We met the woman we have come to know affectionately as “Mommy Cassie” in the fall of 2009 when she chose our family as the one she wanted her unborn son to grow up in. We went down to Carrizo Springs to meet her in January and enjoyed that time to get to know her and her family before the baby was born.
Although we had planned to be present at Gabriel’s birth, he decided to make his appearance in the world a bit early and we arrived at the hospital 13 hours after he was born.
Cassie made the difficult decision to place him with us two days later and we stayed in Carrizo Springs for the rest of the week so that we could visit whenever she wanted to.
Later that year, we also met Cassie’s new boyfriend, James who has now become a part of the family as well.
We travel to see Gabriel’s birthfamily at least once a year and we send pictures, letters and DVD’s full of home movies about once a month. We’ve also recently discovered the joys of video calls!