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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Witness to a Miracle

Yesterday I completed some paperwork as a reference for a very dear friend.  You see, my friend and her husband are about to adopt a little boy, but they still need the blessing from the state.  While it wasn't hard for me to say nice things about them, how do you convey a miracle?
My friends have two beautiful children, but for a long time now they have had a little hole in their hearts where a little person needs to be.  They tried very hard to have another baby and almost filled that void many times, but it just wasn't God's plan for them.  They prayed the little person was out there somewhere, but the prospect of adoption was daunting, especially considering the lack of little ones to adopt.

Then a little boy just appeared out of nowhere.  That sounds like an exaggeration, but it's the beginning of a series of miracles.

Question:  How will this couple react to the addition of a child in their home?
Answer:  They will love the child as a gift from God because he was given to them.

Here's the story:  Another close friend has a co-worker who inquired whether she knew of a good Catholic family that might be interested in adopting a baby.  Evidently, the co-worker is a relative of a woman raising her toddler grandson.  Grandmother is not equipped to do this and is convinced the child would be better with a complete family.  Close Friend #2 immediately thought of my very dear friend and put them in touch with the Grandmother - the BIG miracle #1.

Question:  Please describe the values and morals of the adoptive couple.
Answer:  They trust God with all their hearts and know He will do what is best for them.  Period.

As the process started, there were a number of little hurdles to overcome.  First, the child's mother had to recognize that she wasn't able to raise the boy and she could do the most loving thing by giving him a chance at a stable family who would raise him to be an upright man.  Next, my friends needed legal assistance to maneuver the intricacies of the adoption process.  Once again, Close Friend #2 was approached by another co-worker who mentioned that his uncle specializes in open adoptions for Catholic families - Miracle #2

Question:  Are the prospective parents prepared to provide a stable environment for a child?
Answer:  They have been ready, willing and able for a long time, but now it's happening so fast it's almost too good to be true.

Anyone who has been through an adoption knows it takes a long time - sometimes years.  My dear friends knew they already had a miracle in a little boy who found them even before they were looking, but they were guarding their hearts so they wouldn't get hurt.  Ready for Miracle #3?  The biological mother not only signed away her parental rights, she did so with an explicit condition that the baby go to my very dear friend and her husband.  Grandmother was ready to let the baby spend quality time with his new family.  The entire process from Miracle #1 to #3 has been a few months.  That is a miracle unto itself.

Question:  Do you know of any reason why these prospective parents should not be eligible to adopt a child?
Answer:  Are you kidding me?  If you don't believe this is the right child for the right family at the right time, you're not paying attention to the story.

While the story has not [quite] ended, I am confident it will end with a happy family of two parents, two siblings and one very lucky little boy.  God is good - all the time.