"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know,
and holds us responsible to act." Prov 24:12

Friday, April 30, 2010

Look Who's Growing Up

I can't believe you are already 18 months old Sean! When we first committed to bringing you home, you were just shy of your 1st Birthday. I thought you would be home with us already baby boy but we just keep persevering and pushing through all the obstacles so we can bring you home. We will not give up Sean and hopefully one day soon, we can hold you in our arms, gaze into your beautiful big brown eyes and give you the love and adoration that only a mama and daddy can. Here are some handsome pictures of you to see just how much you have grown these last few months. I tried to find ones that looked similar and pair them up, so there are three sets that show just how much you have grown right before our eyes! We love you and miss you terribly and pray that one day soon, you will be smiling at us in our arms, wrapped in love!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Value of All Lives


This article makes me sick to my stomach for so many reasons. There are just so many things wrong with this article. And the thing that really makes me sad is that a lot of people probably agree with what happened here. Our abortion rate for children with Down Syndrome would not be at a disturbing 90% if many people in this country did not feel this way.

When we were pregnant with both of our boys, we always opted out of the prenatal tests that looked for things such as Down Syndrome. It never once crossed our minds to do anything other than that. We knew that no matter what, our children were wanted and our children would be loved... no matter what. Who are we to choose what our child will be like? It is not our choice. Every child is gift from God and I get so frustrated by the countless number of people who think that a child with a "disability" is a lesser human being. It is one of my goals in life and has been for awhile now, to show the world that children with "disabilities", that adults with "disabilities"... that they are all a blessing and deserve not only a chance at life but the chance to live a normal life as well. A child only becomes disabled/handicapped if we put that label on them. Let's start looking at everyone as people first, not at their so called "disabilities" first.

When we committed to adopting Sean, we never once felt that he wouldn't be able to accomplish everything that any other child could accomplish. We will not put limits on his dreams. We will not promote an "I can't" attitude. We will not wish and dream and hope anything less for him than we do for our other children. They are all on equal footing and we will do everything we can to help all our children achieve all their dreams.

Now, with all that being said, I cannot tell you how many strange looks I get when I tell people this. Many people already have it in their minds that Sean will not be able to accomplish the same things that our other children can. They already have it in their minds that we should not expect as much from him. They already have it in their mind, and I say this with sadness, that he will be a burden. Well, all I can say to all of that, is that their minds will be changed when they see all that Sean will be able to accomplish in life. He will prove the cynics wrong and I firmly believe he will change the world for the better with all the amazing things he is going to accomplish.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cutest Kid Ever

How cute is he?! Adorable and so full of joy! You can just see it radiating from within him. What a blessing he is. Thank you Shelley for this precious picture of our son!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter Sean

Happy Easter Sean. I can't wait to see you scooting around the backyard next year with your brothers searching for all those eggs. The thought brings a big smile to my face. And I want to thank you. Thank you for helping me to understand the true meaning of Easter this year. Thank you for changing our lives. You have already changed our lives in so many ways. You have made us realize what is important in life. You are such a blessing, a true life changing blessing that we can't wait to hold in our arms. We miss you and look forward to spending this wonderful holiday with you next year. All our love baby boy, have a wonderful night's sleep.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sean, I hope You Know

A mom, who is also in the process of adopting right now, wrote this and it brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't have said it better myself (except Sean only has two brothers so I changed that line). I just had to share.

Do you know?

Do you know how much I already love you, how I look at your picture and long to hold you, long to kiss your sweet face and rub your fuzzy little head?

Do you know how I think of you in everything I do wondering what you are doing, if you are safe, how you are feeling, if someone is comforting you when you cry?

Do you know that God put you in my heart and I already love you as if you were growing in my tummy, how I hate the idea of you learning and doing all of your firsts without me,first smile,first tooth,first step,first word?

Do you know you have two brothers that are waiting for you to come play with them, a daddy that is waiting to tickle your toes and kiss your forehead and teach you to play ball?

Do you know how many people are praying for you each day,you are special and loved?

Do you know how hard we are working to bring you home,that God loves you and will be with you no matter what and that he is bringing us to you?

Do you know?