Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Little Things

I love being a mom. Even more I LOVE being Lucas's mom. It was a very very hard wait, but the blessing of Lucas in our family was worth it.

Each milestone or memory means so much. We are just soaking up all the little things.

Had to share one example: yesterday was my birthday and Lucas's amazing sitter helped him make this fingerprint pendant for me (Wow...thank you so much C!!!).


I love it! Receiving something made by MY SON is the most incredible thing ever! Sometimes I feel like I'm dreaming.

At the same time, so many friends are still waiting for the blessing of a child. Please keep them in your prayers, especially this time of year. With all the focus on little ones, Christmas can be an especially lonely time for those hoping for children.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Waiting in Joy - Happy Gaudete Sunday!


We are waiting to adopt again and need your help to spread the word. We made cards with our information on to share with friends and family, leave at church or a coffee shop, or tape to your fridge. Cards like these helped bring our sweet son into our family. If you can help us spread the word, please email us at graceofadoption@gmail.com and we will mail you some cards!

Also, happy Gaudete "Rejoice" Sunday!!! Today is one of my favorite days of Advent. As a little girl I loved lighting the pink (officially "rose") candle of the Advent wreath, and getting ready for my birthday (which is just around the corner).

This year we have so much to be joyful for. What an incredible blessing to celebrate Advent and Christmas with our precious little boy!!!

Here are some pics of our Christmas fun so far! God is good.

Christmas in our first home

Christmas lights and train....someone is excited!!!


Happy St. Nick's



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Next Steps: Profile Books and A Leap of Faith

We updated our profile book to include our sweet Lucas. So fun to share what we've been up to as a family of three!



We sent 10 copies to our agency to share with women who are considering adoption for their baby.

We also paid our $9,000 Program #1 fee (definitely a leap of faith!!!). This fee helps our adoption agency network with birthparents, and provide counseling and support to those considering making an adoption plan. 

Now we wait and pray for the next little one to join our family, in God's time.

Thank you for walking alongside us and helping us spread the word!!!

 - Mike and Mary Beth

Sunday, October 9, 2016

You are. Here.

At first, there is us. There is only us. 
But even then, even before we know it, we wish you were here.
So we make plans for you. We learn. We build. We journey.
And then we wait. We listen. So quiet, so patient, so still. And we wait...but you never come and everything stops.
This is not what we planned. We wish you were here.
Time passes. We carry on. We live. We hope. We do not make plans.
And one day from out of the blue, there is a sound.
We listen, we hold on, we stay still...
As that sound becomes a rumble, becomes a rhythm, becomes a roar. And with every feeling that was ever felt, everything happens. That everything is you. That everything is us.
You are here. You are here. You are. Here.
-Wish by Matthew Cordell




One year ago this weekend we met our sweet, precious Lucas for the first time. We are forever grateful to God and to Lucas' birthparents for the gift of being his mom and dad. <3

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Finishing up our home-study #2

  

We are finishing up home-study #2. 

The process was very similar to the first time around. LOTS of paperwork and LOTS of gathering documents. 

The good news is that a sweet little boy calls us "mama" and "dada" and fills our days with joy. Every form was worth it for the blessing of our sweet Lucas!!!


So after physicals for all three of us, CPR training, getting the cat's shots updated, and reference letters from friends, pastors, and employers (you know who you are...many thanks!!!) our home-study is almost done!!! Woot woot!

We now need to create a new profile book and pay our Program #1 fee (eeeek...definitely a leap of faith) and we will be an official "waiting family" with our agency. 

To everyone who has walked with us on this journey, we love you and are so grateful. Thank you so much for your prayers!

If you know anyone considering adoption for their baby, please share our information with them.

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Beginnings

Hello everyone!

Life is full of new beginnings for our family right now.  Lucas is almost sixteen months old; he's not just running around everywhere - he's climbing everywhere!  We also got a new cat, Gracie, and Lucas loves chasing her around.


Even more, we moved recently!  Mike got a position as assistant professor of systematic studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, WI, where he'll be teaching sacramental theology and some other classes to seminarians.  Mary Beth was fortunate to stay with her company part-time in financial planning; she gets to work from home and has switched into the role of stay-at-home mom.

That means we also moved.

We bought our first house in the Milwaukee suburbs and we're settling in.


The community and our neighborhood are wonderful. Lucas loves all the room to run around, including our own backyard. The previous owners had a little one, so the house came with a "pre-decorated" room for Lucas!


Lastly, we're starting the adoption process again!  We've connected with Bethany Christian Services here in the Milwaukee area.  We're in the most initial phases of the adoption process now.  There's lots of paperwork, meetings, and waiting ahead.  But this time we feel like veterans to the process!

We can't wait to bring home a little baby brother or sister for Lucas.


We were blessed beyond belief to adopt Lucas because of word-of-mouth: friends of friends connected us.

Please remember us if you hear of anyone considering making an adoption plan for their baby.

Thank you for your help in spreading spread the word!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Little Hello

Our sweet little Lucas is nine months! Where did the time go?

A week ago he started pulling himself up on the coffee table, ottoman, and pretty much everything he can.

He is adorable, precious, and wonderful. We are loving every minute as parents!!!

I went back to work three weeks ago and it was super tough to leave Lucas, but after the first few days we got into a routine. Thing are going much better than I thought they would.

Mike is amazing with Lucas at home and he and Lucas are having so much fun spending their days going to the zoo, children's museum, library story time, and playing with mom when she visits on her lunch hour (ie. mom's favorite part of the day!!!).

That face ...and tongue!

Our first family photo together

What an amazing feeling to send a photo Christmas card with our son after six years of praying for a family!

He is seriously, so so so cute!!!

Our families had a baby shower for us!