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!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Jeweler's Shop

My book club just read The Jeweler's Shop, a short play written by Karol Wojtyla, Bishop of Krakow (later to become Pope St. John Paul II). I just finished it, albeit a month late. It's only 75 pages but I think I had a pretty good reason for my delay! :)

It. was. so. good.

JPII has a special place in my heart. So many of his writings have formed me, especially his Theology of the Body and reflections on the meaning of love and what it means to be human. I told Mike it felt like I was reading something written by an old friend. JPII pray for us, I miss you!!!

The play is a reflection on the meaning and existence of love in three different marriages. JPII writes "with insight, and at times with great power, about human love; love that has survived the grave, as in the case of Andrew and Teresa; love that has withered and died, as in the case of Stefan and Anna; love budding out of complexes, doubts, and uncertainties as in the case of Christopher and Monica. There are no easy solutions, there is no happy ending. But there is hope, if only we can reach out of ourselves, see the true face of the other person, and hear the signals of a Love that transcends us" (from the introduction).

A few lines were nuggets that I want to preserve for my own record. Hope you enjoy them too!

"Love is not an adventure. It has the taste of the whole man. It has his weight. And the weight of his whole fate. It cannot be a single moment. Man's eternity passes through it. That is why it is to be found in the dimensions of God, because only He is eternity." - Adam, page 43

"In the Bridegroom's face each of us finds a similarity to the faces of those with whom love has entangled us on this side of life, of existence. They are all in him." - Adam, page 49

"Love is a constant challenge, thrown to us by God, thrown, I think, so that we should challenge fate." - Christopher, page 61

"Sometimes human existence seems too short for love. At other times it is however, the other way around: human love seems too short in relation to existence - or rather, too trivial. At any rate, every person has at his disposal an existence and a Love. The problem is: How to build a sensible structure from it? But this structure must never be inward-looking. It must be open in such a way that on the one hand it embraces other people, while on the other, it always reflects the absolute Existence and Love; it must always, in some way, reflect them." - Adam, page 73

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How You Can Help

Thank you for being so excited for us and for caring so much about our sweet Lucas and new family of three! 

Many people have been asking us how they can help.

Adoption brings with it certain unique expenses. Our adoption costs are just over $30,000 and you can read more about our costs here. Anyone wishing to help can contribute through the links on the right-hand sidebar of our page (Paypal or tax-deductible through AdoptTogether).

Thanks a million for all of your love and support during these exciting times. Please continue to keep Lucas, his birthfamily, and us in your prayers!