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Baby Connect App

Here is a great baby app that we used for Matthew.  It really helped with getting him on a good schedule.   While not set in stone and life requires flexibility, babies thrive on routine.  It has built in reminders for feeding, diaper changes, milestones, ect.  We used it to track all feedings and diaper changes (great info for sharing with the pediatrician).  It was also nice to help spot possible causes of fussiness or symptoms of illness.

It is available for $5 on Android and ITunes.  It is worth every penny.  Check it out:

https://www.baby-connect.com/download

(No, this is not a paid advertisement 😛 )

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Supporting Adoptive Families

I want to point you at a great blog post.  (Selfishly) It is titled, “Supporting Family Members Who are Adopting.”  In our circles, the adoption world is relatively new.  Our family and friends want to know more.

Full Disclosure,  I don’t know anything about this blog or its writer.  But I did find this particular post nice. Additionally,  take some subjective details with a grain of salt.  This is one mother’s perspective.  Still.  It makes some good points.

http://www.productionnotreproduction.com/2008/09/supporting-family-members-who-are.html

Also,  as follow up:  http://www.productionnotreproduction.com/2008/09/family-member-follow-up.html

 

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Welcome to our new blog!

First, we are very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to support us through this difficult time.   We profoundly appreciate all of the prayers that have poured out over these past several weeks.

Thank You!

In the last few days we have had so much to reflect on.  Losing a child is one of the most difficult things any person will experience.  We could probably write a book on the subject but instead we will use this blog as a way to share the things that God has put on our heart.

Losing Matthew has made us realize all the more that we are called to adopt and to parent.   We are officially addicted to parenting.  If we could go through this experience and still want to adopt, this must clearly be our calling.  So now we dive in head first.  We strongly desire to contribute to the world of adoption in some way.

The mission of this blog is to journal our story, share the parenting/adoption resources we have found helpful, and provide testament to the glory of God.  We have felt the warm love of God through the vocation of parenting.  He is present in his children.

Please subscribe via email to our blog on the right hand side of this page.  Is there something you would like us to write about?  Comment to this or any of our posts.

 

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A Change of Heart

We lost our little boy last night due to change of heart.  He was picked up around 7:00pm yesterday by our social worker to be brought back to his birth mother who has decided to parent after 27 days as our son. 

A mentor of ours said, “love is never lost.”  Those words mean so much to us right now.  The love that we poured into his life doesn’t disappear into a deep abyss.   The love is permanently engraved into his soul.  Even more is his love for us.  Sometimes people belittle the capabilities of an infant, speaking of their limited eyesight, hearing, and the difference between a “real” smile and gas. 

I tell you from this experience the ability to bond with love to a parent goes far beyond any sense or physiologic capability.  The way he looked at us is something we will never forget.  Today adults struggle to love.  A lesson they could take from a little baby.

Thank you for sharing in our grief and for supporting us moving forward.  Tonight we take our family and friends up on their offer to help.  We ask you tonight for a favor; cherish and savour all of the gifts your children give you minute by minute.  Hold them and speak to them like a mature soul.  Let them know how proud you are of them and how great you think they are.

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Long have we waited

“Hosea” by Gregory Norbert

Come back to me with all your heart
Don’t let fear keep us apart
Trees do bend, tho’ straight and tall
So must we to others’ call.


Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.
The wilderness will lead you
To your heart where I will speak.
Integrity and justice
With tenderness you shall know.


Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.
You shall sleep secure with peace; faithfulness will be your joy.
Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.


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