a safe haven...

Last weekend we celebrated our baby boy's very first birthday! It was such a special time, with our closest friends and dear family. We are still in awe of the fact that we are parents, and that God has blessed us with such a happy, darling boy.

I wrote about this before, but I just wanted to say again how thankful we are to Jude's birthmother for giving Jude his life. She has been on my mind so much, though I can't say a day has gone by where I haven't thought of her since we took Jude home. I don't know if this month is painful for her, or if she has peace. I wish we could let her know that he is happy, healthy, and thriving. I wish we could thank her for unselfishly giving him a chance at life, a chance to be loved and cared for, even if she couldn't do that for him herself.

As his birthday approached I wanted to find a way to express our gratitude to her and for her. With an extraordinary amount of time and help from my beautiful and talented friend Jennifer Farhat, we created this simple video to thank her for not only carrying Jude for nine months inside her belly, for giving him life instead of having an abortion, but for also making sure he was in a safe place after he was born so that he could be adopted and loved by us.

There are no words to express the great debt, the great thankfulness in my heart that I have for her. I can't imagine how hard it was for her to do what she did. All I can do is raise our son in a way that would make her proud. We will encourage him to love her, because without her we wouldn't be a family.

Here is our tribute to Jude's birthmother, and our celebration of his life:

Please visit Jennifer's website here!

To learn more about Safe Haven Law, please visit this website: National Safe Haven Alliance

If you are interested in starting the adoption process, or just want to learn a little more about how you could start it, this is a great website with lots of information about it: The Adoption Journey

Finally, if you or someone you know is struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, please visit this website: Option Line for pregnancy help centers around the Nation as well as 24 hour a day help lines.
There is no such thing as an unwanted child, and giving a baby a chance to live and love is the greatest gift anyone could ever give.

Please share this video, as the more people who see it the better. We hope that it will raise awareness of the Safe Haven Law, so that no baby has to die in a dumpster ever again. We also hope to encourage others to consider adoption as a natural and beautiful way to build a family. There are so many children just like Jude who need homes today.