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Happy New Year! Several Abrazo families have been blessed with precious new little family members with whom to celebrate the turn of the calendar page... so it is that we all send fond congrats to our Dallas-area againers (Duck blind Faith, 8/01) who added a second son to their family tree just days after Christmas, and to the Wannababies (5/01) grads who have just become proud parents of a newborn baby boy, their first child!

If you're still out there waiting and hoping and waiting and longing and you need some encouragement, don't take our word for it--post an S.O.S. here on the Forum and chances are the real experts, our veterans, have just the advice it takes to recharge your batteries and renew your faith in the real-life miracle sure to come your way in the year ahead. Because all the wisest of Abrazo's alumni know that the best things in life truly are worth waiting for, and good things do come to those who wait! Take heart! Not "if?!" but "when!"    

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It's a boy for the first of the Fabulous Sixpackers (11/01), as the first couple of that orientation group has completed placement (one down and five to go!) Meanwhile, DuckBlind Faith (8/01) is moving speedily towards completion, with the placement this week of another newborn son for another of that orientation group's proud set of new parents.

And three is surely the magic number for a couple in Abrazo's designated adoption program, whose networking efforts resulted in the birth of triplets (two boys and a girl) this past week here in San Antonio! (Their adoption story will soon be featured in a special on the Hallmark Channel this spring, so stay tuned.) Congratulations, all!

Finally, a hearty welcome to the newest members of the Abrazo adoption community, the eight couples who completed our "Parents of Tomorrow" orientation event just this weekend, and christened their group The Mamas & The Papas II. We wish them all precious new sons and daughters before year's end! As for the faithful and few still-waiting within our program, just remember: your turn is coming, so do your "getting ready" now, and it'll happen before you know it! Cheers!

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And take it from someone whose "psychological pregnancy" resulted in a quick delivery (Fri. Feb 21 start POT weekend - Fri March 7 (EXACTLY 2 weeks later) - hold new born daughter in arms!)  :o  -- the belief that "it'll happen before you know it" is well founded!

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Have there been any more babies placed since mid-January? Any due soon? I love this forum because it reminds me that the process does work and there IS hope for us becoming parents when we get all of our paperwork/home study/financial stuff completed! Please keep us up to date on the latest happenings.

Linda

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Oops! Our apologies, dear readers... a flurry of new birthparent intakes with babies due this spring and a staff member out for surgery have caused us to neglect our posting duties here lately... but thank you, sugarfamily, for this opportunity to herald our February arrivals, three little ones successfully placed via Abrazo's designated adoption program, in which adoptive parents willing to be proactive meet interested birthparents via outreach efforts that include personal networking, Internet marketing and newspaper advertisements, often reducing both the waiting time and placement costs!

For our parents-in-waiting, please rush those homestudies if they're still "in process" because our supply of waiting families has been somewhat shortened by a recent rash of new matches, and the birthparent demand for childless couples living in Texas continues to be particularly strong, at present. Remember, too, that for instate families, the state-required criminal and CANRIS checks are taking 6-8 weeks to process through the department in Austin, and results must be on file before matching or placements can be done, so work with us to get your files updated so you're ready when the baby is!

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A hearty welcome to the newest graduates of our latest Parents of Tomorrow weekend, Sleepless in San Antonio, 3/02 and to the lucky single mom who topped off that weekend with the best possible reason to be sleepless, placement the very next day of a precious new baby son who'd been waiting in our foster care for just such a wonderful family! Congratulations, all!

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'Twas the luck 'o the Irish which brought them to Abrazo, and at the end of the rainbow, the last of the Lucky Leprachauns, Abrazo againers from our March 2001 orientation group, found something even better than a pot 'o gold--a precious newborn daughter, just miles from the town where they'd  taken placement of their firstborn, a boy, several years back! (Their son's birthfamily, in fact, gladly pitched in to help, babysitting for him this week while the adoptive couple spent quality time at the hospital bonding with their new birthmom and baby girl.) Top 'o the mornin' to them all!

Abrazo's foster parents Hugo and Gloria, meanwhile, are busy cuddling a newly-arrived newborn awaiting just the right rainbow family to shade his little world with love and nurture enough to last a lifetime.

And as the Texas roadways blossom into a blaze of multi-hued wildflowers, (thanks to Lady Bird Johnson), all of us at Abrazo wish all our clients, far and wide, an Easter-colored springtide!

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Guest Paul and Michelle D

Congrats to the couple with their newborn daughter!  Congratulations!  

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It's officially spring, and the stork is flying high again! Congrats to the Minnesota mother who came south this week to meet her new baby boy, who will be able to call her by either title: "doctor" or "mom!" And with three other babes born this week and a record number of new cases and exciting matches happening, our staff is dashing about all corners of the state, so for those in the "still waiting" column, stay tuned for the buzz of activity--or the ring of a phone! Good things are coming your way.

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It's a boy! for the first baby to join a family from The Mamas & The Papas II, our January 2002 orientation grads!  This handsome six pounder was welcomed home by a loving set of parents who couldn't have been more ready, having been through a "dress rehearsal" just 30 days back, the reasons for which are now clear. This match was a loving, tender "affair of the heart" (as our friend Jackie M. calls it!) and it came together all in less than one week's time, so (as the Bard himself would say) "all's well that ends well!"  Better yet, for this wonderful extended family of birthparents, birthgrandparents, adopting parents and baby, this is just the beginning of a whole new fabulous chapter in the lifestory of their beloved son and grandson! So congratulations, all! And here's hope for those who wait...

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Another couple of "againers" from our Duck Blind Faith (8/01) weekend are now "in the pink" having taken placement this week of a beautiful baby girl birthed at home by her courageous birthmom. Happy salutations to all, and bouquets of spring greetings to all our Parents-In-Waiting, wherever you are!

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Hurrah! A second family from our Sleepless in San Antonio (3/02) orientation group has taken placement of a newborn boy...and a B.O.G. at that!... giving them a much better reason than the Friday night group session to now be sleepless in San Antonio! And congratulations, too, to the young Minnesota couple who flew down South with only a weekend's notice to welcome their precious baby boy into their lives, as well. For those still waiting and wondering, remember those words to the wise... "to everything there is a season..." Your day will come. Keep the faith!

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And it's another boy for another lucky "Sleepless..." (3/02) couple, who'd already decorated their nursery in pink based on erroneous sono results. (Needless to say, they're overjoyed, regardless!) Congrats! And a hearty welcome, also, to our newest orientation grads, DreamTeam '02 , circa May 2002, who are hot on the trail and blazing towards parenthood.

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Congratulations to The Fabulous Six-Packers (November 2001), who are cheering the arrival of a much anticipated baby girl this week! She is the answer to the "when" question for a couple who've been active in sharing their experience with other Forum members, so watch for some wee hour postings from them in weeks to come, as they return home from Texas and find their days and nights reversed, as well. Hurrah! and here's to all those who keep the faith even when the road seems beset with twists and turns... for as the old Shaker song goes, "...by turning, turning, it comes out right."

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Like the phoenix that rises from the ashes to a glorious transformation... an adoptive couple who heartbrokenly relinquished a placement last year when the birth resulted in complications unanticipated found their answer to prayer in the arrival this past weekend of the well baby they trust is in fact meant to be theirs for a lifetime... We wish them great joy in their new life together!

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Guest dwain & cheryl

 

  Congradulations to all the new arrivals.  We especially

  want to congradulate the couples in our little family,

  "the sleepless in san antonio" group who we haved

  shared many special moments with.  We are happy

  for all you who have placed so quickly.  We can"t even

  imagine the joy you must be feeling.  God bless you!

  We are still impatiently waiting that special moment and

  that waiting is so hard.  At times it seems unbearable.

  We had hoped to place before dwain's sister (37) who

  has mestatic kidney cancer leaves us which is coming

  very quickly.  She has been hoping to at least see, hug,

  cuddle, and kiss her new little niece oe nephew just even

  for one time.  Hopefully that will be in Gods plan for her

  and for us.  We will continue to wait and hope.  In clos-

  ing we wish you all the best with your new little ones and

  please keep in touch.

                         Dwain & Cheryl Kracht

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One more beautiful baby boy placed with one more of the DuckBlind Faith families of 8/01 has officially completed that group's placement quest in full for all who continued with Abrazo. (Proving again that faith does pay off, whether one views the horizon from the duck blinds, orientation weekend seats or hospital nursery windows!) Fond congrats to all our DuckBlind alum, who achieved their adoption goals with Abrazo's help in just 8 months!

But as these folks and hundreds of other successful Abrazo program grads could tell you,  nothing good comes easy, and not on our own timelines,  much as we wish it could. There's just a divine rhythm and reason for what happens when, and that's where the faith part comes in. For those still "in wait," know that although no pregnancy, bio or adoptive, can be rushed, your turn will come in time and then you'll know why no baby due any sooner could have been right for you. The "right" one is out there... and well worth the wait! Vaya con Dios!

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So far, March's Sleepless in San Antonio orientation group seems to be happily "singing the blues" as another childless couple from that weekend has taken home yet another darling baby boy! Will it be an all-male sweep for the group, or will some baby girls come along to even the score? It's the battle of the sexes! Stay tuned to see whether the checkered flag turns pink--or not! Congratulations, all!

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DreamTeam 02, don your party hats, because the first of your 5/02 orientation teammates have become parents, with the homecoming of not one but  two adorable new sons!! Hurrah! (As per Forum tradition and Stork Central's commitment to confidentiality, we're not spilling the beans as to who the lucky family is-- DreamTeamers will just have to burn up the phone lines or computer keys talking with each other to figure it out.) Ah, the suspense! Congrats to the happy new family and oodles of encouragement to the rest of yous who are still in the "hoping and dreaming" column... it'll happen! Just you wait!

 ;)

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The Mamas & The Papas II (Jan. 02) have another "happily-ever-after" story to tell! about another couple in their group (also active on the Forum). They reluctantly forfeited one match that just didn't seem right months ago, but have now found their faith rewarded--they matched again last week, with a new birthmom due anyday, and to everyone's surprize, there was not just   one birth, but  two! Congrats to all the proud parents of these precious twins (a boy and a girl) and here's wishing fairy tale endings for all!

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And S-C-O-R-E! THE CROWD GOES WILD! as they cheer for the goal...Forget the World Cup, it's a baby boy for another couple from The Fabulous Six-Packers, circa 11/01! As these folks move on from the Parents-In-Waiting column to those much-awaited Home With Baby celebrations, please know your Forum friends are all throwing cyber confetti in the air in your honor! Go, team!

For those still waiting 'til for your big day, be sure to check in frequently with your local homestudy agency, to ensure that they have your study and/or all updates current and completed in accordance with Texas state standards! (This is why Abrazo sends you home from orientation with written requirements to pass on to your social worker, so he or she can ensure you are "good to go" before travelling to Texas for placement.) This is your responsibility, so stay on top of things! Es muy importante, amigos!  (Comprendo? Bien, gracias!) See you soon...

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The waiting seemed like an eternity to them, but just a couple weeks after posting that sentiment, these members of the Sleepless in San Antonio (3/02) weekend were meeting their their newborn son. They are now back home introducing him to relatives who beat insurmountable odds in order to hold him! Congrats to these proud parents (and much love to the dear birthmom who made it happen for them, how and when it did.)

And for all of you P.I.W.'s (Parents In Waiting) who seek support here, don't forget to come back to share your hardwon wisdom and a dose of encouragement with those who follow you here. Because we all "get by with a little help from our friends" (and happy nuptials to the just-married chap who originally spread that message around the world-- just a couple short decades ago...!)

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