Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Michael Clark

10/22/2013 (9 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

A day to remember

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 started out as a fairly normal day. I work retail so my schedule is different every week. This particular week I just happened to have Thursday and Friday off. We home-school our son, so I was able to stay home with him and let my wife go out for coffee with a friend.


Babies are a gift from God.

Babies are a gift from God.

Highlights

By Michael Clark

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/22/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: adoption, life, gift, God, love


DENVER, CO - While there, she received an email from our adoption agency that the birth mom was in labor and had decided on making an adoption plan and would we like our scrap book to be shown to the mom.

Before my wife could even call me, another email came in saying the baby had been born: a healthy baby girl. My wife immediately contacted the adoption agency giving permission for our family scrap book to be shown.

For those that don't know, all families in the adoption process make a scrap book that birth mom and dads will look through as they ride the emotional roller coaster that is adoption.

By lunch, my wife was back home. At 12:30, our caseworker called and said that she didn't know if this would help or hurt, but the birth mom was down to us and another family. Good luck she said.

We had been here before: the final four, the final three, the final two, but never picked. At 2:30, our caseworker called back and in her words said, "This is a good call." Shock. With one phone call our world changed. "How quickly can you get to Colorado Springs?" she asked. As it turns out, the Clark family that could normally do things at the drop of a hat, took a little bit longer than usual to get out of the house.

My wife, Teresa, is normally a cool head in an emotional or crisis situation, while I am the one who needs "some direction." Not today. Total role reversal in the Clark house. A plan was created, phone calls to relatives were made, and bags
were packed. As we pulled out of the driveway, it started to hail. Hard. Although we live on the south side of Denver, the weather almost doubled our drive time. As we arrived in Colorado Springs, more hail.

When we finally made it into the hospital, the normal procedure is to meet with the birth mom's caseworker and then meet the birth mom herself. At this point, either side can still back out. The baby is initially avoided for this reason. Was that the plan for us? Nope.

Birth mom was asleep, so the caseworker took us to see the baby. "Are you sure," my wife asked. We entered the maternity ward and saw her. For me, it was love at first site, a true gift from God. I remember looking at her lying in her hospital bed and thinking, "That's my daughter. I love her. Thank you Lord."

Daddy holding baby


We eventually did meet the birth mom and her family a short time later. It was a bit awkward at first, but everyone knew that the adoption would happen. Anna, the birth mom, had said Yes to Life and there would be no going back.

That month, the Power Ball jackpot had ballooned to over 500 million bucks. Somewhere, someone won a half of a billion dollars. We had done better. We had won a heavenly lottery: a precious baby girl named Lia. We won because in this crazy world of self-importance and me-me-me, Anna had said Yes.


Join me next time, as I write about our night in the hospital and the visit from Anna's friend.
Blessings,
Michael

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 or email at michael@thethreeromes.com.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Blog

Hope Didn't Die With The Baby!

Image of A boy! We counted his tiny fingers and toes and marveled.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

My son's life, while brief, impacted the world. On this day nineteen years ago, he not only opened my womb, he stretched wide my heart. He taught me how to love, to abandon myself for the sake of another. His life unraveled my plans and caused me to loosen my ... continue reading


Lord Keep Making Me Watch

Image of The title of a wonderful song by the 'Sidewalk Prophets'

By Jackie Stammen

Killing me. This song is killing me. When I hear a song and it strikes a chord with me, I WEAR IT OUT. Right now, 'Keep Making Me' by the Sidewalk Prophets has been on repeat in my car for days. The reason is because it's my truth. This is why it's resonating deep in ... continue reading


Is the Lord the Constant Refuge in the Midst of your Daily Life?

Image of Let prayer be your anchor to the Lord.

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen

Prayer changes and adapts to the circumstances of our life. We will pray differently after we have worked hard all day and are tired as opposed to when we are just waking up in the morning. The rhythms of our life will also alter how we relate to the Lord. Learning how ... continue reading


Do You Believe You Are A Beloved Child Of The Father?

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

You are a beloved child of the Father. Do you believe it? NASHVILLE, TN - I recently wrote Wonderfully Made as a reminder of how beautifully and wonderfully made we really are. It's true. Jesus tells us so in the Bible.  Often hard to believe, but it is the ... continue reading


Do You Desire Things to go Your Way or God's Way?

Image of Free yourself by always putting God first.

By Jackie Stammen

We place too much emphasis on every last expectation we have of other people to do and act as we expect. To live within our guidelines, our parameters, and our vision of what is ideal. Moreover, we go so far as to demand perfection from other people as we pursue ... continue reading


Free e-Book 'Pondering Tidbits of Truth'

Image of Pondering Tidbits of Truth [Kindle Edition]

By Wendy C. R.N., BA

I have been blessed with the awesome job of being the blog editor for Catholic Online. This with all of my other 'work' has kept me from blogging recently. (At least that is my excuse.) I do have a very special message for Catholic Online Readers... LOS ANGELES, CA - I ... continue reading


Imagination is One of the Means by Which We Enter Into Relationship with God.

Image of Through prayer our imaginations can be healed and elevated by the work of the Holy Spirit

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen

The imagination is powerful. It can either be a friend that helps us to imagine and explore the possibilities of a fruitful life, or it can be devastating enemy that keeps us ensnared in a tangled web of illusions, fears, and anxieties. ELIZABETH CITY, NC ... continue reading


Do you believe the Word of God?

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Why is it so difficult to believe the truth about ourselves? Why do we spend so much time beating ourselves down and telling ourselves exactly why we think we are not good enough instead of building ourselves in His Truth? NASHVILLE, TN - Why is it so easy to ... continue reading


Ordination: Answering the Lord's Call

Image of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver.

By Michael Clark

Each Spring the Catholic dioceses and Archdioceses across the nation have the distinct pleasure to celebrate the men who have answered the call of the Lord as priests. No matter how any priests I have talked to over the years, I don't think I will every truly ... continue reading


Learning to Hear God's Voice

Image of The Lord speaks to us in the working of our interior dialogue and our experience.

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen

One temptation for beginners at meditation is to constantly worry about if something is coming from God or from their own imagination. We are familiar with the extraordinary visions and locutions of the Bible, and we tend to think that God either speaks in an ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2014 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter