like a dream

For those of you who know me personally, or have followed my blog for awhile now, you are probably familiar with our fertility struggle. For the past ten years Josh and I have longed to be parents. We’ve known with absolute certainty that it was something we are just meant to be. We’ve gone through IVF treatments, miscarriages and unimaginable grief, all while maintaining hope that it would someday happen for us. Most recently we were approved through the foster care system in hopes of adopting.

 

Well, about a month and a half ago, we got a phone call. It was a friend of mine who knew of a baby that was about to be placed for adoption. It was an unborn baby due in July, and his parents were actively looking into adoption. Yes, I did say, HIS parents… as the baby is a little boy.

We instantly got our hopes up, and prayed day and night that this connection would be the one. We contacted a lawyer, got some information of how “private” adoption works, and waited.

We were nervous to be hopeful, as we had actually received a few phone calls like this before, that never seemed to pan out, or somehow never made it past the initial call to get our hopes up… but this felt different.

 

About a week later the lawyers called us to let us know that the birth parents wanted to meet us. Again, we were overjoyed, and yet terrified to let ourselves feel how badly we wanted this. I paced the house, changed my clothes four dozen times, and made phone call after phone call to my mom and sisters to somehow set my mind ease before the meeting…

 

We met on a Thursday. I instantly liked them. Both birth mother, and birth father were obviously caring people who wanted to make the best decision they could for their child. They didn’t choose to give up a baby, they choose to pick out a family who could provide for their child the way they couldn’t. They met multiple couples, and read about several families, and selected one they thought best fit their child’s needs, as well as their own.

One agonizing week later, we got the call that they picked us. I cried instantly. I’m crying now just remembering the feeling I had when I got that call. We were (and still are) so undeniably happy, overjoyed, and terrified. I texted my parents, Josh’s parents, my sisters, and my close girlfriends one simple message: “They picked us!!!!”. And instantly my phone started ringing off the hook. One tearful call after another slowly marked the beginning of our dreams coming true. And we were thrilled.

 

I called my social worker to let her know about the private adoption so that we would be taken out of matching for the foster care journey we were already on…We signed papers with the lawyers and started the “official” process… and my uncontrollable urge to buy baby gear and clothes once again started spiraling out of control…

 

Birth mom is now in her 35th week, and we are “expecting” our baby boy in early July.

 

As with all adoptions there is some risk involved. Josh and I are choosing to remain positive and confident. I struggled a great deal about how soon I should tell the world, but as you can imagine, I can hardly contain my excitement. Ten years of waiting, and wishing, and hoping is a long time, and to be this close is nearly unbearable without being able to share the news.

 

I’ll keep you all posted as the upcoming events unfold.

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Amy - June 6, 2011 - 7:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
my heart about jumped out of my chest reading each line of this so I can only imagine the joy you are feeling.
A BOY, OH BOY you are going to have FUN!!!
My thoughts are with you guys that everything goes smoothly and that he arrives safe and sound into your arms this July.
An All American Story of Dreams for your July celebrations.
I am just so happy for you, I can hardly hold back the tears…
Big Hugs
Amy

natalie @ our old southern house - June 6, 2011 - 7:33 pm

oh girl!! WOO HOOO!
as both an adoptee herself and someone is going through the domestic adoption process too (we’re home study approved and having our profile shown to birth moms) i am OVERJOYED for you guys.
so so so so happy!! thanks be to god! :-)

Stacey - June 6, 2011 - 7:34 pm

I am so very happy for you! I wish you all the love joy and peace as this dream continues to come true for you!!

rachel schindler - June 6, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Congratulations! So Happy for you both.

Kristin - June 6, 2011 - 7:39 pm

I am in tears reading your post, as I have shared that your struggle and mine are so similar. i adopted my beautiful baby boy in 2007 after many years of heartache. I’m over the moon excited for you!!! Congratulations, Mom!

rachel schindler - June 6, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Congratulations! So happy for you both.

Carolyn - June 6, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Your post moved me to (happy!) tears. I just had to say congrats and best wishes!

paige - June 6, 2011 - 7:44 pm

oh sara, this is incredible!!!!
i’ll never forget the first time i read your post sharing just a little bit about your struggle. that was quite some time ago.
i am THRILLED for you
& OH MY!!! the announcement is the cutest thing i’ve ever seen!!!
congratulations!!
<3

LindaSonia - June 6, 2011 - 7:44 pm

I cried reading your news. I am soooo very happy for you both and will keep you and all parties in my prayers that all will be well. Congratulstions to the new Mom & Dad to be!!

paige - June 6, 2011 - 7:45 pm

oh
& you look beautiful & glowing & wonderfully happy!!!

Melissa - June 6, 2011 - 7:46 pm

I have happy tears for you today; congratulations and best of everything!

laurie magpie ethel - June 6, 2011 - 7:47 pm

What wonderful news. I am crossing my fingers that all goes smoothly and July finds you with a new baby BOY snuggled into your life…congrats.

Sadie Olive - June 6, 2011 - 7:51 pm

Thank you Paige! It’s so funny, Josh looks a little weird in the picture cause I had to copy and paste his head from another photo because he made a face in that one. It’s totally weird looking, but way better than the nerdy face he actually made!!! …lol…

Joanne B. - June 6, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Best wishes to you and your whole family! how wonderful! I bet you and Josh are on eggshells and will be holding your breath until… My prayers are with you! What a special birth couple to have to make such a difficult decision and what a special couple you must be that they chose you! What a magnificent thing both you and the birth couple are doing… It gives me faith in the universe when things work out for everyone like this Blessings!

Amber - June 6, 2011 - 7:52 pm

This is AWESOME news! Congratulations! Boys are so much fun :)

Pam W - June 6, 2011 - 7:54 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!!! There are no words to describe the joy of being a parent, and as one who has gone through private adoption, I wish you peace and contentment as you go through these last weeks-and know all of us out here are so very happy and excited for you-

Marcy Cascone - June 6, 2011 - 7:55 pm

my heart is filled with joy for both of you. You will wear your heart on your sleeve for the rest of your life. Congrats and best of everything.

mary - June 6, 2011 - 7:57 pm

I am tearing up reading this! CONGRATULATIONS to you!! I look forward to hearing more and seeing your new bundle of joy soon. :)

(I just had an appointment with a fertility doctor today, and so I can relate to the pain and longing you feel about wanting to become a mom…)

Chelsea - June 6, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Congratulations! This is such wonderful and heart-warming news! I look forward to many happy updates! :)

Joyce - June 6, 2011 - 8:07 pm

Oh my dear this is wonderful news. As I type through my tears. I am so very happy for you both and soon to be three. I wish you only the best that life has to offer. I too was unable to have children IVF etc. I was just talking to the young couple that will be renting from us next month and due with their 1st child in September. That the pain I thought was buried at times can rise above and surprise me, but realize my volunteer work with CASA (court appointed special advocate for abuse and neglected children, my nieces and nephews and friend’s children fill my heart with the happy dance AND I’m always happy for the birth of a baby. Yahoo…. enjoy the moment and July will be here before you know it.

Heather (BirdCraft) - June 6, 2011 - 8:26 pm

Congratulations!! What good news! I have been following your blog for a little while now, and just waiting for the day that you will have pictures of a little precious one sleeping & playing in that beautiful room you decorated! Enjoy all the goodness of the moment, you deserve it!

Cathy - June 6, 2011 - 8:30 pm

To my sweet friend….This baby boy is going to be the luckiest boy alive…Love to you c xxxxx

D @ Homemade and Happy - June 6, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Dear Sara
I’m so very very happy for you and so delighted to hear this amazing news!!!! Wow!!!!!!!
I wish you so much happiness in the future and so much fulfillment of your dreams – may they truly come true!
Sending a big BIG hug to you,
from one Adoptive Mummy to Another :-)
D xxx
Such JOYFUL news !!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing !!!!!!

alee - June 6, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Yay! so happy for you!What a blest little boy {with you as his parents & birth parents that love him enough to place him with you!} We are in the process of adopting from China & I can only imagine what you are feeling :)!
Blessings to you as you excitedly prepare:)!

kerrie - June 6, 2011 - 8:58 pm

Oh my goodness, I am so so happy for you! This is truly a beautiful precious gift. I know the pain of losing a child to miscarriage. I miscarried two. But I am also blessed with four children. Your longing for motherhood is a treasure. You are going to love being a mommy. It is the best thing that ever happened to me. It is my heartbeat. Best wishes. Can’t wait to see his little face and learn his sweet name.

jen@thecottagenest - June 6, 2011 - 9:10 pm

I have tears in my eyes. I just couldn’t be more happy for you both!

Lolo - June 6, 2011 - 9:18 pm

How absolutely exciting and wonderful for all of you involved! Hugs to the both of you – hopefully the next 5 weeks can fly by for you….you have GOT to be counting the minutes :) What a blessing for the baby and both “soon to be” parents!!
XOX

Lynda - June 6, 2011 - 9:32 pm

I am so H A P P Y for you! My cousin went through an adoption that sounds very similar to your story – people who knew of each family and thought they could be a match – and everything has worked out perfectly! What a blessing you will be to each other!

Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria - June 6, 2011 - 9:41 pm

So very happy for you both!! I have been reading your story for the last 2 years and to read this today just made my heart leap for joy and tears in my eyes. I will be praying for everything to go as planned…what a blessing! This little boy will have great loving parents and a wonderful home!! Can’t wait to hear more.

Hugs and love!
Victoria

simone - June 6, 2011 - 10:03 pm

That is possibly one of the most beautiful birth announcements I have ever read…..many congratulations!!! :)

Jennifer Rizzo - June 6, 2011 - 10:17 pm

I am so happy for you!!! Congrats to you both on the wonderful news!!!! I will say my prayers that everything goes smoothly!

Claudia - June 6, 2011 - 10:24 pm

I am a long time reader of your blog and had to add my heartfelt congratulations! I know how long you and Josh have wanted a baby. What a miracle this is.

erin - June 6, 2011 - 10:26 pm

i am so very happy for you and your hubby!!! blessings to you both.
erin

Zita - Mlle Magpie - June 6, 2011 - 10:38 pm

I am so over the moon happy for you and Josh! I hope and pray that everything goes well over the next few weeks and that you will soon be sleepless/sleep-deprived :) and in love with a precious baby in your arms. He will be so lucky to have the two of you as his parents. You have been so patient, Sara. Hugs…

Jacqueline - June 6, 2011 - 10:55 pm

So happy for you! Hoping right along with you two!

Anna - June 6, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Oh my goodness! Tears fill my eyes as I think of how excited you must be. God seems to always have a way of making patience worthwhile! Just to think, all along this is the plan God had for you, and for this beautiful little baby on his way to being born. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this exciting time! Congrats! XOXO

alison - June 6, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Hello – I came across your blog today and could so relate to your post. Your story is very similar to ours. Also about a month and a half ago, we had a visit from our social worker to say that we had been chosen. It was a like a 9 days pregnancy as we had to decorate, purchase equipment and prepare for our little girl. As I type this our beautiful daughter naps. Life is so good.
I have added you to my favourites so that I can the read the post about the day you bring your little boy home.
With very best wishes from my home to yours,
Alison.

Tami B. - June 7, 2011 - 1:06 am

Absolutely fabulous! Heartfelt congratulations!

Stacy Low - June 7, 2011 - 1:07 am

I am teary and so happy for you. I have followed your wonderful blog for a long time and absolutely love your voice in it. You will be a wonderful mother. What a lucky baby indeed. I am sending my very best and happiest good thoughts for all three of you.
Warmly,
Stacy

Margaret Bouwmeester - June 7, 2011 - 1:22 am

Congratulations…..I will keep you in my prayers, I know how these situations can change but I hope with all my heart that it goes as planned!!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Margaret Bouwmeester - June 7, 2011 - 1:23 am

I hope and pray that all goes well……wishing with all mt heart for you to have a little baby!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Deb Prewitt - June 7, 2011 - 1:31 am

I am so happy for both of you. I wish you all the best. And thanks for sharing such a personal journey with all of us. Hugs to both of you and the new baby too.

ann - June 7, 2011 - 1:35 am

That is GREAT news!!!

Lisa G - June 7, 2011 - 1:44 am

Congratulations! Such amazing news!

Lara - June 7, 2011 - 1:52 am

So,so thrilled for your family! Wonderful days lie ahead!!

joanne nixon - June 7, 2011 - 1:59 am

how wonderful to receive the news you have waited for ..for so long….i have been following your blogs and sites for over a year,,,and though i know that really isn’t so long, i also know that this is what you have been dreaming of….how wonderful for all of you…..baby boy will be sooooooooooo loved….

Candice@NotesFromABroad - June 7, 2011 - 2:01 am

I am crying “for happy” for you and Josh !!!
I check here all the time to see if there has been anything positive on the baby front and here it is ! I am just so happy for you.. Life as you know it will change forever and you will always be so thankful :)
muchas besos .. Candice

Debbie - June 7, 2011 - 2:44 am

Oh, this just made me cry! I had to struggle through my tears so I could see the “add comment” button. I’ve been thinking about you, waiting for baby news of any kind. I know what an exciting time this is as I’ve went through your journey. I am so excited for both of you. I feel as if my sister has just told me she is having a baby, just thrilled!
Be sure to keep us updated. I will be praying for you!
Enjoy!
Debbie

Debbie - June 7, 2011 - 2:54 am

I am so thrilled. I was stuggling just now through my tears trying to find the comment button. It just made my heart so happy when I read the news. I’ve thought about you many times wondering if you had heard anything yet. I understand all the ups and downs as I’ve traveled your road too. But am happy to say I rec’d a blessing of a little boy also. He is now 18…treasure every moment. Thank you for keeping us updated, I can’t wait to hear more.
I’ll be praying for you, I hope these next few weeks fly by for both of you. I can’t wait to see the beautiful picture of the three of you!
Big Hugs,
Debbie

Krysten O'Coffey - June 7, 2011 - 3:15 am

I’m crying tears of joy for you!! So, so happy – I wish you two all the best on your journey into parenthood!

Theresa - June 7, 2011 - 3:15 am

Congratulations! You will make wonderful parents!

DNese - June 7, 2011 - 3:34 am

The amount of chills I had & still have while reading this is through the roof! I’m sooooo happy for your new family of 3..

Lisa Johnson - June 7, 2011 - 3:42 am

I couldn’t be happier for you both!
XO,
Lisa

Karen Heimerl - June 7, 2011 - 3:47 am

Though I only know you from following your blog and frequent visits to your etsy shop I am so happy for you and your husband! What wonderful news you both have to share. I will keep following you to see all the details as the day gets closer.
Blessings to you both~
Karen

have a lovely - June 7, 2011 - 3:59 am

so.utterly.excited.for.you!!! i have awaited this news since i started reading your blog and learned of your struggles. i believe the Lord blesses mommies with a true longing for children. and even though this baby boy you will call your very own is in another’s womb for a while…i wholeheartedly believe he was first carried in your heart long before! so therefore…he’s always been yours and you prayed for him first! may the Lord bless you with a patience and a peace as you await the birth of you baby boy…a boy! our son stole our hearts 19 months ago…just get ready…a boy most surely be the best of all!

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style - June 7, 2011 - 4:09 am

omg!!! I am so happy for you and yes I have been reading your blog for a very long time and I knew one day it was going to happen…good things comes to those who wait. And I truly believe that all things happen the way they are supposed to and not before. The time was now and you two are so cute and I can just imagine what wonderful parents you will be!!! I can’t wait to see all the pics and to see the little one in that cute little room.

And I must say that’s a cute little banner!!

Bettsi - June 7, 2011 - 4:18 am

A prayer, a wish, a dream come true! All of blogland waits to meet this most anticipated bundle of joy! So happy for you both!

BTW, at Christmas I bought “Beckon” from you as a gift for my daughter who lives far away from me as a symbol of what my heart always does when it comes to her. She’s arriving home tonight for a visit. Guess we’re both getting our babies!

Sandra Feazel - June 7, 2011 - 4:34 am

Every time I open the email that updates me on your blog…I somehow expect to see baby news. Well, today, the baby news came!!! How wonderful for you, your husband and that sweet baby one the way!!! I will say a prayer for smooth sailing for all of you, even the birth parents. Oh what a gift they give, and oh how precious this time is for you!!! Congratulations on your little boy!!!! Can’t wait to hear more!!

Genevieve - June 7, 2011 - 5:04 am

You are about to feel a love like no other you have ever had. May God gless you and keep you in his grace.
Congratulations !!!!!

Sheena Croft - June 7, 2011 - 5:55 am

I cried just reading this post! I pray that all of your hopes and dreams come true!

Thea - June 7, 2011 - 5:55 am

Oh I am SO happy for you!! I’ve been praying for months and months for this to happen! You are going to be terrific parents!!

Vicki Cotnoir - June 7, 2011 - 11:03 am

Blessings and tears of joy to you,hubby and your new bundle of joy!

How exciting! Eciting,wow is that a lame word for your news,not sure there is a word..

Keeping you in our prayers!

Looking forward to you sharing your joy!
Vicki

Michelle - June 7, 2011 - 11:27 am

congratulations!!!!! how exciting! And, coming from someone who sort of had her heart set on a girl, there is nothing, nothing like a baby boy and the way he loves his momma. What a blessing!

denise - June 7, 2011 - 11:39 am

OH MY GOSH!!!!! I am just so so happy for you both!!!! Prayers have been answered!!!

Michelle - June 7, 2011 - 11:44 am

Congratulations! Sending wishes of a lifetime of happiness for you and your new family.

ann in indy - June 7, 2011 - 12:16 pm

How wonderful! Our God never ceases to amaze me with the outpouring of blessings to us! Congratulations! I will pray for you, your husband, the birth parents and of course the long awaited for baby boy that everything continues to go smoothly! Blessings! Ann in Indy

Paula - June 7, 2011 - 12:52 pm

I have been reading your blog for years. Everytime I clicked to connect I would say I silent prayer “please let there be some great baby news today”. I don’t know you personally but I am so thrilled for your little family. God bless. Can’t wait to see him! Paula

victoria - June 7, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Sara… I will send positive energy and prayers to you and your husband and to the baby and her birth parents…wishing the very best for all concerned.

Much love and happiness to you,
Victoria

Phillis - June 7, 2011 - 1:22 pm

God Bless you all! What an amazing journey you’re starting! I waited 16 years for my twins. I look at them every day in such joy and thankfulness.

SuZeQ - June 7, 2011 - 1:27 pm

I just KNEW if was going to be soon and I just KNEW it was going to be a boy. And I KNOW you two will be the best – the very best – parents ever. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. Now I bet you {heart} this little one every day of the week and not just on Monday!

Kate @ Moss Cottage - June 7, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Blessings arrive in amazing ways. Congratulations!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita - June 7, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Congratulations and best of luck to you all! I hope it is all smooth sailing and that you have a beautiful happy healthy baby!

Amanda - June 7, 2011 - 2:21 pm

Wow–Congrats to Sara + Josh!!! My heart is bursting with happiness for the two of you. You have so much to look forward to with this new baby boy! Can’t wait for your new family of three to begin. :)

julie - June 7, 2011 - 2:44 pm

wow so exciting!! I cried while reading this … my brother and sister-in-law adopted. They were there during the last part of the pregnancy and birth, was such an exciting and very emotional time. We will be celebrating his 3rd birthday this weekend :0)

Congratulations!!!

kim - June 7, 2011 - 3:09 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! I couldn’t be happier for you, Sara.

Karen - June 7, 2011 - 4:16 pm

I am so happy for you and Josh! Such a blessing to be bestowed upon the two of you and your little boy (and his birth parents)

I don’t know you personally but I am a big fan of your blog and shop. I cried when I read this post. Children are such a blessing and people that want to be parents should just BE parents. God Bless and my thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Gidget Santoliquido - June 7, 2011 - 4:28 pm

I am so very happy for you both! I will keep you in my prayers that everything will go smoothly. Congrats!!! :)

AMy - June 7, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Cogratulations! Welcome to parenthood. Look forward to reading all about your ride – it’s one of the best, most callenging, humbling and emotional experiences ever!

Sadie Olive - June 7, 2011 - 5:47 pm

thank you for all your comments! each and every one is so heart-warming and making me cry all over again! thank you so much for all the support and love you’ve shown to us.

xox
Sara

Karon - June 7, 2011 - 5:49 pm

I’m adopted, someone very special took me home with them 50 years ago. They too longed to be parents and were not blessed with their own children. Instead they adopted my brother and I and gave us both the most wonderful lives.
I just know that you will do the same for this little boy. I wish you all the love and joy in the world.
Karon x

Patti H. - June 7, 2011 - 6:51 pm

Congratulations! I have read your blog for the last couple of years. It was one of the first ones I discovered when I first learned what a blog even was. I am SO HAPPY for you and your husband and the rest of your family. Your BABY BOY is one lucky little guy! My daughter is the light of my life as I know your precious baby will be yours. Enjoy this beautiful time of hope and anticipation and excitement. Sincerely, Patti H. Livonia, Michigan

Leah C - June 7, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Oh Sara, I am overjoyed for you & Josh!! What a happy, happy day it will be when you bring home your bundle of joy…your sweet baby boy:) I am in tears just thinking about how much you wished & prayed for this dream to come true:) Congratulations to you both…how blessed you two & baby will be!

Dentelline - June 7, 2011 - 7:28 pm

Bonsoir Sara,
Je suis très très contente pour toi et ton mari de cette fantastique nouvelle. L’adoption est une décision merveilleuse pour tous ces enfants sans parents. J’ai toujours approuvé ce choix de certains parents car ces enfants ont la chance d’avoir une vie remplie d’amour. C’est hyper important pour leur équilibre!
J’espère que vous allez réussir à 100%.
Moi, par contre, je n’ai pas voulu d’enfant et c’est mon choix!
Merci pour tous les enfants adoptés qui vont être aimés comme ce petit garçon qui va franchir bientôt le seuil de votre maison accueillante.
Bises,
Dentelline

ana reis - June 7, 2011 - 9:34 pm

hi,

I am from Portugal..I came across your blog once while looking at creative ideas and crafts…so I immediately fell in love with your blog and subscribed…I just read about your very happy news…i understand how thrilled you must be..and nervous also…
Congratulations and I wish you all the best for all 3 of you! If you have been creative up till now ..you are going to get into super creative mode from now on.

Ana Reis

Kathi - June 7, 2011 - 10:21 pm

how very wonderful for you! I got teary just reading this, can only imagine how you must feel. the very best to you

Brandie - June 8, 2011 - 2:02 am

Sara, this put tears in my eyes. I am so excited for you!!!!! You two have waited so long for this and are going to be extraordinary parents. That is one lucky little boy. You are in my thoughts and prayers through out this process. I can’t wait to hear his coming home story!!!

tara - June 8, 2011 - 2:43 am

sara, i am soo excited for you and josh and this wonderful new adventure! I cannot wait to meet him and see your beeming smile, makes my heart content to know this baby will have such a special home! See you soon! xo

The Distressed Mother - June 8, 2011 - 10:01 am

I am so so so happy for you both. I have been following you on your journey and cannot begin to imagine what you have been through. Can’t wait to hear of his safe arrival.

TDM xx

leslie - June 8, 2011 - 1:01 pm

what amazing news, sara! i’m so excited for you. you’ll be wonderful parents, what a tremendous blessing! i’ll be smiling all day! :)

Laura - June 8, 2011 - 6:04 pm

What great news! Congratulations, Sara!

jewelee - June 8, 2011 - 11:35 pm

I “heart” hearing this!

That is one lucky little boy to have birth parents thoughtful and loving enough to think of his future. I’m so happy they found you.

lorraine lewis - June 9, 2011 - 2:13 am

this is so wonderful Sara. i am so happy for both you and your husband. what a sweet sweet blessing!

julianna - June 9, 2011 - 3:55 am

I happened to be on Etsy tonight and thought of you , so glad I popped over, tears running down my cheeks !

mary - June 9, 2011 - 4:42 am

Oh what marvelous news! Congratulations!!!

jackie - June 9, 2011 - 7:20 pm

Congratulations to the 3 of you! Little BOYS are special!

Saralee - June 9, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Sara~

I am overjoyed at your news! I read your blog daily and have prayed for you and the baby in your future. I just knew God would answer your prayers in His time. A little boy! How incredibly special! A new little life to share your heart and love with. You and your husband’s lives will never be the same!

Below is a link to my adoption story. I would like to share it with you. It will encourage you as you read it and see the hand of God and how much He loves us . . . down to the smallest details!

http://saralee-simplysaralee.blogspot.com/2011/02/gift-of-name.html

Big Hugs~ Saralee ♥

Melany Tenore - June 9, 2011 - 9:57 pm

I’m a fellow adoptive parent too so I always LOVE reading other’s stories of becoming parents. YAY FOR YOU!!! I am so thrilled. I have been reading your blog for a couple/few years now and am so happy for you!!

Penny Patten - June 9, 2011 - 10:25 pm

This is totaly awesome! I teared up reading your post. We are all sooooooo HAPPY for you both! Best wishes!

Tricia - June 10, 2011 - 1:29 am

I don’t think I’ve ever let you a comment, but I’m certainly going to today. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I got tears in my eyes just reading your post. What a wonderful, magically journey that God has in store for you.

martha - June 10, 2011 - 2:26 am

…heart stops for a moment…. deep breath… sigh…. I am soooo very happy to hear your good news!

Blair - June 10, 2011 - 12:00 pm

congratulations!!! i am so very happy for you guys:). my eyes are tearing. you will be FABULOUS parents:). xoxo, Blair

Alice W. - June 10, 2011 - 6:42 pm

I am unbelievably happy for you and Josh, Sara! I know how you have longed for this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Such a beautiful and exciting time!

Monica C - June 10, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Oh my goodness. This is so exciting. Congratulations to you!!

leslie Janson - June 11, 2011 - 11:58 am

what joy awaits you both! what a lucky, lucky little boy to be so loved and so wanted! all my best wishes to you!

on a completely different subject, i love the color of your walls in the living room – if you can, could you tell me the brand/color?

thank you!

elma - June 11, 2011 - 11:23 pm

I am soooooo happy for you!!! I pray all goes well!!

mariah - June 12, 2011 - 5:10 am

Wow! This brought me to tears, I have been following your blog for about a year, and you always struck me as a woman who would make a wonderful Mama! I am so glad for you, I pray for all involved that the transition is peaceful, and that you get to bring your wonderful bundle of baby boy joy home to the place that has been so lovingly created for him. Again a hearty congratulations!

Raylene - June 12, 2011 - 5:34 am

My fingers and toes are crossed for you. I wish you the VERY best. Hang in there and don’t forget to breath.

julie michalak - June 12, 2011 - 3:04 pm

WOW! Amazing, it made me cry tears of joy for both of you. What a gift . I have three lovey boys and I would not trade them for anything in the world. best to you both. CONGRATS.!!!!

Kelley R - June 12, 2011 - 3:11 pm

Sara,
I’ve been following your blog for years and I have never commented, but I thought that would change as of right now! Your blog and website are so inspiring to me. I am so, so happy for you!!! It did bring tears to my eyes reading your post. As a labor and delivery nurse, I’ve seen so many wonderful, successful adoptions, so keep up the faith!! Having a little 4 month old boy myself, I can tell you boys are so sweet and wonderful! You will love having a little boy!! I pray everything goes well for you. You will be truly wonderful parents! Kelley R, Chattanooga TN

Samantha - June 12, 2011 - 5:07 pm

I stumbled upon your blog by accident, just this morning, and now I am crying… tons of positive thoughts are being sent your way that all goes well, from birth to adoption, and all the years beyond! :)

Cristina - June 12, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Congratulations on your sweet miracle!

Amber - June 13, 2011 - 1:52 am

Congratulations! My sister-in-law and brother-in-law had a very similar journey to yours in that they struggled almost 10 years with infertility, failed treatments, etc. and in March, they adopted an adorable baby boy. He is so precious and the biggest blessing! I will be praying that everything will go smoothly for you and that you will also get to experience the sweet joy of becoming parents next month!

Jeanette - June 13, 2011 - 4:24 am

Oh my gosh, I am sooooooooooooooo happy for you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Can’t wait for more updates.
Blessings to you and your family,
Jeanette

Dollhouse Miniatures by Pei Li - June 13, 2011 - 10:29 am

I’m so happy for you! This is great news!! I look forward to your blog updates…I’m sure you will let us know how it goes!!! Congratulations again!

RobinfromCA - June 13, 2011 - 5:10 pm

There is nothing left to say that hasn’t been said – I echo it all! They chose the perfect parents!

Ellie - June 13, 2011 - 5:20 pm

I’ve been a little out of the blog ring for quite a while, but I have never forgotten you. I’ve often wandered back to the blog, wondering whether or not you had adopted a child yet. I am so incredibly happy for you and your husband! I may not know you personally, but given your sincerity, and just how badly you (and your husband) seem to want this, I know in my heart you two will be GREAT parents. Congratulations to you! Can’t wait to see pictures of the little one (in his beautiful room that I’m insanely jealous of! hah!) and all your smiling faces. <3

– Ellie

tali - June 14, 2011 - 8:50 am

so happy for you !!! good luck !

Tam - June 15, 2011 - 12:55 am

This is the first time I happened upon your blog but feel like I was meant to see this particular post. My hubby and I walked a similar path for nine and one half years. Twelve years ago we got “the call” and began the most wonderful journey of being parents to a beautiful newborn daughter. There are some days even now that I still pinch myself at the great blessing we received. God does work in mighty ways and in His own time. I wish all the same blessings for you. BTW, love your blog and am sure it will become one of my favorites. Best wishes from Allen, Texas!

Andrea - June 15, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Oh my goodness! This is the best thing I have read in ages! I am crying the happiest tears for you, and will keep you in my prayers.
Many blessings,
Andrea

Deann Gauntner - June 15, 2011 - 9:07 pm

So super happy for you! Many blessings to you, your husband and baby boy!

Kellie Collis - June 16, 2011 - 10:18 am

Congratulations! This is great news! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

Dawn-Hydrangea Home - June 16, 2011 - 1:05 pm

So happy for you! I’m crying too, just reading this post. Congratulations! And best of luck to you both!

Elizabeth - June 18, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!
I have been following your blog for a long time and am so happy to hear this great bit of news :)

Donna, The Decorated House - June 18, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Dear Sara & Josh~
I am so very happy for you!
I remember way back when you first started blogging and have seen you heart’s longing through these years. It will be even more wonderful than you can imagine to be Mom & Dad :)

The Boys of Barn House - June 18, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Why do you have me sitting here on a rainy Saturday afternoon all teary-eyed?? :o) We are SOOOO happy for you and your family. You will be wonderful parents, Mom & Dad!

Sending much love and light your way,

J&J

Taiya - June 19, 2011 - 1:35 am

Oh my goodness! I am so excited for you! What a wonderful, joyous thing. :)

martha - June 22, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Congratulations, your post brought tears to my eyes. I can feel your joy. Blessing to the new addition

martha

Amanda Phillips - June 22, 2011 - 10:04 pm

I would like to offer you a very heart felt congrats even if I a little late in doing so.

laura - June 23, 2011 - 3:34 pm

very thrilled for you both!!!! God Bless you & baby too. xo Laura

Cerri - June 23, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Such a beautiful post. I was teary eyed reading it. I wanted to wish you congratulations and best wishes for all to go smoothly the next couple of weeks!
Cerri

ethanollie - June 23, 2011 - 8:45 pm

oh my gosh…a baby! so, so, so happy for you both. and little boys, well, i am biased, but they are just so great.

Robyn Parrish - June 24, 2011 - 2:01 am

Congratulations, Sara and Josh! Though I am a new reader and hardly ‘know’ you yet, your story moved me to tears. I can feel your joy and look forward to ‘meeting’ your little boy soon. :) Robyn

Paula - June 27, 2011 - 2:00 am

Congratulations to you both! It is such an awesome feeling. You were specially chosen by the birth parents and by God! You are truly blessed and so is your son.

Paula

Clinton - June 27, 2011 - 8:33 am

Ok, I am having some changes in my medication…. But, I have been following your blog for the last few years and reading your story I began to cry. You two seem like you will be the perfect parents. Myself being a health care professional I don’t understand why it seems like the most un qualified people get to have as many children as they want with no apparent problems. All the while beautiful and caring people often struggle…… You two will be blessed with a child and the child will be blessed to have you as parents……. I look forward to following your growing blog. Bless you……..

Clinton

Lisa loraine - June 27, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Sara,
Though I know we are strangers (you have a blog… and I follow it.) i just cant help but be so thrilled for you and your husband. As happy as if you were a close friend.Thank you for sharing your story and being so candid with your journey. YOU will be a great Mom :)

Lisa

Heather - June 30, 2011 - 11:18 pm

So happy for you!!!

Heather

Dori - July 1, 2011 - 1:52 am

Oh, Sarah! I’m catching up from being busy with mom things and as soon as I started reading this post I started crying! I am SO happy for you and Josh! Congratulations! God Bless!

Stephanie Howell - July 3, 2011 - 10:37 pm

I am honestly sitting here with tears steaming down my cheeks. I will be 34 years old this summer, and my mother still gets choked up every time she talks about the day she brought me home. that little boy? is blessed beyond measure. wish i could hug your neck.
xoxo

Kim - July 4, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Oh, happiness! I’m so happy for you both. I’m a firm believer that if you want to be parents, your baby is waiting out there for you. Sometimes it takes awhile for you to find each other.

Carrie@221vision.com - July 7, 2011 - 1:51 am

Tears of happiness for you. And prayers of blessings. My niece and nephew are adopted and they are pure joy…and heaven sent.

Nikki - July 12, 2011 - 1:17 am

This is so heartwarming! I cannot imagine the pain you have experienced and the antagonizing struggles of waiting. God is so good! Congratulations to you and your husband. You are going to adore being parents!

Julie-The Old Red Hen - July 18, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Just happened to swing by and read the exciting news. I’m so very excited for you!!! All the best. Can’t wait to hear more. ♥

Stacy - July 20, 2011 - 12:17 pm

I’m sitting here with a big ol’ lump in my throat. You two are going to be an awesome mommy and daddy to a very lucky little boy! I don’t even know you but I am soooo excited for you and thankful that the birth parents have made this most important choice for your new baby boy!!It’s going to more amazing than you ever imagined! Congratulations…WooHoo!

Heather - July 22, 2011 - 3:20 am

I heard your news via Jeanne. I have long looked up to you and have enjoyed your work. I am so positively, over the moon happy for you and your husband. I personally know how the infertility journey can be, and what an incredible blessing adoption can be. I’ve been blessed twice by it (I’m adopted, and I’m also a birthmother). Adoption can be an incredible thing! Welcome!!

mari - August 7, 2011 - 10:14 pm

I just stumbled upon here from pinterest.com. I’ve bought a few items from your shop, seen your house tour in magazines and I particularly always remember your shop because you are an O.C local. The last time I remembered seeing you was an interview in a magazine and you talked about the struggle and adoption. I’m so happy to read the great news here today and I’m overwhelmed with joy for you. so.. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

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