My husband and I profiled for many babies and were not chosen over a period of 3 months. Michele called me one day and said “I think the problem is with your profile. I want you to redo it.” I did so immediately. Three weeks later we received a call about a child whom we were unsure we wanted to profile for. We did decide to go ahead and submit our profile to the birth mom with the thought that we could always change our minds if need be. Deep in my heart though I pushed for this baby because I knew she was ours. This all happened on a Monday. We picked our daughter up on Wednesday.

As time passed we considered adoption again, my husband is totally in love with our daughter, hoped to be matched with a baby boy this time around. We were in Buffalo on June 3 for a graduation. On the drive into Rochester we started talking about adopting another child and my husband asked me to send an email Monday morning to see what type of activity was going on with Adoption STAR. I did so first thing in the morning…at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m. the phone rang and I noticed on the caller ID that it was Adoption STAR.

I felt very important thinking STAR would call me back instead of emailing me. Sarah was on the other end and she said, “Hi JoAnne! We got a call from Rhiannon’s birth mom this morning. She just delivered a baby boy and would like to know if you would like to adopt him.” I’m serious…that is exactly how it happened!

All through the winter I kept praying for our birth mom. I had no idea why but she was on my mind constantly. We had never met or spoken. I’d wake up in the middle of the night praying for her. I’d also think about the baby boy we were considering adopting.

Our children are full biological siblings and as with all adoptive parents we think we are the luckiest people on the planet!