Oh how life can change in just twenty-four hours!
It was a typical Monday morning.
Early morning wake-up time.
Back home with family.
Ready for work.
Out the door.
Quick lunch and coffee run.
I'm in line at Starbucks when Cody calls me.
"Do you have a minute?"
"Uh yeah sure, why?"
"Because I just got a call from a local attorney about a baby boy...."
Silent on the other end....
"And he's already here. He's three weeks old. They want to send us more information because the birth family has seen our profile book and want us to adopt this baby."
More silence on my end.
"So...what do you want me to tell her? Babe. Are you there?"
"Uh yeah, I'm here. Just give me a minute. I'll call you back in a few."
When you start the adoption process, you know that there's really no way of knowing how God is going to write your story. But for some silly reason I still had thoughts on the way it would most likely go. Including knowing all the birth parent and baby info possible on the front in, being matched, waiting months for delivery...time to prepare my house and my heart.
As I drove back to work I literally started laughing. This wasn't at all like I'd planned, but I had enough confidence to say YES to the next step.
I called Cody back to say "okay, I'm in...what's next?"
"Can we be at the attorney's office at 3:30?"
It's 1:30...I have more patients to see. I say yes and frantically rush to get through all I can and get out the door.
A couple of hours later, we meet with the sweet birth mother of a young boy and another dear lady who has helped care for him his first three weeks of life.
I don't remember all of the conversation from there. I know there were questions about why we wanted to adopt, parenting techniques, our love for God.
Then the lady said something I'll never forget....
We picked you because of your faith and we loved that Cody is a pastor!
(Remember the blog a few weeks ago about how we had considered changing our book and then had a clear calling not to? The thing we had wondered might be pushing people away from us was how open we were about our faith and that Cody was a pastor! Thank you God for the little confirmations!)
As we wrapped up our time together, the birth mother asked me if I'd like to hold this little boy. Of course I said yes!
We left to another room with the little boy for the attorney to talk to precious birth family.
She came in to confirm that we were chosen to raise this little boy. We cried. We prayed over him. Then the hard part...
"Birth mother would like one more night with this little guy. But if you're willing...can you come back tomorrow at noon to take him home?"
We graciously said yes! We called our family to fill them in on this sudden turn of events, and we stopped at Target to buy the essentials because we were NOT prepared for this!
Diapers, wipes, blankets, burp clothes, formula, bottles, pajamas...and we're good!
(While we were there, we messaged the attorney to see what kind of formula the little guy liked. However, we didn't get a response so we just grabbed one of the FIFTY options and headed home. She messaged back an hour later with a picture of the formula that had worked great so far. Guess which one it was? Thank you God!")
Did we sleep last night? Some. Mainly tossed and turned and prayed. I told God over and over that I felt a peace about this and that if it was His plan that all doors would be wide open. If not, that the birth mother would change her mind. We woke up a little less crazy than when we went to bed, but overall at peace with the day.
This was all earlier today. It seems like a week of time has passed and it all happened in 24 hours!
We went back today at 11:30.
We left at 2:00.
WITH OUR SON!
We are happy to introduce you to our son JUDAH CHASE ADAM BRUMLEY.
(His name has a story in itself that we may share one day.)
We can't wait to share our joy with each of you. At some point we will share more. There are parts of his story that will stay with just us, so please know that there are some details that we just won't share.
But can I just say Praise God for His Answered Prayer in His Timing?!!!
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfly and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
God has ordained sweet Judah's days. He knew this was our son long before we did. He establishes our steps and lines things up in His timing.
And we are forever grateful.