Friday, June 6, 2008

good news!





I promised that when you saw a picture it would mean good news... I just really didn't know if it would come this soon! The sweet birth mother surrendered her rights today-something so precious to us and undoubtedly difficult for her. I am so grateful to her!

These were taken a week ago on the night when we brought Adrienne home. It's really feeling real, and that is a very fantastic feeling. I have much I will be sharing in a few days, but for now, I just wanted you to see the four of us together. Thank you for your prayers!

86 comments:

Candi said...

I had a feeling this was coming today. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful.

Emily said...

What a beautiful baby & a beautiful, happy family! Congratulations!! I don't even know what else to say, except that I know God is blessing your faithfulness & it is so beautiful to see!
Emily

Alison said...

What a wonderful answer to prayer!!!

Will be praying for you all as you settle into your lives as a family of four. I will pray for the birth mom too, that she will know that she has made the right decision and that her heart will not be heavy...

Melody said...

Yay Angie, I am so glad to hear the good news. We will continue to pray for yall and the precious birth mother who chose such a wonderful family to raise her daughter :)

Love you,
Mel

Karen said...

Angie,
She is truly beautiful! I am so happy for you all. What a wonderful tapestry God is making for your family. The front is so beautiful, but when you turn it over you can see all the knots and cuts it took to get the beauty on the other side.

Congratulations!

Karlye said...

She is so beautiful! I am glad I got to meet her in person the other night at the wedding! You continue to be in my prayers! Congrats! God is good!

Just Me said...

GREAT news! Thank you SO much for sharing your first family photo. What a beautiful family God chose for this precious, beautiful baby!

Looking forward to reading more about this chapter of your life. I am SO happy for you all!

Congratulations!
Amanda

Martha said...

Amazing! Truly amazing!

Jenny said...

Oh Angie!!!! What wonderful news. Congratulations. You guys all look so happy.

M said...

So precious!

Tonia said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!

She fits RIGHT in with your beautiful family. What a perfect addition.

Praising God with you!!

Laurie said...

Oh Angie and Nathan,

What a blessing this is to know that she is yours. God bless the birth mother for her selfless surrender. I will be praying for her to find the Lord. Adrienne is so beautiful and looks like she belongs to you. The four of you look so happy and I know that Poppy Joy is so blessed for you too. Have a most wonderful weekend enjoying your girls. This was meant to be.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

Tracy Carson said...

Fantastic!

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

Congratulations! I have been trying to be patient for these pcitures! :)

Megan said...

I must admit that I am a lurker. I love your posts, but I never comment. I just had to today though! Congratulations! She is beautiful! I have been praying and I am so very happy that God has blessed your family with this new little life!

Rebecca said...

Yay! Congratulations!

She's beautiful. You're all beautiful.

Rebecca

the donovan family said...

I too, have been reading, but have never posted. Congratulations! I have so happy for you and your family!
Amanda

heather said...

you all look perfect together. Praise the Lord for his goodness and mercy. I am thrilled for you!
Congratulations on your third baby girl!

friedrichfamily said...

She is beautiful! You don't know me, but I started following your blog several months ago. I am thrilled for your family. Adoption is an amazing thing, and a big part of my family, as my daughter
(my first child) is adopted from Vietnam. Whast an incredible experience for you all. Congratulations!

Dawn said...

Congratulations! What an absolutely gorgeous family! Much love to you all!

UNC NICU RN

Anonymous said...

Angie - What a beautiful baby & beautiful family. An answer to pray and we are so extremely thrilled for all of you! We can't wait to see her. I know Marianna will be a terrific big sister. GOD IS SO GOOD, ALL THE TIME!!! Livona

Marlina said...

A precious picture of a beautiful family!! I'm sure Poppy is so proud and happy for you to have her little sister in your arms!
I bet Marianna is so excited too!!

What a blessing!!

David Rogers said...

Wow! I am so excited for you! That is great news!

Welcome to the family, Adrienne!

Jessica B. said...

Wasn't Poppy's due date Dec. 6th? That would make it 6 months to the day from her due date... even though she wasn't born that date, it is still neat. Congratulations!!

Chrissy said...

Oh I have got chills! And tears of joy and happiness! So very blessed you are! Praise you Jesus!

Jena Baker said...

Congrats--Can't wait to meet Adrienne!

Crystal said...

Yeah!!!!!!! She is absolutely beautiful.

Crystal Barnes

Lisa LaFarlette said...

She is beautiful!!! I would love to take a portrait of the new family :) As soon as I have recovered from my surgery I would love to visit you all again.

boltefamily said...

Oh my! I am so very happy for you! What an amazing gift and what a sacrifice the birth mom made. I will continue praying for all of you! Thank you for sharing this precious little girl! God is Good!

Much Love,
Kristy

Jaclyn said...

she is beautiful! It is such a blessing to see your sweet family all together. I am so happy for you!

The Sanchez Family said...

She is beautiful!

Cathy said...

Angie, I am so happy for your family and this precious child. I will pray for comfort and peace for the birthmother. Her love for this precious child brought her thus far and you will carry her the rest of the way. All in Gods loving care! Congrats!
Cathy & Annabel

TNS said...

Oh my goodness, when I saw her picture I got tears knowing if her picture was there she was yours. You deserve this peace. What a beautiful baby she is! So beautiful and so blessed.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and pray for you daily. I am thrilled to see how Jesus got to show off big for you and your family this week! He gives and takes away - nothing is impossible for Him! Praising God with your family tonight. She is beautiful and of course as only God can manage she looks just like you and your daughter!
Love in Him alone,
Jill S from PA

Betsy said...

yes! She's gorgeous!

Amy@Life Breaths Photography said...

How wonderful!!! I'm sooo excited and thrilled for all of you. And I cannot wait to meet little Adrienne!

Kim (marygracesummons.blogspot.com) said...

You are all so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes - the joy , pure joy I see. Congrats!!!
Praise Jesus and thankfulness to Poppy JOY.
With love,
Kim

Anonymous said...

Your smiles say it all... Beautiful! God has a plan for each of us, we can't know what it is but wow, what a ride!

Paula

TNKerry said...

That is just awesome!!!! Adrienne is beautiful.

Stephanie D. said...

So beautiful!

Adam & Amy Wilson said...

yay yay yay! congratulations and Praise God!

Jessica Kenney said...

She is amazing. God has truly blessing your family! We will continue to pray for you.

Allison said...

Oh my goodness, she is perfectly beautiful! You truly have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your faith and journey with us. I am just so excited for you, Nathan and Marianna:) I know that you are just soaking up all that the sweet Lord has blessed you with;)

Much love,
Allison McLendon

Robin said...

I have been reading your story for a while now. You have blessed me so much.
I am rejoicing with you as you are celebrating this new little life. Your baby is beautiful and she looks like she was fashioned just for your family.

Dee Dee said...

Congratulations!
Thanking God with you.

Emmie said...

With tears streaming down my face in thankfulness to our All-Powerful God! Glory to His name! You and yours are BEAUTIFUL.

Anonymous said...

Angie,and family she is so beautful, congratulations and may your family always keep Jesus first, we are so glad for ya'll nobody deserves it more thank God for you little family.

Anonymous said...

Angie,we are thrilled for the whole family,Thank God everyday for them. It truely a blessing from God Cherish the moments you all have.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations she is beautful. God is just so good. Dude99!

Jessica said...

Congratulations! I am thrilled for you guys!

The VW's said...

What a beautiful family! Congratulations! May God Bless your lives together! I'm very happy for you!

Emily said...

Oh Angie, I am so happy for you guys.

Hallelujah!

Emily said...

Angie!!! What a huge blessing! I will continue to be in prayer for the four of you and for Adrienne's birthmom. Love ya!

pam said...

This has brought tears to my eyes, somehow it seems that it is the end of a journey, but also the beginning of another. Congratulations to a beautiful family.

Love from my family to yours, Pam

beccad said...

Congratulations!! She is absolutely a beautiful baby. I know you are so excited for her to be in your life. I'm so happy for you guys. God is so good.

Deb D. said...

WOW!!!

Congratulations a multitude of times.

Your family has been on my heart. SO GLAD to see your desire fulfilled.

Looking forward to more news and pics ahead.

Celebrating with and for you.

happy gram said...

can i ask a question? how did this happen so fast? it seems incredible as most adoptions take much longer, don't they? you are blessed three times! jan

Anonymous said...

Angie, this is so wonderful. God is so faithful. I was especially struck by what you wrote, how God accomplished getting this child into your arms in less time than you could have physically carried her. It is so important to rely on Him, and I remember your wish that you would not have to lose time in physical recovery from the c-section ... but God intended you to have THIS baby, and already knew about her.

I love you, and will continue to pray.
connie

alaine said...

She is beautiful!!! Such a wonderful answer to prayers!! Enjoy every moment!!

The Lenda's said...

PRAISE GOD! His timing is perfect and He is rejoicing with you as you celebrate the wonderful gift of another precious daughter. She is absolutely beautiful, just like your other two girls. :) thanking God that the she is officially a part of your family now and of course that means we get to see pictures so we like that! YEAH Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

What an incredibly beautiful family! What an amazing blessing! Thanks so much for sharing such an intimate moment with all of us. I am overflowing with happiness for all of you.
Jill in Ohio

Michael and Erin said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! God is so good!!

Kenzie said...

Oh Angie-

Praise the Lord that this happened so fast! What a beautiful birth mommy to be able to give her up to such a loving family... I love you and am so excited for you and Nathan, and of course Marianna! I'm so sad we won't be getting to see you in a few weeks, but our time will come too.

Love you and still praying,
Kenzie

The Gipsons said...

How exciting! I'm so happy for you guys, she is adorable!

L&DRNKY said...

She's absolutely beautiful--congratulations. You are so blessed.

Jodee Leader said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for all of you. She is just adorable!

boltefamily said...

Praying for all of you and thinking of you again tonight. I am sure you are enjoying every moment with your precious new daughter!

Sending love and prayers your way!
Kristy

Katrina said...

She is so precious! Congratulations again!!!

Anonymous said...

All I think of when I visit your site is how faithful God is. On those days when I feel like He doesn't see me or hear me, your testimony points right to Him. I am literally bursting with joy over the gift of this baby to you. This is what your life looks like to me of the little you have posted on this website...You are devastated to lose your beautiful girl Poppy. You trusted God anyway. Your family, a beautiful legacy of faith has gathered around you. You receive news that you cannot become pregnant for a very long time and go back to a dream of adoption immediately. You share this as a couple. You apply and are accepted. Then you are CHOSEN out of all the other applicants in a very quick time frame. You bring your baby home and the papers are already signed within a week (I think). Miracle after miracle. This baby, chosen for you at this moment in time. Given because of your faith, given as a gift of healing, not to forget but to remember. Because of Poppy, because of Jesus...You have spoken volumes into my life. You are remembering the sorrow but embracing the future. God bless you today. Colleen

Anonymous said...

\O/ \O/ \O/
Joy unspeakable!
Prayers for all involved!

Judy said...

What a beautiful looking family. She is one lucky and blessed girl to have you has parents.
I remember like it was yesterday going to pick up my Emily Grace to bring her home to her forever family. Enjoy every minute of it...it goes by so fast.

sarahdodson said...

What a precious family baby Adrienne is now a part of- praise the Lord!

Gene and Annie said...

Beautiful and Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Congratulations! God is good!!

Brandi said...

Oh Angie and Nathan!!! What a precious joy. I'm so very happy for you and I'm so very thankful for what God is doing in your lives. Praise His name!

Laurie said...

Just stopping in this afternoon to let you know I love you guys and I hope that all fears and worries have been turned to joy and love. I will continue to pray for the birth mother too. You are so blessed.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

asplashofsunshine said...

SUCH A GORGEOUS FAMILY! CONGRATULATIONS! Imagine the smiles that little Poppy has up in Heaven... AMAZING! Enjoy the sweet cries of the new baby and the countless memories to come.

jenb said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!!! We are so happy for you all.
Jenny

Totallyscrappy said...

Woo-hoo!
May god continue to bless your family!

Joanna said...

Praise the Lord! What a sweet blessing! She is just beautiful! The Joy on your faces brings tears to my eyes!
I have followed your journey before poppy was even born... what a sweet journey it has been.
What true power there is in HIS name...JESUS!

I am so thrilled for your precious family.

Anonymous said...

Our family has been blessed by adoption and I am so excited for you. Little Adrienne is precious and a wonderful addition to your family. I have been blessed by following your blog. The faith you've exhibited through the birth and death of sweet Poppy has been amazing and an example to all of us. I know she's looking down from Heaven on her earthly family and is happy for all of you. One thing for sure, we know she's not sad nor sick and is perfect in the arms of Jesus! What a comforting thought. May God continue to bless your family as you continue to serve Him and give Him all the glory. (This is my first post although I've been following your blog for a while.)

Nikki said...

Congratulations!! She is beautiful!

The Adoption Of William said...

Beautiful! Congrads!


Blessings,

William's Mom

www.specialneedsbaby.blogspt.com

Laurie said...

HAPPY ONE WEEK ADRIENNE LUCE!!!

Just stopping by to let you know I am thinking about you guys and realized that it has been one week already since Miss Adrienne came home with you. I hope it has been a week full of bottles, wet and poopie diapers, and a home full of love and joy:) You guys are blessed and such a blessing to me. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Love you, Laurie in Ca.

Victoria said...

congratulations Mrs. Luce! You probably dont remember me but i was one of your students in 7th grade. Victoria Fultz. I have a blogspot about my real dad so just comment anytime! congrats again and i hope she grows up to be a healthy baby!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Luce Family,

My soul sings as I look at the pictures.
I am so happy for y'all
and needless to say, I am praising the Lord for His Love, Grace, and Beauty.
Continued prayers go out for all of you.
What a beautiful family.

Laurie said...

Happy Fathers Day Nathan. I hope you are having a wonderful day with all of your girls today. They are all blessed to call you husband and daddy. I love you guys.

Laurie in Ca.