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By MIchael Clark

10/16/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Our Adoption Story

In this crazy world we live in, saying no to life has become much easier than saying yes. War,
contraception, abortion, and capital punishment are just a few examples of the Culture of Death
that permeate the world we live in. Against all of these, people still find the courage to say yes
to life.

This baby's mother said yes to life.

This baby's mother said yes to life.

Highlights

By MIchael Clark

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/16/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: adoption, life, culture of death, baby, love, gift, abortion, baby girl,


DENVER, CO - My wife and I had said yes to life from the beginning of our marriage. Since we were pregnant three months into our marriage, we thought a big family was in our future. Unfortunately, our son that was born one month before our first anniversary was to be the only child we would conceive.

Sure we visited a host of doctors about our infertility. Nothing worked. The dream of more children started to vanish. We had talked about adoption when we were dating and decided to give that a try. But just signing up for adoption doesn't guarantee you a child.

For those of you that haven't gone through it, it is a long, arduous roller coaster of emotions. Multiple times we were told that a birth mother had narrowed her choice done to us and another family. Time and time again, we were not the family chosen.

Enter a woman I will call Anna. At the time of her pregnancy, she and her family were in dire circumstances. Without her permission, I won't go into details but not very many things were going their way.

How easy would it have been for Anna to simply make that trip to Planned Parenthood or
take the Morning After pill? In this day and age, it would have been very easy, and unfortunately, it would be expected of her. Instead, Anna choose life. She choose to carry the child full term. In a situation where everything was against her and the little life that growing inside her, she said yes.

The beauty of bringing life to the world.


Yes to God and yes to life. Without any words, she said yes to the daughter in her womb. Eventually, Anna contacted an adoption agency and after looking through all the picture books that prospective families put together, my wife and I got the "good call" from our case worker. In twenty-four hours, our family grew by one.

In the next postings, I will get into more detail of how that day actually transpired but today, the message is about overcoming the Culture of Death and saying yes to life. For my wife and I, it was about saying yes to a child we didn't conceive.

For Anna, it was about not taking the easy or expected route and terminating the baby inside her. In my mind, her love is even more wonderful. She loved her baby enough to bring her into the world and choose adoption over death. I will never be able to adequately say thank you to her.

Blessings...


Michael Clark lives in Colorado with his family. He holds a Masters' degree in Roman & Byzantine
history and philosophy. His current area of research is the Great Schism. Join him on his blog at
www.thethreeromes.com.

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