“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” -James 1:17 💕
It is with a heart bursting with joy, tears running down my face, and overwhelming gratitude that we introduce our beautiful daughter!
Hazel Angeli Schaefer 💗
Born Sunday, October 2, 2016, 9:22pm
7 lbs 11 oz, 20.5 inches
(Edited: Hazel had her first doctor appointment on 10-7-16 and they said she actually is 19.25 inches! Either way, we love every inch!)
It has been crazy this past week, especially the past 3 days, from a long induced labor, a last minute C-section, me getting very sick yesterday and having to stay in the ER, and extending our hospital stay due to Hazel currently being treated for jaundice. (Please pray that she improves quickly!) Mama Z is doing well and recovering and her heart continues to inspire me. There is so much love and peace among us! While I was sick, we moved Hazel into her room so she could hold her and help take care of her. Hazel was surrounded by her first mama, her family, and Robbie. You all, adoption is so beautiful. Open adoption is so beautiful. And despite all the unexpected of the past few days, the expected always remains. God is faithful and his goodness exceeds all. We are so in love and we will update everyone on the details of the last bit of our journey when we can. Mama Z signed the papers, we signed ours, and the lawyer will file them today. Then we wait for ICPC to release us from OR to go back into WA. Until then, we will need to stay in Oregon. It will be sad to leave the amazing nurses and doctors at our hospital—they are angels on earth! But it will be wonderful to be one step closer to being home.
Thank you to all our family and friends and an incredible community who has lifted us up in prayer, donated, supported, shared, and believed. We all came together for this beautiful baby. And now she is here in our arms and we are a mother and a father. This is our happy ending. Our dreams are now a reality. Years of prayers have been answered and we praise God for his faithfulness! We have a family (plus instant extended family!) and the most perfect little daughter. She is the one He had planned for us all along and nothing else has made more sense. 👨👩👧
We love you!
Robbie, Michelle, & Hazel