Everything has come full circle
by needamirer (2012-12-20 14:55:11)
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Seven years ago to the week my wife and I were advised that our daughter suffered from a fatal genetic disease and most likely would not make it to term. Many individuals, including many on this Board, showed us tremendous love and support as we decided to go forward with the birth instead of terminating the pregnancy.

She weighed 2.2 pounds at birth. As soon as she was born, the nurse handed her to me and I watched as she moved her mouth, but could not breath. We had decided not to provide life-saving medical treatment, as we knew it was only prolonging the inevitable. However, the nurse saw the pain in my eyes and asked me if I wanted her to give Baby Caroline oxygen.

I said yes, but then remembered that we wanted her to pass with grace and dignity, so I softly pushed the mask away. I reached into my pocket and pulled out the vial of Holy Water and quietly baptized her. She died in my arms a minute later. She lived for only seven minutes, but those seven minutes changed our lives.

Over the years, my wife and I have struggled to come to grips with the loss and have watched in pain as our only child begs to have a sibling. We attempted fertilization, surrogacy and multiple other options that did not pan out. We went through training to become foster parents and were approved to take in a sweet little 2 year old boy whose mother was a drug addict. However, after approving us for the child, the DHHS decided to place him elsewhere after they learned that I was a lawyer. They thought that my legal training meant I would cause trouble for them.

We then decided to adopt from Russia. We flew over and met a little boy who from all accounts was sweet and healthy. However, we learned that he had severe medical issues that were not disclosed to us. We suffered the agony of having to withdraw from the adoption because we were not prepared or equipped to take care of the child.

The adoption agency asked us to try again, and again paired us up with another child. We were given a video and told how healthy the child was. We traveled to Russia again to meet the child. Again, we were told once we got there that the child suffered significant medical ailments and may not live past 4 years old. Beaten and broken, we came again having to break the bad news to family and friends.

After this, I was prepared to walk away and accept our fate. However, every night, my wife would search the internet for children that needed to be adopted. One night, she saw a special needs child from Haiti who "loved to play basketball and climb on people." After much discussion about our previous experiences, I agreed to inquire of the child's status. We decided that regardless of his needs, we were now equipped to take care of him.

When my wife inquired, the agency told us there was a mistake and that the child was not special needs. However, they did let us know he was available. It turns out the little boy was born in Cite Solie, which is considered the poorest place on earth. He was raised in a 2 square mile landfill that is home to over 600,000 people. His father was murdered and his mother was so ill she could no longer care for him.

We traveled to Haiti to meet him and he hated me from the moment he met me. He was not used to men and constantly motioned to my wife to make me leave. The second trip to Haiti, we took my 7 year old daughter to meet him. They played extremely well. He also learned to trust me after seeing my daughter and I play together.

After seven years of a long and frustrating journey, we learned today that the Haitian Government has formally approved our adoption application. God truly works in mysterious ways. The mother and father who lost a child will soon be with the little boy who lost his mother and father. Things have come full circle.

Merry Christmas.


This is amazing. Thanks for sharing. *
by Winter Celtic  (2012-12-21 01:23:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Heartfelt congratulations. My wife and I have adopted 2
by IdahoD0mer  (2012-12-21 00:22:27)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

girls from China. I also have a cousin and her husband who recently adopted a son from Thailand. Your story and faith are inspiring! Blessings to you and your family! You can read our blog here http://www.vandalgrads.com/

Merry Christmas and GO IRISH!


Amazing. A Christmas miracle! God bless you all. *
by ndirishfan  (2012-12-20 22:28:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Wonderful news!
by URwhatUR  (2012-12-20 22:11:32)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I remember and am very happy for you. Such a lucky baby! Many blessings to you all!


Thank God for people like you and your wife.
by frosh  (2012-12-20 22:09:52)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Congratulations!


Merry Christmas! Beautiful. *
by saintapollonia  (2012-12-20 20:49:07)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Outstanding! A journey well worth it. *
by NCIrish  (2012-12-20 20:26:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Congratulations
by bmef  (2012-12-20 20:20:51)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I read the story to my wife and we cried together!

My son and wife have been struggling for years to adopt and/or conceive. They found out this week she miscarried. Keep our family in your prayers. It will happen in God's time.


Merry Christmas


This is my favorite post in the history of this board.
by captaineclectic  (2012-12-20 19:34:06)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I have two adopted siblings -- adopted after my sister survived a situation not too different from that which your daughter unfortunately did not. I don't want to repeat their stories here -- it's not my place -- but your story rings a bell.

Know that you and your wife have done God's work on earth; and know that there is nothing better to have done.

Merry Christmas.


Oh, wow—what beautiful news! Congratulations, and may your
by irish gypsy  (2012-12-20 19:24:36)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

entire family always be so blessed.


Congratulations and Merry Christmas! *
by grnd  (2012-12-20 17:54:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


That child is so lucky, he doesn't even know. Wonderful! *
by 1NDGal  (2012-12-20 17:54:35)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Tremendous news *
by Walsh69  (2012-12-20 17:21:08)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


That you and your wife were able to persevere though
by MDDomer  (2012-12-20 16:51:25)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

such a tragedy and the adoption experiences is a testament to the inner strength of both of you. Congratulations and Merry Christmas.


As a fellow rescue parent, congrats!
by Buck Mulligan  (2012-12-20 16:47:44)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Hey, if going to the dog pound counts as a rescue, then human adoption must qualify.


Thank you for sharing. Beautiful. God Bless. *
by Papa November  (2012-12-20 16:42:20)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


God bless your family, and best wishes for a Merry Christmas *
by banshee  (2012-12-20 16:41:11)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Congrats and thanks for sharing-Adoption is a wonderful gift *
by Go_Crazy_Folks  (2012-12-20 16:38:35)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Merry Christmas, indeed! It's a bit dusty in my office. *
by steez_nutz  (2012-12-20 16:28:05)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


God Bless you and your family. Merry Christmas. *
by Marine Domer  (2012-12-20 16:13:40)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Merry Christmas! God bless you! *
by ndwineaux  (2012-12-20 16:07:02)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Absolutely wonderful.
by irish2x  (2012-12-20 16:06:15)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

An incredible gift to an incredible family. God bless all of you!


May God bless your family! *
by Rockbrig97  (2012-12-20 16:05:41)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


This is great news ...
by Seamus  (2012-12-20 16:01:53)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

May God continue to bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas *
by Lazarus  (2012-12-20 15:50:21)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


What a beautiful Christmas gift! Man, it's dusty in here... *
by DoubleDomer0307  (2012-12-20 15:50:20)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Awesome. Merry Christmas! *
by tnirishfan  (2012-12-20 15:44:25)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


A wonderful Christmas miracle. Prayers to you and your soon
by dvpgm  (2012-12-20 15:41:23)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

to be larger family!


Allergies. Merry Christmas, and God bless. *
by 53stackmonster  (2012-12-20 15:39:10)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


That's incredible.
by cj  (2012-12-20 15:29:20)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Your family has done and is doing the extraordinary.

The love between you and your wife is inspirational.

God bless your family.

Merry Christmas!

PS Thank you for this post.


Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to your family. *
by Grace91  (2012-12-20 15:27:27)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


God bless you and your growing family. *
by Mickey  (2012-12-20 15:27:05)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Getting dusty in here. Congratulations! *
by bucket  (2012-12-20 15:26:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


For unto you a child is born. Merry Christmas. *
by BacTien  (2012-12-20 15:25:09)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Beautiful. God bless you and your family. *
by seano  (2012-12-20 15:23:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Thank you... we are going through something similar
by mitquinn  (2012-12-20 15:23:58)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Thank you for the message of hope.

God bless


My heartiest congratulations on your joy
by Barney68  (2012-12-20 15:22:19)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

and deepest sympathy for the journey to reach it.

Merry Christmas to you and all of those you hold dear.


Congratulations!
by John88  (2012-12-20 15:20:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Your perseverance when facing extremely challenging circumstances is inspiring.


excellent
by cujaysfan  (2012-12-20 15:14:36)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

i hope this is your family's greatest christmas, yet.


God Bless You! *
by JoeJackTalcum  (2012-12-20 15:10:03)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Congratulations on your wonderful Christmas present. *
by LocalSubAlum  (2012-12-20 15:07:55)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


God Bless you and Merry Christmas. *
by AZDomer  (2012-12-20 15:07:08)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


The goodness on this board may be matched somewhere
by IrishJoeinnc  (2012-12-20 15:03:57)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

but I know not where.

God loves those who perservere-glad you were eventually rewarded.


Wonderful! Speechless at the gift you have received. *
by maniactranspodriver  (2012-12-20 15:03:47)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Merry Christmas, indeed! Congratulations!
by PamBeesly  (2012-12-20 15:00:40)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

What wonderful news, both for you and your soon-to-be son.


An inspring story from an inspiring person.
by mkovac  (2012-12-20 15:00:35)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

What a wonderful post.

God bless you and may He pave your path with wonder.


What a great Christmas present. Congratulations. *
by milhouse  (2012-12-20 14:58:24)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


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