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Congratulations on the birth of baby Maya!

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Closed adoptions, whether intended to be steeped in secrecy or not, are like a lovely room with no windows and no view. It doesn't matter how nicely decorated it may be, one still has the sense that something is missing.

Open adoption, by contrast, is transparent; it's like an equally beautiful room, filled with floor to ceiling windows intended to let the sunshine in, thus enabling those inside to forever see beyond the confines of the present.

Today, we were blessed to join two families whose shared adoption experience is bathed in light and laughter. It's not that either party fails to appreciate the gravity of the arrangements being made... not at all. But both know all too well how confining it is to participate in an adoption which denies its participants the grace of knowing (and trusting) each other as genuine friends, and all appreciate the freedom to equally share in their love of the precious newborn daughter they will forever share.

So we celebrate with them, this beloved birthfamily and these againers who most recently graduated from Abrazo's ¡Montaña Rusa! orientation weekend of March, 2011. We congratulate them on finding each other, on the arrival of their healthy baby girl, and on the beautiful forever family they will always be... starting today! Blessings, all.

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I want to cry!!!! Congrats, Nicole and Raj, on the birth of your new daughter and the celebration you must be having over the openness she will always know!!!!

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Praise....Rocco is a BIG bro now! :D

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So happy for Nicole, Raj their children and the birthfamily! Enjoy every minute spent together.

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Congratulations Raj, Nicole and Rocco!! I can't wait to hear some details and see some pictures :) I'll be keeping you all and your daughters first family in my prayers.

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Congratulations Raj, Nicole, & Rocco! We are so excited for you! Enjoy this time together.

I feel like we should be there with you :D

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Congratulations Nicole and Raj and Rocco! Sounds like this is one loved, precious baby girl!

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So happy for you, Nicole, Raj and Rocco - congratulations! And a big welcome to this sweet baby girl!

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Congratulations Raj, Nicole and Rocco, So Happy for Rocco to be a big brother.:D Can't wait to see a picture of this precious baby girl that brought together two families forever.

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Congratulations Nicole and Raj and Rocco. We'll be keeping you all and your daughter's first family in our prayers.

Charu & Darshan

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Congratulations, Nicole, Raj, and Rocco! Welcome baby Skylar!

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Congrats to everyone!

L x

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So happy for you Nic and Raj!!!! And Rocco. :)

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Congrats on the addition of Skylar to your family Nicole, Raj, & Rocco!

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Congrats Raj, Nicole and Rocco! Welcome to your baby girl. Prayers for all. So happy for your family!

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Our hearts go out to you, Nic and Raj and your extended birth family. May you enjoy these first few precious moments together.

Warmly,

Corinne, Jesus, Lucas and Benjamin

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Thanks everyone for the well wishes! We are so blessed to have T & D in our lives and over the moon to share a beautiful baby girl with them.

It's not that either party fails to appreciate the gravity of the arrangements being made... not at all. But both know all too well how confining it is to participate in an adoption which denies its participants the grace of knowing (and trusting) each other as genuine friends, and all appreciate the freedom to equally share in their love of the precious newborn daughter they will forever share.

Thank you for your touching words Elizabeth! We know our relationship with T & D cannot take away the pain they feel as a result of a previous closed adoption placement. Nor can it take away the loss we feel from not having the opportunity to have contact with our son Rocco's first parents and the pain we anticipate he will feel not knowing about them and five of his siblings. But we hope that we can all be healed in some way by the love and friendship between us. Please keep T & D in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve.

See the Montana Rusa thread for more details :)

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They weren't supposed to come to orientation until August, but back in June, when Abrazo called a childless TN couple and asked if they might consider coming earlier (with less than a week to prepare), our newest new parents were ready and willing.

They bought plane tickets on short notice, threw clothes in a suitcase and gladly uprooted their lives to attend the Believe Us, We're Normal orientation class of June, 2011.

And it was a good thing, too! because having already finished their homestudy and prepared a profile, they were just as ready and willing when an expectant mom in her third trimester (recently referred by another mom who'd placed through Abrazo) wanted to talk with them.

From their first phone call, it seemed evident, this was a match made in heaven, so again, they bought plane tickets on short notice, threw clothes in a suitcase and gladly uprooted their lives to come meet her, the very weekend they otherwise would've been attending their originally-scheduled orientation weekend.

This week, they again got a last minute call, telling them their beloved friend was in labor, so once more, they bought plane tickets on short notice, threw clothes in a suitcase, and gladly uprooted their lives to come meet the handsome angel who officially became the son of all of them, today.

God works in mysterious ways, but we thank God for this little boy, for available flights, and for the very special people God has brought together here-- seemingly on short notice, but truly, as part of a divine plan known to God since long ago. May it serve as a reminder to us all: that nothing happens by chance, and that truly, these are miracles fueled by faith. Blessings, all!

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God Bless this lil boy...on a WING & A PRAYER...MAY YOU FLY....WELCOME TO THE WORLD!!!! :D

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Congratulations to the newest family! Prayers for all who love this little boy.

Edited by NicandRaj

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Congratulations to this family went the extra mile for the love of one little boy and and a special birthfamily. May God bless and be with you all!

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