“I didn’t give you the gift of life but in my heart I know. The love I feel is deep and real as if it had been so. For us to have each other is like a dream come true. No, I didn’t give you the gift of life. Life gave me the gift of you”
On July 24th, our sweet Justice Eden Everest came into the world and changed everything forever. There were so many highs, lows, ups, downs and tragic circumstances that led to this miracle... and at the end of it all, still a lot of questions as to why things unfolded the way they did ... but we do know this: we have now been given the chance to love & bless our precious little girl in the way that only we know how.
With every smile she gives, I’m reminded of how much joy she is going to bring & how much purpose she has already given us! The kids are emotionally connected with her & she now has aunts/uncles/grandparents and cousins. Her life will forever be full and we have so many people to thank for never giving up on us. So many of you continued to pray and believe. Even in our darkest hour, you gave us the love we needed to push forward into another day.
Truth be told, I don’t know that there was ever a child more loved before she arrived. Justice Eden was born with a divine purpose and while it doesn’t make sense that we had to lose Everest in order to have her, something powerful will be revealed in time and we will cheer her on into her destiny.
There’s one thing we have seen for certain through all of this: So many people stepped up to show us how much they care and how they have grieved with us! Shay Baker and Karl have consistently been wonderful friends and supported us in the darkest hours. Zack and Niccole cried tears for us and gave us so much love when the adoption came through. My parents drove 6 hours to be with us in Phoenix while my Dad & Theresa spoiled our kids. We have received dozens of gifts in the mail just congratulating us and sending Justice gift cards to start her beautiful, blessed life. You never know how many people really do care, even if you don’t see them all the time or realize how deeply their compassion runs. I can’t even start to list you all, but I want to thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.
We especially want to thank the birth mother who did everything she could possibly have done to make us feel comfortable and to provide Justice with the things in life she needs. She’s given our kids a baby sister to love, my husband and I an infant between us, and a baby to fill my arms. The weight of that emptiness left me half alive.
We now have a family that is complete and we are so excited to share her with the world.
The definition of justice is: “to remove obstacles to peace. Rewards those with respect and dignity, and punishes those who sabotage peace”
And Eden: beautiful paradise of pleasure and purity
Now we have about 8 months worth of legal stuff to do and vaccinations to go but the baby girl is safely ours. Sometimes when you think the tragedy will never end, the miracle is right around the corner.
LOVE AND DETERMINATION WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL
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