Saturday, November 29, 2008

Our Lemonade

Shortly after my last post my life was changed forever....



(Go and read this post here so that you will know what lemonade means.)
The story is INCREDIBLY long and I have been going on just a few hours of sleep since Thursday so the long story will have to wait.
Our son, Camden Kiner, was born November 26th at around 10pm. He was 7lbs 6oz. We had no idea he was coming.

We found out he was born Thanksgiving morning while I was on my Turkey Trot, with Jessica and Cynthia running right beside me. Aric got the call that a baby was born in South Carolina and sent Mike Sampson out to find me. When he told me what was going on an emotion bigger than I have ever experienced came over me. I knew instantly in my heart he was ours. The rest of the day is a blur. We were planning on hosting Thanksgiving at our house. The poor Romney's and Stockman's came over and had to fend for themselves. Aric did manage to fry the turkey with the help of Ryan while I was pretty much on the phone or on the computer filling out paper work. I did the work of two weeks in a day. By 5:15 the next morning we were on our way to get our baby.
There have been so many miracles along the way I don't think I could post them all. We are still experiencing them. We met our courageous birthmom who is truly one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Our meeting is too sacred to even write about.
At 2pm this afternoon our precious son was put in our arms. Aric and I keep fighting over him. The Lord has held our hands through this whole experience and continues to sustain us through the prayers and faith of our dear family and friends. Things are still far from being final we still have to wait for the courts to give us permission to leave the state. They have some strict laws about inter racial and out of state adoptions so we are asking for our friends and family to join us in a special fast tomorrow. We are praying that the courts will move quickly and that we be able to get home next Saturday to be reunited with the girls and finally be home again. We feel so blessed, there are no words to express the depth of our gratitude for this amazing experience. Thank you all for your love and support. Believe it or not this is the short version. I will post again with updates soon. Oh and can I just say I love Charleston, South Carolina....the most incredible place to take pictures!

42 comments:

Elena said...

Hi Jess & Aric. Camden is so beautiful!! I write with tears running down my cheeks in love and gratitude for this new angel. Good work you guys. Sorry I missed your call I had just gone upstairs & I ran to the computer to check out the picture before I called. :):)
Joe's just coming in from work. Gotta go so I can show him. We love you sooo much. mom, abuelita.

Jean McKendrick said...

How incredible! Did you know this was happening so soon? Congratulations. I can't wait to hear more.
I bet the girls are so excited to meet their little brother! How exciting for you!!!!

AMY said...

Of course he is beautiful - This Thanksgiving will always be remembered, treasured, and be held precious. It is a miracle that with loving patience you waited for him and as a blessing received him on a day always to be remembered as a day to give thanks.

Congratulations! We can't wait to meet him. May the paperwork move quickly. Happy Thanksgiving, we love you.

jo said...

Wow, what a cutie! If you listen closely, I think you will hear him saying he wants to visit the Field of Dreams and Auntie Jo. ;) Love to all 5 of you!

Mrs Ana said...

What a precious sight! Can't wait to hold and love Camden!He needs some brown sugar from his Tia.Our prayers are with you. We love you all!!!!

Jenny Erazo said...

OH Jess, I am so very happy for you and your family. Your son is beautiful. I can't wait to see more pictures. You guys are in my prayers!

Jessica said...

DYING! He is so so so cute. I'm calling right now.

The Hansen Clan said...

I can barely type because there are so many tears running down my cheeks right now. He is absolutely perfect. We love all of you and are so happy for you! Camden, I can't wait for you to meet all of the people that love you already - welcome!!!

Randi said...

Jess! I can't believe it! I almost starting crying when I read your post and I don't know why. I guess it is because I am so happy for you and know how much you want and deserve this baby. I can't wait to meet him someday! Much love.

Andrew said...

OK after the girls had a few minutes of looking at their sweet little brother for the first time, which was such a cute moment, I brought baby Max to the computer to check out his new cousin. After a few seconds of pensive observation, he lets out this huge belch! What a perfect expression of welcome into what will be their special little boy world! The girls and I were laughing like crazy! We love you, baby Camden, come home soon so we can get our kisses all over you :)Love, love, love, Tia Evelynne

day in the life of a prince said...

We are so happy for you guys!! You are in our prayers for quick paperwork!!! He's beautiful, I can't wait to meet him!!!

Meghann said...

He is precious. I think this is finally starting to sink in now that I'm seeing pics of you guys with him.

I can't wait to hold him! I'll keep you in my prayers. :)

Mahina said...

oh my goodness, i am so, so, super excited and happy for you guys! he is absolutely beautiful! you have been working for this moment for so long! i was thrilled when jessica mentioned on her blog that you guys had an announcement. i was praying that it was the news that i had been waiting for! and it is! wow!

enjoy every minute of this blessing! i really am so thrilled for you! i wish i could hug you and hold him!!

♥Shally said...

AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! I am screaming and jumping up and down for you!

Words cannot express the joy I feel for your family!! He is gorgeous.

{{{hugs}}}

What a wonderful gift!

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Lindsey said...

I KNEW IT! AMAZING! I am still baffled by how you didn't know he was coming!!?? I guess I don't know enough about the adoption process, but I hope you will explain how that all happened later. Did she chose you at the last minute? How did you hook up with someone in South Carolina??? (See, I am confused)I am MORE than elated for you and can't believe you got a baby before me, and I am baking one! :) He is beautiful, and I can't believe you have a nursery all ready. Do you want my boy clothes? Because if you do, they are on their way! :)

kc and k said...

HOORAY!!! I'm so happy for you guys!

Melissa-Mc said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the picture of you holding your new baby. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

Melissa-Mc said...

PS My 2nd baby was born in South Carolina. I love it there.

Becky said...

Hey Jessica,

I'm so happy for you!!!!!! What a holiday to remember, and he is so cute! Was he born in Charleston or is that where you are for the courts? Charleston is probably Chad and my favorite city to visit...it's got places there predating the Revolutinary War--historic tours of it are awesome, (the seafood too). I don't know where you are at or how to reach you so I am hoping you read the blog comments before leaving. We don't live but a few miles from the SC state line. I emailed you our number. We'll be praying for you!

Monica Kay said...

awwwww jes!! i am sooooo excited for the new little cousin!! he is beautiful!!!

Alison said...

Congratultions!!! We are so excited for you! He is BEAUTIFUL!!! And looks just like your girls! Really, it was quite a quick adoption process (8 months or so, is considered VERY fast!!). I am sure the girls are dying to get that baby home (& you guys, too). Enjoy!!! Can't wait for more pictures!

Nana Shanna said...

Aric, Jessica, Maya, Eden-Welcome to the newest little Albrecht. It was instant love for us too. All the hoops jumped through are worth it! Our prayers are with you.

Mike and Shanna Miller
Carynn, Jamie and Ty Hudson

the Aymster said...

Oh my goodness, I am so happy for you!! He is so cute! I can't wait for the long story, by the way. Congrats again!

Lauren in GA said...

Jessica!!!!! Tears are streaming down my cheeks!!!! That is so, so, so, so, so, AMAZING!!! I am truly happy for you!! He is gorgeous and healthy!!! What an amazing, miraculous couple of days you have had!!! I know you are enjoying your lemonade and I will pray and fast that you can return with him by Saturday!!!!

Rochelleht said...

HOW WONDERFUL!!!! Congratulations!!! What a HUGE blessing and on THANKSGIVING!?! HORRAY!!! He is so beautiful and fits right in!

Sarah Blue said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is such a beautiful boy. I just read your e-mail today, so didn't do the fast. But I will pray for you all day. Good Luck!!!

Christie said...

I don't know you, but came here from Jessica Romney. What a beautiful story. I am so happy for you. Congrats!

nurse graham said...

Jess,
I just read your post after being out of touch for Thanksgiving. My eyes were completely misty by time I finished. I am so happy for you and your family. Your new son is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations.

Lindsay said...

OH YAY! I cannot tell you how excited Brett and I are for you! He is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations, you deserve these miracle-full days. Lots of love to you and hugs and kisses to Camden. Can't wait to meet him.

Natalie said...

So I go out of town for a few days and come home to you having the most amazing Thanksgiving EVER!!! You guys got a beautiful baby and my kids got the flu. I would choose your Thanksgiving over mine any day!:) I am so so so happy for you guys. I will pray like crazy for you and your BEAUTIFUL baby. Congratulations!

andrea said...

here via jessica's referral. much congrats to your family! he is gorgeous, and i think i smell a hookup with miss faith down the road.

Celia Fae said...

Congratulations and surprise! There is nothing as wonderful as a new baby, especially one that is as eagerly anticipated as yours.

calibosmom said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have butterflies jumping around in my stomach! I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am for you guys! WOOHOO!!! I am eagerly waiting more posts about your happiness!!! Prayers coming your way!!!

Audrey said...

Hey,
WoW!!!! I found you on Jessica Romney's blog, so I did a little snooping. Sorry. I am so excited for you. You is just so cute. What a miracle, you guys sure have been blessed, we sure can't wait to see him. We are praying for you and anything that you need please let me know, we got meals and stuff covered.

Bethany said...

What a perfect little face! I cannot wait to see your family all together! Just think of the experiences (esp. the temple) to come! Congratulations!

Linsey said...

I have seen your comments all over th place for a year and just last weekend read your "story" for the first time. I thought, what a nice family, I hope they get a baby! Congratulations -- I am thrilled for you and your beautiful family.

Linsey said...

Also, my sister and her husband live in Charleston so if you need anything, let me know, I can get you in touch with them.

Ilene said...

AUGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is a scream of joy!

Congratulations, I'm so stinking happy for you guys! What a special Thanksgiving surprise. That little boy is going to be so stinking spoiled between you, Aric and your little girls- and rightfully so. His birth mother could not have picked a more perfect family. I'm so glad the Lord is in charge how else would a woman in South Carolina find you guys out in Spokane? Camden is totally meant to be in your family.

I can NOT wait to meet him when I come in December. I'm afraid all the baby girls will be fighting over your adorable little guy.

Kara said...

Congratulations!! He is absolutely beautiful. What a miracle! All of sudden here he is...we will be praying for you that things work out smoothly and quickly and that you will soon be back home. Can't wait to meet him in person!

gab said...

Adoption is the best thing that ever happened to our family. I am absolutely thrilled for you! Savor every precious moment.

Elizabeth Caldwell said...

Oh my goodness!! I haven't checked on you in a few days - and look here! It's a BOY!!

I am so very very happy for you, and I am also happy for the young woman who made such a brave choice, a choice she will not regret.

Congratulations!