October 19, 2011

Two days ago at this time, we thought we’d wait a year for our next baby.

Two days ago at this time, Annika was upstairs napping, I was sitting at my desk editing some images, and Jed was just finishing up at work….when the phone rang.

Two days ago at this time, we found out that a birthmom had made the hardest decision of her life, choosing us to raise her beautiful, sweet, loved baby boy — to give him the life she couldn’t.

Two days ago at this time, our world expanded exponentially and our hearts got even fuller (if that is possible).

Yesterday at this time, we were racing to catch a plane to Texas. We caught it, with 4 minutes to spare.

Today, right now, we are sitting in a hotel room in Houston, holding our gorgeous little boy.  He is four days old, but we feel like he’s been in our hearts forever.

We’re still processing the whirlwind that was the last 48 hours.  We had just filled out our final paperwork to become active with our adoption agency 18 days ago.  We thought we’d wait about a year.  Instead we waited two and a half weeks before we got a call telling us our son had already been born & when could we come get him?  It still sounds so wild.  We can hardly believe it’s all real, but here we are with this tiny little man, and he’s ours.  All ours.  We are absolutely, undeniably, screaming from the rooftops, jumping up and down, overjoyed at this incredible surprise!

Into the universe we release a trillion and more thank yous to his precious birthmama for giving him life, for protecting and nurturing him over the last 9 months, for trusting us to care for him and raise him the way that she hoped, and last but never ever least — for giving him his beautiful middle name.
Without further ado, we introduce our newest family member, and Annika’s baby brother, Zavier Jordan.


Welcome to the world sweet boy! We feel so lucky that out of all the parents in all the universe — you chose us. We’re already head over heels.

  • Congrats on your son! He is so precious!!

  • Amazing story! Congrats to you all! We can't wait to meet him!

  • So incredibly happy for you and your family, Tania! What an amazing blessing!

  • Congratulations all around!! He is so sweet, and my heart overflows with love and excitement for you all!!!!!! OXOXO

  • How exciting for you all! I can't wait to see him! He is beautiful and a perfect addition to your family!

  • How fitting was our Saturday morning conversation : ) He is so precious. Lots of love to you all!

  • We are SO HAPPY for you all!!! God just BLESSED this Child so VERY VERY much!!! Our Church started an Adoption Ministry about a year ago, we have been so VERY Blessed to see Children that wouldn't have a shot at a stable life, come into ALL our HEARTS!!!

  • He is SO cute! What a beautiful little guy!

  • Adoarable! Big congratulations to all of you! Your whole family is adorable! Lots of love to you all.

  • He is absolutely beautiful!!! We are all so very happy for you. Annika must be just as thrilled as you to have a baby brother. Wishing you all the very, very best and to welcome beautiful Zavier to our family!! Love to all of you!!!

  • Congrats to you both….I wondered why Jed had not said anything to us….now I know why….HAPPENED FAST :) HE IS SO CUTE…..Zavier is a very lucky boy to have such a great family to join. CAN'T wait until you bring him to see me. :) LOVE you both. TOO, THANKS—THANKS for being such caring, loving, people. GOD knew when he place that little boy in your arms…:)

  • He is absolutely precious. Congratulations and enjoy every beautiful moment. Best wishes, Emilie

  • Oh My Goodness, is he so stinkin cute! We cannot wait to meet and cuddle him, and are so thrilled for all of you! Yea, Annika's a big sis! Welcome to the family Zavier!

  • afreen and sheikh

    Omg congrats!!! He is gorgeous!! Congrats to you and your family!

  • I am beaming as I write this. Welcome Zavier! Sending you lots of love. So happy for all of you!

  • Gramma and Poppop

    It has been a whirlwind but in such a wonderful way…..I would wake up on and off Monday night thinking about our new grandson…..We are anxiously waiting to meet him as are his cousins and sister…….hugs, kisses and snuggles to Zavier…..we love you

  • Congratulations, my friend. May health, happiness and love blanket your family always.