On October 9th we received an email from a wonderful family that was considering making an adoption plan for their precious Lucas. The birth-family is from the same area that we grew up in, so they heard about us through several different mutual acquaintances. God was really at work in bringing our two families together!
We instantly fell in love with Lucas. He's so adorable and has the best personality. He's almost always happy, he wakes up smiling, and has no problem around new people. He just melted our hearts. We visited Lucas and his family nearly every weekend leading to the adoption to get to know them, and to let him get to know us.
Lucas has been so blessed to come from a wonderful and very loving birth-mother. We're in constant awe of the decision she made to give her little boy a mom and a dad. The rest of the birth-mother's family is also amazing. Lucas has had so much love before he came to our family, and you can just tell it by looking at him. One of the best things about an open adoption like ours is that Lucas will grow up knowing not only our family, but also his birth-mother and her family. The more people to love him, the better!
There were some ups and downs along the way. Truth be told, it was a real roller coaster for everyone as some legal issues needed to get sorted out and sometimes looked like they might not. We enlisted the prayers of family, friends, many priest friends we know, a whole monastery of monks, and the whole heaven of saints and angels. God heard our prayers! On Friday, November 20th, the court hearing occurred, and Lucas became our son. Our first full day with him, November 21st was National Adoption Day. Today, November 23rd, he is seven months old.
We're getting used to being new parents. Spit-ups, less sleep, diapers, and all that. We're nervous and thrilled, terrified and ecstatic all at one. We would't trade it for the world! We're in Wisconsin living with Mike's sister's family until inter-state issues allow us to return home to Illinois. We're using this time to let Lucas get to know us, and to visit family and friends.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. Now we ask that you please focus your prayers on Lucas' birth-mother and her family. As we rejoice, this is also a time of mourning for them. They love Lucas so much, and it's because of this love that they wanted him to have a mom and a dad. He'll remain a part of their lives, but in at a different way now that is not the same. It must be that a part of their heart has been broken. Please keep these loving, generous people in your prayers.