Today we got to meet Santa for the first time! Things started off great but it wasn’t long before she wanted mommy and daddy. Santa did a great job and we think that she may have slipped in her request during picture two. Merry Christmas!
An outreach program is a proactive way that we can spread the word about our adoption plan in hopes of finding prospective birth parent(s). There are a ton of benefits to an outreach program. To us, the most important is the connection. A referral is a great place to start any friendship. Reducing the degrees of separation helps us form a connection with the birth parent(s). For example, “I met my child’s adoptive parents through a friend at church.”
How does an Outreach Program work?
1. Pray. “And Jesus answered saying to them, ‘Have faith in God.'” Mark 11:22. Read the rest of this chapter for a tasty morsel 🙂
2. Share. We need you to spread the word. Over the next several months there will be posts on this blog tagged “outreach.” While you can always share any of our posts, these specific posts are intended for you to share on your favorite social media sites.
3. Speak. Be ready for a conversation. If you are close to someone who is facing an unplanned pregnancy and is considering adoption, you can refer them to the following link. We are on the approved waiting families list.
Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family!
We had an awesome Christmas. We owe a big thanks for our peace this season to a small group we joined from our church that studied “Oremus” by Father Toups. The study simply reminded us that Christ is actually here, right now, at all seasons. When we wake up in the morning, when we drive to work, when we labor, when we come home, and when we rest. He doesn’t take breaks, he tirelessly pursues us. He reaches out his hand and gives us an opportunity to take it.
God is not monumental and intimidating. Christmas time proves it, he came in the flesh as a baby. He is a friend, and we realized in a really important way that he comes this way daily. All he really wants to do is hold us near and make us feel loved. Nothing more. Nothing less.
It’s funny the way Christmas comes and the spirit of the season swells everyone’s hearts and we remember how much we are loved. When the reality of the matter is that everyday is Christmas. God pursued His people long before the child in the manger. He pursues us everyday. It takes our effort to acknowledge this Love and the rest of the pieces fall into place.
We will trust in your promise and we thank you for coming to earth to prove it. Thank you for leaving the comfort of your throne and experiencing our pain and our temptation. Thank you for living among us and experiencing our humanity. Thank you for your tireless love.
Enjoy the pics from our Christmas!
Our annual tradition of making Christmas cookies together. This year we made sugar cookie cutouts, pressed sugar cookies, and Kris Kringles (Patrick’s favorite).