"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







Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Call

Well, it happened!
Yesterday at 11:15 am the kids and I had just doused ourselves in sunscreen for the day and jumped in the pool when my phone rang. It was Deaconess! It was our precious social worker, Sandy. Same social worker that called us with Owen.
She asked if it was a good time to talk. I knew this must me good. I said yes and listened as she told me we'd been picked by Mama O. Oh praise Jesus. Much like our Sadie-cakes, our newest bundle was already HERE and we were asked to be at the hospital at 12:15 to meet the birth family and baby.

I quickly negotiated with the kids to get everyone out of the pool quickly. I asked Owen if he wanted to spend the night with Gigi and Papa Joe. For almost 4 months now he has told me that when we have a baby, he can't wait to spend the night with them. He was so excited to go to their house, so I asked him if he knew what this meant. He wasn't really paying attention, he was distracted by all of the kids swimming...then that question made him perk up. He looked at me with such joy, "Does this mean we have a baby?" Yes, pumpkin...we do. I reminded him that we didn't get to bring KK home and we thought we would have her forever, so I asked him to just pray that this baby would come home with us.
{{{Let me stop here and note that this call came just 5 days shy of when we said we were going to have to pull our profile because of the move. Again, how great is our God? HOLY COW! I so didn't think this was going to happen!}}}
I called Blake knowing that he was in surgery. The nurse picked up his phone, "Dr. Shockley's phone." Oh Lord, how do I say this to let him know? "Hi, this is his wife. Could you tell him something for me? Tell him that we have #4 and I need him to meet me at OU @ 12:15." She held the phone down and relayed the message to which I heard an excited, "I am kind of tied up right now." Luckily my odd message stirred up some conversation in the OR and Blake had to spill the beans to everyone in there that this is how he finds out about his children and that we now have 4 kids! The attending was SHOCKED as he didn't know our story and quickly told Blake, "Well do you need to call your wife? My wife would be ticked if I didn't call her back!" The attending let Blake scrub out and call me for more details. The other residents covered for him so that he could meet me at the hospital! What a HUGE blessing!


I called our parents and both of our moms dropped everything they were doing (and both of them were busy!!!) so that they could come help with the kids! I met Gigi at quite possibly the busiest Sonic in the metro and plopped the kids in her car. Their clothes were packed in a grocery bag!!! It was hard to change clothes, shower, pack for them, me, and a baby in less than 20 min!
Blake and I met and quickly started discussing names! Mama O named HER Faith and not only did we want to keep it, but she asked us to keep it. So we named our sweet baby girl, Emery Faith. We actually just finally named her late last night! When we got to the hospital there were still a lot of details to work thru, and we really did not want to try and come up with a name in a hurry. We kept joking that we never thought we'd be ones without a name!!!
We got to spend about 5 hours with Mama O before she went home and for the first time, we got to meet a birth father. Emery is beyond blessed and will forever treasure the pictures that we got of all 4 of her parents together. We even got one of both of her birth parents together holding her. We are blessed yet again to have an open adoption and we are so thankful that all of our children will get to experience that incredible bond with their first family. Her birth father asked me how quickly I could get pictures of them to him and he wanted to make sure he could have visits. Of course! He loves her so much and knows this is what is best for Emery. I was in awe just being around the both of them.



SO, Emery was born sometime around 10pm on Wednesday, June 23rd weighing 5 lbs 2 oz and is 18.5 inches long. She is an incredible blend of several ethinicities, but mostly African American. Her hair is exactly like Sadie's very soft and straight, but just more of it than Sadie had. She dropped down to 5 lbs before we left last night, so she is just the teensiest little thing! Her preemie diapers just swallow her and her bottles look enormous in comparison.



We are SO stinking excited about all of the miracles that God has performed in the last 48 hours, so many of them we will forever keep protected for Emery to share one day. It was an incredible sight in the hospital watching all 4 of us parents stand united for one little peanut to come home with us. What a mighty God we serve. And may I just say...I love and adore our agency. It was incredible to watch them work their tails off to protect the birth family, the baby and us all at the same time! We will forever sing your praises Deaconess!

**more pics to come**

27 comments:

Sara said...

God is soooo good. Congrats from Italy. I'll pray for your family and for Faith's bith family. Many kisse.
Sara.

Eve said...

Praise God, praise God, praise God! Congratulations!! Emery is so beautiful! Today is my birthday and this makes me all the more happy today. :D

Samantha said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats! What a mighty God we serve! She's darling!

Ottawa, Canada said...

2 boys and 2 girls- what a perfect family!! I think open adoptions are great- what a gift for the child to know all their history.
Congratulations!

Courtney said...

I seriously couldn't fall asleep last night for anything bc I had just opened fb before bed and saw the news! Amazing. Awesome. So excited for all of you. I think you are such a good mommy and emery is so very lucky

samsmom said...

Incredible!!! God just continues to write amazing stories for our families and children with his perfect timing and matchless love. :) Congratulations, Molly! She is beautiful.

We were matched with a birth mom a week ago, but the little one is not due until December 2nd. With Sam, we were called right after he was born as you were with this little one. With #2, we have some waiting to do. It is so exciting, though! We get to do an ultrasound on the 12th of July. !!!

Courtney Connelly said...

Molly and Blake,
Congratulations on the birth of sweet Emery Faith! What a blessing she is and the cutest little thing! I will be praying for Mama O and birth father lots this weekend as they adjust during this emotional time and pray for peace for both of them! Well, may all SIX of you have a wonderful weekend, much love!!!

Ami said...

Praise God! So happy for you!

Melodie said...

she is a beauty! congrats. and i don't think her mama O could have picked a better name for her - faith. love it!

Rachel Crawford said...

Congratulations! Emery Faith is absolutely beautiful! What an amazing story -- only 5 days before you pulled your profile. God is overwhelming. What special pictures with all four parents together. I just know Emery will treasure those her entire life. I am praying for great peace for Mama O and birth father -- that they would see themselves through God's eyes -- as strong individuals, fearfully and wonderfully made. I love your BIG smiles....can't wait to see all the kids together!

MCW said...

Congratulations! This post brought tears to my eyes. You just look so happy...and it is wonderful that her parents knew what would be best for their baby in the long run. So excited for your family!

mckenziegordon said...

What a beautiful blessing! Congrats to all of you! Enjoy that sweet baby girl!

Sew said...

Amazing, my heart is pounding!!!! We serve a great God of surprise! ;)

Jana said...

Praise God! What a moment...I am sitting in Texas crying. She is perfect.

Betty S. said...

Congrats !! all day friday so nervous and excited for you all. thanks for the updates. so happy and we are so blessed. 2 boys and 2 girls -yippee!! we will pray for mama O and for the birth father. what a joy that you were able to meet the BF and have pictures of him with Emery. love ya.

Nate, Abbey, Noah and Blaire said...

I'm basically crying!! So excited for everyone involved, so amazing to see our God at work.

Krista said...

Molly & Blake-
She is so incredibly precious, tiny & wonderful. I'm sure your hearts are busting at the seams with happiness and joy! I bet Sadie and the boys are loving their new baby sis.
Praying for your family as your welcome another little one into your fold and praying for birthmom & birthdad. You guys have such an incredible family -- love watching how God increases your influence over these precious children!
Love,
Krista

danielle said...

congrats! congrats! congrats! she is beautiful! you are beaming! what a wonderful blessing!

Hendrick Family said...

Molly! Tears in my eyes! So excited for you. Praise God for adoption. Love you sweet momma!

Heather

Amanda said...

Amazing! She is just beautiful, Molly! Congratulations!

Holly, Ben, and Reid said...

What a beautiful miracle!!! She is so tiny and perfect - so very excited for your family! =)

rlvd said...

Blessings!!! I'm excited to go back and read more of your story! What first hooked me about your blog was the "Chosen". And I think that was when you weren't posting much at all...and now here you are and with a new miracle daughter! Praying for all and giving Him praise

Patti said...

I rarely blog these days! But, tonight I logged on .. and found your precious blessing, Emery Faith!!! How wonderful!

I was touched to see another family choosing the name Emery. It's a family name of ours and at the top of our list for a girl (Grace Emery).

<3 Patti

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Wow, I have goosebumps!! What an amazing testament of God's perfect timing!! She is precious and I just love all of the pics. Congrats momma!! :)

Jill said...

I'm so so so so so so overjoyed for you! What a blessing! I'm so excited! Emery is a beauitful name and a perfect little girl! Congrats!

Rebekah said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I've been dying to have another, but Mark doesn't want to at all :( I know he'll eventually change his mind and go back to wanting four kids (like we agreed upon). Seeing your little blessing makes me want to step up my persuading! She is adorable!!

Anthony & Sharon said...

I haven't checked our adoption blog links in a couple months and look what I've missed! Emery is just precious! Congratulations! 2 boys and 2 girls...you're living my dream girl! Hugs and Kisses to baby Emery!