Four videos

Luke and Mary have come a long way since our last update.

Luke now eats three meals a day by mouth, and only takes formula though his tube once a day.  His balance has improved tremendously, and he is happy as can be. He loves Bear in the Big Blue House so much that the mere mention causes laughter through his entire body.

Mary loves Dora. She made up a Dora song, and I catch her singing “we did it” to no end when she thinks nobody is looking. I’m really going to enjoy seeing her grow up. Her silliness is contagious.

Happy National Adoption Day

NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY

National Adoption Day – November 17, 2012

On National Adoption Day 2011, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a total of 365 events were held across 47 states and the District of Columbia, during which 4,300 children’s adoptions were finalized and an additional 1,030 children’s adoptions were celebrated In total, 40,000 children have been adopted from foster care as part of National Adoption Day.   We’re honored to be a lead founding and funding partner of this coalition, which also includes Freddie Mac Foundation, Children’s Action Network, The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

For more information, visit nationaladoptionday.org.

Please pray for all adopted children, adoptive parents, birthparents, social workers, lawyers, judges, and anyone else involved in the adoption process.  Thank God for those who have chosen to be forever families and also pray for an increase in families choosing to provide a loving home to those still in foster care.

Mary’s foot

Mary's foot

So Mary dropped a heavy flashlight on her foot today. I tried to make her stay on the couch with foot elevated and ice on it…yeah that worked for maybe 5 minutes. Nothing slows that girl down! I wish I was that resilient!

A year ago today…

A year ago today Luke was legally placed in our care. A year ago yesterday, we finally got to hold him in our arms. I can’t believe a year has past since that blessed day. I can remember some of the people we talked to at the airport and on the airplane…all were excited to hear we were one our way to meet our son. Our experience in Chicago will always be something I treasure. Besides meeting Luke we met many people who surrounded Luke with so much love. We will forever remember those people in our thoughts and prayers. Many were involved in making our dream of adopting Luke a reality…THANK you to all of you!

Audrey needs a home…are you being called?

The agency that helped us adopt Luke has given us information about another little blessing who is in need of a forever family. Remember, our lives are meant to be living vessels of God’s love. This little girl will have many challenges ahead of her and needs love to surround her. Are you being called to discern if that’s with you? Below is a message from the Cradle:

“The Cradle (based in IL) is seeking an adoptive family for an adorable 3 month old baby girl. Audrey was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome. She is biracial (Asian/Caucasian). She has a g-tube for nutrition as she continues to work on bottle feeding skills. Audrey has low muscle tone and is currently receiving physical therapy to improve her general strength. She also receives speech therapy for bottle skills. She will need to continue services with neurology, speech/language, PT/OT, early intervention and endocrinology.  We prefer a family who has a current adoption home study. Please email Kathleen McShane, Special Needs Adoption Counselor, directly for more information at kmcshane@cradle.org. Thank you for your assistance in helping us find this sweet baby girl her family!”

Thanks!

Kathleen McShane, MA
Adoption Counselor
kmcshane@cradle.org
(847)733-3201 (direct)
(847)475-5871 (fax)

Please pray about whether God is calling you!

November: National Adoption Awareness Month

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. I will try to post ideas throughout this whole month of how to participate. Below are few ways to get started:

For adoptive families:

- You can start an adoption blog.

- Re-tell your child his/her adoption story

For other families:

- You can search for adoption blogs (hopefully ones that do a better job updating than myself!) to read more stories of lives blessed through adoption.

- Talk to your children or family members about what adoption is. There are many misconceptions about adopted children, birth parents, adoptive parents, the adoption process, etc. Become educated so you can teach others the GIFT of adoption.

Every day I will lift up this prayer for all who come across this blog:

Dear Lord, we know all life is a gift from you. Help us to remain open to how you want us to demonstrate your love to those individuals in need of forever families. Our lives are not meant to be lived for our convenience and enjoyment but for Your glory and honor. If You are calling us to serve You as foster/adoptive parents, help us to be open to responding with your grace to this divine calling. Amen.