Mike and I have good news to announce:
We grew by two feet…We have a baby!
Short Version: We’re adopting a baby girl who was born 11 days ago, and she is with us now.
Daddy and Daughter on her first day
Longer Version: On Wednesday morning February 1st, I took a call from an out of state pastor. He got our name from mutual friends after he was approached by a young woman who was not in a position to raise her unborn baby girl. (Interestingly, this call came just one day after we attended our first informational session about becoming foster parents in New York City.
Four days later, on Sunday February 5, we met the bio-mom. We had about an hour together, and it was wonderful. She seemed to understand the emotional difficulties associated with the adoption, but also acknowledged that she is not able to give her little girl the kind of life and home that she would want her to have. The bio-mom is very brave and wants her baby girl to have the best in life. We got along very well and she invited me into the delivery room! (Mike had to wait in the hallway.
Mother and Daughter
The weeks following that meeting were full: hiring a lawyer in NY as well as one in the birth state, requesting letters of reference from friends, writing short biographies, helping my sister move out of our apartment, registering for baby gear, planning a nursery, getting physicals and getting finger printed, legal back ground checks, keeping all of this quiet while bursting with joy and caution.
Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade (aka: First Family Walk)
Phoebe Irene Evers was born two weeks early, but we were ready… barely! Dear friends in NYC loaned us their car for as long as we need it, so we hit the road to be closer to the birth place. I bought a car seat an hour before our bio-mom called to tell us to meet her at the hospital. But when that call came, we ran in circles trying to get out the door!
We’ve grown to love and care for our bio-mom. She’s been so sweet to us, and she followed through on her invitation to have me in the delivery room. I coached our bio-mom through her labor and witnessed the birth of our daughter, holding her just minutes after she was born. Mike soon came into the delivery room and was able to feed her her first bottle.
Will you take a moment to pray with us:
Heading to the Hospital
- Pray for the bio-mom’s continued confidence in her decision and her healing emotionally, physically and spiritually as she recovers.
- Pray for our Phoebe to stay healthy and connect with us quickly.
- Pray for us as we move forward through a mountain of paperwork to finalize the adoption and enter into the responsibility of being parents for this little one.
We are honored, humbled, overjoyed, delighted, and in awe of what God has done. We held Phoebe in our arms just six weeks after we found out about the opportunity to become her parents. Our heads are still spinning, and we’re so grateful.
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Great is Thy Faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me
(We’re registered at Babies-R-Us, Target, and Wal-mart, and we’ve read the article about raising children in the city. We’re excited about becoming parents in NYC!)
Summary of Our New Life