May 14, 2001

Nine years ago today, a woman went into premature labor.  She was very surprised.  Not surprised that the baby was coming so early, but surprised that she was carrying a baby at all.

You see, the woman was in a bad place.  She was in a bad season.  She felt out of control of her life and couldn’t find solid ground on which to stand.

She gave birth to a baby that day.  It was a boy, and he was 11 weeks premature.  His lungs were not quite ready to breath air on their own so he was put on a ventilator.  He was cocaine positive at birth and immediately started to have nasty withdrawals from a nasty drug.  The baby experienced an intracranial hemorrhage  at birth — much like a stroke.  He was left with brain damage on both sides of his brain.  Four pounds, brain damaged, hooked on cocaine, and not able to breathe on his own, Baby Boy G struggled for his life.

The woman, shocked and overwhelmed, never asked to see the baby and left the hospital as soon as she was well enough to walk off the premises.  She went back home where no one was even aware of the pregnancy or the delivery.

But she did talk to a social worker and began the process of lining up an adoption for the baby boy.  She knew she could not take this baby home into the life she was currently living.  She had to do something different for the baby.  She painfully began talking to an adoption agency.

Nine years ago today, across the state, a family yearned to adopt a baby.  The couple had a 20-month-old son and were pregnant with a little girl.  But God had placed a willingness and a desire in their hearts to adopt.  They were ready and eager to bring their baby home.

But the couple across the state wouldn’t learn of Baby Boy G for three more weeks.  They prayed everyday for the baby and for the birth-lady.  But they didn’t know the baby had already been born.  They didn’t know he was struggling for his life.  They didn’t know that he was being cared for by nurses and doctors and loved on by a foster mom in a hospital 2 1/2 hours from their home.

Thankfully, Baby Boy G was a fighter.  He pushed through his withdrawals, he gained release from the ventilator, he put on some weight, and he was ready to leave the hospital three and a half weeks later.  He was ready to go home.

That baby boy was later named Zachary.  He was our baby.  We immediately fell in love with his tiny, imperfect body — in fact, we thought he was perfect!

And we still think so!

We brought him home when he was three and a half weeks old and introduced him to his big brother, Elliot, who was still a baby himself.

Our lives, our family would be so incomplete without Zachary.  God designed him for us and us for him.  We are a family, and we’re super glad about it!

So today, I wish the happiest of birthdays to Zach —  I cannot believe you are already nine!!  You are so big and so smart.  You are kind and funny.  You are as strong as strong can be.  I am amazed at you.  And I am proud of you!  You have accomplished much.  And I know you will accomplish much, much more!  You are an awesome kid, and I like you very much.  And I love you!  I love you more than I can even begin to express.  Happy, happy birthday, Zippy!

And guess what, Zip?  I hate to tell you this, but the countdown to your birthday is back up to 365 days!!  Stink.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul on May 14, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    What a great post. Thanks for recalling that incredible day! I’m glad we got to share it.


  2. Posted by Ronda Campbell on May 14, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Happy birthday, Zippy! You make me smile!


  3. Posted by Cindee Harris on May 14, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Happy Birthday Zippy!!!! You are such a special BIG Boy!


  4. Posted by Mark on May 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Happy Birthday Zippy! I’m glad you are my nephew and my kids have such a fun cousin! We all love you!


  5. What a sweet post! Happy Birthday, Zippy!!!


  6. Posted by Mom on May 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Happy Birthday,to a special boy! We are blessed because of you. I Love YOU!!!!


  7. Posted by papa Mabry on May 14, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Happy Bday Zippy..what a special grandson you are !!!!!!!!!! Every one loves Zippy.


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