Adoption Week: Where Are They Now?

For those of you who followed along with our first Adoption Week last year, you grew to love and care for the families who submitted just like we did! So hearing updates from a couple of those families brings us so much satisfaction and happiness! We wanted to share two with you today before we close everything up until next time.


Our daughter Sam passed away a few years ago and you featured our story in your adoption week. I thought I would let you know that we adopted a blond hair blue eyed baby boy almost a year ago. We got him straight from the hospital and we feel that he was born to be our son. He looks like me and has my husbands personality. He even resembles his big sister Sam who he never got to meet. Although it wasn’t the path we would have chosen for ourselves at the time, it’s the path I thank God everyday for sending us on. The love we have for Brooks is the same love that we had for our daughter. We are hoping our love story continues as we go for our next adoption. Hoping to Adopt : Success!


It’s crazy to think, this time last year, we were featured as a couple, “Hoping to Adopt”. Here we are a year later, thrilled to share that we are happier than we ever thought we could be, loving our little guy more than we ever knew we could.
After working through mountains of paperwork to complete our adoption profile, we were ready to share it with the world. Our profile was officially published through our chosen agency in mid-July, 2013. We were contacted end of November of 2013 by “C”, who changed our lives forever and will always be our angel. She selected and asked us to be the parents of her baby boy in early December of 2013. The contact happened faster than we ever expected and we feel blessed to have been selected so quickly. At the time, C was just over 20 weeks or so, so we had more time than most adoptions to get to know each other. We spent a lot of time corresponding through email, continuing to ask and answer get-to-know-you questions and making sure we had the same hopes and dreams for the little guy. We also had the opportunity to have a couple of “dates” with C and her family and really enjoyed the time we had with them before Carter was born. We also spent a lot of time preparing and shopping for the little guy, getting prepared for his grand debut.

Hoping to Adopt: Success!
Carter was born March 28th, 2014 – exactly a week before his due date. We were blessed with the opportunity to be a part of his birth and be in the delivery room. I was at her side, helping her deliver the baby and Brad came around the curtain and cut the cord after he was born.
It was such a sacred experience to be a part of and are so grateful that we were blessed with the opportunity to be such and intimate part of his birth.
The placement was the next morning and that was also a pretty special experience. Before leaving the hospital we gave C a gift (which you never feel is adequate for what you are receiving) and had her pick an outfit for her to change him into it and took some pictures together before leaving.
We continue to enjoy exchanging email updates and sharing pictures with C and will continue to do so forever and always. We have also had the opportunity to spend time together since Carter has been born. We are big fans of open adoption and feel like it has already blessed our lives in more ways than we could ever explain.
Our little man is now two months old and time is FLYING by! This has been the best two months of our lives together and will forever owe it to our angel: C – she is the most selfless, kind, thoughtful woman we know and hope that Carter grows up to be just like her.
Thank you for all of your love and support throughout our journey – we could not have done it without you!

Brad, Emily, & Carter


  1. Karen:
    on June 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm said:

    Id like to nominate my daughter in law Mary Ann to receive this fabulous gift. She is set to have her 4th daughter in about 3 weeks. She could really use this!

  2. Sandy Thammavongsa:
    on June 2, 2014 at 11:57 am said:

    I would like to nominate my bestie to win. She is the wife of a Purple Heart soldier and just recently had her first daughter. Living over 1500 miles away from her family, she deserves a cool gift!

  3. Sandy Thammavongsa:
    on June 2, 2014 at 11:58 am said:

    Ohh. Her name is Irma Jestes.

  4. Amanda Taylor:
    on June 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm said:

    I’d like to nominate my friend, Dana K. We battled a long road of infertility together. Through many tears (and a bottle of two of wine!), we’ve come through the other side – stronger than ever. I just welcomed my twin son & daughter 3 weeks ago & she’s expecting her miracle baby girl in a few weeks!!

  5. Kirsten Dawson:
    on June 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my best friend to win! She is a single mom raising a sweet baby girl. She works and goes to school full time online so she can stay home and raise her baby! She is the most selfless person I know and never asks for anything in return! She is always on the go and I know a solly baby wrap would be the perfect addition to fit her busy life!

    • Kirsten Dawson:
      on June 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm said:

      Oops I left this comment on the wrong one!:) I’m sorry!! I sent it to the other post!

  6. Hillary Townsend:
    on June 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm said:

    I would love to nominate my amazing, soon to be incredible mother, and my cousin, Shantay Hess. I cant wait to meet your beautiful, healthy baby. This Solly Baby wrap would be the icing on the cake to this wonderful miracle! Love you lots and see you soon, hopefully rockin this Solly Baby wrap!! XOXO

  7. Christine:
    on June 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm said:

    If like to nominate my sister who took on the amazing journey to adopt a child in need. Always an inspiration and a lady who deserved nothing but the best!!!

  8. Sadie:
    on June 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my best buddy ShantayHess Lowell! She has been trying for YEARS to have a baby and FINALLY found out she is expecting her first baby!! There is no one on earth that deserves this more then her.

  9. Morgan Ekegren:
    on June 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my bestie Alicia Dodgin! She is expecting her second baby and could really use this wrap when baby comes to keep up with her sweet daughter who is turning 2!!

  10. on June 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm said:

    i recently discovered solly baby wraps via instagram while looking for the perfect practical gift for my best friend, bekha. she and her hubby are expecting their first child in late july. he is french, and since the healthcare there is WAY better than in the states, she moved to Marseille with him for the birth. this means she is far away from her family and friends who would love nothing more than to be there for her for this very special time. i know she would never buy one of these for herself-she is very frugal and on a tight budget-but i know she would LOVE how simple, sturdy and functional the solly wraps are. PLEASE consider picking bekha as one of your lucky winners! she is an amazing woman with a beautiful spirit and adventurous soul. and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  11. Shannon:
    on June 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm said:

    Is like to nominate my best friend. She is due with her fist baby (a girl) in September. The same month she lost her dad, she found out she was pregnant with this little blessing.

  12. Dee:
    on June 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm said:

    I wish my mother new her birth parents or at least a little info about her background! Very sweet story!

  13. Megan:
    on June 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm said:

    I nominate my aunt Bridget! She has struggled with infertility for years and had a still born a year ago and just recently gave birth to a premie baby. She will be in the hospital for a while but I know she would love a solly baby wrap to hold her whole she is so tiny and precious!

  14. Stephanie:
    on June 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my sister in law Bailee! Mom of three cute busy kids! She us always on the go and deserves a win!

  15. Diana:
    on June 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my mother Eng. She has been such a huge help with my little one and got me thru the tough times of being a first time mommy!

  16. Bec:
    on June 3, 2014 at 4:02 am said:

    I’d love to nominate my husband. After years of heartbreaking miscarriages and fertility treatments we are pregnant again. 14 weeks. He is so so excited and will be the best Dad. He’d love one of these carriers to take our little miracle everywhere x

  17. Terry Coss:
    on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my husband! We are first time parents and he has been extremely helpful and patient throught my entire pregnancy and our first 2 months with our little one. He is willing to help with anything and everything and still work a full time job. I’m so thankful to God for the awesome husband and now dad he has given me. I know that if he wins a wrap, he would have an even greater bond with our son. Thank you!!

  18. Katrina:
    on June 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm said:

    I would like to nominate my sister for this amazing gift. She is such an inspiring woman who always is giving and I’d like her to receive something she could use for her and her newborn baby girl! She is always on the go and this wrap could make things a lot easier on her to carry the baby in! She is an incredible person and works so hard, I’d love to be able to give back with this awesome carrier for her and her new blessing. She is a first time parent and I know she would really appreciate and use this gift. I hope you consider my entry and pick her! 🙂

  19. on June 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm said:

    Thanks guys for posting the benefits of adoption. Hope it inspires the hesitant minds.

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