“We loved you before we knew you…even when there was just HOPE for you – we loved you.” – Unknown
It was late November 2014 when my co-worker, Joanne, called a group of us together in the office and in a breathless stage whisper, announced that she had something really important to tell us. “We’ve got our baby – Dwayne and I have our baby – it’s a boy!” she said. Um what? We all stood in shocked silence. Finally, someone blurted the words, “What baby? What are you talking about?” None of us were really comprehending what she was telling us. “We got our baby – we adopted a baby boy!” After a long and silent pause…we caught up to her…cue the cheers and tears.
Dwayne and Jo had been waiting a long time for a baby to choose them to be their family. When Joanne got the unexpected call that baby was here, please come pick him up, the scramble ensued. The mad rush to purchase the necessities; formula, car seat, diapers, clothes, began – they had nothing – but the important thing was, the call CAME and they were so excited to finally meet him. Jacob joined their family just in time for Christmas – and he is such a beautiful gift. For Dwayne and Joanne, it was love at first sight and that love has done nothing but grow.
The love and emotion I felt was palpable during their family lifestyle shoot. Jacob has settled in to a wonderful life with his mom and dad – and DJ and Jo haven’t really slept at all since he arrived. Truth be told, I think Jacob probably sleeps just fine, but mom and dad can’t shut their eyes because they’re too busy admiring their handsome wee boy. Congratulations, DJ, Jo and Jacob – you’re a beautiful family in every way.