Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Maybe Baby

Last Friday, we recieved a call from American Adoptions informing us that we had been selected by a birth mom in Tampa, FL. Her baby will be full African American and the gender is unknown. Her expected due date is June 26th. On Monday, we signed our match documents and sent our fees.

Okay, calm down now!

As much as we would love to start imagining our life with this new little person, it is important for us to keep the proper prospective. Being selected and now in a match means there is a mother in Florida who feels that she is unable to parent her baby at this point in her life. She has decided that she likes our family because we have a positive attitude toward adoption and have already adopted a child of another race. We have told her, through her birth parent specialist, that we are willing to joyfully welcome her baby into our family.

We have told her that we are willing to prepare and be ready to travel when she goes into labor or delivers the baby so that we can be there if she needs us. If, when she is discharged from the hospital, she decides that she still would like us to parent her child, she would sign consent papers and we would be responsible for the care and nurturing of this precious little person. In Florida, consent is binding upon signing, so once the papers are signed they are sent to the states for interstate approval.

Then we would wait 7-14 days for clearance to travel home.

Florida is a great place for us to travel, as we have friends in both Tampa and Orlando, but we don't know if this is the child God has chosen for us. Mike explained to the boys that is was like being called up from the minor leagues. Being chosen doesn't mean we will see any playing time, or that it will amount to a full-time career, but we are ready to do our best when we are asked.

Should we sent back down to the minors, the most of the funds would be rolled-over within American Adoptions and we go back to waiting for a match.

Please pray for this mom as she is making decisions for her baby. May she be granted peace and assurance and that God would be guiding her steps.

11 comments:

jodilee0123 said...

My prayers are with everyone. Great way to explain things! You guys are awesome! :0) I will be here if you need anything.

Mrs. D. said...

Praying for all.

Scott, Joanna, Matthew said...

My prayers are with all of you! Love Mike's explanation to the boys :) We will keep everyone in our prayers as the time gets closer and this mom makes the right decision for her child.

Kristi said...

Praying for everyone involved!! and thanks i made it back safely!

The Henrys said...

I will also be praying for this mother and your family. I am so impressed by your wonderful outlook on the situation. It is truly admirable!

Katrina said...

I will be keeping all of you in my prayers!

Nancy said...

Exciting but I know how you feel... cautiously optimistic. I will be praying for you, your family, the baby and the birthmom.

themrs said...

how exciting! i'll pray for God's will in this situation and peace and grace for you all while you wait! thanks for checking out my blog!

snickie said...

Just found your blog simply by chance and wanted to wish you luck. I can relate to how you are feeling right now, since it was a little over a year ago our daughters birth mother informed us she was pregnant and asked us to adopt her baby. we did, but we ended up taking several detours before she finally came home.

I'll be praying it all works out.

BTW, Love the explanation to the kids!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your match. You guys are just the BEST! We will be faithfully watching to see how things work out. And, Mike, that explanation is unbelieveable! Our prayers are with you. ;>)

Michelle said...

GOOSE BUMPS!!!! I will be praying for you!