Last year, adoptive couple Casey and Johanna were blessed to adopt a baby boy through Lifetime Adoption.
In this family’s story, we hear from Johanna about receiving “the call,” the bond they’ve established with their son Isaiah’s birth mother, and their experience with becoming parents together through an open adoption. Now a forever family, adoptive mom Johanna shares their beautiful story in this special guest blog.
We love it when adoptive couples share the happy ending to their adoption story after the wait. It’s a beautiful reminder for Lifetime of why we do what we do and the impact it has on creating families!
It’s hard to believe that it has been one year since we received “The Call” and were told by Lifetime that there was a baby waiting for us. It’s hard to believe that one year ago, all of our dreams came true.
On May 10th, 2018, I had a rough morning. After our failed match the previous January, I was feeling very down in the dumps that Mother’s Day was approaching and I was not a mom yet.
After my husband left for work that morning, I went into the room that we had started setting up as a nursery back in January. I sat down in the rocking chair, and I got a onesie out of the dresser drawer, and I placed it on my chest, and I started to rock.
All I could think of was I should have a baby in my arms right now; I should be a mom this Mother’s Day.
I left for work and little did I know that Lifetime Adoption would call me in a few short hours and tell me I was going to be a mom and my husband was going to be a dad!
From that moment on, our lives have been filled with more joy and happiness than I could ever explain. After waiting for years to get the call that we were going to be parents and wondering and questioning why was taking so long and maybe there was something wrong with us when I saw that little boy, I understood. Isaiah just wasn’t here yet.
Now that we have had Isaiah for a whole year, I realize that he has always been with us, even before he was born. He is the most amazing human being that I’ve ever met in my entire life and Casey, and I often wonder what we did to deserve him. He’s happy and fun and beautiful, and ours. It’s hard to wrap our heads around it sometimes.
We text and FaceTime with Isaiah’s birth mom, and we are so thankful for her. I was not prepared for the emotions that overcame me when we had to leave her. The same thing that was bringing my husband and me so much joy was breaking her heart. I cried uncontrollably saying goodbye.
I know how much she loves Isaiah, and I tell him about her all the time. She is part of our family now, and we love her very much!
Isaiah‘s birth mom told us that his birthday coincides with Mother’s Day. In the Mexican culture, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on May 10th. He is without a doubt the best Mother’s Day gift anyone could’ve ever gotten!
He is so joyful and funny, and is always on the go! Isaiah has been walking since he was 10 months old. And now, walking is turning into running! Isaiah absolutely loves our dog and two cats, but they are still a little unsure of him, but he’s a loud little thing.
He absolutely loves his dad! Watching Casey with him has made me even more in love with my husband than I ever thought possible. Truly bursting at the seams with joy.
It’s just amazing to me that Isaiah was born on his heritage’s Mother’s Day, three days before the Mother’s Day we celebrate. This little boy made me a mom. His adoption was without a doubt part of God’s plan, and we are so grateful!
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Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.
Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.