And then we became NINE...
We've been keeping a little secret.
Some things are meant to be. They’re bigger than us. Bigger than coincidence.
And the only way you can explain them is…
Almost one month ago, we brought home the sweetest little baby boy. He was two and a half weeks old at the time, and everyone assumed he was a foster placement (and we let you!).
He isn't in foster care. He's our son. FOREVER.
You're probably sitting there thinking that you didn't even know we were trying to adopt a child, and the truth is, we weren't! God has a way of writing the most incredible stories, and our story is no exception. His timing was detailed and perfect, as has been the case in each of our adoptions.
It started with an unexplainable connection to a woman we didn't yet know, whom we would eventually meet face-to-face two weeks after the birth of her beautiful son. She bravely chose to give him a life she wasn't ready to provide. She chose US. We took a big leap of faith and said YES, believing the rest of the details would work out later. We've had a baby boy growing in our hearts for the past few years and now we know why! Our little guy is right where he was meant to be.
We are knee-deep in paperwork, home studies, physicals, and background checks. The process is a little backwards for us... most times, you have everything complete and then to be matched with a birth mom. In our case, we have our baby, now we need to take care of all the other details. Unlike our adoptions through foster care, a private adoption comes with a hefty price tag. Our expenses (assessment fees, match fees, placement fees, uncovered medical bills, etc) will be around $19,000. We are trying to focus on the joy and amazing-ness of our newest little addition, and not worry about the large amount of money we need to pay within the next few months. Let's be honest though – that's a ton of money and we didn't really have a whole lot of time to save and prepare! Eeeek! We aren't ones to normally ask for help, especially where finances come in – but in this case, it might just take a village. We would be eternally grateful and thankful (and I'll probably do the ugly cry) should you choose to help alleviate the financial burden of adopting our sweet baby Kellen.
Never in a million years did we think we would have SEVEN beautiful children, but here we are and it's pretty great – minus that whole not sleeping part that comes with newborns. We are so excited to finally be able to tell the world we are adopting and to celebrate our baby boy, as he so deserves!
Kellen Cash was born on December 30th, weighing 8 lb 10 oz (!) and measuring 21 inches long. He has more hair than any of our other babies have ever had. His favorite things to do are eat (and he does it so well – check out those chins!), poop, and sleep – except for that nightly 4 a.m. party in our room. He's snuggly, he's scrumptious, and he has superbaby strength. He's held his head up amazingly well since day one – we are pretty sure he will be walking by the age of three months. We are all completely smitten with him – his older sisters especially who beg to hold him all day long, even though he's almost as big as they are.
Thank you for sharing in our excitement! We are blessed to have such an amazing community of friends and family! We appreciate each and every share of our story, your generosity, encouragement, and prayers!