We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Colopy family:
Savannah Grace Colopy turned two weeks old yesterday.
Oh friends, what a month this has been! We’ve been bursting to tell you about it, but we wanted to wait until some final papers were signed. But now… now we can tell you the story of Savannah Grace and how she came into our world.
Here’s part one (the rest will come over the coming days):
It all started with a text.
“Call me. Important :)”
It was my mom. She lives in Florida and when I called, she told me of an e-mail that someone had sent to her church’s office. A young pregnant woman was looking for parents for her baby – did they know of anyone who might be interested? The secretary at the church knew our story and sent the information to my mom.
My mom called on Thursday afternoon, February 7th. The baby was due Tuesday, February 12th – only five days later. In Orlando.
Hmmm. What are the odds? I was already scheduled to fly into Orlando for a speaking engagement. On her due date. On the 12th.
I talked to Brian. We stared at one another. Grinned a goofy grin. Could it be?
I called the number my mom had given me. I thought I was going to talk with a friend of the birth mom, but instead I ended up with the birth mom herself. We’ll call her Jordynn.
I wasn’t expecting to talk to her directly and was less than eloquent. I felt like I stumbled all over myself as I shared some of our journey, about our boys in Haiti, about our lives. I asked about her world and she was articulate, kind and gracious. She wanted the best for her child and didn’t have the means to care for or provide for her.
She wanted to know more about us, so I referred her to our adoption blog to see our pictures and read our story, and then encouraged her to Google my name to find out more about us.
I figured it would take a very special young woman to look at our lives, our adoption of two active boys from Haiti, our wrinkles, our wacky sense of humor – and find it appealing to place her daughter in our care. Then I Googled my name to see what came up first and what she might think. It was my book: Pure Love, Pure Life – the purity book for teens.
Great, I imagined her thinking. She’s one of those people.
Relax, Elsa. Just breathe.
We waited several more hours and then Jordynn called us back. “I would be honored and delighted if you and Brian would raise my daughter,” she said.
I nearly fell over. Brian’s jaw dropped.
Really, God? Would it happen like this??
Oh friends, the next weeks would bring tremendous highs and gut-wrenching lows. Over the next few blogs I’ll share the story – but for now, will you celebrate with us? Savannah Grace Colopy is ours. Daughter to Brian and Elsa, Little sister to Sean, Jessica, Cassie, Samantha, Lovence and Laurentz. We are a family of seven and we couldn’t be happier.
Never doubt for a second that God is the giver of good gifts, unexpected surprises and the author of the most delightful twists and turns!
Oh, how we love him!
Oh Elsa….I am in tears!!! Congrats, can’t wait to meet sweet Savannah!
I am absolutely thrilled for you, Elsa! She is beautiful! Can’t wait to hear more about your journey and see this little one grow up!!
Congratulations and praise the Lord God! We are so happy for you and rejoicing with yet another story of God’s perfect timing and plan. Now, to get your boys home, right? Apparently, God wanted Savanna there first to get settled so you and Brian could bond with her. What a beautiful example of God’s loving plan! Love you, Girl!
oh Elsa, congratulations! Our God is so good!
God is good ALL the time!!!! I am in tears! Congratulations and Gods blessings on all of you! He is so amazing and she is utterly beautiful! I can’t think of any two people who deserve her more or that could even come close to the amazing upbringing she is about to have!! Hugs!
Congrats Elsa! So happy for you all and she is so beautiful!
Elsa we met at Writing for the Soul several years ago and I’m just delighted to follow this beautiful story. Congratulations. Such inspiration and testimony here, to the goodness of God!! I cannot wait for the rest of the story. Every blessing on your grand adventure!
So happy for you and Brian!
Congratulations again, Elsa and Brian! She is beautiful!
This is so way cool! I have to do a story on you for my blog very soon. My book Gift of Purpose:How to Start Living Your Dreams will release soon on my blog. (It’ll be a freebie.) I want to do some stories around purpose. If you look up purpose in the dictionary, you will find yours and Brian’s pictures.
God reigns. His plans are perfect. I am blessed to know you and to witness this beautiful story. Forever Family.
I am so happy for you, Elsa! 🙂
Even though we have never met, I feel like I know you. As a single mom, I attended Divorce Care for three sessions, and was so blessed and encouraged by your honesty and positive spirit! I have also read your book, The Single Mom’s Guide and was also blessed and encouraged by it.
I know that this little girl will be raised with lots of love! And, I love her name: Savannah is so beautiful and Grace is my middle name – I love it! 🙂 May God bless you & Brian with His love & wisdom as you raise this precious little girl. Praise God!!
What a luck little girl!!! She will be loved unconditionally, be surrounded by laughter, have an extended family who will spoil her in good ways, and taught about a loving, kind, generous God. Congratulations to you all.
Love you guys! Love this story! . . . and we’re still in the early chapters!
Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us….
Auntie Jan needs to hold a baby . . . bring her home! 🙂 🙂
Oh Elsa….I just read your Facebook comment quickly because I am at work….and I thought it was just someone in your family…NOT YOU!!!!! And I was about ready to log off but went back to my emails just to check them and saw your comment and started skimming over it….as I read, tears began flooding my eyes and I was absolutely filled with JOY and thanksgiving for what God has done….Oh my goodness…that baby is just soooooooo BLESSED to have you and Brian for parents and her mommy knew that right away as she checked into your backgrounds….Just think God has known this from the beginning of time….Oh how I thank HIM and celebrate with you and can’t wait to hear the rest of the story….THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! Love you Elsa and no one is more deserving of this beautiful gift!!!! Nancy
What a true “God thing”…just a God thing!! You know how I love you and am so happy it just gives me goose bumps!!! Can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family of NINE!!!
Wow is our God awesome. He responds to our prayers in spades. Congrats to you and Brian and the whole Colopy family. I can’t wait to hear the entire story. She is just gorgeous. May God continue to bless your family with Savannah Grace. And may He comfort and give her bio mom peace and a glad heart. Praise God! Hugs, Donna
The best part of your story is, IT’S TRUE. There will be a book one day. A best seller. Can’t wait to hear more.
What a beautiful story I cant wait to follow this new blessing in your life. My heart is filled with joy for your family. I miss you all so much and I get so blessed every time I read your blog… My love to you and Brian and your whole family
Seriously! This is amazing! I’m so happy for you. We are praising God with you! This baby is blessed…soooo blessed!
How totally awesome. She is beautiful. God is great. Blessings to you and the rest of your family.
Sent from my iPhone
Our God is an Awesome God! His ways are higher than ours and they are perfect. Praise, honor and glory to the One who fulfills the desires of our hearts with good things (and good little people). Rejoicing with you Elsa and Brian and family.
Wow! God is always full of surprises. I can’t think of two people more deserving of this beautiful gift from God. What a blessed little girl she is. So, so happy for you! God Bless your beautiful family of seven.
Yeah, Praise God! What amazing news! We are happy for you guys! J&P
I am so happy for you!!! I have been following your adoption story and all I can say is Yeah God!!! And your little girl… beautiful, beautiful beautiful!!!
What a beautiful journey you are on! Thank you for sharing with us…
Thank you all for your comments! We are so blown away by your kindness and support. It brings us such joy to share the joy with you! You’re the best!
Congratulations to you and Brian! Your story brought a tear to my eye. I Love to hear how God works in out lives!!