Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Call That Changed Everything

A week ago Monday at 10:49 a.m.  – as I was running out the door to drive Ken to the airport – THE CALL finally came from our agency. 

We had been matched.

Not with one baby, not with two – but with three beautiful little peanuts. That’s right. TRIPLETS! They are almost 6-months-old and are the cutest little beings I have ever laid eyes on. Two boys and a girl from Ethiopia.

It’s overwhelming and amazing all at the same time. 

It all started when I was in Texas. Our case worker sent out an email to families who were eligible for a sibling group. I remember looking over the email and forwarding it to Ken – half joking – saying “Wow, healthy 5-and-a-half month old babies – BUT Triplets! That’s a lot of work.”

He responded a few minutes later saying… “Sign me up!”

He scheduled a call with our case worker to talk about how to move forward. She told us there was significant interest from other families as well, and we should not get our hopes up because they had been waiting much longer – some of them two years. That was OK with us. If it was meant to be – it was meant to be. So we got our homestudy update and officially asked to be matched.

Honestly, with all the luck we’ve had in this crazy adoption process, we really had no expectations. None. And then wham! Fate steps in and we are the parents to three little beauties.

There’s still a long road ahead. The babies are from a region where our agency has just started to work in, so in a way, it’s almost like a pilot program. There are unknowns and travel to the region is far from easy. But we are feeling optimistic and ready for whatever life brings us.

We are hoping to bring them home before the end of the year (fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with court and the embassy!) I have been a mad woman over the past week - running around... updating paperwork... getting things notarized, state certified and on and on -- and this is just the beginning of the journey.

Wait until we bring them home. This house that we live in now – which is pretty mellow – is going to be UPSIDE DOWN.

And... I can’t hardly wait!


  1. Jessica BlanchardApril 18, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Ki, I am so excited to read this I can hardly breathe! Three little lovies?! What a blessing! Not to mention they're Lu's age - she'll have THREE playmates at holidays :) We're keeping our fingers and toes crossed that everything goes smoothly for you, especially Lucy.

  2. Ki

    That is so awesome!!!! Im so excited for you guys. Cant wait to meet them!!!!

  3. OMG! I let out an audible gasp when I read that there are THREE of them! Wow, so exciting! Congratulations! Fingers crossed for a smooth rest of the process.

  4. WOW! That is stunning news. Congrats on the's hoping that your process is smooth. Are the babies possibly from Afar? Our kids are just home from there and it was a wonderful experience. Message me at if you'd like more info.

    1. It is stunning news for sure! They are from the Benishangul Region. How was your experience in Afar? I know that is a relatively new region WHFC was working in as well. I would love to hear about your experience. Email me anytime at Congrats on bringing your kids home!

    2. That is awesome! WOW! What fun 3 will be!

  5. Wow Karlie - so amazing! I have my fingers crossed for you both. What do Chaz and Taz think about having siblings? Haha Good luck and keep us posted!

  6. This is amazing! I would do it in a minute too. How exciting!!!!!!!!

  7. Thanks everyone for the warm thoughts

  8. Oh my god Ki! I can't believe this is happening! I'm sure you can't believe it's happening. I'm so happy for you and Ken! I will be thinking of you as you move through this life changing experience - three times! Sending lots of love and best wishes that everything works out for you and your new family. xo