"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Friday, February 26, 2010


I have been dying to spill the beans.

We were told we were picked by a birth mom on Monday. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!

We simply didn't think this could be real, so we waited until today when I met C to let the cat out of the bag.

As you know, we choose open adoptions, so C wanted to meet us before the baby was born. Of course, we were so excited at this opportunity. It worked out best for C's schedule to meet today at 11 at the agency. So my Blaker did not get to come, but it was great anyway! My precious MIL came to stay with the kids while I nervously made my way across town.

These meetings are truly incredible. What do you say to a mama who has chosen life and family for her child? How in the world do you thank her? I want to memorize her every word, facial expression, gesture, and giggle. What I wouldn't give to get this on video tape. So we sat for almost 2 hours and just got to know each other. I like to find out their favorites, so that day to day, I can share these tidbits with the kids. It's so cool to know what kind of things they like and dislike and then to see those show up in the kiddos. We discussed names, and the hospital plan and dreams for her child.

I wanted to bull doze her with a bear hug, but thought it might not be best seeing she's 39 weeks preggers! That's right folks...next week!!! She is PRECIOUS and has a heart of gold. And in this moment, as excited as I am, my heart breaks for her as I watched her slowly begin to grieve what she was losing and I was gaining. Such a bittersweet moment. It was as if in meeting me she knew this was a sweet beginning, but also a horrible end at the same time.

Please pray for C. These next weeks will be simply unbearable. As we clearly know, things could change in a heartbeat. But we also know that our God is faithful, and we know that if we were in C's shoes, we're not sure we could place either. She has such love for her baby. And she is choosing what's best for the child, not for herself.

Oh, and if you have any GIRL names...send 'em my way!!! That's right, we are getting another SISTER!!! And I know you are dying to know...yes, she is brown!!! Yummers!

The girls will be sharing a room! How fun will this be? I am so excited for Sadie to have a sister, even though the boys have been asking for one more than she has! Love you all and thanks for celebrating with us!


Amanda said...

Oh my goodness, Molly -- Congratulations!! Praise God for all of the amazing blessings He's gifted you with...

Just Believing said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I saw FB first came on over and OMGoodness my heart is just so happy for you guys!!! So Miss Sadie will be getting the big girl bed??

Ohmigosh well I am just so incredibly happy for you guys!!!!!

mom2many said...

OH MY GOSH!!! I am so excited for you!!! I am speechless...just like your post title! LOL! Praying for every heart involved.

samsmom said...

I am so glad for you and will be praying for each of you including Momma C. I have chills and tears and can't wait to hear more.

Kristy said...

I'm overwhelmed just reading Tracey's latest post your post I'm wanting to cry laugh and be so excited for both of you! Wow how amazing and how fast OMG what a whirlwind! Praying many blessings over your family and birth Mom what an amazing gift!

Kristy said...

Ps I'm loving the name Porter, right now I think it would be so cute as a little girls name also love Faith especially when it comes to adoption!

Courtney Connelly said...

I am celebrating with you all for sure and will be praying lots the next few weeks! Much love.

A Growing Family said...

Next week- that is so amazing!!!! I am so proud of you guys and am so excited you are welcoming another little princess into your house. I will be praying for your family and for "C" in the coming weeks. Can't wait to see pictures of her!

Bec said...

OH MOLLY!!!! I am SO excited for all <6> of you guys!! I just love Sadie and her sissy's room! Oh she is going to be an amazing big sister. In reference to the last pic above, did you know Sadie is a "pet name" for Sarah, which in Hebrew means God's princess?! I have always loved the meaning of it and the names Sarah and Sadie both. So fitting for your precious princess! As far as name suggestions for their baby sis- Faith. Also, so very fitting for your beautiful family. Plus, I'm kinda partial to it because it's one of Ellie's middle names :) God bless you ALL through this process and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Betty S. said...

Congrats!! we are so happy for your family and will continue to keep you in our prayers as well as for baby girl and momma "C" .. looking forward to helping out in any way..love ya ..

Jamila said...

Keely was so excited when I told her! She said "Sadie should name her Ariel". She's kind of on a mermaid kick! This is going to be great!

Melodie said...

Completely speechless! And so excited for you all! I can not believe Sadie is going to be a big sis. So fun!

Samantha said...

Yay, yay, yay! I'll be praying for Momma C and for you and your crew!

Steve said...

Your post made me smile. Congratulations ... again!

Amy Macharia said...

Congrats Molly, I know that baby girl deserves an amazing family like yours!

We are thinking about girl names and boy names right now since we are going to start trying soon!


These are suggestion from Alex: ;)


Best of luck!!! Get some sleep (if you can!)

P.S. Does this mean I need to get pregnant now????

ACL said...

Molly... I am SO EXCITED for you all! What a wonderful blessing!!!! Sadie will be such a wonderful big sister and I know the boys are so thrilled! :) I'll message you over some names.

Love you all!!!
ACL :)

MCW said...

I have been following your blog from afar for awhile. I have no idea how I stumbled upon it. I have never left a comment, but I just wanted to say congratulations! You and Blake do such an amazing job with your children and C must be so thankful to have found you all. 4 adorable children! I can't wait for you...

Al's World said...

Oh my goodness! I am so thrilled for you!!!! So thrilled, in fact thrilled doesn't cover it! Wow!!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Me I have always, always, always loved Emily Grace.

Love you all so much and can't wait to see picturs!

Sew said...

Get out of here!!!!!! So excited for you!!!!!!!

Kristin said...

That's so amazing! Looking forward to seeing how things unfold. I am learning so much "watching" you guys go through this. Praying for you guys and the birthmom!

Charissa said...

How wonderful! I can't wait to see her! Gorgeous nursery BTW.

Nate, Abbey, Noah and Blaire said...

So happy for you girly!! Her and Blaire will only be 2 months apart! They have to meet sometime! Hugs to you.

Holly, Ben, and Reid said...

Oh my goodness, that is crazy quick!!! How much fun and what a TREMENDOUS blessing! Makes me itch for my next bitty baby =) We will be praying that everything goes smoothly for your family and your birthmom, "C". Many prayers being sent your way! Can't wait to see pictures of this beautiful baby GIRL - YAY!!!

Karissa said...

I am so excited for you and the rest of the fam.... I cannot beleive that you will have number 4 in a matter of days! God works in amazing ways. Wanted to share my girl name since I will probably never use it - AYLA KATHERYN and call her AYLA KATE. I'll tell you later what Ayla means and I am sure you know where Katheryn came from. I just love 2 names together. I also like Khloe Kate. Anyway thought I would share since you always suggested name for my boys! Love you tons.

Stephanie said...

Oh Molly! I am SOOO excited for you. I will be praying for each of you and LOVE hearing your heart for "C." Praying for her too. You all are so precious and I cannot wait to meet number 4! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart!

AshleyAnn said...

Congratulations! We are so excited for your family..."a party of six" as we like to call it around here. Have fun!

Aubrey said...

I am beyond excited for you guys!!! What WONDERFUL news!!! Gives me chills! I love how God put it on your heart to have another one at this time! What amazing timing He has!! I can't wait to see your precious new baby GIRL!!! Prayers are going up for you, your sweet family and C as you all prepare for this life-altering event this week!! What a blessing this little one will be! She will be equally blessed to be in your family! I'm so happy Sadie gets to have a little sister! Too fun! Their room is precious!! CONGRATS, Molly!!!

Brooke said...

What happy happy news! Lee and I will be praying for ALL those involved as God paves this road. This gives my heart hope as we wade through our wasteland of paperwork. It is hard to believe that the day will come when we will receive "the call." The Lord keeps using your story to encourage us and I am so grateful!

Kayla said...

Congrats! That is so wonderful!

Skyler Alexa said...

I have to say that I love your story! I have actually been following you guys since october when I found the blog by accident. I'm so glad I did though because you have not only inspired me to adopt one day but to have an open adoption ^_^
I can see why you keep getting chosen, you are such an open and sweet family and OMG your kids are the cutest and I love to share your stories with my family. You are truly blessed and providing a blessing for others.
As for possible names
I would suggest Skyler... because its my name, lol but you already gave a variation to Sadie.
Some of my favorites because they have such a wonderful sound and meaning and also go great with most middle names

Aime- it means loved
Elisha- My God is salvation
Erene- Delight
Aislin- Dream
Ira- Watchful
Sage - wise
Congrats and god Bless all the way from NJ

Julie Reid said...

Congrats Shockley Family!!!!

What a blessing! Can't wait to meet the new one!! We are coming up that way in October but the poor thing will be half grown by then!!

Our prayers are with ya'll since things are happening so quick.

Love ya Cuz!