Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All of Me: Blog Announcement

I am very excited to share with you our news!!
We are approved as Resources Parents for Family and Children Services.
We are now foster parents with the intent to adopt.
We are waiting for our first placement. 

This, obviously, has been in the works for months now. 
And I want to share it all with you. 
So over 7 blog posts, I will share every step of this journey with you. 
Please pray for us as the journey continues!

Our Foster Care and Adoption Approval Journey

1. General Thoughts about Upcoming Journey/ All of Me
2. Our Long-Term Discernment

1. General Thoughts about Upcoming Journey/ All of Me
G-man and I firming believe that our marriage and our life is and can be complete without children. Let me rephrase, I don't believe that every marriage is called to have children. Most are, the common mode of being open to life is to welcome children in your marriage. YES! That is very true and very holy. But, the question is, is every couple who is struggling with infertility, called to do everything they can to have children in their life? NO! If we never had children, would we be less called to holiness, less happy? Would our marriage somehow be less? NO! We firmly believe we are a family NOW. Our family, our particular mission to love and vocation to holiness, started with our wedding vows. So instead G-Man and I discerned the mode of our love. How are we being called to live our vocation to LOVE? Are we to add children to our family through foster care and adoption?

We believe, Yes. This is how, as least right now, we are being asked to love.

We are open to fostering a child 0-2 years of age and if they become available for adoption, we are committed to adopting them. However, we are also committed to helping and supporting their birth families and kin in whatever way we can. We know there will be heartbreak on this journey. Our intention is to fall head over heels in love with whoever is placed with us and then wholeheartedly let them go if needed. Because any child placed with us is worth, as a minimum, all of ourselves. Christ gave all of himself for us and for that child, personally. So G-Man and I believe that if we are to do this, if this is how we are called to live out our married love, we will do it like Christ, completely.

So in conclusion of post one I leave you with 5 quotes that have inspired our journey and a song that sums up the state of our hearts as we begin our waiting.

"The world offers you comfort. 
But you were not made for comfort, 
you were made for greatness!" 
Pope Benedict XVI

"For with Christ, I am prepared to suffer still more." 
St. Maximilian Kolbe

"We can't love without suffering and 
we can't suffer without love." 
St. Gianna Beretta Molla

"To be happy what you need is not an easy life 
but a heart which is in love" 
St. Josemaria Escriva

"Are you capable of risking your life for someone? 
Do it for Christ" 
St. John Paul the Great!

Please pray for us as we being actively waiting for a child to be placed in our arms and in our hearts!


  1. Wow, this is beautiful! What a beautiful calling! Can't wait to see where this journey takes you. :)

    1. Me too! Who knows what (or rather who) is around the corner!

  2. Praise God, exciting. Love the quotes!!!!

    1. Thanks! Those saints really knew what they were talking about!

  3. So exciting! I'm looking forward to reading all your posts. And thanks for the quotations--they were so what I needed to hear today!

    1. The rest of the posts should be coming soon. I got seriously bit by the writing bug today and most of them are written.

  4. Yayyyyy!!! Congratulations!!! I'm so excited to follow you on your journey!

    1. Thanks! I remember following your adoption journey as we started discerning. I love how the internet makes the world smaller!

  5. Foster to adopt is such a special calling! God bless you on this journey!

  6. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your calling with us!

  7. This is beautiful, both your calling and your response!