Thursday, February 24, 2011

Praise the Lord Abigail Zion Hart finally has arrived!

Our many years of prayers have finally been answered! Over the last month a lot has happened for us. We got a call from our agency February 3rd, 2011 about an adoption agency in Texas that was in high need of adoptive parent. So our profile was overnighted to Texas. One week went by and we didn't hear anything. Then we got another call on February 11, 2011  about a baby in New Orleans that needed adoptive parents. We had our profile Fed'ex overnight to and were told that our profile would be looked at the following Monday February 14, 2011 by that baby. We were told that we would hear if we got picked that day for the following day. We didn't hear anything and became very discouraged! We got an email from our adoption coordinator February 16, 2011 that we did not get picked for that baby. Needless to say we both felt sad and frustrated because we were so hopefully. 
Thinking all hope was lost we returned our daily activities. On February 17, 2011 I (Katie) was on my way to a doctors appointment and received a call from our adoption coordinator. She said "Katie are you sitting down, I have some information for you?" {I at this point really didn't think anything of this call just thought she was calling to process with me about not being picked for the other baby} I said, " Yes whats up?" 
Lori: "I am calling to let you know that I received a call about a birth mother in Texas that has picked you and Brent for a little girl!" 
Katie: " WHAT???? ARE YOU SERIOUS???"
Lori: " I am serious. Are you interested?"
Katie: " Oh my God yes!!!!"
Lori: " Call Brent and then come and meet me over at the office so we can sign some placement paperwork"
Katie: " Okay. Oh MY GOD!!!! Thank you so much!!!!"
At this point I am balling! I hung up with Lori and called Brent right away
Brent: "Hello"
Katie: "Are you sitting down because we have a daughter!"
Brent: " Really??? WHAT!?!"
Katie: " Yes really, she is in Texas and we need to go get her. I need you to leave work and come meet Lori and I at the agency to sign papers".
Brent: " OH MY GOD! Okay I am on my way."
So we went over to the agency and met with Lori. We found out some information about this little girl and about her birth mother. After this meeting, still reeling from our great news, we went home and started making preparation to leave town to go pick her up. We got lucky and were able to get a flight from Boise to Houston with only one stop for Friday February 18, 2011. At this point we were asked to come up with a name... Okay... In a matter of 2 hours... WOW! We had been told that the birth mother had named her Zion Angela. We had planned on asking our child's birth mother to help us give our child a middle name. We LOVED the name Zion and decided to give her that as a middle name. Zion means The Holy Land or Heaven. When then decided on Abigail after many phone calls to Lori and much discussion. Abigail means Father's Joy. We found this out from my mom. Thanks Grandma List. So her name is Abigail Zion Hart. We hoped this would fit her well and anxiously anticipated our flight the next morning. 
 The photo above is when we got to the airport in Boise at 5:30AM ( thanks to Mom and Dad Hart for taking us to the airport.)
With very little sleep from being SO we flew from Boise to Phoenix and then Phoenix to Houston and arrived in Houston at 2:00PM. We had been told that we would not be able to pick our baby up until 4:30PM.  So we had time to find out hotel and then go get a car seat. At this point I should say NEVER and I repeat NEVER trust a GPS that is not updated. We drove about 30 minutes out of town to a Babies R Us... Needless to say when we arrived at said store the store was no longer there... OH BOY! We then turned around and looked it up on our phones. Turns out there is a Babies R Us literally right behind our hotel... So we drove the 30 minutes back and by this time we were running late to pick our daughter up. We finally got the car seat and made it to the agency. 
As we walked in the agency door there were three children playing and one said, "Oh there here there here! Come see your baby!" At this point it became very real what was about to happen. Denise (our coordinator in Texas) took us back to the "placement room" and said "Okay give me your camera and I will bring her in." We got the camera ready and handed it over and here is what happened:

This was so amazing. I am not sure I can put into words how amazing this was. They brought her in and then put her in our arms and said here is your daughter. WOW! We have waited over five years for this moment and it could not have been more perfect or amazing. 
Please help us in welcoming Abigail Zion Hart to our family and to her new life with us. 

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