Thursday, September 18, 2008

{Happy Birthday to you! ...





I can't believe our Sammy is one! Where does the time go? It really just seems like yesterday that Jackson was at preschool and I was at home working in the office when the phone rang and it was LDS Family Services asking if we could work a trip to Vail into our schedule. Seriously, who would have said no? I remember calling Todd to tell him that we were headed into the mountains the next day and having him lovingly tell me to keep my emotions in check! That night I went to a fireside to try and keep my mind from racing about the next days events. I don't think Todd or I slept a wink that night. The next morning we packed up the car and drove to Vail Valley Hospital to meet our potential birth family. While we were waiting for the social worker to come down and get us, in walks two of the sweetest women ever! I was reading to Jackson and one of them came up to me and asked if we were there to meet a baby... It was Megan's aunt and grandmother and they immediately helped to put our nerves at ease. The next couple of hours was spent in the most beautiful hospital room I have ever been in. It included a panoramic view of the changing colors on the Vail mountains! We met and talked with Megan and Mackenzie while Jackson entertained himself by throwing paper airplanes with Aunt Christine and Grandma. We held their sweet baby boy and fell in love! The social worker asked us to go and grab a bite for lunch and he would be in touch... That was the longest lunch break I have ever taken!!! Not more than 30 minutes later, we got a call from Kelley and he asked us to come back to the hospital. He didn't say why, just that the family wanted to talk to us some more. When we walked into the lobby, Mackenzie didn't say anything he just put his arms around us and thanked us! It was short and sweet and when he walked away Kelley said, "Well, they liked you. Can you come back tomorrow to pick up your baby?" I think we were in shock... but completely excited and blown away! The next 18 hours was a complete whirlwind of trying to prepare for a baby. We did laundry, set up the nursery and got ready to bring home a baby! We went back to the hospital to pick up Sam and while we were in the waiting room, we were able to meet Megan's little sister and her father. We talked for a little while and then Kelley brought us to a room where Mackenzie handed Sam to us. He kissed him goodbye and left us to be with our new little babe. It was such a sweet time for us. Words can not even begin to express our appreciation for what Megan and Mackenzie have done for us. Adoption is one of those things you just have to experience first hand to know of the perfect love that is involved. I feel like it brought more than just my family together, it brought a lot of families together! I wish everyone could have an adoption experience. There is nothing greater in my book!

Happy Birthday baby Sam!
You have brought so much joy to our family! We love you!


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7 comments:

Kelly said...

we finally got our computer working and I get to catch up on blogging! Thanks for writing that story it brings tears to my eyes!! Your boys are the sweetest, it was so much fun to see you guys :)

Hasselblads! said...

Happy Birthday Sammy! Thanks for sharing your story. I agree that everyone should get to experience adoption in some way...there really is nothing like it and nothing compares. :)

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday little Sam! Where has that year gone?! I love your pictures!

Buffy said...

I remember that week too. I can't believe he's 1 year old! Your family is beautiful! It's a very touching story about how Sam came to be in your family but it's obvious Heavenly Father meant for him to be in your home!

kimberryorama said...

Sammmy, Sammy...
You've made us a happy family!
I should write songs for the Childrens Songbook.

What a joy... Happy B-day Sam!

Anne Woods said...

What a great tribute... and cake! He's so precious- love his personalized birthday banner as well!

James Family said...

Look at you Tagan! YOu are so crafty and an AMAZING mother it seems! And I can't believe that Sammy is one already. Jolie turns one in November so I guess time really does fly. Man...you seriously got skills with your creative touches on your cake, decorating, etc! You can teach me a thing or two!