Heartbroken

Five months ago we were told the happy news: We were matched! After years of waiting, a birthmom had chosen our family to adopt her baby.

A lot of life has happened during those five months and throughout it all we have dreamt about what it would be like to have a baby in the house. The diapers, the middle of the night feedings, the crying, none of it seemed like a big deal. Lydia became attached to her baby doll, feeding her, holding her, putting her down in the baby’s bed, etc. We talked of names and meanings.

The kids and I traveled to Florida 11 days ago. We were very excited and our dreams seemed to be becoming a reality. The kids had a week off from school and so I decided to bring them to Florida early, if the birth mom went into labor we’d be near by. The kids played in the pool and we went to the beach. We figured we’d have a great time waiting for our baby.

Then we received some troubling news. Our birthmom hadn’t returned any phone, text, email or facebook messages that the agency had sent. It has now been two weeks since the agency has had contact with our birth mom and about 9 days of living in limbo for our family. They are officially closing this case today. We will not be returning to Utah with a baby.

I am heartbroken. My husband is heartbroken. The kids are heartbroken. We lost a baby. Even though the baby was not physically in my “tummy” the baby was very much a part of our hearts. To lose the baby hurts.

Please understand we have no hard feelings toward the birthmother and her decision to keep the baby. We understand how difficult the decision can be to place a child for adoption and in the end it is her baby. We have been honored to provide help for her family these last few months and hope that she will raise her children in the Lord. We love her and this little boy that we will never meet.

However, during this time of grief and waiting, I’ve been overwhelmed by how many people love our family. Beyond those related to us by blood we have had so many of our church family and friends reach out to us and pray for our family and offer comfort. What a blessing everyone has been.

Even though I don’t understand what happened or why the birthmom went incognito or even why I’m suffering from a broken heart, I do know that God is sovereign. This is my Father’s world and He does have a purpose in all things. God loves me and He loves my family. He is comforting our hearts directly and indirectly through the people around us. I will continue to cry for this loss, but I will trust that God knows what is best for my family and for the little boy that stayed with his birthmom.

These last few days the following song has been stuck in my head. I can’t think of a better song to be stuck in my head. (Except for maybe the one song that came on my Pandora “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” but I don’t know as many of those words! 🙂 )

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  1. Sad for you and Aaron and the kids but mostly for you.

    Happy for birthmom and her heart. Happy for baby who is so wanted.

    Lots of feelings and nowhere for them to go. Crying with you today.

  2. this song is such a comfort for so many reasons, it is always appropriate!

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Rachael and Garry are dear friends of ours who we first met in Tacoma, Washington many years ago. After many years, we reconnected last year. Rachael has shared with me about your journey. I was sad to hear about the outcome. My prayer is that God will be with you and Aaron and your children as you heal.

  4. Oh stacia! I wish I could give you a hug. Please know that I am praying. We did foster care for many years and I know the pain you are feeling- it’s like a miscarriage – a very real loss! Praying God is very close to all of you as you and your children grieve!

  5. Prying for you your entire family, God please be with the Shaf’s this very moment, wrap your loving arms around them. Comfort them in this time, This is your plan and I know you have something else in-store for them.

  6. […] In September 2013 we were matched with a birth mom from our agency. We were excited and happy and anticipated February when we could meet our new son, but it didn’t work out. You can read more about that here. […]


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