Her name is Rachel. She is 28 years old. She chose us to be the parents of her baby.
"The" phone call came about noon on November 23rd. I was sitting at my desk at work. Our caseworker was on the other end of the phone and said, "Briana, I think I have some news to make your day better..." Rachel came into the office that morning to select her adoptive parents and they called me right away to give me the news. So I asked a ton of questions, wrote down everything, and called Noel immediately. He was, quite understandably, a little flustered but excited. We called the agency back and asked them if we could come see her profile and get the paperwork. So they kindly worked through lunch to get it ready for us.
We got to the adoption agency and started looking through her profile. She is truly an answered prayer. She does not do drugs, or alcohol, and is even already taking pre-natal vitamins. The baby, our baby, will be Caucasian-Hispanic and is due on July 5th. She should be comfortable with the type and amount of contact we will have with her during the pregnancy and after the birth. Our caseworker informed us that she has placed a baby for adoption before, and they feel that she will follow through with this adoption. They also told us that when she looked at our profile she immediately fell in love with us. What a great feeling it was to hear that. She wants us! We are wanted! We saw a picture of her and she has such a kind face and sweet smile. I have not met her yet, but she already has a very special place in my heart.
Noel and I have been talking over the past few days about how we can see God all over this situation already. She is exactly the birthmom we were hoping for and the timing was perfect. Another incredible blessing that is totally all God is that her expenses were not too costly. We will be paying for about 9 months of expenses and they will fall under a very average range, less than average actually. We had so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but the Lord made it so much sweeter to give us this gift now.
So we still have 7 months to go before this baby is born. We should hopefully be able to go to some doctor appointments with her and be there at the birth. I will keep posting as we gather more information and get to meet Rachel. In the meantime, please pray for Rachel- pray for her health, safety, and as she continues to make the best decision for her baby. Also please pray for this little 'peanut' as he/she is only about 8-9 weeks along. Pray for baby's health and safety as well. Last, but certainly not least, please join me in a prayer of Thanksgiving to the Lord for he has heard our prayers and is answering them. Praise be to God!