Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy 3rd Wyatt Clifton! Three 3 year olds!

As we celebrated Wyatt's 3rd birthday on the cruise, I pondered his entry into this world and am baffled by the way God orchestrated the entire thing.

We already had Brooke, Brendan, Victoria and Myah AND just 3 weeks before Wyatt, we were blessed with Caty. The uncertainty of knowing whether his birth mother would in fact sign her rights over was hanging above us. The actual birth experience was Nick's first. We both cried like babies as we supported his birth mom while she labored to bring him into this world. It was a very emotional time for all of us. She hadn't seen Brendan and Tori in a couple years so she and I stayed up ALL NIGHT watching home videos I brought for her to watch of them and just talking, catching up and bonding with each other.

God led us to her about 4 months before Wyatt was born. Just a couple months before we met her, Wyatt's biological father committed suicide. She was having a rough time. We actually found her because we wanted Brendan & Tori to have an open relationship with her. We had also heard she was pregnant. Nick and I flew down in our small plane to meet her one day, took her out to eat and told her if she EVER needed help, we would be there for her. Just a couple months later, I drove 4 hrs. down to take her to court. Before court we did a devotion, prayed and ate. The judge ended up sending her to jail right then and there. I was shocked. The good thing was, she was placed in jail a while but then in a women's correctional facility just over an hour from us for the duration of her pregnancy with Wyatt. It was during this time that she decided to let Nick and I adopt Wyatt although there was a lot of waffling in her decision. Such a sacrificial decision to allow Brendan and Tori to be raised with their brother.

On November 10, 2005 we became the parents to our sweet, screaming black haired baby boy!

He is a precious gift to ALL of us!

On November 11th, Brendan & Tori got to see their birth mom who they hadn't seen in 2 years, it was a beautiful day!
On November 12th she returned to prison to serve out her term. We visited her once a week for the 1st 6 weeks of Wyatt's life! She was released the next summer and we were there to pick her up and take her to her new home. Thank you God for her and our sweet Wyatt!


For 3 short months we will be the parents to THREE 3 year olds!


Tracie said...

Welcome back!
What a great post... thanks for sharing.

Manette said...

I loved reading about your children's birth mom. Birth families play such a critical role in our children's lives. I wish I could give this same gift to my children that you have been able to give to yours! How precious!!!

His Hands His Feet Today said...

What a BEAUTIFUL story!!!!!