We Have A Daughter

Okay, so you’re strolling along life’s highway, minding your own business when Heavenly Father/Fate/Karma/Evil Dogs Who Live In The Forest slaps you on the back of the head and tells you to PAY ATTENTION.

The Todd and I never planned on extending our family.  Ten days ago we were presented with the choice of adopting a daughter from the most loving, courageous and unselfish young woman.  Since I was out for the first three days of my twin son’s birth (Editor’s note: see “Making Bargains With God”) it was wonderful to be present at the birth of at least one of my kids.  Our Baby Mama endured two days of labor and almost three hours of pushing to safely deliver beautiful Zoe from her delicate, tiny, teenage body.  This is a gift we can never repay.  We can’t imagine how we ever survived without  this little 5 day old miracle.

However, the last 10 days have been fraught with a wild, careening rollercoaster of emotion, and  our beloved community has suffered.  (As I’m sure you’ve noticed.)  Please forgive me and know that the absence was for the very best of reasons.  I’m back, all the goodies and bargains return, and if you happen to see a boatload of baby deals or I burst into happy tears for no reason, just look away, okay?

And please.  Welcome our beautiful new daughter Zoe Collard.  Isn’t she amazing?

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39 responses to “We Have A Daughter”

  1. Stephanie says:


  2. Lyndie says:

    Oh Erin! This IS such a blessing for you! There is so much joy in my heart for you! I am bubbling with happiness!
    And, yes, you know, some day you will get a full night’s sleep again. Like in about 20 years, and believe it or not–it will all go by too fast.

  3. Carol says:

    Congrats! I’ll let it slide this one time, just for you. Enjoy!

  4. Crystal says:

    Wow, Congratulations..shes beautiful!!

  5. Celia says:

    Congratulations! Fantastic news!

  6. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Zoe is precious and beautiful.
    Welcome to the big wonderful world Zoe.

  7. Nancy L. says:

    She’s beautiful. You are blessed!

  8. Erin Walsh says:

    Congrats, she is beautiful.

    And you are my new hero. It took us over a year to decide to adopt a new dog into our family. You decided on a new baby in 10 days? I want to be you when I grow up, you are fearless.

    • Erin (and sometimes The Todd) says:

      Hah! We Erins think alike–we agonized over getting our Labradoodle for 3 years. I truly believe Zoe chose US. There was no decision.

  9. Robyn Dones says:

    Congrats on receiving such a wonderful gift. Wishing Zoe and your family health, happiness and love!

  10. Lynn says:

    Congrats to all! May you all be healthy and happy!

  11. I’m speechless…how does such an extraordinary opportunity come your way like this? You are truly blessed! Congrats and best wishes!!

  12. Tracy says:

    What a blessing for all! Congratulations and All The Best!

  13. Cheyenne says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Some of the most amazing parents in the world are those who welcome children into their family whom they have not given birth to, or given up a child to a family when it was the right thing to do. Some of the most Christlike, giving, humble, unselfish, loving people I’ve ever know have been family members and friends who’ve been such parents.

  14. Katy P says:

    Congrats! What a blessing!

  15. Sunshyn V says:

    Happy Birthday Zoe!

  16. lise dill says:

    as foster parents for 6 yrs, I know the loving gift you have been given. What an awesome God we serve huh? :)Huge Congrats to you and your sweet growing family! xo

  17. Darcy B says:

    Congratulations!! She is so sweet!! So tiny!! I’m so happy you found each other!

  18. Ronalee Duncan says:

    How wonderful for you both, and for little Zoe, and for the mother.
    You can’t blink around here; you never know what’s going to happen.

  19. Laree says:

    Awww! Hooray for you guys!

  20. Congrats! That’s so awesome!

  21. Barb C. says:

    Congrats on your new addition! That’s wonderful!

  22. Chirs Ann says:

    What a blessing.
    What a sweet little one Zoe is.

  23. Lorna Schuster says:

    So wonderful — we adopted our daughter, too. She is truly the greatest gift we could ever have the privilege of receiving into our lives. Enjoy every moment!

  24. Chacoy says:

    Congratulations! She is absolutely adorable;} It’s amazing how he works…wishing you and your family many blessings.

  25. Chris G says:

    Congrats! She is beautiful!

  26. Kristie says:

    Congratulations!! It’s hard to believe that you made that decision SO quickly, but you are amazing for it! Enjoy your sweet baby girl! 🙂

  27. Kristen says:

    Congrats and welcome Zoe! She is beautiful and you are heroes for stepping in.

  28. Jackie says:

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  29. Michelle says:

    Yay!!!! Congratulations. This is so wonderful. I’m really really happy for you. She’s so adorable and tiny. Hope both baby and baby mama are doing well. Best wishes.

  30. Amy says:

    What a blessing! Congratulations on your beautiful little girl <3

  31. Amity L says:

    What a tiny, gorgeous girl! Congratulations to all of you.

  32. Denise says:

    Wow, I was wondering what happened to you. Congrats!!!

  33. Andrea says:

    WOW…Congratulations! She is adorable! 🙂

  34. Oh my gosh! Welcome to the world Zoe! She is beautiful, and congrats to your family. What an amazing blessing. Family first!

  35. brandy says:

    All of my babies are adopted and our last came very similiaely to Zoe’s. Isn’t it WONDERFUL????!!! Best of luck, I don’t know how you can make it to work on that much sleep. She’s beautiful!

  36. Andi says:

    What I find so intsteering is you could never find this anywhere else.

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