What a Week! What a Change! Welcome 'Calvin Jack Clausing'!
This time of the year is different. There are lights on the houses, trees inside houses and families gearing up for time together. It certainly is a time of change! Change is something Cam and I have somehow become accustomed to in our four and half years of marriage…and this week has been no different. Bare with me as I try and paint a picture.
As many of you know we have been waiting to adopt two little ones from the gorgeous country of Lesotho. We had bags strapped to our back and we were bracing ourselves for a long road ahead. And we were walking and trusting.
Then…this week happened. Early Monday morning I woke to intense pain and eventually was taken to the hospital in an Ambulance. Cam was a superman, though pretty nervous, but was the greatest servant in this situation. By 8:00am I was transferred from the emergency care in Spring Hill to Williamson Medical Center in Franklin where the testing began. I must admit that I was pretty out of it but they managed to get the pain under control. I was released Wednesday night with the prognosis of an extreme arthritis flare up – which I have never experienced before. Anyhoo – I am home now and on the mend.
All that to say, while we were in the hospital, we received a phone call from our adoption agency to say that they have a little boy for us!!!! Whaaaaat! This is totally unexpected…especially because we were quite happy on the road to Lesotho. What happened to Lesotho? Well, to be honest, we don’t know. We never intended to be in the domestic program, however, five weeks ago our agency called us just with a simple introduction to the domestic program and asked if we would consider being in that program. At that time, we declined and said though we were interested in domestic adoption after our international was completed, but we were happy where we were at, so basically, a thanks, but no thanks. So, back on the road we went. Until….last week, our agency called us again with a more of an ‘inquiring’ phone call. During that phone call, the agency mentioned that they had a meeting the previous day and that they thought we would be a good fit for a birth mother that were talking with. They were unable to give us many more details due to privacy and the fact that we weren’t in the domestic program. Once we discovered that there was no cost in joining the domestic program and that we were still able to stay in the Lesotho program, we thought we would go ahead and see where this part of the journey takes us.
Then, Tuesday happened. A phone call, while we were sitting in a hospital room, a phone call that informed us that the birth mother had actually picked us out five weeks ago when we received our first phone call. She had looked at our photo and told the agency that she wanted that family to adopt her baby boy. Our case worker did mention that she also fell in love with our puppy dog who was also in that photo (which happens to be the same photo at the top of our blog). This is crazy, right?
One of the reasons why we were always nervous about a domestic adoption is with the issues that can arise. It just made us nervous. It made us nervous that there was a revocation period when the biological parents have a right to request the child back. Being first time parents, we were just a little nervous about some of those things. Amazingly, God took care of that! The biological mother and father had terminated their rights and the revocation period has passed. Just like our agency said ‘this is the kind of adoption that people dream of – it’s perfect! Yes, it is perfect. We were expecting an international adoption, we got a domestic adoption. We were expecting two little ones at once, but we got one. God knows what we needed.
So, the short of it is that we have a little two and a half week old who we have named ‘Calvin Jack Clausing’ and came into the Clausing home today, December 18th. As you can imagine, we were not expecting this and not prepared for this. But we are so excited about this…...a little overwhelmed but we know that God has us right here for this.
So many of you have walked with us, some from afar and some right where we are. We know our story so far does not just include us, but so many of you. We are sincerely so thankful for the way in which so many of you walk with us and encourage us to keep on trekking.
Here’s to a great Christmas! Here’s to our first Christmas with a little baby!