As We Wait for Adoption

07-16-2017Catholic Thoughts

This weekend, there is a phrase toward the end of the second reading that has particular meaning for me. “...as we wait for adoption...”

Many of you know that my wife and I have tried to adopt for the last four years. The first attempt fell through early in the process. The second attempt ended on the anticipated delivery date when our lawyer broke the news that the birth mother changed her mind. The third attempt ended only after a ten month protracted and complicated legal battle that bankrupted our finances and broke our hearts. We had to give Liliana - our baby girl who was already calling us momma and dada—back to her birth mother. Losing my infant daughter was the hardest event of my life. ...but I have good news...

A baby girl was born on June 14th and has been in our care since two hours after her birth. We named her Georgiana Madeleine. 

All of the paperwork was signed by the birth mother at 3:00pm on Father’s Day. All that remains before this is official is a court date: September 14th. That day will be Liliana’s second birthday.

I’m not going to pretend like everything we’ve been through makes sense. I won’t pretend like this tremendous joy erases all the previous hurt. But in the midst of all of this, I know one thing: If God looks down at us as His adopted children the way I look down at Georgiana every night, we are more loved by God than we can fathom.

Thank you for all your prayers. Please keep the brave and courageous birth mother in your prayers as well.

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