Monday, December 11th was our placement day. We decided to do placement at the hospital and we were very excited to take Haylee strait home from there. We had to meet with our caseworker Kate to go over all of the paperwork and sign our adoption decree. Meanwhile, Mindy was with her caseworker relinquishing her rights. I remember feeling very nervous as we sat and waited for everything to be complete. Finally the papers were signed and we were able to go see Mindy and Haylee. It took a little while for Mindy to get released from the hospital and tears were shed while she waited. I just remember being so excited, but feeling so sad at the same time. Since adoption was new to us, it was a little emotional to think that someone was giving such a selfless gift, which we will always be eternally grateful for!
The car ride home was a little surreal. I remember telling Brett, “We have a baby in our back seat!” Thinking back to all we had been through, I wouldn’t have thought that day would have come so soon! We were welcomed home to pink balloons and lots of guests! All of our family members were so excited to meet the newest member of our family. Everyone was in awe at her beauty and I remember thinking, we were so blessed. It felt good to finally feel complete. Haylee has been such a joy since that first day home. She is “miss personality” and has such a tender heart. We know that the Lord brought her into our home. We have seen his hands in our story. When we were first trying to conceive a baby on our own, all I ever wanted was to be pregnant. Now, looking back and even reading this story, I wouldn’t give up any of this for the world.
I love you Haylee and hope you always know and can feel the love for you. You may not have come from my body, but you came from my heart. That is something so pure that can’t be replaced. You are my beautiful angel who I will cherish for eternity.