The idea of a church family seems silly to someone who isn’t a part of one. We are very fortunate to be part of one. Today we were able to share our story with our whole congregation, through a “Stories from the Pew” flyer we were invited to write. An excerpt:
Sometimes Catholics feel like they are limited in doing mission work. Our examples of Mother Theresa and devoted priests seem to indicate, even at a subconscious level, that we regular people, working a full-time job could not possibly achieve anything big unless we take time away and immerse ourselves in building a house for hurricane victims and the like. Well, Britt and I have chosen to become missionaries, and we have one full-time job and 4 children ages 7 and under between us.
…When we saw Thadius on the website for the international Down syndrome adoption ministry, Reece’s Rainbow, we were at a loss. Could we do the impossible for him?
…Sometimes, when we’re not too late to mass, or wrangling a child in the entryway, we hear this song. In it, we hear God’s voice, which has helped us to love our Thadius like He has loved us:
Without seeing you, we love you.
Without touching you, we embrace.
Without knowing you, we follow.
Without seeing you…without touching you…we believe.
Our church has supported us with a generous donation to our adoption of Thadius. They are also donating space for a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to be held this fall.
We are looking forward to the day when Father Dale will baptize our precious little boy, with all of the children of the congregation splashing in the water, scaring their parents in the pews by leaning in just a little too far. This church is home, because when our little boy is in our family, he will be welcomed in this family, too. We have evidence already. Our children are welcomed at Mass, and we will drive the half-hour for the sense of belonging we feel there.
Stopped by the State Rec area for a picnic and some play time. This may be our first full-family photo since May, and Lumpy still isn’t smiling. It’s going into the dossier, anyway!
For people who are just viewing this blog for the first time, I would invite you to read our Adoption Story so far. It will take you through the most important posts.
If you feel called to help, please take a look at our Adoption Fundraising and Giveaways. If you are also in the Saginaw Bay region, feel free to send me an email to biglittledays @ gmail dot com about more details on the spaghetti dinner.
See yesterday’s post if you’d like a (very good) chance to win $50 Disney Dollars by welcoming home a member of our Armed forces by supporting his daughter’s adoption fund.