We’ve Been Matched! And the Gender Reveal

We could not be more excited to announce some big news here on The Hollow Road. We’ve been matched and we are expecting a little one to arrive around December 1st!

Our Adoption Match Story

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Late one evening, we got a call from our adoption agency. There wasn’t really anything else we had going on with them – our home study was done our bill was paid in full – so when I saw that the social worker was calling, I immediately had goose bumps.

She told us that an expectant mother was interested in meeting with us, at some point soon. The birth mom had been working with the adoption agency over the past few months making sure adoption was the right plan for her (and using something like this Guide to Placing Your Child for Adoption to help her come to this decision), she had taken some time to look through all of the adoptive parent profiles and wanted to meet with us and one other couple to decide.

Us and one other couple. We were in her top two for choices!

Within days we were sitting on a couch along with her, the agency’s social worker, her dad, and her uncle. The entire conversation seemed so natural and “right” that as we drove away I told Graham that although I didn’t want to get down if she didn’t pick us, because of the connection we had with her and her family, it was going to be hard for me not to be disappointed if we weren’t the ones she chose.

It took four days to find out. They were some of the longest days of my life! Then the phone rang. All the social worker could get out before I was a blubbering mess {and frankly unable to carry on with the conversation} was, “Congratulations, you are having a baby!”

The baby is due December 1st!

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As you have probably already counted in your mind, yes you are reading that right….we have about three months to get ready for the wee little one to arrive.

So, tell me in a comment:

What is the one thing we NEED to do before baby arrives?


Our Gender Reveal Story

Let me first start by saying that we feel so blessed to have been chosen by such a strong and brave birth mom. I am not going to go into detail about her, or the birth father, for their privacy. But, just know that this girl amazes me more and more each time we chat.

The birth mom had made the decision that she did not want to know the gender, not quite yet at least. However, for us {yes, she was thinking of US}, she had the doctor write down the gender and seal in an envelope. Unfortunately the doctor let the gender slip at a recent appointment. We felt so bad she had to find out that way, when it wasn’t what she had originally wanted, but {again} her bravery and strength had her seeing a positive side to things.

Graham and I just couldn’t wait to find out the gender, though, so we had her email it to us rather than mail the envelope. It took ALL MY MIGHT not to open that email until Graham got here late last Thursday night {like I would have normally been in bed kind of late}. Our good friend had come with Graham to help out with the house for the weekend and technically he was the first one to know the gender! On the way here, they stopped and picked up two hostess cake packages at a gas station. One pink and one yellow {they didn’t have a blue option}. Our friend read the email, placed the appropriate treat in a bag which Graham and I opened together.

Graham and I are so happy, thrilled, excited, and filled with utter joy to announce that we are having:

A BOY!!

Also, in case you wanted to get the “Growing in our Hearts” adoption announcement sign for yourself, it is now available in my printables shop here.

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  1. Rose says:

    Congratulations! Something I would recommend? A glider and gliding ottoman that you are 300% comfortable in. It is a great way to feed and bond with the baby.

    • Jen says:

      A gliding ottoman? Huh! I would have probably opted for either a regular recliner or a stationary ottoman, but a gliding one…That’s a great tip! Thanks!

      • Holly Galbreath says:

        We are still using our rocking chair with the gliding ottoman two and a half years later with Elliot! We got ours online from Target. Was a little worried about quality but free shipping and the excellent reviews won out!

        So happy for you guys!
        ❤️Holly

        • Jen says:

          Thanks, Holly! Would you mind sharing which one you have? I’ve heard a couple different people mention one from Target, I wonder if it is the same one!

      • Renee says:

        I must agree on the gliding ottoman. It makes it way easier.

  2. Kay Logghe says:

    I am so happy for you both. Very lucky baby. You two will be wonderful mom and dad!! God bless you all.

  3. Shana says:

    A Boppy! And a cover for the Boppy. Thechnically they are sold for breastfeeding mothers, but I was unable to breastfeed and still have used mine every single day and our little boy is six months old. It is a lifesaver when you are on your fourth bottle of the night and your arms are exhausted. Congratulations!

  4. Renee says:

    Chicco key fit 30 infant carseat. The base is super easy to install using the latch method so you don’t even have to buy an extra base to put in a second vehicle unless you really want to spend another $100 or don’t have cars with the latch capabilities.

  5. Kaitlin says:

    What I’ve seen at work as part of baby showers is instead of cards, guests write a note to the baby inside the front cover of a children’s book. It’d be a way to grow the library for when he’s older.

  6. jody newell says:

    Hadn’t stopped by your blog for awhile and saw this wonderful happy news. So happy for you and looking forward to reading updates. And LOVE your new property, how exciting on so many levels.

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