Abundant Love

Abundant is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “amply supplied.”

On August 7th I was sitting at the DG house surrounded by girls when I saw my phone light up, it was my sister.  Knowing she knew I was busy, I knew it must be important for her to of called-so, I answered it.  From the cracking of her voice I could tell something was going on.  A thousand things crossed my mind.  Is everything at home okay? How fast can I get there? And so on.

Then she said,

“Abby, WE’RE GETTING A BABY. In 3 weeks.  You’re gonna be an aunt !!!!”

Tears of joy ran down my face.  The next 3 weeks I prayed nonstop for this angel that would hopefully be coming into our lives, and I held my breath.  A lot.  Knowing how bad it would hurt my sister and brother-in-law, and all of us if this fell through, I worried, a lot.

Anyone who knows what they have been through knows how big of a deal this was for us. Never have I ever been so thankful to be so busy.   I did anything and everything I could to keep my mind off of it.

Finally, the day came.  They flew out of New Orleans on September 1st.  Baby girl was to be born on September 3rd.  On September 2nd, Summer and Caleb met the birth parents-we prayed.  And we prayed some more.  A couple hours later they called, the meeting had gone as well as it possibly could have.  Of course we had so many questions, one of them being “who does the mother look like?” Is there anyone you could compare her to? A movie star, a family member, anyone?

Caleb and Summer both simultaneously agreed that the birth mother most closely resembled Molly Grace, our little sister.  What are the odds?

By this point face time was not cutting it.  I wanted to be home with my family, for whatever happened. Whenever they called, I wanted to be there.  I hopped in the car on September 3rd and made it home right before the birth mom was to go into surgery.

When I pulled up, I could see the anxiousness in my mom’s face.  Then, my grandmothers both showed up, and my aunt.  It was the strangest thing.  It turned into a “baby wait party.”

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So, we waited.  Finally a message came through, “healthy baby girl born at 12:24- 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 18 1/2 inches long.” Minutes later Summer sent a picture of the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.  IMG_0033.JPG

Immediately I loved her so much.  How crazy is that?  She was thousands of miles away.  I hadn’t even held her yet.  All I’d seen was a picture, yet I already felt so much love for her.  Instantly.

And as you can see, it was love at first sight for them. It was abundant love.

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But it wasn’t over yet… the wait wasn’t over.. The birth mother had the next 24 hours to back out.

That is when the real breath holding began.

For the next 24 hours we prayed, prayed, and prayed more.  Never has it ever been so hard to be away from my big sister.  Your sister having her first child is a moment you usually get to be there for, but my sister was thousands of miles away.  It was just Caleb and her there.  It felt so strange to be so far away from them at a time like this.

We all oohed and cried over ever picture they sent, and begged for more.

At last we received a message, “She’s ours!”

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The absolute best message I’ve ever received.

That is when the real waterworks began.  That is when thankfulness swept over me.  God had answered our prayers.  So many prayers were prayed.  So many prayers were answered.

At 12:24 on September 4th, the adoption was finalized and we could finally tell the world.

Caleb and Summer were the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, sweet Damie Katherine .

They had to stay in that state for two weeks, it was the longest two weeks ever.  I was jealous of both my mom and Caleb’s mom for being able to fly to see that angel.

Finally the day came for us to meet her.  As you can see below it was a moment none of us will ever forget.   Damie Katherine was finally in Mississippi.   I was finally an aunt.  Everyone in the Airport had kind of begun to crowd around us, they could tell something big was happening.

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This is where the “abundant love” comes in.  Before this I didn’t understand what it was to instantly love, and to love abundantly.  It was then that I realized God was teaching me to love bigger, to love better.

I had no idea how much I could love someone I hadn’t even yet met .  But, I did.  Before I even met her I loved her so much and when I finally saw her in Summer’s arms walking off the plane, the love just grew in leaps and bounds.  And it just keeps growing.  With every smile, every picture, every facetime, everyday.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love children so to finally have a baby in our family, to finally be an aunt, I was beside myself with excitement.

Over the past two months I have spent every minute possible with this angel child, and every time I have to head back to school she is my hardest goodbye.  I am so glad I get to spoil this little girl and be her favorite aunt (sorry guys).  We are so blessed and so in love with her.  We are so thankful.

It’s National Adoption Month and to me, adoption is all about “ABUNDANT LOVE.” The birth families have to love abundantly to give up their babies, and the adoptive parents have to love abundantly to adopt.  I have seen my sister and brother-in-law love so abundantly from the very start of this adoption process.  I hope that one day I can learn to love people as abundantly as they do.

This month when you think about National Adoption Month, think about this-abundant love.

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