What a sweet and beautiful family!! Randi found me through the Red Thread Sessions website, and am I so glad and thankful that she did! What a sweet family with an amazing story. It’s so good, I thought the “U” family should tell it in their own words:
“We are parents to THE MOST beautiful baby boy—I know, I know, every Mom says that, but really…this face is just magical. I am Randi, my husband is Jeff. Jeff and I started our journey toward adoption after several years of trying to conceive. We were almost a year into the process and had just experienced a second failed match, feeling tired and defeated when one of the agencies we worked with, Hannah’s Hope, called to ask if we could meet with a birth mother. Jeff was traveling for work, so I drove the 3 hours to meet “S” on a Friday by myself. The meeting went well, but since we had been through this before, I had no expectations. I was told S was due “in a couple weeks” and that she was going to make a decision over the weekend. On Monday morning, the social worker called me on my way to work, asked me to pull over and said “We have a baby! She wants you to come pick him up.” Apparently S had given birth to a healthy baby boy the night before and had made the decision to place…WITH US! I was floored! I called my husband (the one that was still working in Las Vegas) and somehow, through the tears and squawking, he understood my words and got himself on a plane home less than 4 hours later. The next morning, while we drove the same stretch of road I had driven just a few days earlier, we were both so anxious, excited and nervous that we didn’t speak for most of the trip. Once we arrived at the hospital, car seat in tow, I nearly had a panic attack at the thought of becoming a parent TODAY, or worse, not becoming a parent today. When we finally made it up to her room, the baby was in the nursery. They brought him in…and we were in love. It was an instant beautiful and perfect love. An hour later, we were on the road back home, WITH A BABY!
Oliver’s birth mother is a beautiful, courageous woman with whom we will be connected for the rest of our lives. We are thankful to her every day of our lives, and never more than the day we finalized the adoption, eight months after bringing him home. My parents and brother were able to join us for the finalization and it was a beautiful day.”
Katie Sutherland of katiejames photography is a natural-light, on-location portrait photographer based in Nashville, TN. She and her husband are in the process of adopting their own child, and they are very excited! You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.