It’s a Boy!

ethanWhile at Asbury for proposal hearings earlier this week, we received an unexpected phone call from our adoption agency informing us that we have a referral for a child!

The call was a surprise because we were told to expect a referral much closer to Christmas. The call came on Tuesday, a day after Randy’s proposal hearing and a day before Joleen’s hearing, which was a tremendous interruption to our work, but a welcome one! 🙂

Our adoption agency attempted to overnight the package (including six photos) to Randy’s parent’s house (in Tennessee) where we were headed on Wednesday afternoon. But due to some glitch at the U.S. Post Office in Harrisburg, PA, no overnight packages left Harrisburg that afternoon. We had to wait (and wait!) for the package until it finally arrived on mid-day Friday. After receiving the package/photos, we made a quick trip to the local Panera Bread to open the package and “meet” our child. It was a special time!

Our child (we’ll call him “Baby Willis” till we settle on a new name) was born on June 8, 2007 weighing about 7.5 pounds. The photo seen here was taken on September 14, 2007, at which time he weighed about 15.4 pounds (just over 3 months old).

A foster family is caring for Baby Willis, whom the social worker describes as a “charming baby with bright smiles”; however, she lamented, “we couldn’t take a photo of him laughing.” The foster mother notes that he “sleeps a deep sleep in the nighttime” (but being in a time zone 13 hours different from ours may make things interesting when we bring him home!).

We will begin the paperwork immediately. We expect to make the trip to Korea to pick up Baby Willis as early as January or February 2008.

22 thoughts on “It’s a Boy!

  1. Hooray!!! And praise God for this wonderful little blessing of joy. Our prayers continue with you through this process. Thanks for the photo – He’s precious.

  2. Congratulations!!!! The Servello Family is so happy for you!. We will be praying for everything to process as quickly as possible!


  3. Our deepest blessings for your family’s happiness. God is good!
    from Roaring Spring H&R Block. Susie Mohr, Linda Smith, Tammy Bogel, Debra Meade, Peggy Hinson, and Dick & Carol Dively

  4. God has blessed you – and “Baby Willis” as well. Congratulations! You will be in our thoughts and prayers….and I will add you to the Prayer List at my church – Bald Eagle United Methodist – and my job – Christ UM Church, Tyrone.

  5. Congratulations! What a fantastic way to start a new year but with a gorgeous baby boy. Madison just can’t wait to see and hold him!

  6. Congratulations! Hope you are soon heading to Korea to hold that sweet thing and take him home for good. Blessings Cheryl Houser

  7. Thanks, everyone, for the well-wishes. We appreciate it.

    We would also appreciate your prayers, especially for the next several months as we complete our dissertations and prepare for this new chapter in life!

  8. Oh, Randy and Joleen… Your son is so precious! Brings me to (happy) tears to see his pic and read the comments… Many, many blessings! Cam’t wait to give that precious pumpkin a kiss!
    you’re in my prayers.

  9. Congratulations on the new baby. We missed you at Chi Rho but are very excited about your news. God bless.

    Bob Stump

  10. Yea! We send our 10 oo’s and ahh’s with 20 anxious arms hoping to celebrate with you! We’ll wait our turn!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS!! Baby Willis is adorable, can’t wait to see him in person. My prayers are with you always, but especially the next couple of months. Love and Prayers

  12. What a wonderful blessing! He is adorable and a very special gift from God. I am excited for you and will keep you in our prayers. God is so good!

  13. Just got back from Uruguay and heard the news. Wonderful, wonderful! What bright eyes, you are in our prayers.
    God bless, Karen and Steve

  14. We are just thrilled that God has blessed you with the gift of a baby boy. He is adorable. He is blessed to have you two as his parents. We will be eager to see more pictures as he comes to your home and grows in love. Blessings. Graceann and Jim

  15. Hi, Looking at baby Willis again on the computer pictures, I hope you can get him REALLY SOON, anxious to hold and cuddle him!

  16. Randy and Joleen — What wonderful news!! I’m so excited for you both. I’ve been looking at your blog and thinking “they won’t have this much ‘free time’ when the baby comes!” Love you guys and CONGRATULATIONS!!

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