are to us.  We only hope that you are finally able to get your son home.   We wish you a merry and bright Christmas.  We hope you and Sean are finally home for the New Year.   You are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

Best Wishes.
Title: David, we Brazilian love you and pray for you!
Post by: Celita on December 22, 2009, 08:00:17 PM
The Brazilian are praying for David and Sean a long time. We are all for them. Few representants of the evildoers family are the ones that came to support but they are few. We love you David and all the Brazilian newspapers online or not, have all the opinions for you!
Churches, pastors, families, friends, all.
Lows were made for the attorney delay any process of justice but God justice is on the way.
David, I hope so:)on, you are going to have your son in your arms. If you need anything, contact me and all my family in Brazil and friends will be more than happy for help you.
If you want my apartment ( Barra da Tijuca beache) just let me know and you can stay as long as you need.
God bless you!:yeahthat:
Title: We love you David!
Post by: Celita on December 22, 2009, 08:01:40 PM
The Brazilian are praying for David and  Sean a long time. We are all for them. Few representants of the evildoers family are the ones that came to support but they are few. We love you David and all the Brazilian newspapers online or not, have all the opinions for you!
Churches, pastors, families, friends, all.
Lows were made for the attorney delay any process of justice but God justice is on the way.:yeahthat:
David, I hope sooon, you are going to have your son in your arms. If you need anything, contact me and all my family in Brazil and friends will be more than happy for help you.
If you want my apartment ( Barra da Tijuca beache) just let me know and you can stay as long as you need.
God bless you!:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kerry on December 22, 2009, 08:04:12 PM
Dear David,

I wrote this for you today whilst waiting for the ruling.......
From my heart to yours and Sean's.
Welcome Home David and Sean.........



To My Son

Itís been five long years, my darling Sean
  My thoughts are filled with you
From dusk to dawn.
 
My life stopped when you were four
  My sole purpose to bring you home once more.
  Itís been confusing for you I know,
  You have wondered where I am
  I have always been here
  My son, my precious lamb.
 
I am waiting now to bring you home,
  The process has been long.
  I will not give up,
  ĎCause we belong
  Together now, as we have always been.
  I am here now, I am within reach,
  Stretch out your arms and come to mine
  Come home with me
  My beloved son.

 
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: NJMOM on December 22, 2009, 08:13:03 PM
Quote from: Kerry;56475
Dear David,

I wrote this for you today whilst waiting for the ruling.......
From my heart to yours and Sean's.
Welcome Home David and Sean.........



To My Son

Itís been five long years, my darling Sean
  My thoughts are filled with you
From dusk to dawn.
 
My life stopped when you were four
  My sole purpose to bring you home once more.
  Itís been confusing for you I know,
  You have wondered where I am
  I have always been here
  My son, my precious lamb.
 
I am waiting now to bring you home,
  The process has been long.
  I will not give up,
  ĎCause we belong
  Together now, as we have always been.
  I am here now, I am within reach,
  Stretch out your arms and come to mine
  Come home with me
  My beloved son.

 
Beautiful, Kerry!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on December 22, 2009, 08:28:50 PM
Quote from: NJMOM;56499
Beautiful, Kerry!
What a beautiful poem. I have tears of joy.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SFBayAreaLibra on December 22, 2009, 08:30:35 PM
Dear David, we haven't stopped praying yet and WILL NOT STOP PRAYING until you and Sean have landed safely on USA soil.  It's been so long. I FEEL this is it.  The GUT feeling of a mother to a father. But we still continue to pray!
 
Can't even imagine sleeping tonight. God Bless You for never, ever giving up!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pam.in.ny on December 22, 2009, 08:34:19 PM
Kerry,

Absolutely beautiful. While reading those words, I actually could hear
David's voice saying them. It brought tears to my eyes.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pam.in.ny on December 22, 2009, 08:36:06 PM
Dear David,

Words can't express how I and a million others feel about the good news. We will continue keeping you and Sean in our thoughts and prayers. It's been a long road and I know and pray that it will be a happy ending.

Pam
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Stan on December 22, 2009, 08:41:16 PM
What an amazing situation.   I have followed the case for years now and am so pleased to see that justice is days away.

I do lots of volunteer work in the Father's Rights / Noncustodial Parents Rights / Shared Parenting movements in the US.   So many aspects of this case remind me of what happens to so many other parents right here in the states.  Even if there was not a kidnapping or foreign escape there are huge issues.  You can see in this case how hard it can be for Dads - and this situation is about as clear as they get...

So much unnecessary heartbreak and grief along with kids losing out on both parents.  

Still praying!   I've learned the hard way that in a case like this you actually need to physically have the child, get him back home, and close out outstanding legal issues so that life can go on in a free and comfortable manner.   I'm sure that the child has some good relations in Brazil and hope that some of that can be preserved.   However it seems like that would best occur within the US only for now.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pambam on December 22, 2009, 09:09:32 PM
I have been following your case for a few years and have spent quite a bit of time reading all these posts, and am so amazed by the amount of support for you and Sean (you deserve it...you are a saint in my book).  I really hope and pray that justice prevails this time and Sean is finally, finally returned to you where he should have been all along.  And I wanted to take this opportunity to comment on how impressed with his dad Sean is going to be some day when he is old enough and sees all the videos and posts and recognizes how hard David and all his supporters fought for him.  What a lucky boy Sean is to have you for a dad.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tenorplus on December 22, 2009, 09:19:02 PM
David - it has been a long ands very difficult struggle, which I pray is now ended so that you and Sean may heal, bond, and move forward together. Plese know your (and Sean) will continue in my/our thoughts and prayers as you move ahead - and always here for you! You have been such an outstanding testimony of what a real, loving father is - as well as showing the whole world that you are (without any doubt) a man of honor, patience, strength, faithfulness, concern, persistence and perseverance... and love! May your life ahead be blessed abundantly and in all ways.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jkforrest on December 22, 2009, 10:40:03 PM
I have followed your situation for years now. I am praying this time it will actually come to pass for you and your son.
It will be the most BLESSED holiday for you I'm quite sure in years. I truly hope & pray this will be your last blockade in the attempts to keep you from your son.

I find it absurd this happened in the first place. That it has continued for this long and that the "adults" that "should" know better are acting in this manner.

I too have been missing my two grandchildren since 11/24/04 and not allowed to see them however, not knowing why. Therefore, I believe I can truly feel the pain and loss you must be feeling during all this time.

I look forward to your story ending with a good and happy resolution. Thus, giving me hope.

Please try to stay strong, optimistic, and hopeful for yourself and your son. Things WILL be better in the New Year for you I just feel it.

God Bless you and your son.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on December 22, 2009, 10:58:50 PM
Bring Sean Home Dave.................... ...:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DB4 on December 22, 2009, 11:12:56 PM
Quote from: NJMOM;56499
Beautiful, Kerry!

I loved the poem - it's perfect and I'm sure it reflects how David feels.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jose N. on December 22, 2009, 11:17:14 PM
This is a link to the STF decision:


http://www.stf.jus.br/arquivo/cms/noticiaNoticiaStf/anexo/Decisao_MS_28525_Pai_Caso_Sean_Goldman.pdf


See attached .pdf
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pedi on December 22, 2009, 11:26:48 PM
Can someone tell me where I can get an up date on whether or not wheels are in the air (and on board are David & Sean)? Which thread would that be? I know I'm a bit pushy here but I'd like to know where to look for those news.......
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DB4 on December 22, 2009, 11:36:40 PM
Dear David,
 
I remember first seeing your story on Dateline last year and sobbing as I was watching.  That moment changed everything for me -- your fight became my fight (and the fight of so many).  I learned more about Left Behind Parents and the horrible situation they are in.  I became involved - sending letters, participating in rally, calling the President, Senators, Congress and wearing a Bring Sean Home pin and shirt regularly to raise awareness (among strangers).
 
My own son is very aware of your situation and even talks about it at school with his class/friends.  It's a regular topic in our house too.
 
I am so happy for you today.  I am optimistic but cautious as are you.   I pray that as Christmas draws near, God delivers the miracle (your son) back to you.  I have to believe that you faced this difficult road for a reason -- you are an amazing person and have raised an issue most people were not aware of before your story.
 
"Bring Sean Home" -- this is my family's Christmas prayer this year.
 
I hope you get some sleep tonight.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DB4 on December 22, 2009, 11:40:22 PM
Dear David,
 
I remember first seeing your story on Dateline last year and sobbing as I was watching. That moment changed everything for me -- your fight became my fight (and the fight of so many). I learned more about Left Behind Parents and the horrible situation they are in. I became involved - sending letters, participating in rally, calling the President, Senators, Congress and wearing a Bring Sean Home pin and shirt regularly to raise awareness (among strangers).
 
I am so happy for you today. I am optimistic but cautious as are you. I pray that as Christmas draws near, God delivers the miracle (your son) back to you. I have to believe that you faced this difficult road for a reason -- you are an amazing person and have raised an issue most people were not aware of before your story.
 
"Bring Sean Home" -- this is my family's Christmas prayer this year.
 
I hope you get some sleep tonight.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: TJMAC on December 23, 2009, 02:11:48 AM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.
 
If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.

David, please get some counseling to learn what Sean is feeling. He barely remembers you. Children can be really hurt by a change in their family and unfortunately the family he is now with is the only family he knows. It would be beneficial to him if you would visit his Brazilian home and show him that you will not take him completely away from his family. I think he should go home with you, but it should go slowly so as not to hurt Sean. He needs to be handled gently and you have the power to make the transistion smooth and not hurtful. I'm praying everyone will come out ok in this situation. God be with you, Sean and also his Brazilian family. Remember, he loves them and will miss them. Take Care.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on December 23, 2009, 02:26:13 AM
Quote from: TJMAC;56861
David, please get some counseling to learn what Sean is feeling. He barely remembers you. Children can be really hurt by a change in their family and unfortunately the family he is now with is the only family he knows. It would be beneficial to him if you would visit his Brazilian home and show him that you will not take him completely away from his family. I think he should go home with you, but it should go slowly so as not to hurt Sean. He needs to be handled gently and you have the power to make the transistion smooth and not hurtful. I'm praying everyone will come out ok in this situation. God be with you, Sean and also his Brazilian family. Remember, he loves them and will miss them. Take Care.


I understand why you are under the impression that Sean barely remembers David. Some news networks lead one to believe this. However, Sean remembers David very well. As a matter of fact, in February of this year, when Sean saw David for the 1st time in over 4 years, he immediately ran up to him yelling 'Dada, Dada' and wanted hugs with 'maximum force'. This meeting did occur at the home of the kidnappers. As a matter of fact, all of the few visits that David was granted, were at their home. Networks also have erroneously reported that Sean does not speak English. He is fluent in English. But you are correct in that it will take time for Sean to adapt again. But with David's love, that of his family, and counseling (which David certainly will do) Sean will be able to recover from this ordeal. Remember, this is not a custody dispute. It is a kidnapping.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Guenevere on December 23, 2009, 02:29:51 AM
I cant sleep, watching the news......I just cannot wait for them to get on the plane
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Roberta Palermo on December 23, 2009, 03:12:44 AM
It took a long time, but finished! Roberta Palermo
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: RBertinelli on December 23, 2009, 08:35:03 AM
I recently became aware of your story! What a fantastic father you are! I can only imagine how my husband would feel to be separated from our boys! (we have 5 ranging in ages from 5-26!
 
I happily added one of your banners to my business website.
 
From Point Pleasant, NJ, we send our support, our prayers, and congratulations on your victory!
 
God Bless you!
 
Rosemary
Title: To David
Post by: Biloca on December 23, 2009, 08:56:17 AM
Dear David,
 
I can't say enough how sorry I am you are in this situation. Being a Brazilian (married to an American and living in FL for 16 years) I have to say I am ashamed for Brazil, but unfortunately, not surprised... I've been following your story for a long time and I really feel for you. I am glad you have a good lawyers team with you down there. Like you, I will only believe in your victory when I hear you are on an plane with Sean... To hear that will be my best Christmas gift this year! I've put your website on my FB.
 
Hang in there:)
 
Bia & John
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sylviaw on December 23, 2009, 10:05:56 AM
Quote from: Audax;56864
I understand why you are under the impression that Sean barely remembers David. Some news networks lead one to believe this. However, Sean remembers David very well. As a matter of fact, in February of this year, when Sean saw David for the 1st time in over 4 years, he immediately ran up to him yelling 'Dada, Dada' and wanted hugs with 'maximum force'. This meeting did occur at the home of the kidnappers. As a matter of fact, all of the few visits that David was granted, were at their home. Networks also have erroneously reported that Sean does not speak English. He is fluent in English. But you are correct in that it will take time for Sean to adapt again. But with David's love, that of his family, and counseling (which David certainly will do) Sean will be able to recover from this ordeal. Remember, this is not a custody dispute. It is a kidnapping.


You are so right Audax. This is Kidnapping. Having lived through this horror with our nieces, who were taken to Germany for 5 horribly long years, We know.  I will say that while I agree there is time required for adjustment, it is NOT that difficult. The children knew exactly who their family was, and we felt that a huge weight was lifted off their shoulders. They whole heartedly laughed and hugged their Mom when our plane took off for home! Love knows no boundry, neither place nor time.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Marcia on December 23, 2009, 10:10:35 AM
Dear David,
I am celebrating w/ you!!! You have NO IDEA how glad I am to learn that the brazilian Courts finally got it! No more influential people! The justice was made!
The letter Silvana Bianchi wrote to Lula just made me sick to my stomach! Just want to make it clear that we Brazilians DO NOT think that maternal grandmothers are entitled to raise grandchildren if the the mother is deceased.
What in the Earth makes her think that she can make such a statement? She definitely crossed the line as she made it sound like we all Brazilians agree to that!
We do NOT think that fathers are just sperm donors... we Brazilians do believe that PARENTS are entitled to raise their kids, provide them with love, good values and morals. If they fail on that, then yes, relatives are supposed to be responsible for the kids.
You obviously have been such a GREAT dad and I cant wait to read on the news that you and Sean are on a plane going back to your home.
 
Hats off to Rep. Chris Smith for fighting for one of his citizens rights. Well done!
Title: Dear David,
Post by: Diane DiMarco on December 23, 2009, 10:39:47 AM
Thank God that he has given you the strength to keep fighting for what is the right thing to do for your child.  One day Sean will know and understand how much you love him and why you needed to do what you did.  At first, I'm sure you know, Sean will be angry with you.  Don't ever give up showing him how much you love him and just stay on the right path that you have been on: always doing what is in the BEST interests for your child.  As long as you stay on that path, Sean will eventually come around.  It may be an entire year David, but Sean will eventually come to know you and love you as his ONLY father and realize what you have been through to save him from selfish, evil people that could not do what was best for your precious baby.  My heart is filled with joy for you, Sean and your family that finally (but until I see the news reports with the two of you on a plane together, I, like you, won't believe it!).  Merry Christmas Father of the Decade!  Sean will come around- I know there will be times that you will doubt it David, but he will and one day it will happen that the two of you will be father and son for real.  Many Blessings, love to the two of you from all of us that care about you!
Title: Re: COMMUNITY CHATTER / GROUP THERAPY
Post by: clickmodelagent on December 23, 2009, 10:54:19 AM
David, this whole office is exploding with happiness. You are a spectacular DAD!!!!!!!:cheer::cheer::cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kymra on December 23, 2009, 11:11:36 AM
Words cannot express my happiness for you today.  You deserve it!!!
 
May you and Sean be very happy together :D
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on December 23, 2009, 11:32:05 AM
Dear David,

...What Makes a Dad
   

    God took the strength of a mountain,
    The majesty of a tree,
    The warmth of a summer sun,
    The calm of a quiet sea,
    The generous soul of nature,
    The comforting arm of night,
    The wisdom of the ages,
    The power of the eagle's flight,
    The joy of a morning in spring,
    The faith of a mustard seed,
    The patience of eternity,
    The depth of a family need,
    Then God combined these qualities,
    When there was nothing more to add,
    He knew His masterpiece was complete,
    And so,
   
    He called it ... Dad
   
    ~~Author Unknown.~~
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on December 23, 2009, 11:49:40 AM
I am so happy since yesterday. I will be here in The Woodlands,Tx , keeping you in my prayers. Sean needs you. You are going to be pleased and proud of this amazing boy that resisted to those evildoers . May God heal all the wounds and peace be with you!
Merry Christmas Sean and David! God never will abandon you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 23, 2009, 12:00:56 PM
Dear David ,
I am so happy for you and Sean . I will be watching for your victorious ending on USA soil. May God Bless u both. I am so happy you will finally be able to express your love to him. You are the greatest. Happy Holidays.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Elaine Long on December 23, 2009, 12:04:09 PM
David-Im an American living in the Pocono Mountains-having relocated from Matawan,. Im a Jersey girl all my life. I have been following your story for months. I have Brazilian friends on FB that I have known for years who also have been prayng for you. I am elated-but hesitant. I will not rest for this holiday until I know you and Sean are on a plane headed for Newark. You are to be commended for sticking to this fight. It is also my hope and my prayer that justice will be served upon Mr. Lins E Silva and his clan. He should have known better than to play with a Monmouth County boy! Jersey people don't give up and we don't give in! I will be watching the news to see you both leave that country-to never look back at it. I also want to say your a bigger man for allowing them to visit with Sean-don't know if I could have that much good will after what they have done-but I guess you have to do what is best for Sean-but don't ever turn your back on these people-they are capable of anything. Merry Christmas Mr. Goldman-Happy Hanukkah!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: faeryquene on December 23, 2009, 12:04:16 PM
David,
 
God bless you and Sean. I feel as we have all  been holding our collective breath but I can not begin to imagine how it has been for you, and Sean's paternal relatives.
 
Hang in there-it's almost over, you'll be home soon and you and your beautiful child will have the rest of your life to play, have fun and heal.
 
Some verses from The Good Book,
 
Malachi 4:6
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.
 
Joshua 1:9
...Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
 
Proverbs 23:24
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him.

 
Proverbs 3:11-12
My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in

 
Deuteronomy 1:29-31
Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."
 
You're a hero David-and your son Sean will know it for certain sure.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Leah Rochelle on December 23, 2009, 12:15:57 PM
David,

I am SO happy to hear the recent news! You deserve a "Father of the Year" award! I pray that you and your beautiful son, Sean, have a safe and speedy trip home. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Sean, and your extended family during this holiday season. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Leah:) Clermont, Florida
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kimalecia on December 23, 2009, 12:21:58 PM
I am bursting with JOY for you and Sean and your family at home, and I have been thanking God all day.  I can't wait to see that you have returned home with Sean.  You and Sean have become dear to my heart and the hearts of thousands, so please keep us posted.  When the time is right, please post some new pictures of you and Sean together enjoying your life TOGETHER.    I will continue my daily prayers for you and Sean asking God to continue guiding you and ease Sean's transition.
 
Merry Christmas!  :wave:
 
Love, Kim
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: goody92979 on December 23, 2009, 12:44:19 PM
David,
 
I've been following very closely since last week!  And was so happy for you upon reading just a few moments ago that they will not appeal!    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sean, and your family!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!
 
Jen
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ll62 on December 23, 2009, 12:56:55 PM
David,
 
I have been following this story very closely and am beyond thrilled that my prayers have been answered and that your darling son will be coming home with you very soon, according to all of the news stories I've been reading this morning.  I'm anxiously awaiting news that you have both arrived safely back in the US.
 
I pray that your life with Sean be full of love, happiness and great adventures.
 
I cannot possibly express to you my sincere happiness as tears of joy flow...  God bless you and your son.:hug:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: heretoolong on December 23, 2009, 12:59:24 PM
I have been following this case in the media for awhile. To me, the Brazilian argument against returning Sean to his father is much like the popular definition of "chutzpah"- a person murders his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the courts because he is an orphan.
 
In Sean's case, the Brazilian family participated in unlawfully holding Sean from his father's custodya and then in court used the argument he shouldn't be returned because Brazil is all he knows.
 
WELL, at this point, that family IS all he knows. But whose fault is THAT? If he had been where he should have been, then Brazil would NOT be "all he knows".
 
I can only hope that the psychological damage that these people have no doubt been doing to this child can be undone swiftly and completely.
 
Now, if only someone can do the same for my brother, whose child is being held much closer to home but nevertheless as completely. He's the hostage of a very inequitable court system and a lying manipulative mother.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: rmcwhirter on December 23, 2009, 01:16:42 PM
Here it is - the day that you have worked so very hard for.  Relish every moment of your reunion with your son.  We wish you all the best and are beyond thrilled for you both at this very special time.  Bon courage!

Rachel McWhirter
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ks63 on December 23, 2009, 01:49:39 PM
Dear David
 
I am so happy for you and Sean.  You have been a true example for many people around the world. Your dignity, humility, perseverance and, most of all, the endless love for your son have taught me what a parent should be. May God bless you and your son Sean.
Merry Christmas.
Respectfuly,
ks, seattle, wa
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: alexnmark on December 23, 2009, 01:56:19 PM
You have demonstrated such courage and unbelievable strength in your fight to get Sean back. I have followed your story for years and I so want to see the headlines that you two are on your way home together at last. I love the song "Calling All Angels" and pray that angels are surrounding you and Sean at this time. May Sean's abductors finally due the right thing and set Sean free into the loving arms of his father. The time has come for Sean to fly home, the time has come, the time has come.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: JulianaA on December 23, 2009, 02:07:06 PM
Congratulations for the victory!!! We Brazilians are very satisfied with the decision (but disappointed about the long time it took for you to have your son back). Take care of him! Cheers.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: anna42 on December 23, 2009, 03:42:40 PM
Dear David,
 
I am so very happy of the news that you and your beautiful son will finally be reunited!  What a beautiful gift just in time for Christmas and the holidays.  I know this will be overwhelming for Sean at first but with your love and support, he will thrive.  I will continue to keep you both in my prayers today and always!  Much health, happiness and love to you, Sean and your family always!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Yaroslaffortaleza on December 23, 2009, 04:37:53 PM
I just want now to add: welcome to your new life David! Just a week ago I learnt that your struggle was continuing (though I expected it to be finished soon after I met you in Fortaleza in 2006), and now it seems to be turning in the right direction. I remember you as a kind, conscious, intelligent and responsible  man.  Surely, you are a great father!  I wish you and Sean all the happiness you deserve!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: younghippie on December 23, 2009, 04:55:14 PM
Best wishes to you and your son   Hopefully you and your son one day might be able to help other children that need to come home   Enjoy the holidays and your lives together
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gr8one on December 23, 2009, 04:55:36 PM
Dear David,

I am so very thrilled to hear the good news after such a long fight you went through.  It's sad that it took so long, but knowing your beautiful, precious son is coming home with you finally, has made my day!  God surely does answer prayers.  What perfect timing, so that you and your family can finally enjoy the holidays with Sean.  Many blessings for you and your son.  :)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: CGU-68 on December 23, 2009, 05:27:44 PM
Mr. Goldman:

My husband and I have been on pins and needles all day waiting to hear if you will be able to bring your son home. I have so much respect for what you have accomplished....

I moved to this country when I was 10, with my American mom and South American dad.... My country was all I knew.... My initial impressions of the US were positive--lots of excitement and stimulation. After two years, however, the full scope of the loss hit me hard. I spent my 12th year longing for my country, the weather I knew, the people I lost and my grandparents. It was painful and difficult but I got through it and today, I appreciate my dual heritage and am thankful for the opportunity to grow up here, in NJ, as Sean will do...

Unlike the era I grew up with, the world is a lot more global. When I moved here, I left behind everything...food, culture, grandparents etc. Today, I can find platanos, cilantro and yuca in the supermarket....and watch local TV on the Internet. Believe me when I say those little salves would have healed me quite well during that rough patch. Sometimes, it's the little things that get us through...

I feel for Sean and for the loss he is about to endure; however, please rest assure that the greater loss would have been the loss of YOU, his father. It is a fact of human nature that we always need and seek connections with our biological relatives. At nine, you still have the opportunity to reclaim that bond even if it is difficult in the beginning for both of you. There may be times when your resolve may waver or the thought "have I done the right thing?" may enter your brain; please be assured that YOU HAVE. I know you probably know this already, but I felt compelled to say it nontheless.

I wish you and Sean a safe journey home. My family and I will continue to pray for you and as a devoted mother myself, please know that I can relate to your quest and am so proud of your fight thus far. You are a class act and your son is lucky that he will have the opportunity to grow up with a person of such incredibly character, courage and passion!
Title: Dear Sean,
Post by: jeni25 on December 23, 2009, 06:30:32 PM
Dear Sean,

You are loved by so many people. Always know that & be strong & true like you daddy. Observe how your dad will stand up for what is right. Observe how he handles treating people with fairness even when it is hard.

Hang on to the truth that your daddy has & will always do what is best for you because he loves you. He has shown the world how much he loves you & has fought a long & hard fight to have your family together again. His heart broke missing you. Not a day passed since you left, that he wasn't trying to get you back home.

Grow, love & learn sweet Sean and have a wonderful loving life. My prayers are with you and your family.

Best Wishes,
Jeni
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: avery622 on December 23, 2009, 08:38:06 PM
I've been following your case and keep waiting to hear that Sean is home. Brazil seems like the most cruel of countries.  I can't imagine these past 5 years and I'm so sorry that you and Sean had to experience them. I'm listening to the news for word......
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Bodie on December 23, 2009, 08:59:00 PM
Thanks be to Our Father for answered prayer. He understands. He has been the object of Parental Alienation for over 6K yrs. May You also win Your case, Lord and win back the hearts of Your estranged children.
Title: Re: Sean's Actual Delivery
Post by: busylizzy on December 23, 2009, 09:41:24 PM
David & Sean,
 
This is the best news I have heard in ages. What a real Christmas miracle! I wish you and your families and all families of LBP's a happy and peaceful holiday season. I can't wait to see that plane arrive in the US!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: JenJenD on December 23, 2009, 10:30:22 PM
I will continue praying until your little boy is in your arms.  The battle you have fought is a wonderful example of love and dedication, and I wish for you a wonderful new beginning.  My deep admiration goes out to you.   So many of us will be shedding tears when Sean finally gets to come home.
Title: Re: David, we Brazilian love you and pray for you!
Post by: Alice on December 24, 2009, 12:15:51 AM
CELITA - what a darling you are!! Thank you so much for this lovely and WONDERFUL post! I am certain David appreciates it! When a Brazilian posts this kind of thing, it means so VERY much!! You are so kind and sweet - on behalf of the Americans here, I thank you!

You probably know that Americans aren't upset at Brazilians. We know that Brazil is a beautiful country full of beautiful people. But just like every country, there are some bad people. It is so sad that some bad people got Sean. But it's going to be over soon!

Again, thank you very, very, very much. You are so kind. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Alice



Quote from: Celita;56464
The Brazilian are praying for David and Sean a long time. We are all for them. Few representants of the evildoers family are the ones that came to support but they are few. We love you David and all the Brazilian newspapers online or not, have all the opinions for you!
Churches, pastors, families, friends, all.
Lows were made for the attorney delay any process of justice but God justice is on the way.
David, I hope so:)on, you are going to have your son in your arms. If you need anything, contact me and all my family in Brazil and friends will be more than happy for help you.
If you want my apartment ( Barra da Tijuca beache) just let me know and you can stay as long as you need.
God bless you!:yeahthat:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pinkbassist on December 24, 2009, 12:31:47 AM
Dear David: I am so thrilled for you, Sean, and all of your family and friends. You never gave up, you asked for help, and due to the person you are - you generated enough help to make your dream come true, and possibly leave an enduring legacy for other Left Behind Parents missing their children as well. One of my two daughters and I used to take our previous dog, an Old English Sheepdog, as a therapy dog to two of our local hospitals - to an adult orthopedic rehab floor, and to a general pediatric floor. The change that would come over even the saddest, withdrawn, angry patients was truly remarkable. The smiles were instantaneous, they would start talking and telling stories, and want to snuggle with her on their beds, or throw her a ball. It may be an idea to let Sean have his own buddy, whether it be a dog or kitten - they are non-judgmental, always available, and a source or joy, fun, and comfort. They would have many years to grow up together with Dad!Just a thought...!
HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE TOGETHER WITH YOUR SON! Carol, Heather and Sarah Wigley
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: william2009 on December 24, 2009, 01:20:14 AM
Hello David
i want to start out by saying that i feel that you are a great man with a huge heart and i am soo thankful that you are getting you son back.  I wanted to tell you my story because i have a similar one.  I also was separated by my father because of an international divorce.  Ironically I came to live in the USA with my mother and my father stayed in Brazil.  I spend ten years without seeing my father in person and i just wanted to tell you that the day that i reunited with my father was one of the best days of my life.  I can admit to feeling a little out of place, but i deep inside i felt the love of my father and all my loved one that i hadn't seen in so long.  Also i wanted to tell you that with each day that i spended with my father i loved him more and all the lies that were told to me as a child were cleared up.  I have been following your case ever since i saw it on the news last year.  I wish you and your family the best of luck and i hope you read this so you can know that there are successful stories out there out of tragedies like the ones we have experienced.  
Thanks you William Martins
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: william2009 on December 24, 2009, 01:22:53 AM
Also i wanted to add this poem that i wrote about your case as a final project for my English class in college.

Davids Ongoing Story  by William Martins
The sadness in his face
Hits you like a ton of tijolos
The loneliness in his eyes
Haunts you like a ghost
The tone of his speech
Cracks with passion the more he speaks
The gray hair in his head
Grows more as the days pass
The pain in his soul
Grows like a cancer
His patience grows less
As the stamps in his passport increases
Is this the last trip?

His eyes open wide
With uncontrollable joy written all over them
His smile grows
With every step the boy takes
He feels the world drop
Out of his shoulders
His world is back to normal
His world is complete
His world is perfect
With sean next to him....
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Colie on December 24, 2009, 02:21:07 AM
Dear David,
I have watched with such admiration how you have dealt with such a challenging situation.  Your integrity is so rare and is an inspiration to everyone.  I am so glad that you will be having this much deserved reunion tomorrow.  Sean is so fortunate to have you as his father and role model.  All the best to you both!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Hanna on December 24, 2009, 02:32:45 AM
David and Sean,

For the past year or so I have logged into the internet everyday and everyday I would check the news about your fight to bring Sean home. Everyday. I am so happy to know that you'll spend Christmas together this year. You and Sean deserve all the happiness in the world after all you went through. I'm sure this made you both stronger. Be Happy Forever!!! The two of you TOGETHER.

Hanna,

Brazilian/American:cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cabindweller on December 24, 2009, 02:32:46 AM
Our family has kept you in our thoughts and conversations for so many long months as we have followed your story.  We are anxiously searching online to hear the news.  The posts about the logistics of Sean's transfer are wonderful, with so many dedicated people providing information.
Almost home . . .
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: elisana on December 24, 2009, 03:36:55 AM
Dear David,
I want to say I'm so moved with your effort to be reunited with your son. I'm Brazilian, and I understand the obstacles real people go through to have justice done in Brazil. So much more in your case, having a case against the type of people who were keeping your son. Your victory is the victory of good over evil. You showed to us, simple Brazilians, that justice can be done. You kept yourself above the filth, taking the road less traveled by, and I'm so very happy that your son is finally coming home.
Thank you so much for being such an honest man, for fighting a good and honorable fight, keeping the hope in a situation where despair could be easily understandable. You are a man of virtue e values, and Sean is going to be immensely happy with you.
 
May God bless you, Sean, your parents and extended family
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SFBayAreaLibra on December 24, 2009, 04:57:01 AM
9:00 am, December 24th, 2009 in Brazil is now one hour and 4 minutes away. Still holding our breath for you David. HOPING, PRAYING you are on your way to finally be reunited with your son. Will finally sleep when "the wheels are up" with Sean in your arms.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: abbysomething on December 24, 2009, 06:25:37 AM
Congratulations! This isn't a happy ending. It's a happy new beginning and you deserve it.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: pinkbassist on December 24, 2009, 06:25:54 AM
Sean is now at the US Embassy THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009! WOW! What a dream come true. Next stop - WHEELS UP - HERE COMES DAD AND SEAN HOME TO NJ, USA!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2009 TO THE ENIRE GOLDMAN FAMILY!!!! FANTASTIC!!!!! :cheer::yeahthat::cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: alexnmark on December 24, 2009, 06:32:27 AM
The news we have been waiting for over 5 years!! Sean has been reunited with you and soon will be on a plane home. What a wonderful Christmas present to the world who watched and prayed for his safe return you David. We are so happy for you, Sean, and your entire family. Merry Christmas and Safe travels home.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KLG on December 24, 2009, 07:35:44 AM
Congratulations to you and Sean!  Sean is so lucky to have you as his father... you have shown so much grace and determination over the last several years with one thing in mind - what is best for Sean.  Today the world is crying tears of joy for you both.  I wish you peace and happiness!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SFBayAreaLibra on December 24, 2009, 07:42:36 AM
Praying for Sean's peacefulness in this transition, praying for the pilot, the plane, the weather and even Sean's Brazilian family to simply "let go and move on". You did it David. BY GOLLY YOU DID IT!
 
I don't think I have ever felt this amount of respect for any father I've ever known. I prayed every day for the Lord to give you strength. You are the best father and now you can ACT on that each day with your son.
 
Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. Now I'm crying too hard to type anymore. Congratulations. Merry Christmas!
 
Elle in San Francisco, CA
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sarita on December 24, 2009, 07:47:06 AM
Praying for a peaceful, quiet time for you and Sean - home at last! God bless you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ICR&I on December 24, 2009, 08:04:50 AM
David and Sean:

The World is Thankful that this part is now over. You have received the Greatest Christmas Gift and one day Sean will realize this. Now is the time for Patience, Understanding and Love. My guess is that the two of you will be just fine.

Merry Christmas to the both of you. And here is to a New Years Beginning.

PS: The shadows that sat on their home last night! They send their best wishes for a new Beginning and Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: EdDeragon on December 24, 2009, 08:13:00 AM
Congratulations David. I have been following your situation for a long time. I am married to a Brazillian woman and I am an America. We have a son who just turned a year and a half last Friday. I felt every feeling but not nearly as much as you. I am so glad that you will have the best Holidays you ever have had this year. My heart goes out to you and your son. I love my son so much and hope you and Sean will grow that special bond you have been wanting more and more each day coming. There is a tear in my eye as I write this to you, I am so happy for you David. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in 2010. My Family Loves You... :D:D:D
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Genenut on December 24, 2009, 08:24:18 AM
Dear David,

My youngest son was born in Oct of 2004 just as your long hard battle was starting. I have enjoyed and savored watching him grow and learn over the last 5 years. I can only imagine what the last 5 years have been like for you and my heart aches for your loss. All those missed birthdays and christmas's and special moments. I regret that I only found out about your story in February 2009 from the NBC story but I have followed and tried to help in your battle since then. Congratulations on preservering and winning your long battle today. Your actions over the last 5 years and the way you always took the high road no matter what the other family did is amazing. I would be honored to shake your hand should we ever meet.

Today was the best Christmas gift you and those of us who have followed and assisted in our small way could EVER get. Know that my family shed tears of joy today knowing that your family has finally been reunited and that we wish you and Sean the very merriest of Christmas Seasons and Happy Holidays. Congratulations and Merry Christmas David and Sean !
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Chicco on December 24, 2009, 08:39:24 AM
Dear David and Sean,
 
I am Brazilian and have witnessed the pain and suffering the justice system in my country motivated by wrong choices of people that were supposed to be responsible, has brought to you for 5 long years. I am deeply sorry for that.
 
I joinned as a volunteer to this site and tried to collaborate somehow. I did very little and wish I could have done more to help. You two and your family and friends deserve it as others in similar situation deserve to be re-united to their loved kids and parents too.
 
I have a 8 years son that through out this year has followed Sean story and my involvement with the BSH website community. Everytime I am with him and I am fortunate to have him around anytime I want, I thought of you too and wished you could have the same love and affection as father and son that we are trying to build in our lifes. I am thrilled you will finally have the opportunity to do so and I will pray for God to shine and bless your paths from now on. Take time to heal and recover. Be happy. You both deserve it.
 
Yesterday, watching the statement there would be no more appeals I cried like a baby with Thiago, my son, next to me. Today, I was concerned and sad to see Seanīs face in the middle of those horrible flashes and cameras, but I am positive and filled of hope that time will show you, Sean, that you are about to be re-united to the most important person in your life and the one that will be forever be your best friend.
 
David, be the best father you can be for Sean. You earned this right twice and your miracle was a Christmas miracle. This is what you fought for so hard and I know you will make the best out of it. Make sure he has the right values and is prepared for his life. You are the one to guide him from now on. It will be a beautiful journey for sure.
 
Sean, have patience and trust. Everything will make sense soon and it will be all for the best.
 
My love and respect to you and your loved ones. Merry Christmas and a 2010 starting a new life filled with love, peace, health, smiles, respect and  opportunities for development so we can always be tomorrow a better person than we are today,
Chicco
Title: Re: Dear David,They are coming!
Post by: Celita on December 24, 2009, 08:55:05 AM
They are coming!  I saw in www.globo.com (http://www.globo.com)  father and son meeting in the American Consulate in Brazil and from there to the airport, to get a private flight for the familyGoldman  . My heart was beatting so fast. Finaly! Thanks God!:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on December 24, 2009, 09:01:46 AM
Dear David and Sean,
Happy Holidays!!! Greatest day ever!! Much love and holiday wishes. We knew you could do it David. My heart is filled with such love. God Bless you both. David, I am also so happy for your family , that they will be able to love Sean again too. Stay strong and give much love, as we know you will. Love the Nurses of Illinois... I will continue to help all the LBPs. This is a great start to a new beginning. Happy Holidays everyone!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Starbright on December 24, 2009, 09:07:40 AM
It is truly a Christmas miracle.  What could be better?  (other than this never happening).  Now you have years of happy and memorable times ahead.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ssutton on December 24, 2009, 09:28:54 AM
Sean, you are the light in our eyes this blessed day
You bring joy to our hearts, this we can all say
You entered our hearts, through your loving father
Which to some, may have seemed such a bother
Our prayers have been answered, after such a long time
So you could unite, with your father once again
You will one day see, what a joy you have become
For so many who love you, and can’t wait to see what’s to come
Lives have been touched, all around the world
We’ve even lit candles, which flutter and swirl
Christmas this year, brings presents not bought
But love and togetherness, through all our thoughts
Cherish this day, for years to come
And just remember, to have lots of fun.
Too wish you a season, you will long remember
Merry Christmas to All, this wonderful December.

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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tstravis on December 24, 2009, 10:05:16 AM
David - you have waited so long for this day to come.  You and your son can start to heal - and even if there are a few bumps in the road, (no... when - just like in any child's life) i know you are the best parent he could ever wish for.  Enjoy this time, savor it... you NEVER GAVE UP... and it is so WORTH IT.
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU, SEAN, AND THE REST OF THE GOLDMAN FAMILY!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: teebee on December 24, 2009, 10:19:40 AM
David,

Mazel Tov to you.  Your persistence and drive in the  fight to get Sean back is an inspiration to millions the whole world over. The Bianchi's did not know who or what they were going up against.  

While now that you have Sean back with you, I hope the transition and re bonding goes smoothly and quickly.  I know from the many years of knowing you and being your roommate for years what type of person and father you are and will be.  Your love and desire to be with Sean is unquestionable and unmeasurable.  May your days together now be long, happy and adventourous.  May you play together, laugh, hug cry and grow old to watch Sean grow into a fine youung man.  With you as a role model for him, I have no doubt that he will develop into a fine person sharing your ideals and values.  May you reunite and go forward together with "MAXIMUM FORCE and MAXIMUM LOVE" for each other.

Again MAZEL TOV my friend.

Todd AKA "CLYDE"
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kamilla's Kids on December 24, 2009, 10:32:35 AM
Happy Hannekah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year to you and your family.  Dreams really do come true.
 
Never give up; Never surrendar.
 
You and your family are in our prayers.
Kamilla, Marc, Darnell, Ben
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Steph on December 24, 2009, 10:46:45 AM
David
My husband and I had our baby boy 12-17-08 and have been following your struggle ever since. I have been crying off and on all day because I am so glad Sean is with his daddy. My husband adores our baby and I can't imagine the overwhelming sense of helplessness you've endured these past five years. You are an inspiration to all, nothing to lose everything to gain... Your son knows how much you love him thru your actions, so does the rest of the world. We love you guys. What wonderful friends you have to provide this website so ordinary people like us can support and follow your plight.
xox
Austin
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jbtennessee on December 24, 2009, 10:49:46 AM
David and Sean - I am so happy that justice has finally prevailed and you guys are reunited.  Holiday blessings to you both, and best wishes for a long and loving life together.  Julie in Tennessee
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mercredi38 on December 24, 2009, 11:08:00 AM
FINALLLY!!!!!

Ever since we heard of your story we have not stopped praying for you and Sean to be reunited. This week, we stepped it up as we knew you were closer than ever before!

What an incredible day!

Now we pray for all the years lost to be healed and for God's richest blessings . As you both navigate the days to come, we hope for the best in counseling and an end to the trauma of years passed.

God Bless you David and Sean Goldman. What a victory, what a day!! May you both know all the love of those wishing you the best the future has to bring.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Nora on December 24, 2009, 11:14:31 AM
I waited til the wheels were up.  You are a most remarkable individual and loving father.  Sean has great memories of you and you will make new memories.  I am glad my tears are now of happiness.  All the people who have supported you are so amazing and wonderful.  Someone else said it well  - they are of intelligence and heart.  All of you have been inspirational.  I know the journey ahead will not always be easy but you got your boy back and you are both cared for and you will know what to do.  I am wishing you the best.

Happy Chanukah, Mazel Tov and a happy New Year!

Nora
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: paigefaust10 on December 24, 2009, 11:17:38 AM
David, this is the day we've all been waiting for. I can only imagine how you feel right now. I'm in tears knowing that Sean is on the plane with you as we speak and that you'll have the BEST Holidays ever with your son. My son turned 4 this month and I think about how Sean was taken from you at that age and I just could not imagine the devastation that you've endured. I know you've lost a lot of time with Sean. But I know that you'll do everything you possibly can to try and make up for that lost time. You are Father of the Year in my book. God Bless you, Sean and your family at this time. I'll be praying for you.
 
Sincerely,
Paige
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: flytrapgirl on December 24, 2009, 11:56:29 AM
Dear David.....Our boy is finally on his way home!! Yes I feel as if he is my boy probably like so many people here do.  I hope and pray that you get the privacy that you deserve to get Sean re-established with his family that has longed to be with him for 5+ years.  Please give us updated occasionally so we all know you are doing good.  Merry Christmas for you and Sean.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cabindweller on December 24, 2009, 12:11:21 PM
David,
My dad once quipped that everyone is placed on this earth for a reason, even if it is to set a bad example.  I've used that thought to explain the weird or awful behavior of others to my four children.  Maybe it is a simple way for you to explain some people's
behavior to Sean.  Hope it helps . . .
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: annie on December 24, 2009, 12:59:52 PM
I am the mother of two grown boys and grandmother to a 2-year-old grandson. Your story has tugged at my heartstrings from the first time I heard it. I cannot imagine the pain of losing any of my boys in the way that you did. But what struck me about you each time I saw you interviewed was the way you handled this horribly unfair situation. You did not respond in anger, but in love and determination to bring your son back where he belongs. You are truly a special Dad who deserves this wonderful Christmas reunion with your son. We praise God that you are finally together with Sean and pray that your relationship will just grow and blossom in the years to come. Bless you and your entire family as you all get to know each other again. Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sylviaw on December 24, 2009, 01:06:20 PM
Love Prevails!
We awoke to the beautiful news that Sean was returned to you
and that the wheels are up!

We are overjoyed and grateful for your Son's return.
Christmas is a time for renewal, may your love be renewed together!
Your faith and strength has been an inspiration to many, Sean is
a very lucky boy to have such a hero holding his hand.

Faithful supporter in San Diego and
Aunt of abducted nieces in Germany from 1998 - 2001
Title: Your fight is finally over
Post by: ronsloan on December 24, 2009, 01:41:36 PM
Hi David and Sean, I consider it remarkable that you David have never publically lost your cool nor slandered Brazil. Not once did I hear you say one word disparaging Brazilians and there slow, corrupt, incomprehensible legal system. Sean you have a wonderful father who is a true hero and the best father any kid could ask for.

Ron Sloan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Kerry on December 24, 2009, 02:13:03 PM
Dear David,

I have watched and listened to your every interview, seen every video out there, and every word you spoke resonated in my mind.
Every cautious word and statement you made, every printed word attributed to you, remained with me.

Today the time has come, it has really happened, and you are reunited with your beloved Sean, so I have "used" your words and written this for you.



The wheels are up!
I believe it now, Sean.
We are going home
Itís a new dawn.
A life of love, one of joy
We are going home
My darling boy.


I will care for you,
Iíll make up for lost time
As best I can with love sublime.
My promise is true, as it has been all along
My heart is so full of laughter and song.


I love you so much,
I have missed out on years,
Teach me Sean
Letís live without tears.


With "Maximum Force" you stated one day.
I am hugging you now in this very way.


My beloved Sean
I know how you feel,
Letís be strong together as we both heal.







                                                                             
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: matheus on December 24, 2009, 02:14:37 PM
David, my wife and I are currently in Brazil visiting family as I see the news that you have finally won your seemingly unwinnable fight.  We are so happy that you have finally been reunited with your son after all you have been through and we truly wish the very best for your newly reunited family.  May you have a blessed Christmas with your son and though the road may be difficult due to what you both have been through I know that the bond between you and your son will only continue to grow.  Now let's all at bringseanhome.org continue to work on reuniting all the other families that have been torn apart and try to bring about happy endings for them as well.

Matt & Cida
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: djbriggs on December 24, 2009, 02:19:02 PM
Hallelujah, man!  This is truly a great day!  I went to bed last night hearing that you "had won" and that the family voluntarily agreed to transfer Sean to you.  And I awoke to news that you were just then "getting" Sean.  The poor kid look traumatized as he was being lead to the embassy.  I am delighted beyond words for the return of Sean Boy.  Bath in the love of your son, and shower him with all that pent-up love.  You deserve all that is good.  You took the high road and never sank to their level.  No doubt, they love Sean very much.  But their love was diminished by their horrible behavior and their misguided tactics.  If you really love someone, you aren't afraid to let them go - because they will return to you.  Sean will come to recognize that what they did was not right.  There is no need to debase them or speak ill of them.  That serves no purpose.  Carry on as you have.  Onward and upward.  
 
All the best to both of you.  Know that you have so many supporters.  Know that I will continue to offer my support.
 
The joy and gladness I have is beyond words.  You have shown goodness and class, and I have learned so much from you.  Sean truly is a very lucky boy to have you as his dad.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nkerry on December 24, 2009, 04:14:33 PM
Dear David, Pop-Pop and Grandma,

Ohhh oh how many of us carried you in our prayers and with heavy hearts. The first time I saw David on with Merridith back in the spring, I think, I could not believe this story. I felt what it would be like to be going though not having my kids. And then, to think for years and years.

I hope the BSH Website/forum brought you support, and showed you others can step outside themselves and the human spirit is still a powerful thing when pulled together. I can't imagine how much joy you will have and at the same time, a simple, "what took so long" thought as you see and feel the natural love returned between you all.

David's parents, you prepared your son well. You must have been so proud (and worried) of David. The passion he has shown, the grace, dedication and strength of character. Little did you know you needed to raise him to be strong, yet kind, dedicated, yet patient, honest and ethical not giving into the Bullys who stole your grandson.

We send you all of our love and know you will enjoy this New Year Celebration. Happy days ahead for you, rest well.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Muzikgod on December 24, 2009, 04:43:14 PM
Dear David & Sean,
 
One cannot help but feel optimistic and positive when one awakes on Christmas Eve day.  "White Christmas" is on the TV, the final Christmas cards are in your mailbox, the ugly neighbors have put on some decent clothes for the first time all year in order to visit their relatives... LOL!  As I sip my first cup of coffee I change the TV channel as "White Christmas" goes to commercial and land on CNN.  They're showing you and Sean boarding the plane in Brazil to finally come home.  My optimistic Christmas eve gets exponentially better!  If I'm feeling this good (and there was nothing but caffeine in the coffee I can assure you) then God knows the jubilation that's running through you at this point!
 
Welcome home Sean!  Congratulations David!  May you enjoy and treasure every moment of your new lfe together!
 
Happy Holidays,
David.
Title: GOD BLESS DAVID AND SEAN!
Post by: Cleiva79 on December 24, 2009, 05:04:32 PM
I'VE BEEN WATCHING,READING AND EVEN CRYING FOR DAVID AND ALL HE'S BEEN THRU, HE'S A GREAT HUMAN BEEN AND A WONDERFUL FATHER
AND I WANT TO WISH HIM MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THIS IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT THAT I BET DAVID I'VE EVER RECEIVE AFTER 5 LONG YEARS HE FINALLY WAS ABLE TO REUNITED WITH HIS PRECIOUS SON SEAN
THE FIRST TIME I SAW AND HEARD ABOUT DAVID'S AND SEAN CASE WAS ON DR PHIL AND IT BROKE MY HEART. HOW CAN THERE BE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT COULDNT RESPECT THE LOVE AND DEVOTION THAT A FATHER HAS FOR HIS OWN AND ONLY SON. BUT GOD ITS BEEN THERE AND JUSTICE HAPPENED TODAY FINALLY. GOD BLESS THE GOLDMAN FAMILY AND
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: beader7 on December 24, 2009, 05:05:21 PM
Dear David:
 
I have follwed your story since the very first day it made news.  It tugged my heart each and every time I heard any news.  These past 5 years I have thought about what you are going through and hurt for you and your family.  Getting that CNN breaking news alert at 5:00 AM was the very best way to wake up on Christmas Eve.  I know I am expressing the feelings of so may, but congratulations and welcome home to Sean.  That this even could happen is the such a sad part of our world today, and that Sean and you are finally on your way back to the USA has brought such joy!!!!
 
Enjoy your holiday to you and your entire family and friends that care so much!!
 
Sandy:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Cleiva79 on December 24, 2009, 05:08:53 PM
Quote from: Bob D'Amico;48
Due to the Gag Order in Brazil, David Goldman is not allowed to participate in the independently owned and operated BringSeanHome.org website but he can still READ.
 
If you would like to post a support message for David please add it on to this thread.
DAVID YOU ARE A WONDERFULL HUMAN BEING AND I'VE BEEN READING AND WATCHING ABOUT YOUR CASE AND ALL I WANT TO TELL YOU IS THAT
I AM VERY HAPPY AND I KNEW THAT YOU AND SEAN are TOGETHER AGAIN. MY BEST WISHES FOR YOU AND SEAN AND THE GOLDMAN FAMILY
MUCH LOVE Carolina Leiva from Florida
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KarmaGirl on December 24, 2009, 05:13:57 PM
Merry Christmas Sean and David!  We all love you two and will wait patiently to hear how wonderful your lives are together, through the years.  We wish you peace and lots of alone time now, to adjust and have fun together.  This is the best Christmas present our family could get, we all feel such relief and happiness.  David, you are the best example of love.
Love always,
ME
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Aida on December 24, 2009, 06:45:07 PM
David.....Finally you have your beautiful boy back. I am so happy for you. I have been your supporter since i saw the Dateline Story. Have a very Bless Merry Christmas. To you and the rest of the Goldman family Congratulations. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Welcome Home Sean! Welcome Home! :cheer::cheer::cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Claudia.Hope on December 24, 2009, 07:20:11 PM
David,
I wish to you the happiest Holidays in the World...
Merry Christmas and a bright NEW LIFE with Sean !
 
 
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Sean,
 
Desejo a voce um Natal maravilhoso com seu pai,
com muita alegria e felicidade !
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: crews1980 on December 24, 2009, 07:29:21 PM
Dear David,
I just want you to know that I fell to my knees with tears in my eyes and said a heart-felt prayer to Jehovah asking that the Brazillian Judges rule in your favor once and for all and that you'd be able to bring dear Sean home on this trip. So it has come to pass and thanks to Jehovah!! David, you've  been through the fire so many times and you were not  consumed by the flames. Instead, you were refined to this beautiful being of love, light and understanding, tempered for the task ahead, helping Sean adjust and helping other children held hostage in far away places reunite with left behind parents. Throughout this ordeal you showed an amazing level of self-respect and restraint. This is a rare intelligence that very few people have mastered. David I know that Jehovah and his Angels are with you and dear Sean now, healing and bringing love to all of your American family. Once healing is well underway, I know you will continue the fight to help others whose chilldren are held hostage in far off lands. It would seem that you're the ONE to get the job done.
Blessings and Peace to you David and to Sean and to all of your American family!!
Toria
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kvannuland on December 24, 2009, 08:11:40 PM
I am not much of a believer in god but after years of watching and reading on this site and then finding out that Sean would be home on Christmas eve, I am starting to believe. Believe in god and believe in miracles. I pray for a smooth transition for Sean to his OLD life back in the good ol' US of A.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Shar on December 24, 2009, 08:38:35 PM
Dear David and Sean,

Watching the long-awaited images of your joyous day from afar, there can be doubt that you belong together always.
 
David, Sean is yours and you are his. I'm ecstatic and blissful beyond words for you and your family. Millions of us have shared your heart-wrenching journey. We have cried with you and now celebrate with you.
 
The vision of you today...one father...one son...defies description. This transcends all other gifts!
 
I wish you always the love, prosperity, and happiness you so deserve as father and son. AT LONG LAST!!

Shar
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jackie in Upstate NY on December 24, 2009, 09:24:38 PM
Dear David - Hope you aren't waisting one split second of time on here reading this and that every moment you breath is using valuable energy with Sean. Have a blast you guys !!!!!!
                                                                  All my best,
                                                                          Jackie in Upstate NY
Title: A Poem David
Post by: Atlantic965 on December 24, 2009, 10:13:02 PM
I think this sums it all up. It my favorite one by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 
 



To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people & the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life as breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson




:cheer:Congratulations on your victory sir, and best of luck in the future.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Ceilli on December 24, 2009, 11:13:21 PM
Dear David, What a beautiful day! Wishing you peace and happiness with your precious son. Sean is very lucky to have a loving, caring, and protective father.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jl2saint on December 24, 2009, 11:26:28 PM
Dave........You done good.............
 
Enjoy every minute.......I know you will...........
 
I'm going to tuck my son into bed and then play Santa..............
 
Life is good...........
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: sue on December 24, 2009, 11:27:47 PM
May the two of you have a wonderful life together!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mom of 3 on December 25, 2009, 03:14:39 AM
Quote from: gail;60080
May the two of you have a wonderful life together!

Dear David,
 
May every moment now that you share with Sean help to erase the 5+ years of pain we all know you endured.There is not a word that describes the sheer happiness we feel for you and your precious son. Thank you for your courageous fight and for showing so many in the world what it means to never give up hope....
Goodness always prevails...
May you, Sean and your family be blessed each and every day you have together....
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Yaroslaffortaleza on December 25, 2009, 05:38:28 AM
YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: deniseleekc on December 25, 2009, 06:01:28 AM
Merry Christmas ! I am so glad this is over , and he is here with you.It is an end Everyone was praying for.It is a Wonderful thing!
God Bless.
-Denise-
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Jeanne M Hannah on December 25, 2009, 09:18:35 AM
David,

How wonderful that you have finally been reunited with Sean. Those who have described this as a roller coaster ride have the right idea. Wherever you and Sean are spending Christmas with your loved ones, be well.

You've done an awesome job of being part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Maintaining your poise in public has been an important part of Sean's healing process, and I commend you for this.

You are so fortunate to have had two excellent attorneys representing you. I am sure that they are enjoying some time relaxing now, too, although until you were "Wheels up," they must have been holding their breath as well.

To David and Sean's supporters, I was away much of the 23rd and the 24th, so I did not get to see the handover in Rio until late on the 24th. I've written what I hope will be my last post on the Goldman case, at least for a while. It's long -- too long for the Forum -- and has a lot of hyperlinks, so you'll have to read it here. CBS vs NBC and the New York Times on the Goldman case (http://tinyurl.com/ybh7u62)
Title: Shabbat shalom
Post by: Bodie on December 25, 2009, 09:37:13 PM
Shabbat shalom.  May Shabbat's peace permeate your souls.  Thanks be to God for making a path through the sea to deliver Sean and bring him home to you.
Title: Christmas Miracle
Post by: carolt65 on December 25, 2009, 11:21:18 PM
Dear David,
 
I am so happy for both of you.  :cheer: This will be a Christmas to remember. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you begin to build your relationship with Sean. Good luck to you and may God bless.
 
Carol
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gpfaile3 on December 26, 2009, 01:27:46 AM
This is something that so many people have prayed for. Many lives have been touched by your terrible ordeal. I'm so happy for you and Sean. Although there will be some hurdles ahead for Sean while readjusting, things are going to be fine now that you two are together. What an awesome Christmas present for the both of you. May God bless you. My prayers will continue as you both settle back into your home as a family once again!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gpfaile3 on December 26, 2009, 01:36:45 AM
Quote from: kvannuland;59976
I am not much of a believer in god but after years of watching and reading on this site and then finding out that Sean would be home on Christmas eve, I am starting to believe. Believe in god and believe in miracles. I pray for a smooth transition for Sean to his OLD life back in the good ol' US of A.

 
Oh, there definitely is a God and He answers prayers. What you said is a reminder of how this family has touched so many people. Keep believing! ;)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Lesley on December 26, 2009, 03:13:27 PM
You are an amazing Father.  Sean will be just fine with you as a Dad.  We are overjoyed that you are reunited.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: CGU-68 on December 26, 2009, 07:16:25 PM
David:

I just saw the piece on NBC that mentioned you are considering what to do about Sean's schooling in the immediate term....

Evert situation is different and there are many circumstances right now that are unique to your case. However, I wanted to share with you my experiences which are uniquely similar to what your beautiful boy may experience. I hope you are able to read this and don't mind my sharing my two cents. When I think about Sean, I remember my own assimilation and I believe based on background, age and destination that young Sean may experience many of the same unique experiences I went through...

Like Sean, I moved to the US when I was 10 (4th grade for me--not sure about Sean). I too spoke broken English--my mom is American and I had been enrolled in an American english-spanish school in my native country. Ironically, we moved here in February--so mid term just like Sean....and we too moved to NJ. I left behind my beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins as well as a culture I understood and was fluent in....

We moved here in February 1978 and my parents enrolled me in the local public school about 6 weeks after we got here. I spoke very little English but my schooling had given me enough vocabulary to get around. I was pulled out for about an hour each day to learn English; otherwise I was left on my own to learn the language...which I did simply from attempting to communicate with the other children. By the time I was 11, I no longer had an accent. By the time I was 12, I found my thoughts came in English. I believe my early exposure to the English language (listening to my mom and in school) allowed me to lose the accent completely and facilitated my ability to become completely fluent.

These days, writing is my forte and of course, I do it much better in English than Spanish. But I still remember vividly a day in late April when I realized mid-day that I was about to throw up and realizing in a panic, I did not know the words. Struggling to explain to my teacher why I needed to leave immediately, I patched together a string of words that I had not previously put together "I. Don't. Feel. Good." right before I hurled in front of the entire classroom. I don't remember the humiliation nearly as much as I do the utter triumph I felt in putting those words together to form a new sentence.

Even so, academically, I found that my private school education had taken me farther along than my American counterparts. In my previous schooling, we were already doing long division, were fluent in the metric system and were generally about a year ahead. My methodology for division was completely different than what my American friends were being taught and of course, I knew the metric system. It pains me to say that at age 42, I can still trace back to that point as the beginning of my decline in math skills to that early failure to not master those two skills. I managed to re--learn long division the American way, but I never did recover my ability to measure and even today, I find inches, feet etc confusing. Sad but true! (But it's okay, I have done just fine in life!) :-) (But a tutor is maybe not such a bad idea!!)

Socially, I found that my classmates were curious about me and quite friendly. Initially school was a grand adventure for me.. but it was different for sure. My old environment had been formal with uniforms and unique social mores. In the US, school was informal and I had to learn to deal with boys--something that in an all-girls school was not ever an issue. I found the entire sports mentality of American boys to be completely foreign from anything I was used to. I was used to more emotive male influences. For what it's worth, however, I grew up to marry a very all-american, football loving male.

As I became more Americanized on the outside, things became more difficult. By the time I was 12, I had no accent but was still thoroughly a South American child inside. As a result, I struggled to fit in for a few years. I think too that the winter of my 12th year (and my 3rd winter in the US) the full effect of my loss began to sink in... I found myself dreaming I was back in my native country and waking up in tears. I began to miss my grandmother intensely--and became very depressed after she visited. I even remember smelling the pillow where her head had lain and crying with incredibly intensity.

Had we lived in today's era, I do not believe my suffering would have been as intense. For one thing, moving here was a complete erasure of my previous life: the food, television, games, language, culture--even the Christmas songs and traditions all changed 100%. Today--there is the Internet, and you can buy cilantro, yuca and plantains and you can download music--all small salves that would have healed my little soul had they been available back then...

My parents are INCREDIBLY loving but I believe they underestimated my grief and over estimated my resilience. Sure--initially I appeared to adjust but the reality is that the loss was delayed until I was old enough to absorb it completely. Even in discussing your case, my parents and I agreed that in today's society, we would have sought professional help to deal with my grief. Again, I believe had I been able to EXPRESS these feelings at the time, I could have dealt with them more productively. I think too that since my mom is American, she assumed I was too......but I wasn't. Not then, anyway.

Finally, I believe as I appeared less foreign to others, the expectations of my behaviors became more stringent. With an accent, my south american ways were understandable. Without it, I was just a kid who did not fit in.... Luckily for me, I grew into my looks at 13 and after that, my social problems faded away. But inside, I have struggled with my latin american/north american identity my whole life. Even today, as an american mom raising two kids in NJ, I find myself trying to tie my childhood back to theirs.... still trying to find that lost connection...but finding, too, that I am so much richer for having had it in the first place...

Okay, all this sad stuff aside, there is so much good news that has come from those experiences.

I am a thousand times more empathetic for 1) having suffered but 2) having the amazing privilege of becoming intimately knowledgeable about two different cultures. My ability to know two languages has also made me uniquely expressive; I know you can paint a picture with different words just because, in speaking two languages, I can see the subtle differences that come from a turn in phrase.

I think too that I have incredibly appreciation for this country and all the opportunities I have been afforded. Unlike other Americans, my appreciation for what this country offers was hard-won. I think back to the opportunities that I would have missed had we stayed and I shudder.... Simply put, my economic and emotional well being are immensely better for having been raised in the US.

In the end, there is little I would change about my upbringing.... However, it is those changes that gave me the urge to write..... My advice having "been there" would be this....keeping in mind that you probably already know all this AND I don't know your situation as intimately as you do... Still, my two cents:

1) Realize that what he presents at first may not tell the long term picture. Be on the look out for these things long after it appears he has adjusted. A cross-culturally trained psychologist can help you deal with the nuances between our two cultures and may help him differentiate between real issues and gaps in culture.

2) Know that many things will delight him; snow, NYC, skiing and your Tom Sawyer house but know too, that sometimes grief for his culture will creep in too. I can see that you are the kind of dad who will show interest and appreciation for his life. This will carry you both a long way....

3) Tutors, tutors tutors, but definitely enroll him in school sooner rather than later. A few friends can make a big difference.

4) As he becomes more "americanized" he may be subject to less understanding by his peers--and this may coincide with those already difficult early teen years. Then again, most teenagers have difficulties anyway and it may have nothing to do with that....

Lastly, congratulations and lots of love from a stranger that you've never met. I have been SO impressed with you and am so pleased  you got your precious son back. As a mother, your story touched me deeply!

Best wishes,

CGU
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on December 27, 2009, 10:04:18 AM
I loved this story. Thanks for sharing....I really hope David has the chance to read your post.

:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sashia on December 27, 2009, 11:19:12 AM
Wow, CGU incredible story, incredible insight that is a great gift  to share with David.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: CGU-68 on December 27, 2009, 11:53:51 AM
thanks guys.....

....kind of weird but I have felt almost "possessed" in my compulsion to share all this with David on Sean's behalf. This entire story has resonated with me from the beginning--the way David openly doted on his son with utter adoration is similar in style from the way we parent...and of course, the cross cultural thing really hit home.

I guess I am grateful you think this may be helpful...after I wrote it, I felt perhaps it was too much about me....but like I said, I felt almost a spirit moving through me urging me to write it all down for them to read. I hope they do too!!

Thanks humbly,
CGU
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: TomD on December 27, 2009, 01:51:26 PM
Quote from: CGU-68;61148
thanks guys.....

....kind of weird but I have felt almost "possessed" in my compulsion to share all this with David on Sean's behalf. This entire story has resonated with me from the beginning--the way David openly doted on his son with utter adoration is similar in style from the way we parent...and of course, the cross cultural thing really hit home.

I guess I am grateful you think this may be helpful...after I wrote it, I felt perhaps it was too much about me....but like I said, I felt almost a spirit moving through me urging me to write it all down for them to read. I hope they do too!!

Thanks humbly,
CGU
I hope David does read this, as I am sure he can benefit and it will help Sean.  Professionals certainly can be helpful, but unless they have also experienced psychological traumas the way you and Sean have, their insights are not going to be as deep and accurate. Thank you for sharing your experiences; you obviously understand how healing is a process that takes time.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: CGU-68 on December 27, 2009, 02:49:24 PM
thanks again for your kind words...they make me very happy that I wrote all of this down....You know the other gap I thought of was the fact that Sean has been living in a city and will now have to adjust to a suburb. That was something I found a hard transition as well..... Obviously, this will be a smaller challenge but it is something that will prop up in unexpected ways and at odd times. I did not put that together for myself until I was in my 20s and living in NYC--that's when I realized that moving from a major metropolitan city with fairly sophisticated children around me to a suburb had also had an impact..... I have since found myself VERY drawn to urban areas. I wish my parents would have taken the time to drive into NY with me as a young teen--that also would have been a stimulating and exciting thing to do. It's important for Sean to know what is exciting and unique about this country and I think too that is why the trip to Orlando-with relatives-- was BRILLIANT.

Anyway, if I can be of further help, I am happy to share more of my thoughts and experiences. I agree that when you have a unique trauma it does help to know how someone else dealt with it..... :-)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kiki99999@aol.com on December 28, 2009, 12:46:21 PM
David......
 
Thinking of you everyday, knowing your love for Sean has no bounds....
He might be 9 but he feels it too......
 
You're day will come sooner than later when he calls out "hey Dad look at the TV" or he just matter of factly says "thanks Dad".....
 
and when that day comes... the layers upon layers of days upon days of disappointment will continue to melt away.....
 
God Bless both of you......
 
ki
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: ENR on December 28, 2009, 02:14:03 PM
Dear David,
We hope you are enjoying every second being with Sean and doing all the simple things together that you both have missed out on over the years.  You two by being together will heal each other just by enjoying life's simple pleasures together.  Your nightmare is over and it is time for the two of you to live life to the fullest together again.
Blessings and thoughts,
The Redfields
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Beth C on December 28, 2009, 04:33:30 PM
Dear David
I have been following your story from the first time the story was put on TV. I am overjoyed that Sean is home with you! I have been praying for this day! The fact that he came home on Christmas Eve is icing on the cake! Yes, you will have a period of adjustment and you may even need to go to counseling, but it will all work out! Congratulations!  :cheer:
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Martin on December 29, 2009, 12:07:00 AM
Congratulations and best wishes for the New Year and the future to Sean and David.
 
Martin
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: loveuforever on December 29, 2009, 02:48:18 AM
David and Sean,
I wish you both love, laughter, good health, and all the happiness a heart can hold.  I wish for Sean to feel secure in the presence of the unending love and dedication that David (dad) gives with all his heart and soul.  May family and the wisdom of others guide you both through this new and challenging time in your lives.  And to David, I cannot adequately express the admiration I have for you with your strength of character through such indescribably difficult times.  I am truly amazed by you as a father of your dear Sean.  I hope you both will be lifted by the well wishes of so many that care not about where you live, but HOW you live and love.  Best wishes always.
-Lynn
Title: David & Sean: Good Luck from Brazil!
Post by: Marc_Br on December 29, 2009, 07:50:00 AM
Congratulations David! I'm sure now you will be very happy with his son in the U.S.A. after so many problems. As you must know, majority of Brazilians supported the decision of supreme court to keep Sean at his side and I sincerely hopefully in the future you and your beloved son return to Brazil to enjoy the good things that this country offers to all who visit us. Good Luck, on behalf of millions of brazilian citizens who truly love and believe in the righteousness of men and God. (From Marc - Rio de Janeiro)
Title: Trust is earned.. not freely given
Post by: bwicked on December 29, 2009, 01:12:26 PM
Dear David,

I have been fighting my own battle of sorts over these past five years too.
While mine has not been to get back my son, it's been more about trying to stay alive. Lymphomatic Cancer, HIV, two surgeries that both went terribly wrong, and day to day living with multiple illnesses. Giving up has never crossed my mind. As I assume was the same with you when it came to bringing Sean back home.

Staying focused on moving forward was just the only way I've know how to think. The alternative was not an option. I have way too much to do, way too much to see, and way to much to live for.. to just give up.

I know in my heart he WILL call you Dad one day soon. You must be patient and wait. If you push it, it will not work. He will call you it when he knows fully that YOU are the real one for him, and his REAL father.

I have been to Brazil many times, and lived there for a period of time as well. Not all people are bad, and not one single country is terrible. There is good and bad everywhere.. however, trust is earned, not just freely given.

And for me.. "and this is only for me".. People show you who they are.. if you just wait and watch, all people will truly show you who they are, and how they work, think, and behave.

You have more than enough proof of what to expect from not only the authorities, but also the family in Brazil. They have shown you MULTIPLE times what to expect and what you can believe in.

Too many times in my own life, I did not listen to my instincts. I HEARD them, but I didn't obey them and later suffered the consequences.

Please, please, please.. do NOT bring Sean back to Brazil under any circumstances. I know you want to do what is right, but you have been shown how trustworthy and honest the other side is.

Please keep, hold, and love your son here in the U.S. and give both of you time to heal, mend, and overcome this terrible terrible hurdle which you both have had to endure.

May God Bless both of you, your family, and your new life in 2010.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: alligirl78 on December 29, 2009, 02:55:18 PM
Dear David,
 
Congratulations on finally getting your son home!! Your reunion was on my mind all through the holidays. I'm a mommy to 2 boys myself and can only imagine how full your heart must be right now. Sadly, my boyfriend's daughter is a victim of severe PAS too. So I also understand some of the challenges that you two will face together.
 
Thankfully, the hardest part is over and they didn't succeed in turning Sean against you. He will call you "Dad" and will, some day, be forever grateful for your unwavering love and commitment. Hang in there and enjoy every moment with your baby. You've earned it and Sean is so lucky to have you as his father.
 
Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
 
Allison
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kate on December 30, 2009, 03:27:46 PM
May all the good blessings be with you and your son Sean for many good years to come from here on. My prayers are with David, Sean the Goldman family.
I have been following your story since the start and it's heart breaking!  I strongly believe TRUE LOVE brings people together with PEACE while selfish love separates people with war. I like the way you treat mrs Silvana Bianchi and I hope she would behave more reasonably by your loving and caring for your son in the future. You are so kind and generous to someone who did not treat you well at all! I pray for mrs Bianchi and her family be more realistic with you as a REAL DAD to SEAN. I also thank you NBC or any generous sources for their help you get through some of your most difficult moment of life. Best of lucks David!  ~Kate~
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on December 30, 2009, 10:54:53 PM
Dear David,
I am so happy with the progress that Sean is doing. Nobody can love him more than you. I think in the beguining will be a little hard to accomplish all the projects but time will come and Sean and you will be one. I believe that he will be fluent in English soon. Tell him stories abou how USA helped so many countries bringing them freedom and independence. He would love to know the heroes story (You will be his favorite heroe). God bless you. He was with you all the time and his justice came in time for you enjoy Christmas and these last days of 2009 with him. You happiness is our happiness.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DaveSeow on December 31, 2009, 05:24:24 AM
Dear David,

You have shown class, dignity, and grace throughout this whole ordeal. I am so happy that you and Sean are finally together. You are an example that people can look up to. I pray that Sean adapts back home quickly and that with your love and guidance he will flourish.  God Bless and protect you, Sean and your family and may the new year bring abundant blessings to you and your family. Just know people around the world have been watching and praying for you and will continue to do so.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nina on December 31, 2009, 07:39:47 AM
Dear David,

I can't imagine the :D:D:D you are feeling today having Sean by your side.

Tonight you will celebrating a "happy new year" with the person you love most by your side. May the years to come be full of love and :):):) moments.

In my country (Colombia), we eat 12 grapes at 12:00, and we make one wish for each of the grapes. You and Sean will be in one of them!

Happy 2010!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: tjones on December 31, 2009, 11:54:16 AM
Dear David,
 
I am so happy for you and Sean. I don't think I slept any the few days before Christmas. I could not get my mind off of the situation. I was crying with joy while preparing my Christmas meal. My family thought something was terribly wrong. I explained to them that I was happy because you had received the greatest gift you could imagine. Time will heal. God bless you and your precious son. Best wishes for the new year.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: kmoor88 on December 31, 2009, 12:02:46 PM
Dear David,
It finally will be a Happy New Year for you & Sean and your family. When I look at my Christmas card that has Bring Sean Home for the Holidays Campaign, I can't believe it finally came true. I wish you and Sean much happiness and love in the New Year! Sean will be so happy to really know what a true father is now that he is back with his one and only Dad.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: MomTo4xys on December 31, 2009, 03:29:31 PM
Dear David:

As 2010 dawns, the world seems like a brighter place because you have your beloved Sean home at last!!  You endured so much in your 5+ year fight, and not only did you keep fighting despite the many setbacks, but with dignity and grace.  Your son is the luckiest little boy in the world to have you as his father.

Your case touched my heart so deeply that it was the purpose for my first call to the White House, to SOS Clinton, and even an e-mail to the Brazilian President.  Now that you are home with Sean, there are more LBP's that need support so that they too can have their miracle, and I plan to lend my voice for them as well.  Your story gives inspiration & hope to many.  While you probably would have given anything to have not gone through this, I hope the fact that other abducted children & LBP's will benefit from your struggle brings you a degree of solace.

After nearly a year of constant prayer for you and Sean, I could not sleep until I knew you had your son, so I stayed up until 5AM (Pacific time) to hear that the wheels were up.  For a father & son I never met, I felt such joy and relief!

I hope that in the coming months and years, you and Sean can heal from all that you both have been through, and create wonderful new memories together.  You both are in my continued prayers for healing, health, and every happiness.

God bless you and Sean.  
:) Michelle
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: eliza on December 31, 2009, 08:12:52 PM
David
I am so happy for you and Sean.
Happy New Year !
Eliza
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Sarita on December 31, 2009, 09:15:50 PM
God bless you in this new year, this new beginning. Your new journey and Sean's is just begun - may it be filled with sweet surprises, little delights and much fruit from the healing process you are in together!

Much peace,

S
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: jlpoag on December 31, 2009, 09:26:14 PM
David,
 
Happy New Year to you and Sean.  While I know that 2009 ended with many blessings and the miracle of sean's return, I know that God has so much more joy in store for both of you in the new year and the many years to come.
 
My six year old daughter, Kate, who has been an avid "bring sean home" supporter as well are toasting you and Sean with a glass of sparkling grape juice tonight!
 
Be happy!
 
Judy
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Wendy on December 31, 2009, 10:17:17 PM
David and Sean!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  NEARING the end of my very large bottle of wine and this is my second attempt at posting this!  You are both in my thoughts on this wonderful new years eve!!  I'm celebrating on your behalf and since I almost never consume alcohol I can only imagine how I will feel tomorrow! I don't care! This is the best new years EVER!!! Hope you are enjoying it!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: greg4sean on January 01, 2010, 03:45:33 AM
Happy New Years David and Sean! So far I am still on cloud nine knowing Sean is home. I hope you both are having fun. David you might want to check out and buy Wii for Dummies for I bet Sean beating you silly. :D
 
Sean be kind to him and let him win a few games!
 
My wish is for both of you and the entire Goldman family will have a great 2010 full of fun and good times. All of you deserve it.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Audax on January 01, 2010, 08:14:47 AM
Quote from: greg4sean;62995
. David you might want to check out and buy Wii for Dummies for I bet Sean beating you silly.


Tell me about it!. The worst game for me is cooking mama - stupid flipping pancankes, turning heat up then down, .... well, I don't think Wii for Dummies could even help me...

And, of course, my daughter thinks it's hilarious when I stand in front of the TV, shake the controllers around and NOTHING happens
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: cj13 on January 01, 2010, 10:42:03 AM
Happy New Year.  
 
Glad you hung in there.
 
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.  - Lance Armstrong.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Roberta Palermo on January 01, 2010, 01:13:49 PM
You did it! You didn't give up! I am very proud of you.

Roberta Palermo
Family Therapist
http://www.robertapalermo.com.br
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: molly on January 04, 2010, 08:38:54 AM
David,
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
 
I am so happy for you and Sean.  Your strength showed America that anything is possible, and again, I am so happy for you.
 
All thoughts to you and Sean for a New Year and many many more ahead !!!
 
Molly Hurley
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: patrick on January 04, 2010, 09:46:06 PM
Dear David,

So happy you won your case I have been going throught the same problem as you and have been in court in Brazil to be able to see my son as my Brazilien girlfirend moved away from our home and ever since then I cannot get in contact with her and do not know where she or my son is. I have been speanding my time running after her through legal actions for the better part of 14 months. Your case has open the eyes of the court system here in Brazil and has helped my case move forward. I know what you have been through because I am living it right now but you fought and I also am fighting and in the end I hope to have the same result you did. I am from Canada and this has been hard for me. So congrats for your success and god bless you and Sean.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: KimmyRN on January 05, 2010, 12:02:40 PM
David,
Congratulations!! I am happy you and Sean are together! You did it ! God Bless U both! We are all so happy for you and for Sean.  The Nurses of Illinois support BSH foundation. Welcome Home Sean!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: heather on January 05, 2010, 02:14:50 PM
David,
We wish you and Sean all the best. Bless you both and may you both live a long and healthy lives together.
The Droke Family
Spokane, WA
 
The storm has ended
the ground has thawed
the clouds have lifted
the gloominess is gone
The sun beams down
the rainbows too
the birds are out
and flowers have bloomed
Atlast, you are with me, we are home.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Gavin's Mom on January 05, 2010, 03:12:03 PM
David, I am so happy that you have been reunited with your son!  The news made my Christmas tolerable this year.  It has brought us hope to continue our battle in locating my son Gavin who is 8 years old.  Thank you for your dedication to bring awareness to the world.  All the very best to you and Sean!  Heather
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on January 06, 2010, 10:50:24 AM
I can't wait for Friday watch Dateline your special . I hope you and Sean are doing good! God bless you!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on January 07, 2010, 12:59:30 PM
Excelent ! You can translate everything.
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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on January 07, 2010, 06:37:58 PM
Mr. David Goldman, I pronounce you the Father of The Year!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: justamom on January 08, 2010, 10:16:27 AM
Dear David,
I'm happy you've finally got to have Sean by your side. I've been following this case from the very beginning, I've checked this website on a daily basis, I've read most of what it has been written here and only today I've decided to register, because I'd like my words to get to you. Hopefully they will.
I want to be honest with you, I've prayed many times for this case to get solved in the best way possible, and I’m in pain because it hasn't. I truly believe you and Sean have the right to live together and grow as father and son, but I can't help thinking how deeply painful this sudden change has to be for Sean and how deep the wounds will be for him. I wish things could have solved in a smoother way, with Sean having the possibility to make the transition to his new life in the US supported by his known affections.
I’m the mom of two little girls, the older one is 9 yrs old, only 6 months younger than Sean. They’ve met, Sean and my little girl, they’ve played together once before all this started. But this isn’t important, what I wanted to say is that as the mom of a girl that has Sean’s age and that is born of international families I can only imagine how lost, empty and scared Sean must feel right now, his life is gone once more.
The love you can give him will reassure him, but it will take time. I know you have probably thought about this many times and that your main concern is to protect him, I know in my heart you will do your best.
David, after long years of fight and pain the hardest moment has arrived, now you have to stop fighting, you have to put the weapons down and demonstrate that Sean is the most important thing in the world. You have to gather all your courage and love and give your son what he needs.
In his short life Sean has lost you in the very first place, he then lost his mom, and now his sister and rest of the family. Out of these three terrible things one is irreplaceable (mom), one has been restored (dad) and the third one can be given back to him, depends on you. Please put your fair anger away, push away the pain and the resentment and give Sean the possibility to have a complete family. Give him the chance to be loved by both his American and Brazilian relatives.
Please forgive my unrequested participation and forget my words if they bother you, is not my intention to pretend I know what needs to be done, nor to criticize or judge, I’m only asking you to do what I know my daughter would need if she was in Sean shoes.
Have a marvelous life, you all deserve it.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: justamom on January 08, 2010, 11:33:06 AM
Dear David,
I'm happy you've finally got to have Sean by your side. I've been following this case from the very beginning, I've checked this website on a daily basis, I've read most of what it has been written here and only today I've decided to register, because I'd like my words to get to you. Hopefully they will.
I want to be honest with you, I've prayed many times for this case to get solved in the best way possible, and I’m in pain because it hasn't. I truly believe you and Sean have the right to live together and grow as father and son, but I can't help thinking how deeply painful this sudden change has to be for Sean and how deep the wounds will be for him.
I’m the mom of two little girls, the older one is 9 yrs old, only 6 months younger than Sean. They’ve met, Sean and my little girl, they’ve played together once before all this started. But this isn’t important, what I wanted to say is that as the mom of a girl that has Sean’s age and that is born of international families I can only imagine how lost, empty and scared Sean must feel right now, his life is gone once more.
The love you can give him will reassure him, but it will take time. I know you have probably thought about this many times and that your main concern is to protect him, I know in my heart you will do your best.
David, after long years of fight and pain the hardest moment has arrived, now you have to stop fighting, you have to put the weapons down and demonstrate that Sean is the most important thing in the world. You have to gather all your courage and love and give your son what he needs.
In his short life Sean has lost you in the very first place, he then lost his mom, and now his sister and rest of the family. Out of these three terrible things one is irreplaceable (mom), one has been restored (dad) and the third one can be given back to him, depends on you. Please put your fair anger away, push away the pain and the resentment and give Sean the possibility to have a complete family. Give him the chance to be loved by both his American and Brazilian relatives.
Please forgive my unrequested participation and forget my words if they bother you, is not my intention to pretend I know what needs to be done, nor to criticize or judge, I’m only asking you to do what I know my daughter would need if she was in Sean shoes.
Have a marvelous life, you all deserve it.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on January 08, 2010, 10:26:58 PM
I set the DVR in two of my TVs, checked all five if they were working, sat with my beautiful daughter Raquel in the living room, holding hands, tears some times, laughing, nervous, cheering, happiness with the Happy End: "Dad , come here" ..I loved when David asked him to repeat...like a music to our hearts. Everything is going to be alright! Goldmans, peace be with you. May our Lord prepare a wonderful  future for both. Thanks NBC/Dateline! God bless you too!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: FC_Florida on January 08, 2010, 11:58:30 PM
You are forever Sean's dada! Your son would never, ever forget that. You are an amazing father!

Wish you, Sean and your big family all the best!:)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Deb C on January 09, 2010, 09:36:41 AM
I have followed your family story for two years.  I often left my house for work in the morning in tears of frustration and powerlessness.  David, you have been such a stunning example of love, courage, and steadfastness through all of this.  In your pain you have been the utlimate example.  I think if was Frederick Nietzche who said "he who has a why can endure every how."  You did that.
 
I am so grateful that you and Sean have been reunited...although you have always been united at the heart.  
 
I would like to become involved in some way.  I will keep watching the site for opportuinities.
 
Namaste.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: SinNombre on January 09, 2010, 11:22:39 AM
Dear David,

I've watched in awe as you struggled with a broken system to regain your right to be Sean's father.  Your strength, courage, grace, determination, and utter refusal to accept anything less than getting your son permanently home with you has been one of the biggest inspirations of my life.  It seems like you must have been living in a nightmare, but couldn't wake up and be happy until Sean was home where he belongs with you.  I'm so happy for you both and will continue prayer that your lives will be peaceful and quiet, not the hell you've both been in for far too long.

Thank you for allowing those of us who wanted to support in any way we could to follow along and get to see the happy outcome from our own homes.  The "Dateline" update was heartwarming and brought tears of joy! Also, thank you for setting such a stellar example of what the true meaning of being a father is. May God abundantly bless your family!

Hugs from Idaho ~ K
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Debrad on January 09, 2010, 01:31:43 PM
Although I've followed your story for quite some time, I watched the NBC story last night.  Part of it I was unable to watch and I don't know how you had the strength to continue through all that was done against you and Sean.  There were parts of the story where it seemed that something was missing. I'm sure there could have been another 2 or 3 hours added.  I hope to see you again soon after life has settled down for you a bit, maybe on the Today show??  
 
Who was important to you in your life and provided stability and support for you as you went through all that you did?  Your focus and intensity and poise was amazing to see.  It was apparent what kind of person you were when Sean asked you why you hadn't visited him. You replied that it was a problem with the courts which was such a dignified reply to him!  Both you and Sean are amazing people and I hope so much for a long and happy life for you both.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: nibberoni on January 11, 2010, 02:11:27 AM
Dear David,
I have been following your story when I first saw it on the Today Show. As a person who can not have children I was very heartbroken when I heard your story. I cannot imagine someone taking their child away from the other parent for no other reason than to be selfish. I was very happy to hear that he was finally returned to you on Christmas Eve what a perfect way to see the New Year in. I know that you have told the Brazilian family that you were willing to let them visit Sean and call him anytime. I pray that if they choose to do this that you have them also have supervised visits as they did to you so that you can protect Sean as I have a feeling that given the chance they would take him back to Brazil against his will and that you would never see him again. I keep you and Sean in my prayers and I hope Sean can heal from what he endured while away from you
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: janetcoker on January 11, 2010, 02:37:33 AM
I have watched your story adamantly. I am a mother who had her child at 15 years old. My parents were great and supported me and my son 100 percent. The father had almost nothing to do with the child until he married a woman who had a hysterectomy for medical reasons when my child was 4. They were given custody initially due to the fact I was young, taking him away from everything he knew and loved. We fought for 5 years and spent a huge amount of money that could have been spent.for his education. I was systematically removed from his life. My son is now 23 years old and recently turned up on my doorstep with a wife and 2 dogs and I had not even spoke to him in over 6 years. His step-mother had alienated him and his college sweetheart to the point he eloped and then moved across states to escape her and his father, who completely supported his wife. I had given up hope. I tried calling, e-mailing, and every other option I could think of. Nothing ever worked. He came home on his own. It was a dream that I could never have seen realized until it was. My son was not taken out of the country, only across state lines. From S.C. to N.C., for God's sake, and I found no help. I had to pay for psychologist, Guardian ad litum's, lawyers, appeals courts and a slew of other costs. My son is scarred and angry now he is an adult about the things that were kept from him. He now hates his father for the lies he was told. I really can not be an advocate for his father after what I have been through, but it is his father. For better, for worse, I am his mother and his Dad is his father. I can not change that. What I can do is love my son for everything he is and everything he will be. His relationship with his father is no longer my problem. My son is a grown man who spent most of his life with his father. If that was a less than substantial relationship, it isn't my fault. What I have now, is the chance to explore a relationship with my son, 18 years late, but still a chance to be together. My son only speaks one language, well, except the musician language, which noone understands, so I guess me and David have more in common than I thought.
Title: Is it the end of your Battle Mister Goldman?!
Post by: DOMINIQUE on January 11, 2010, 04:01:12 AM
Dear Mister Goldman,

I wanted to write to you regarding the TV program I saw about you and your son this evening. I have heard on TV your reunion with your son but it is vague in my head!
I cried!!! I know how it feels like to be separated from one of your parent you love dearly. It happened to me. I am a resilient lady and my heart goes to you and your lovely son. You are a Great Spirit, you have such a Great Mission and I am sure you are such an exemple of a Loving, commited, strong, father and man of integrety and humility.

I so understand the pain you went through and the anger you have felt.

Your son, I know shall open up to you and Art (drawing), Creativity, Music or writing a journal could be a great idea for him to put words to his inner, repressed emotions.

When I was a little girl, I wished I had someone to rely on after certain traumas happened to me so I could open up, express those repressed emotions after a traumatic experience. However creativity helped me as well as other tools I have found myself, other options which were introduced to me by life itself.

So, I wish you and Sean shall become even closer, closer than any father and son can imagine could be after such a traumatizing experience. You deserve the best.

If people would make music, create, play, create work of Art , dance together in this World life would be so different, human beings would develop Compassion for one an other and there would never be War again.

Receive my Love, Compassion and you and Sean have a very special place in the garden of my soul. You are in my prayers. I am not religious however very spiritual and I have faith in Love and that life has its own intelligence in order to always unite the ones who are meant to be together. I am so happy for you that you have reconnected with your little angel.



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(sorry for my writing, grammar, my first language is french however I can still manage pretty well)

XO

Dominique
(http://www.clevelandseniors.com/images/pets/cat-newyear/cat-flower.jpg)
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: gvermillion on January 11, 2010, 11:17:00 AM
I have followed you story over the years from countless news shows, articles, and reports.  I am so glad your nightmare is over.  I myself am a dad with a little 4 year old boy, I can not imagine having to endure the nightmare you went thru.  You are a very strong sincere individual with a brave heart.  At the last showing of Dateline of your reunion with Sean, it was so difficult for me to watch, I cried with an aching heart for you and your son.  There is so much love eminating from you to your son.  I pray that you and your son are doing well, wishing your family a happy and joyous new year with an exciting new chapter.  

Respectfully,

Gerard Alain Vermillion
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DaddyB on January 11, 2010, 02:20:25 PM
I saw the Dateline special last night, Jan 11, 2010, and was heartbroken. I'm a father as well and I couldn't even begin to imagine the torment that you and Sean had to go thru. I couldn't stop crying and hugging my son till the end show. What an outrage to see this happen to a father who TRUELY loves his son. To see Sean come home at the end was awesome. I am so happy for you David and truely hope this is the end to your heartaches and headaches. The fight you have fought has inspired so many. God bless you both!
Title: I know how you feel
Post by: adamator on January 11, 2010, 03:34:00 PM
Dear David,

I came across your documentary on TV last night. While watching your story, I grew more and more amazed how much your story resembles my own. I only found out today that this is happening right now.

Minus 2 and a half years of separation and the tragic loss of your son's mother, my story is almost identical to your own.

I too was reunited with my daughter after over 2 years of alienation. My fight to get her back was as severe..the fight that continued after her return equalled the pain I suffered while she was gone. Although my daughter and I have been back together for almost 2 years now, there has been much left un-repared.

Watching your face and your experience on TV David, I can say with conviction that if there is anyone that can relate to you, it's me.

If I can offer you some reassurance after the endless time you've had to spend away from your son, it is in that your love for him, and your sensitivity to his needs, is, and will fully repair what you've lost...and most likely give your relationship a depth that might not have existed had both not had to endure this difficult separation.

Regardless of what you've been through, regardless of the legal and beaurocratic mess that you've had to endure, and might have to continue to endure for some time...never doubt your instincts as a father...what you feel is best.

If I could offer you a peek into yours and Sean's future, it's this...

Sean will learn from this experience through your eyes. You are his father, and no matter how you approach it, your undying love for him will repair this lost time. There is no way Sean won't be completely emotionally protected by your dedication to him. Neither of you have anything to fear.

Beaurocracy is beaurocracy however, and that'll just have to be endured. But you were brave and smart to make this public, because it will give you support and strength that you might need. And don't worry, fighting off unfair and unreasonable legal battles won't tarnish a molecule on your relationship - although it might give you a few grey hairs.

I'm amazed and reassured that I'm not the only person on earth to have had this particular kind of experience... My reassurance comes from the fact that your are making this public...the courts...and the institutions put in place to prevent these types of situations have put good fathers like yourself in a nightmarish position where they feel alone, confused and frustrated beyond belief.

You will have crap to deal with, but all that matters is you and Sean. I feel personally blessed to know that a relationship like yours and Sean's exists. That is all that matters.

Adam Duff - Montreal

 PS...Through the years, I've come across many stories from other fathers, fighting the law and the beaurocracy. I assure you that my story and my position in all of this is as authentic and honorable as your own. I'm not looking to tally-up and hold hands with all of the other disgruntled fathers out there. The experience that I'm sharing with you is personal and for you and Sean only.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Ginstar on January 12, 2010, 10:25:26 AM
Hi David,
I am writing to you from Perth Western Australia. I have been following and trying to give what support I can (from  the other side of the world)  over the past year, since Jan 09.
I am so happy for you and Sean to be finally re-united . I am so glad you were finally able to get your God given right to raise and care for your son. I feel immense compassion for you both in all the suffering that you have gone through and I wish you and Sean a fast journey through your healing process.
I also want to say thankyou for sharing with us the journey of Bringing Sean home to the U.S. . I completely respected your right to complete privacy at this precious and valuable time . However you have shared with us all ,parts of Sean's reunion and homecoming , and I thankyou for that :) . You have such a generous spirit.
I have heard the saying "We choose our parents" , that goes for the good times and the bad. It seems to me Sean chose the best pick of the bunch , he choose a Father that would go to the ends of the earth for him, with a love that is so pure.
May God rain infinite blessings on you and Sean through the rest of your lives together
 
Virginia
Perth
West Australia
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: DOMINIQUE on January 12, 2010, 05:40:53 PM
I would like to share with you David that I am not use to write on forum however because I was deeply touched by your story. Having been there in my childhood in a similar context, I want to help in any ways I can today.
 
There is one thing that a child experience when he/she is aways from the only Love they have (Mum or Daddy) and that is Anger and all the sorrows and frustration linked to it.
 
A child will repress it not feel.ing safe, loved, not being told the truth, being lied to, feeling controled, dominated emprisonned in a situation.
 
dear David, before I went to bed yesterday, I was thinking about you and Sean and a great Idea came up to my mind. A WORK OF ART!
 
I saw you and Sean creating together a wonderfull work of Art. I was so inspired I had to tell you. It could be a huge collage or a mixed of medium. In the Name of your Love and your Son's Love, I thought this could be amazing, part of both your healing.
 
You are in my prayers.
 
Receive my Love and loving thoughts.
 
Heartily
XO
 
Dominique
 
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Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: moonshadow on January 12, 2010, 06:40:33 PM
I saw your frustrating story since when it first aired a yr ago.  Glad you have your son back with you now David and happy again. You are a good dad who loves his son and it shows.  From the first visit you were granted with Sean it was obvious he loved and missed you too.  He kept asking you to hug him tight 'maximum force' because he doesnt want to forget that feeling once you leave.  Now he's back where he belongs - I don't think it will be a hard transition from what I noticed in the dateline show that just aired.  Goodluck to you both.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: danielfromRio on January 17, 2010, 04:01:18 PM
David and Sean

I am watching the documentary from NBC here in Brazil and would like to share my condolescense to your family. I hope the Goldman family be more strong and tied than ever before, the love between father and son can never be breaked or harnished. Know that my family from Rio de Janeiro has supported you all the times and fortunately the Justice here made the justice.
Take care.
Daniel & Fernanda
Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Mrs.Nisch on January 18, 2010, 07:13:44 PM
David,
 
We are so blessed that you have been reuinted with your son.  It was nice to see a happy ending to a parental alienation/abduction case.  You are an amazing dad to stay the course the way you did in spite of all the obstacles thrown in your path.  Sean is one very lucky little boy.  God bless you.  You will be in our prayers as you both heal from the devastation of the last 4 1/2 years.
 
For many of us the reality of being united with our children is still a dream.  It has been almost 11 years since Rick has been allowed to be a part of his sons lives. They weren't abducted and taken overseas - they were systematically removed from his life by an angry, vindictive ex-wife and the family court system.  For Rick and the many fathers and mothers in his position every day is an other day faced with a grief that never goes away.  Their children are out there and yet they know nothing. They think about them constantly - try not to get their hopes up - but never stop fighting to be a part of their lives.  
 
We pray for happy endings like yours for all the children and parents separated because of parental alienation.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: Celita on January 20, 2010, 01:22:28 AM
Dear David,
I know how precious our child is and, when I see the new pictures , Sean with his best friend and the best Dad in the world, we just repeat to the others: Never give up! We never know when it will  ends , yet you are going to have your lifetime to enjoy. God bless you, and thanks for inspire so many and touch so deeply in our hearts.
We are going to be right here, helping and supporting the others and that will keep us unite and strong.
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: phillyone on February 01, 2010, 09:14:48 PM
David,
 
Congratulations for getting your son back. More importantly ,Thank You. Thank You for reminding us how to behave in times of difficulty. Your dignity and grace that you carried yourself in the last 5 years is a lesson to all of us on how we should carry ourselves in difficult times. I am so happy for you and Sean and gave us something to smile about for a change. Also, thanks for reminding us that Love does prevail and good does defeat evil. We forget those basic lessons in our everyday life, but thanks for reminding us . Good Luck to you and Sean!
Title: Re: Dear David,
Post by: lovellboys on April 07, 2010, 10:04:01 AM
I thought it was fitting to write again in this thread.  I had hoped you would be able to devote all your time and energy to raising Sean, but it seems you are not to be left in peace.    You have Brazilian law, US law and moral law on your side.   Do whatever you need to secure the health and happiness of your son - you are more than capable of weathering this storm.