Baby Spencer’s arrival was literally an answer to prayer
Baby Spencer was looking smart, all decked out for the photo shoot in his bow tie and new sweater. Of course it helps that when you’re just six weeks old, you don’t really have any old clothes.
Mom and Dad, Debbie and Todd, were as proud as any new parents you’ll ever see. And even more grateful than most, perhaps, since Spencer’s arrival was so long awaited and so intensely prayed for.
[singlepic id=43 w=320 h=240 float=right]“Holding a new baby is so amazing – you’re holding new life,” Debbie says, unable to tear her eyes away from her child.
Even the story of Spencer’s arrival is inspiring. Todd and Debbie, who live in Toledo, took adoption parenting classes through Catholic Charities, finishing up in July of 2012. The baby’s nursery was finished, the paperwork was filled out and the home visits were completed, but they were never exactly sure if they were on anyone’s short list for consideration as adoptive parents.
Franciscan prayer partners
Then one day this past January, Debbie discovered that her adoption assessor from Catholic Charities had posted a prayer resource on Facebook.
“A community of Franciscan brothers were accepting prayer requests. So I asked them to pray that Todd and I receive a baby and also that they pray for the child’s birth parents,” she said.
The very next day they were called to come to a local hospital to meet with a birth mother. Naturally, they supposed they were going to another interview appointment. But they hadn’t factored in the power of prayer.
They went home from the hospital that day with a new, very sweet, incalculably cute, and very, very funny baby boy.
“We were surprised and thrilled. When we drove there, we didn’t even know the baby had been born yet,” Todd recalled. “As soon as they put him in my arms, I knew he was mine. You just naturally fall in love. It was like he was meant to be with us all along,” Debbie said.
Thanks be to God – and to the brothers of good St. Francis.