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Two months ago, the couple from Louisiana were the last in the orientation circle, and they waited for hours to tell their story on Friday night. But they waited patiently, and listened attentively, because that's just the kind of people they are.

They were the folks who had come to our Gertrude & the Shark Tank orientation weekend of 8/11 with their homestudy already done (and who'd found out in the course of their homestudy that their home had once belonged to that very same homestudy worker.) That night, they mentioned the importance of their families in their lives, and they'd said that once their baby comes home, he or she will never be set down, for all the loving relatives that are eagerly waiting to embrace their future child.

That night, when everything seemed like such a distant possibility, they could not know that somewhere, in the very same city in which they were visiting, lived a beautiful woman with a big secret. She'd prided herself as being 'old enough to know better' so she was too embarrassed by her situation to share her dilemma. She knew in her mind what she needed to do, yet she struggled to find the courage to put that plan in motion. So she waited for months-- but she waited patiently, and nurtured the baby growing inside of her attentively-- until the day came when plans had to be made, because that's just the kind of person she is.

Looking over profiles in the hospital after her son was born, she was very certain of which one she felt was "right." For everything in her life that she felt was wrong, she had found one couple in particular who seemed so very right to her, who were so ready to raise the baby she couldn't and who could love the baby just as she would, no matter what. And for all the uncertainty of the months preceding, when she found them, she found peace, as well.

Today, her son became theirs, they became hers and she became theirs. We wish them all much laughter and joy in their growing relationship, and yes... wet dog kisses, too. (Just because.) Blessings, all!

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Praise...boyz ROCK!!! Welcome to the world Thomas!!!

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Congrats to the new family of 3! And blessings to the strong, courageous BirthMother.

Leah and Kevin

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Two months ago, the couple from Louisiana were the last in the orientation circle, and they waited for hours to tell their story on Friday night. But they waited patiently, and listened attentively, because that's just the kind of people they are.

They were the folks who had come to our Gertrude & the Shark Tank orientation weekend of 8/11 with their homestudy already done (and who'd found out in the course of their homestudy that their home had once belonged to that very same homestudy worker!) That night, they mentioned the importance of their families in their lives, and they'd said that once their baby comes home, he or she will never be set down, for all the loving relatives that are eagerly waiting to embrace their future child.

That night, when everything seemed like such a distant possibility, they could not know that somewhere, in the very same city in which they were visiting, lived a beautiful woman with a big secret. She'd prided herself as being 'old enough to know better' so she was too embarrassed by her situation to share her dilemma. She knew in her mind what she needed to do, yet she struggled to find the courage to put that plan in motion. So she waited for months--but she waited patiently, and nurtured the baby growing inside of her attentively-- until the day came when plans had to be made, because that's just the kind of person she is.

Looking over profiles in the hospital after her son was born, she was very certain of which one she felt was "right." For everything in her life that she felt was wrong, she had found one couple in particular who seemed so very right to her, who were so ready to raise the baby she couldn't and who could love the baby just as she would, no matter what. And for all the uncertainty of the months preceding, when she found them, she found peace, as well.

Today, her son became theirs, they became hers and she became theirs. We wish them all much laughter and joy in their growing relationship, and yes... wet dog kisses, too. (Just because.) Blessings, all!

This is beautiful! I have chills all over. Congratulations to the new family and prayers to the birth mother.

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Sounds like another perfect match!!! So happy for the newly expanded family of three and for this sweet mom who found just the family she needed at just the right time. Blessings to all and welcome baby boy!

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Congrats to this new family of 3! Welcome to the world Thomas!

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Congratulations, Becky and Steven and WELCOME, sweet baby Thomas!!

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Oh my gosh, this announcement made me cry like a baby. BEAUTIFUL. Congratulations to this growing family - birth and adoptive - as you find common ground and tremendous peace as you raise your son surrounded by love!

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Congratulations to all those who love baby Thomas that are now a forever Family! God is Good.

What an awesome Baby Announcement! :D

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What a beautiful announcement. Wonderful to share such great news. Congratulations to the new formed families. May peace follow you always.

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The forum is great for staying connected and meeting new friends. Had a great visit with Dyna. It was such a pleasure meeting you.

Congrats! Love hearing happy stories. Baby boys are absolutely amazing. Best of luck to you and your new son.

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What a touching announcement! Welcome to the world Baby Thomas and congrats to the newest Abrazo family!

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what wonderful news. congratulations to this new expanded family. hoping all relationships blossom over time.

andrea

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Congratulations! :D

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so sweet...welcome welcome welcome!

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"Να φροντίζετε δύναμη του πνεύματος για να σας ασπίδας στην ξαφνική κακοτυχία. Αλλά μην διατρέχουν κίνδυνο τον εαυτό σας με σκούρα φαντασιώσεις. Πολλοί φόβοι γεννιούνται από την κούραση και τη μοναξιά. Πέρα από ένα υγιεινό πειθαρχία, να είναι ευγενής με τον εαυτό σας. Είσαι παιδί του Σύμπαντος, όχι λιγότερο από ό, τι τα δέντρα και τα αστέρια? Έχετε το δικαίωμα να είμαι εδώ. Και κατά πόσο ή όχι είναι σαφές σε σας, χωρίς αμφιβολία το σύμπαν εξελίσσεται όπως θα έπρεπε."

"Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."

-- from the "Desiderata" by Max Ehrman

Undoubtedly, two very special angels named Sharon and Gus were watching from Heaven with joy, as her beloved daughter and son-in-law and as his favorite aunt and uncle finally met their long-awaited son this week.

The proud new parents hail from Abrazo's Griffin & the Gliders orientation weekend of 1/11, and it was because of their friendship with another Abrazo couple who took placement several years ago that they found their way here.

In the course of their adoption plan, they did sometimes have to choose not to be "distressed by dark imaginings," but they felt called to the arrangement to which they'd committed, and to the birthmom who saw so much potential in them, even when it required patience, gentle faith, and redoing the nursery just weeks before the due date.

And it's a good thing they did! Because clearly, the universe has unfolded as it should; their newborn son will forever enjoy a world full of trees and stars, and he will undoubtedly appreciate their willingness to save all that pink bedding for their next new family member.

Boys rule! Blessings, all!

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Another Forever Family this week! Such wonderful news! I love it.

Congrats to the new family.

Leah and Kevin x

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Lots of lil' boys this year in Abrazoland....Welcome to the World Christo!!! :D

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Yay! Congratulations, Danette and Chris and a big welcome to precious baby Christo!

(it's true; boys rule!! :D )

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