I can't say enough about the joyous Christmas celebrations Lisa, CJ and I enjoyed this year. We opened up presents on Dec 19 in Buena Vista, Dec 25th in Fort Worth and Dec 27th in Houston. We were blessed to be with the best people in the world...our family!! We want to say a hearfelt thank you for all the special time together and the thoughtful gifts we received.
A great part of Christmas this year was the new babies! Rachel Nichols (Geof's wife) gave birth on Dec 29 to a baby boy. My sister, Bethany, will give birth to a baby boy any day now and some good friends Mike and Crystal had a baby girl on Dec 29th! We got to see two new born babies on Dec 30th in Fort Worth. This special trip to see the babies put us one day behind on our return back to BV. So, on Dec 31st we left from Fort Worth for the drive to BV. We weren't making great time and pulled into Amarillo for lunch at almost 2pm.
And we left Amarillo after lunch, but not for long. We returned about 9:30pm because we received a call from our adoption agency that a birth mom they had told us about in Oct had called them to report she was going into labor in... Amarillo! When the adoption agency suggested we turn around and go back to Texas, we did just that! Lisa was acting in some sense as a representative of the adoption agency since we could get here faster than anyone from the agency (in Tulsa) could. So, last night just before visiting hours ended, Lisa briefly met with the birth mom who had just delivered a little baby boy at 4:18 that afternoon. We spent the night in a hotel and went back to the hospital this am (New Year's Day) and Lisa was presenting the prospective adoptive families (including us) to the birth mom. CJ and I were waiting in the waiting room. About 11am Lisa called me and said that the birth mom had chosen us! CJ and I joined Lisa in with the birthmom and the 1 day old little boy. And we became parents for the second time!
Because the baby was born in Texas instead of Oklahoma we quickly realized that there would be a whole other set of hurdles to jump through. The fact that today is Sunday and a holiday added in another set. Needless to say that after a day of lots of phone calls, with agency's, attorney's, and adoption specialists, we have now hired on another adoption agency. 2 adoption agency's is just not enough for the Ismerts. We now have 3. This evening a local Amarillo agency got involved and is helping us get this little boy. So far, it has been a battle because Sarah (his birthmother) is choosing us but legally we have no rights to him without an agency. Today, by the favor of God, we befriended a nurse who is a believer and she began helping us with bonding time. We got to hold him lots and pray over him.
His story is one of miracles. It is a miracle that he is alive. We are praying for a healthy little guy and at the same time wanting God's Best and trusting that God makes no mistake in CREATION. That is what He does...He Creates, Restores, and Redeems lives that come from broken places.
We are still trying to pray about the details and what all we should share but we do want to ask for prayer for Sarah. She is broken and is in desperate need of restoration.
We are so amazed and overwhelmed. In every way we are thankful that we are in this process and get to hold a precious little boy and start a second journey into parent hood. But again, please remember that this is a PROCESS. Please pray and be patient with us as we don't have all the answers or know all the details. Being residents of Colorado, having an adoption agency in Oklahoma and having a baby in Texas is rather complicated. We are trusting God to take us every step of the way...but there is still an element of risk in all this. But, some of the best advice I ever got regarding adoption is "adoption is not for the faint of heart"!
We are trusting Jesus and praising Him and so thankful for His hand in all this. The baby is precious with dark soft black hair, and looks as healthy as can be. Talk about a New Year's Celebration!!
No name yet but he weighed 6 lbs and 8 ounces when born.