Catching a Falling Star

Some people have to work so much harder to get their baby.

There are empty nurseries and years of childless Christmases.

And some get pregnant completely by accident.  Stomp, stomp!  Not fair!
Heartbreak is sometimes the beginning of destiny.

Last week a young, teenage girl held her child close to her heart, then gave her to another mother.  My brother, Eric, and his wife, Cassie, became parents for the first time.
Good thing Eric’s other antics were kept so secret – whew!  Close call. 
But now there seems double the love:  A birth mother.  A new mother.  A new father.  Over the moon.

And while it is doubtful I will ever meet that young girl (who happens to look like Cassie and who I feel I already know), I love her forever for her gift, for giving us Scout Olivia.

Meet Scout.  Yes!  That’s her name!  It was obviously meant to be since Gregor would never let me use that name and I thought he was just being mean, but no, the name was just meant for this baby! Named after one of our most favorite literary heroines of all time, she’s meant for great things.  Can’t you just tell with those alert ears and thoughtful tilt of the head and intense pacifier concentration?

Catch a Falling Star – From Trafalgars Square on Etsy

And this is why I love blogging: Sharing news that changes your family forever.  Okay, I’ll be honest, I just wanted another baby picture on my blog.

Sometimes stars fall and only seem to land in other people’s hands.  But sometimes a star falls just for you, and you reach out your hands and catch it.


19 thoughts on “Catching a Falling Star

  1. Haunani

    Oh, I’m so happy you love blogging. Because I love that you blog! And congratulations on your new sweet niece. I’m adopted, too! What wonderful blessings little Scout will have because two families loved her so much.

  2. annewoodman

    That is wonderful! I am so happy for your family. More blessings to share.

    Please pray for my sister and brother-in-law, who are starting the adoption process. It has been a long, difficult few years for them. And I pray they have an outcome like your brother and his wife. Congratulations!

  3. Nate Eaton

    So excited for Cassie and Eric…and Scout is a doll!

    What a great post!

    We need another family reunion…quick! It’s been quite some time since everyone has gotten together for a fun event!

  4. kimmalee

    Oh that is so wonderful! I’m so glad your brother and sister-in-law finally have their little baby girl. And she is so tiny and so beautiful. Congratulations!

  5. Julia Tomiak

    Congratulations! She is adorable, and what a great name- she looks very PERSPICACIOUS! It’s amazing how things work out for the best… Kinda makes you believe in heaven.

  6. GrannyLanny

    What a delightful experience to have Eric, Cassie and Scout stay with us a few days. I loved watching Eric hold that new baby, completely bewitched. Scout is a very lucky girl.

  7. Eric

    Thank you so much for the blog post, Amy. I think your last paragraph said it best; the stars aligned and fell directly into our arms last week.


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