Help Baby Cohen Come Home

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Raised by 52 people in 14 months
The nursery is nearly ready. The kids keep asking, "When will our little brother or sister get here?" Now, we need your help to see the dream come true! 

Hello! We are Steve and Courtney. Our family vision is that, "There is always room for one more," and adoption has been a hoped-for reality in our family for years. Following two very high-risk pregnancies, we battled doubt and fear, uncertain circumstances and health concerns, all to arrive here at this place where our dream of adopting is becoming real. Our baby can be coming home really soon. And you can be a part of that. 

We are working with a wonderful agency who is helping connect us with a birth mom who loves her baby so much that she wants to help him or her have a full and wonderful life.

We need your help to bring Baby Cohen home! The funds needed cover a wide array of services including all medical expenses for the birthmom and baby, as well as all the necessary legal processes and procedures to make our family Baby Cohen's legal forever family. Our agency is a ministry that has a heart for babies, birth moms, and adoptive families alike. Whether mom's place their baby up for adoption or not, they help support moms who have made the choice not to abort their baby. 

By May 31st, we will need to submit the first half of our payment, approximately $12000, to get on the waiting parents registry. Soon after, we will need to have our matching fee, the remaining amount, ready to submit, as soon as we are selected by our birth mother. We are so excited, as that could be as soon as a couple of days. 

It's tough to put into words what your support means to us. How do you thank someone for taking part in a miracle? How do you show gratitude for help in bringing your child home? 

All we know to say is thank you! Thank you for being a part in bringing our family together. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and gift to Help Baby Cohen Come Home!
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These past two months have flown by! All the preparations boiled down to THE moment we'd been waiting and working for...

We've brought our brand-new baby girl home! I was so honored to be allowed to witness her birth in the delivery room and Steve soaked in his first moments with her, being the first to feed her. Our entire stay in the hospital before she was discharged was a time covered in favor and God's love. We shared priceless moments with the birth mom each day and were able to say goodbye to her after we all signed papers to place this incredible baby girl with us.

Our big kids are over the moon with excitement! They are already such incredible helpers, showering love and snuggles and kisses all over their new baby sister.

When I snuggle up with her and smell that sweet baby smell and kiss those soft, chubby cheeks, I feel the overwhelming realization that I'm holding the fruition of God's promise in my arms. He is SO good!

Thank you again for your role in helping us bring Baby Cohen home! You have been a part of changing so many lives and bringing a family together.

So...what's next? Legally, she is placed in our care under the guardianship of our adoption agency. Adoptions cannot be finalized until the child has lived in your home at least 6 months. So, for the next 6 months, we'll have a few visits from our (super sweet) caseworker and take our daughter to all her necessary doctor's appointments. But mostly, we'll just enjoy living life with her. And, in the fall, we will have an official court date where a judge will declare us her forever family. We can't wait!

And, in case you're wondering...Steve and I aren't ones for posting pictures of our kiddos on social media, but we'd love to personally share them with our friends and family. Send us a message or text us to let us know you'd love to see our sweetest new addition to the family and we'll be happy to do that!

Thank you! Your gifts, prayers, and encouragement have all been a part of helping us see the miraculous realized.
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Wow!!! We have such an exciting update!

When we began this adoption journey, raising funds seemed really intimidating, but God has shown Himself so faithful - He is the God of the impossible.

The final amount due for our adoption shifts based on annual income. Last year we faced a period of unemployment and recovery from surgery, so now we're seeing how God has taken that difficult time and turned it for good.

Our required amount dropped by about $3,500!

So, finishing off the total amount needed (for now) with an offline donation and a matching fund, we have met our goal! The remaining ~ $1,000 will be due later this year when we pay court costs to legally adopt our baby girl.

We cannot thank you all enough for every generous and sacrificial gift you've given to help us reach this goal. Thank you for every prayer, for every encouragement!

Note...We have saved everything we've been able to that we used when our kids were little, so there are only a few items we need to purchase this time around. If you'd like to give a more tangible gift to help us get ready in these last few weeks before we bring Baby Cohen home, please visit our registry page:

https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/march-2018-northlake/29MVLRDFKE0X9
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Here is the update we've been waiting so long to share...

A birth mom has chosen us as a possible match for her baby! We are over the moon with excitement!

Here's what we know: The due date is towards the end of March. We do not know the gender yet and have only heard a couple of things about the family history that so far aren't issues for us. We'll have a phone chat with the birth mom's caseworker next week to discuss everything in detail. At that point, we'll decide if we want to move forward. The next step would be to travel to Abilene to meet and visit with the birth mom to make the intention to match official.

We still have about $8,000 left to raise prior to the baby being placed with us. Thank you SO much for every seed you have already sown in finances and prayers and encouragement!

If you're able to support this final push, we would be so grateful. (As always, you're welcome to give here or contact me for instructions on how to give directly to bypass the 8% fee.)

Please pass the word along to friends and family. So many people have a heart to support adoptions and women who make the decision for life. Here's a real-life opportunity to be just that support!

Thank you, and God bless! We'll continue to keep you updated!
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We talked with our case manager this morning and have received more of an update. So far, our family profile has been shown to 12 birth moms. Each birth mom is asked to choose their top 2 families in case the first one doesn't work out. And 3 of the young women have chosen us as their 2nd preference.

Steve is recovering from his shoulder surgery a month ago, so with that and a couple of other things going on here, we can see how the timing of late wouldn't have been ideal. We're so excited to see when and how this will all play out!

Thank you again for your prayers and your support! We still have about $8,500 left to raise in order to proceed when we're chosen.

Visit adopt.nowfound.org to make a donation!
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