Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Novena Starts Today

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena Prayer
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment 
in which the Son of God was born 
of the most pure Virgin Mary, 
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. 
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! 
to hear my prayers and grant my desires, 
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, 
and of His Blessed Mother. 

First, I have to thank my dear friend K for introducing me to this beautiful Christmas prayer and novena a few years ago.

Love. the. prayer.

The novena starts November 30th on the feast of St. Andrew and continues until Christmas Eve. It traditionally involves praying the prayer fifteen times each day, and offering the novena for a special intention.

Saint Andrew was the first disciple called by Jesus. The origin of the prayer is unknown, but it may have started 100 years ago in Ireland. More info here.

Here is a printable pdf. Hope you consider joining in! Blessed Advent!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Only This I Want"

It was 2005. I was in grad school and visiting an out of town friend for the weekend. The communion song at her parish that Sunday was "Only This I Want" by Dan Schutte.

Only This I Want
by: Dan Schutte

Only this I want:
but to know the Lord,
and to bear His cross,
so to wear the crown He wore.

Verse One
All but this is loss,
worthless refuse to me,
for to gain the Lord
is to gain all I need.

At the time I was single, praying about my vocation, and eager to get married. 

As I listened to the simple lyrics, I was convicted. My primary goal this side of heaven should be "to know the Lord." It also hit home that truly knowing the Lord involved sharing in his cross by carrying my own cross.

Tears streamed down my face. I realized that I was letting other desires come before my desire to know Jesus. 

I decided right then and there that if and when I got married, I would have that song at my wedding. 

We had it as our communion song (followed by Mike's favorite "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent"!). 

Now, almost ten years later, I need this song more than ever. As we continue to cope with infertility and prepare for adoption, it's so easy to let the journey's ups and downs cloud my thinking. The desire to be a mom is stronger than ever. While that's a good desire in and of itself, I've let it distract me from my relationship with God.

Come what may, in the next few months and years, I don't want to forget that "to gain the Lord is to gain all I need."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Profile Book Done!

Hey everyone, Mike here.  Just a quick update.

As we play the waiting game on some paperwork (i.e "the adoption process"), we finished our profile book.  Mary Beth is a pro at these layouts, and I added the text.  After a trip to Staples, here's the finished product.

What's a profile book?  When our agency thinks we are a good match with a birth mother, she'll be shown our profile.  She'll actually probably be shown a handful of these books.  It has pictures of us, our families, our home, and our life together, along with some text describing us.  It's from these books that a birth mother will hopefully choose us to meet and make an adoption plan for their baby.

We'll let you know when our profile is eventually shown through our agency, but for now, it's more waiting to connect with a birthmom.

Please be sure to share our blog and our Facebook page, and help us get ourselves out there to hopefully connect with a birth mother.