Welcome To The World Precious Angel

I spoke those words to Shantel just minutes after she was born. I was Katie’s delivery coach and Bill cut Shantel’s cord. I will always remember the look on Shantel’s face as she was being born. Even then, she had such a look of determination. Even then, she was a presence to be reckoned with. Never having delivered a baby of my own, witnessing the birth of Shantel was beyond a doubt the most amazing event of my entire life. It was love at first sight the minute I laid eyes on Shantel.

Bill and I did everything we could to be supportive of Katie and to help in any way we could with Shantel. Katie had a good job, nice car and her own apartment. I was confident Katie was going to settle into motherhood just fine and provide a good home for Shantel. I helped Katie find a good babysitter for Shantel while we all worked and it began to look like everything was going to work out just fine for Kate as a single mother. Bill and I were proud grandparents.

It was not long before our entire world changed. After several months of turmoil, Katie finally told me she didn’t think she could provide a good home for Shantel and asked if Bill and I would take her. I was shocked beyond words. This was a huge change of events for us. Bill and I were living in an adult only community. Now, we needed to buy a home where we could raise a child. Bill and I didn’t hesitate to accept responsibility for Shantel because we couldn’t leave Shantel behind. I talked at length to Katie about the severity of her decision. I told her if Bill and I were going to do this we would need legal guardianship of Shantel. Katie agreed, signed all the papers and we moved forward from there.

Bill and I found a modest home in a family neighborhood. We settled in and began raising our second family. Our lives moved in circles around Shantel and we were happy. I tried to help Katie see how she could still be part of our new life. How she could still play a big role in Shantel’s life and how important it was that she continue to see Shantel. In the beginning Katie made an effort to stay connected to us. But, as time passed, Katie began to pull away from the family and the time between her visits grew longer and longer.

Then, disaster struck!

Stay tuned!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gotham Girl
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 15:14:19

    I’m sure it was an incredible event and I can just picture that determination!


  2. Tracie
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 14:41:58

    I so enjoy reading your stories and look forward to the next one.


  3. Megs
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:00:49

    Watching the birth of my grand babies was incrediable too! Thank goodness for determination!


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