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The Story of Rosie


(I love this photo because it was taken in 2011, right after Rosie was born, though we didn’t know it yet)

I wanted to be sure that the story of how we got to our girl was on this blog, since my old one is gone ๐Ÿ™

So I am just going to copy and paste that original post here. It was written back in April, but this is the God sized story that led us to our Rosie.


I don’t even know where to begin.

The last week has been a whirlwind!

Well, it’s actually pretty simple.

We were not planning on adopting right now, but God had other plans. As He usually does!

I was scrolling though FB and saw a fellow adoptive mama was advocating for this sweet girl to find a family. I was immediately drawn to her, and her name was Rosie, c’mon!!!

(If you don’t know our story, God was clear with me that I had a daughter and her name was Rose, back in July of 2011. You may want to keep that date in your mind for a minute…. But Noah is obviously a boy, and so is Jonah ๐Ÿ™‚

The whole time I was reading about her, I was smiling from ear to ear. I decided to go ahead and ask to see her file, and honestly, I thought my hubby would just say no.

But he said he was open to it, and we both agreed to pray about it. The file was sent to me the same day I headed out of town for a weekend away with my mom’s group, and I couldn’t open the files from my phone.

I was bummed, but I just prayed and asked God to give me more of a clear answer, was this what He was asking us to do right now?

The timing was just all wrong! We’re busy… I’m trying to slow down with work…it’s our 10 year anniversary and we wanted to take a trip…. We never had a honeymoon or any kind of tropical trip and we thought this was our year! The list goes on and on. You know, all those “comfort things” that make you want to run for the hills when God asks you to do hard things?!

So when I came home, I still didn’t have much clarity…. I still just wasn’t sure. After I dropped Noah off at preschool on Monday, I sat down at the computer to look through her file.

There it was.

Her birthday was up in the right hand corner.

July 30th.

The same day as mine.

Chills ran up my spine. Okay Lord, I hear you. Oh and the year? 2011…. July of 2011 was the same month and year God had whispered the name Rose into my heart.

Alright God, I got it. LOUD AND CLEAR.

Of course my hubby needed more than signs, aren’t men just like that?! But after prayer and lots of research, he felt ready to say yes to her too!

Our sweet Rosie is special, she has an extra chromosome, and let me tell you, it hasn’t seemed to slow her down ๐Ÿ™‚ I read once that they should call it “Up Syndrome” instead of Down Syndrome, that sounds about right ๐Ÿ™‚

She’s making wonderful progress and achieving milestones! There is no telling what she can do once she has the love of a mama, daddy and 4 brothers and sisters! We are SO ready to bust her out of that orphanage!!!

She’s also tiny… very tiny! 23 lbs to be exact! She’s actually just a few months older than Noah (yep, they’ll be “twins”)ย  but smaller than Jonah! She’s a peanut, and that doesn’t stop her either!

ย All of these things combine, her age & diagnosis etc make her a “difficult” to match child. But it doesn’t seem so difficult to us. She was made perfect by her heavenly father, He loves her so much. To Him, she is worth more than gold. My heart is just ready to burst, I feel lucky to soon be her mama <3

ย Please know we are in no way down playing her condition, and what the future may hold for her. But we love this sweet girl, and are ready to walk down those roads with her…side by side.

ย So here we grow again, we are so excited to be on this adoption journey once more, this mama is LONGING for the day I can scoop up my Rosie and smother her with kisses. We are so glad we gave God our “yes” years ago and allowed Him to direct our life path. Our life is crazy at times, but we have SO MUCH JOY!!!!

More details to come soon, but for now, we just hope you can all rejoice with us! Please keep our family in your prayers as we get this train moving once again!


ย And now we are just a week or so away from sending our Dossier to China, which means we are about 4 months away from traveling to bring her home! And all the people said, AMEN!

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  • Reply
    Diana Meredith
    November 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for writing all this out! I have been following you on instagram for awhile and I wanted to come read your blog as we begin our adoption journey. We are wanting to adopt a child with Down Syndrome, and we’ve already gotten some interesting reactions! I’m so encouraged by your story and look forward to following your journey with her. Lots of love!

    • Reply
      Angela This Gathered Nest
      November 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      How wonderful! It can be hard, as sometimes people are just ignorant to the facts ๐Ÿ™ I just know you’ll be so blessed by your new child and I, for one, am THRILLED for you!!! <3

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