Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Wow! The last 36 hours have been a whirlwind. It all started Monday morning at 9:50am when our adoption case worker called my cell phone. I knew something was up. And the kind of questions she was asking made me more suspicious: Is your husband there with you? (No, he was at work out of town, of course) What is your work schedule like this week? (Mine, flexible as usual...Hampton's, crazy busy as usual) Is this a good time to talk? (Yes, yes, yes, of course!)

After the evasive questioning, she finally got to the point: we had been selected! And then the surprise twist: our baby was already born - over a month ago actually! And then the big shock: we want to place your baby with you tomorrow!

Tomorrow. As in, Tuesday? Like the next day? Oh my gosh.

So, after some details about our precious boy, the case worker told me to call Hampton and then call her back if we would be able to go to get our baby on Tuesday.

Yeah. I lost it with emotion at this point. I mean, wow. We had a baby waiting for us! 

So, I pulled myself slightly together and called Hampton. He had his usual work voice on and could spare a few minutes he said. I told him the news and he was floored of course. We talked through the details and he got off the phone to straighten things out with work. He called back 30 minutes later and was on his way home! I called our case worker and confirmed that we could pick up our baby boy the next day. I got a bunch more details and then ended that conversation just to start an epic phone marathon for the next 3 hours.

"Hi, beloved member of my family or dear friend, yeah whatcha doin? Not much here, just found out I'm gonna be a mom tomorrow."

So, that's not exactly how most of the conversations went, but you get the idea. Lots of excitement and emotion, and plenty of surprise! 

The rest of my Monday was a blur of preparation, including a BIG shopping trip, assembling a pack n play, and several loads of laundry. Oh, and a little bit of sleep before the big day.

So, as I sit here typing this, I'm listening to the precious sounds of my baby boy sleeping on the other side of the room. Oh, he is so precious!!!

I will be sure to recount the details of our Adoption Day in another post. 

For now, introducing Luke Thomas McClendon...

Love. Pure love.


  1. I cannot even tell you how excited we are for you!!! We cannnot wait to hear all the "details" of the big day when you have time to share! And more importantly, cannot wait to meet sweet Baby Luke!

  2. Nicole, I am so, so, so grateful to God for answered prayers! This new journey is going to take you places you never expected. And OHHHH sister, it goes TOO fast!! Love that sweet baby with ALL your soul. Best wishes for you and Hampton and little Luke Thomas :)

    ~Angela Montoya



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