Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Baby Louis is born!!

We are very pleased and happy to announce the arrival of Louis William Johnson. He was born on December 13, 2008 at 12:18 p.m. He was 20.5 inches long and 8lbs. and 9 oz. As friends and family know, we have looked forward to having our own family since we were married a few years ago and began the process of adoption in January 2008.

Never did we suspect what a positive and enriching experience it would be to adopt a baby. It is not to say the process isn't full of moments of total uncertainty, doubt and frustrations, but we think we had a one in a million experience. We were picked by the most wonderful birth mother in August. She was 5 months pregnant at the time and found us through our agency, LDS Family Services. We accepted and agreed to meet her. As exciting as it was to be "picked," we have treasured our relationship that has developed with the birth mother and her family. With certainty, we know it was meant to be for us to have this relationship and to adopt Louie. We recognize that the Lord was able to take two difficult situations, that neither expected to be in, and create a very positive outcome for all. There were many small moments during the process that continually reconfirmed that this was so RIGHT! In the realm of unknowns, these repeated small moments have been the best part of our experience so far. And now that we are enjoying the greatest gift of a baby in our home has made this an incomparable experience. Ultimately, Louie will be the beneficiary of this amazing relationship with his birth mom. From the beginning, we have always said he will know how much he is loved by everyone involved in the process.

Now we are home with our little Louie. The day he was born, the power went out and there was so much snow we couldn't get in the driveway. We received the ultimate Christmas present and enjoyed having time to spend with him during the holidays. Julianna and I had our world turned upside down...and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks to the many of you who have been supportive during this process. We have received a mountain of emails of well wishes from friends and family. Please know of our gratitude for you. I have attached a few pictures.