Monday, November 23, 2015

We have a son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to our family Lucas Adrian!




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.

13 comments:

  1. So, so amazing! I am just so excited for you guys and your new little one. Definitely will say some prayers for Lucas' birth family, too - they sound amazing and so loving. I am so glad you are through the roller coaster and onto your new family life as a family of 3 :)

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  2. I am so, so, SO HAPPY for you both! Wow, he does look so smiley and that video you posted of him on fb of him laughing, melted my heart!!! What a blessing! I will be praying for all of you.

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  3. What a wonderful family this little guy has, and such a special birth family. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love you and birth family has been in my thoughts and prayers!

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  5. Oh wow congratulations!! We will be praying for you and the birth family. How.blessed Lucas is to have that much love!

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  6. I am so happy for you!!! He looks sooo happy! Enjoy him ☺️

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  7. Congratulations! So excited for you and Mike! I will be keeping the birth family in my prayers.

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  8. What wonderful, beautiful news! Congratulations and blessings!

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  9. Tears!!!! God is so good and your patience and faith has been rewarded. You will be (and already are, I can tell) an AMAZING mom. It is the most wonderful gift!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

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  10. Congrats on your new little angel! It took a tremendous act of love for his birth family to put his best interest first. Now they can rest assured he will grow up loved by two (plus) more amazing people. Happy ever after!

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  11. Lucas is adorable! Enjoy your new blessing and your new life of being parents. God bless you all and congrats!

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  12. Congratulations on the adoption of your little boy! So happy for you. I heard about this from Joy Beyond the Cross. (Our own little man is adopted, too.) Blessings to you all!

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  13. I'm so happy for your beautiful family!

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