A little about our family. We have 3 biological children and decided we wanted one more child to complete our family. God laid it on our heart to pursue adoption and we are so glad that we have. Our journey has been filled with ups and downs as many others. In Sept., we were matched with a son, Samuel, who was one and a half years old. We were so excited about his arrival, had received our LOA and sent him a care package. In January, we received the worst news a waiting adopting family could receive - our son had died. At the time, we had very little information of how or why. We grieved him deeply and had a memorial service for him. We learned later that he was hospitalized and had complications with bronchitis-pnemonia. We have full confidence that he is waiting in heaven for us - that he is a part of our family. The other day, my eldest daughter prayed in a "pinky prayer", "Thank you, God, for my four brothers." She will always keep him alive in our hearts. It strikes me how the initial motivation in adopting is to impact a child - to give him a family. In Samuel's case, he never knew us here on Earth, we didn't have a chance to impact him here; yet he impacted our family in a huge way. I can't wait to see the way that Marcus will impact us - it will be more that we could ever imagine.