My wife and I attribute the adoption of our oldest son to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
After years of not being able to have children, my wife and I started looking into adoption. We started attending seminars on adoption. But with all the emphasis on open adoption and all the fear mongering in the drive-by-media, we weren't sure if that was what we should do.
One day, my wife was looking for something to read, and she came across a book on Our Lady of Guadalupe. She'd forgotten the story, so she decided to read it, and was just blown away by the words of Our Lady:
Listen and let it penetrate into your heart. . . . Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?
She decided to pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe. What should we do? Should we try to adopt? Or are we just not meant to have kids?
Less than two hours later, my wife received a phone call from a friend of her from high school. (We hadn't told anyone we were thinking of adopting.) Her friend said, "I have an unusual question for you. Have you and Dan ever thought about adopting? The only reason why I ask is because my parents were just in Rome, and they had lunch with an American adoption attorney who's representing a birth mother that's looking for a very specific type of adoptive parents. And the parents she described sounded just like you two."
Well anyway, my wife and I both took that as a sign. We contacted the attorney, met the birth mother, and got along great.
Three days after he was born, the birth mother handed our son Kevin to us, completely at peace with her decision. We all agree that this is precisely what God wanted.
Since then, we've adopted two more children (Vivian and Sean). Kevin is now seven years old. We tell him that it was Our Lady of Guadalupe that gave him to us.