Saturday, July 28, 2007

Our World Gets ROCKED! And you won't believe HOW

There we were, sitting in ATL waiting to get on the next plane flight to my parent's when my phone rang. I didn't answer it, but when I got on the plane I listened to the voicemail. It was Melanie, our R&C worker. The message was simple:

"I need to talk to you and Michael about something very important. I need you to call me back ASAP - today."

The plane was about to take off and the cell-phone police would soon be scouring the isles looking for non-compliant passengers. I figured I could call her 90 minutes later when we landed and see what was up.

Michael and I played a fantasy guessing game about what she might be calling about. It was everything from Ginger's Aunt being arrested, to previous foster children who were back in the system again and needed a place to go, to benign things like our training hours or adoption subsidy. At any rate, we settled in to the flight with a wiggly toddler.

When we landed in FL, as soon as the seat belt sign went off, my phone began ringing again. It was Melanie. This time I answered. Here's how the conversation began:

T: "Hey Melanie!"
M: "Hi Tamara. Well, Cookie has a sibling."
T: (thinking I heard wrong). Huh?
M: Yup. I think she's in jail.
T: OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD...When was the baby born?
M: Actually, as of 8:30 this morning (the 25th), J was in labor, but the baby hasn't come yet.
T: OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD (I obviously loose linguistic creativity here)...
M: Do you want the baby?
T: OF COURSE we want the baby! But we just landed in Florida!

The rest of the conversation that transpired on the plane was Melanie telling me that if we wanted the baby, we had to immediately turn around and come home to get the baby from the hospital. I asked about letting the baby go to a temporary foster home until we got back. She said she could ask, but was certain "they" (I guess the social worker powers that be) would not approve that. She said she was sorry, but we had to decide NOW if we could commit to come back and abandon our vacation.

I said a quick prayer in my head. I looked at Michael sitting next to me holding a crying and exhausted Cookie. I saw flight attendants approaching us on a now vacant airplane. I gulped and gave the hardest answer of my life.

"We want this baby so bad, Melanie. But I'm sorry. Please ask for us if the baby can go elsewhere for now. But we can't come back right now. We just can't. We just landed. We won't even get to my parent's house for another two hours. I'm so sorry. I really am."

Melanie said she understood and would get back to us later.

Shaken to my core, I left the plane with Michael and Cookie.

My mom was waiting for us, worried that even the pilots had come off the plane, but we had not.

Clearly, I was shaken. I told mom the whole story. SHE then began the familiar freak-out. She called my sister-in-law who also freaked out. And we all agreed to at least stop for food before making the 90-minute trip to my parents home.

So there we were, in a fast-food chicken and seafood joint - me, Michael, Cookie, my mom, and later my brother and his wife. And we were all shaken by the story of Cookie's sibling being born. We were all brainstorming ways we could get back home and not ruin the vacation or Cookie's time with her grandparents. phone rang.

It was Melanie.

"Tamara. They sent J. back to jail. Apparently she went into labor too early - at 36 weeks, so they stopped it and sent her back. She's not going to have the baby today, but will within the next 4 weeks. So, I guess you're off the hook!"

I started to tear up.

"Oh Melanie. This is great news. I'll keep the phone nearby, because we WILL get there to get this baby."

Melanie said she would call as soon as she knew anything.

I hung up and wiped away tears. I told my family at the table. We praised God.

HE had handled it all. We thought it was our job, but HE was in control all along.

It's Sat. night, and no news yet. We aren't scheduled to be back home for 2 more weeks, so we need prayer that the baby stays put! If not, we'll change our tickets and hightail it back.

We don't know if it's a boy or a girl. We don't know who the daddy might be (Cookie's biodad is incarcerated.) I imagine this one could take a while, too. I imagine the daddy could check out OK (and pigs might fly), or the family members of said daddy check out (and monkeys...). Well, but God's already working on all that.

As soon as I know, believe me, I'll run to the nearest computer. Meanwhile, please pray for all of us - and J. (who we learned is indeed in jail) and the unborn baby (who was likely exposed to incredible amounts of cocaine).



KrazyMom said...

Wow, how exciting! Everything is in the Lord's timing, absolutely! I will be praying for a healthy, safe newborn to be the new addition to your family. How sad that "J" couldn't get her life together, that poor little baby she is carrying. What a blessing that both siblings could grow up together in your loving family!

Dream Mommy said...

That sounds so exciting! Praying for all of you!

JUST A MOM said...

OH TAMERA that is soo exciting!!!!! great news so ,, man,, how cool that she called you..she could have just let it slide. I can't wait,, TRY and enjoy the rest of your vacation!!!!!

Julie said...

I AM SITTING HER WITH TEARS IN MY EYES AND CHILLS ALL OVER!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! I love the way God works things out! I just LOVE HIM! I am so excited for you! wow what incredible news!!!!! YIPPEE!!! Enjoy your vacation- man- I am so excited!

S. said...

I am so happy for you! Great news! I will be glued to your post-I am on the edge of my seat! How cute! A SIBLING!!!

Sunshine said...

God is so good!

I'm so excited!!

I'm blown away.


Cindy said...

I read this last night with my feeder but didn't get a chance to comment! WOO HOO! That is so amazing, Tam! I am so happy for you guys! God is good!

Emily said...

I'm with Julie. I'm with tears and chills. Congratulations. It's like your own new baby coming! What a blessing. I will be praying for you all as well. Have a great vacation and safe trip back! We'll hope that baby stays in there for at least two more weeks!

Amanda said...

OMG!!! This is so exciting. Thinking good thought for you.

Robin said...

Amazing! Can't wait to hear what happens next.

Overwhelmed! said...

Oh Tamera, I'm offering up prayers for you right now! I know this is all so uncertain, but I do hope it works out that you get Cookie's sibling and that things work out for you to adopt the baby!

I'm praying for you!

Please keep us posted! I need some good news as we just failed our first home inspection. :(

FosterMom said...

Oh, how incredibly exciting for you! I truly know how you feel, as we found out 5 months after bringing home Little Man that a full sibling was on the way - and we got her too! I will be praying that God keeps this new baby very protected no matter what bio-mom has done or will do. God is bigger than that!!

GLouise said...


I m praying!

happyadoptingmom said...

I am praying!!! Congratulations!!!