We are ecstatic to announce that we have been matched – baby BOY is due in Florida on August 7!!!
Here’s the full story for those of you who like details:
Last Wednesday we mailed our profile books to our attorney in Florida. On Thursday afternoon, I got an email from our case manager asking if she could show the book on Friday to an expectant mother that was due in October. Paul and I quickly discussed the few details we knew about the situation and said yes, thinking October would give us plenty of time to prepare. It was hard to not check my email every few minutes over the next few days, but Tuesday rolled around and we still hadn’t heard anything. I remember venting to my small group that night about how difficult it was to sit in this uncertainty. They prayed for peace for us as we continued to wait.
While I was at work the next day (Wednesday), I emailed our adoption consultant to see when would be a good time to reach out to the case manager to check on the status. She thought a week out from when the book was being shown would be appropriate, so I resolved to be patient until Friday.
Just two hours later, I received an email from our case manager saying that she showed our book to a different young couple the day before, and that they had chosen us! I started shaking and could barely comprehend the words after that. I quickly called Paul and managed to stammer out that we had been chosen and that the baby was due in August, and holy cow, that’s really soon! We discussed the few details she sent us and agreed that we wanted to see the social and medical history from the case worker so that we could make our official decision. Once I received that information, I called Paul to discuss, and we thought it would be good to take some time individually to pray and wrap our minds around what we would be saying yes to. I took a walk along the breeches (beautiful creek that runs through Messiah’s campus), and when I got back, I texted Paul that it was a yes for me. He responded that it was a yes for him too 🙂
So now we are officially matched! We are working through logistics with our case manager, which will likely include flying to Tampa in early June to meet the expectant parents. Even though we know August will be here before we know it, we’re thankful that we have at least a little time to prepare our home and hearts to welcome this little boy.
Please join us as we pray for continued health for the expectant mom and baby. We know this was not in any way an easy choice for her to make, so pray that she and the father would experience peace in this and every other area of their lives. Also, while we are officially matched, there are still several things that could go wrong or interrupt the process. Pray for everything to go smoothly.
Also pray for us as we process the fact that, if all goes as planned, we will be parents in three months! Oh boy!
p.s. If you’re looking for a tangible way to support us on our journey, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/cohensadopt. Thank you!!