We have been forever changed by experiencing a faith-filled journey that first brought us our sweet Caitlin, then an adoption that ended in disappointment, and now one that placed us in the NICU with a sweet little baby boy. Never would we have chosen the disappointment and grief of losing children we had come to love and now worrying about the health of our new little addition, but God's plan has been to forever leave His mark of grace, brokenness, and freedom to obey even when we don’t understand. To Him be the glory for what He has done, and is doing, and will do!

With love and gratefulness to our Heavenly Father who has adopted us into His forever family, and to you, our family and friends,

Robert, Carlene and Caitlin Belue

Thursday, February 23, 2012

God the Great Physician

Psalm 18:1-3 "I will love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in Whom I will trust...I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised." We have had a long, rough week with Cannon. It seemed like he was really making progress in the first few days, but two days ago he began having some small seizures and they found a blood clot and some bleeding in the nerves of his brain. The neurological team does not know the cause but is working to try to decrease the size of the clot with blood thinners and treat the seizures that are still occurring. He gets a daily CAT scan or ultrasound and is closely monitored.
We are grateful for a powerful God who has a wonderful plan for Cannon, competent and caring nurses, a doctor who loves the Lord, for the help from friends and family with Caitlin, and the knowedge of many people praying all over the world for our family.
Thank you!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Joy. Uncertainty and Trust

Cannon was born about 8:30 am, Sunday, Feb. 12th via emergency c-section, and weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz.! Our attorney didn't find out until a day later, and was uncertain about some comments made by the birthparents that perhaps they were re-thinking adoption. So, we waited and trusted God to work out the details. We were given clearance to see Cannon two days after he was born. He is in the NICU for a variety of issues, and could be for some time. However, he is making good progress on a daily basis and we are able to spend time with him and help with feedings and hold him while he naps. He has a great team of doctors and the Great Physician who loves Him and created Him. We are grateful for this blessing! "Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds..." (Young) We are trusting God to do a great work in his little life. We will post pictures when we are able; he is a blonde-headed cutie!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Celebrating Adoption

‎7 years ago today, we met our sweet, tiny, 17-day old Caitlin (a gift from God) and brought her home! What a joy she is, and how many things I've learned about Jesus along the journey leading up to her adoption day, and still to this day! I'm so grateful to have been chosen by God for adoption, and for Him having chosen Caitlin for us. 
 "Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men...we went through fire and water but You brought us out to rich fulfillment (abundance)...come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul." (Ps. 66) Happy Adoption Day, Caitlin!