One of my favorite parts of this job is to watch an adoptive family realize that adoption is so much more than just adding a little one to the family. It’s about coming alongside a woman in crisis and supporting, encouraging, and praying for her through every step of the process. It was such an honor to watch Chris and Lindsay do just that!
We made arrangements to go to visit C in April before her due date in June. We were very apprehensive about this visit. We had spoken with other adoptive parents and we had been assured that, despite the strangeness of the relationship between birth and adoptive parents, somehow God creates something beautiful. We had a wonderful weekend with our birth mom and her sister. It was not awkward as we had feared and we have developed a unique relationship with her, only possible by the grace of God.
Our beautiful, healthy baby girl was born on June 14, 2016. We combined our chosen name with the birth mother’s and named her Evelyn Grace Kaylyn. We call her Evie Grace. During the hospital stay, C told us she wanted to stay as long as she could with the baby and would delay her discharge until Evie Grace could leave. While we wanted to spend every moment with our girl, we tried to keep our visits short until discharge so that C could have the time that she needed. After ICPC clearance, we met with her again before returning home. That’s when we realized how much it meant to her to have had those two days. She was very thankful for time to say goodbye and for frequent updates since discharge.